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Debra Messing Talks OUTSIDE MULLINGAR Practice & Preparation


Debra Messing Talks OUTSIDE MULLINGAR Practice & PreparationMulti-award-winning small screen star and Broadway newcomer Debra Messing discusses her preparation for her performance in the new John Patrick Shanley play OUTSIDE MULLINGAR as part of a new interview.

Messing shares that she has adopted an extreme diet to maintain her endurance for an eight-performance week, stating, "I'm in training for this. Don't go out at night. Eat specific strengthening foods that won't tax my body. High ­protein quinoa grain for breakfast. Drink bone marrow broth. No coffee, alcohol, sugar or gluten that makes you tired."

Additionally, Messing says of the tough-to-master Irish brogue required of her character in Ireland-set romantic comedy, "My script's covered with dialect notes. I'm nervous about the challenges, and the brogue's not quite there yet. (I am) studying techniques, I took from the shelf my warm-­up NYU acting books that deal with dialect work."

Furthermore, Messing adds of how her theatre education continually prepares her for new acting challenges, "NYU helped. I'd learned the phonetic alphabet in a three­-year speech class, so I knew how it needed to be. And I've met with a dialect coach, who's perfecting the Midlands Ireland sound."

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