Zachary Quinto dresses up, talks Tennessee Williams on Broadway

"I was just walking through Times Square, and I passed the Booth Theatre, saw the play marquee in lights [for Glass Menagerie], and had this total moment … I am so excited. It reminded me of the first time I came to New York and had that dream — even more than movies, this has been my dream."


You live in New York City. Were you there the day of the Supreme Court decision on DOMA?

Yes. I went to Stonewall and heard Edith Windsor speak. I was with my brother, who’s straight but enormously supportive of me. I felt so grateful to be right in the middle of it all — to be at the place where, in so many ways, this revolution began, at a time when such significant progress has been made. It was a profound experience for sure.

Many people see your character in Glass Menagerie, Tom, as autobiographical for Tennessee Williams, the pioneering gay writer, and therefore an important gay figure. What's your take?

I don't think of him exclusively in terms of his sexuality. Everything I've learned about Tom, I've learned through Tennessee, [through] reading about his life and how he struggled in a lot of ways and thrived in others. I think his conflicted sexuality is a huge part of his character and therefore part of Tom, but there are larger obstacles he needs to overcome before he can look at that in depth.

I once talked to Patrick Stewart about Trekkies coming to see him perform Macbeth on Broadway, and he was just happy that people were in the seats. Do you worry that people may come to the theater looking for Spock instead of Tom?

I don't have any control over how people see me, I just have control over the work that I do. The good news is that I think all of the people who are fans of me from Star Trek will be exposed to a whole different kind of storytelling. I am certainly grateful for that, I hope they will be too.

This is your Broadway debut. How will you handle doing eight shows a week?

My first play in New York was the Angels in America cycle: both plays in rep, for about seven months. If I could survive that, I’ll be OK.






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