Quick Wit: Kate Buddeke
The actress, currently doing double duty as identical twins in The Mineola Twins, wits it up with Jonathan Abarbanel.
Despite this semi-auspicious start to a performing career, it would be more than a decade before Buddeke returned to theater. Instead, she pursued a career as a rock singer; a venture that took her to London for a time, earning her a reputation as a hard-drinking, hard-smoking, hard-talking party girl. Returning to Chicago, she took acting classes at the Actor's Center and began her career in earnest in 1988 in the Irish drama Ourselves Alone, directed by the then-unknown Kyle Donnelley.
Since then, Buddeke has received three Joseph Jefferson Awards for her numerous appearances at the Goodman, Northlight, Bailiwick, Apple Tree and Marriott theaters, among others, and she's appeared in New York twice more, both on Broadway in Tony Award-winning shows. First, she played Mrs. Mullin, owner of the merry-go-round, in the Nicholas Hytner-directed Lincoln Center production of Carousel in 1994. More recently, Buddeke appeared in the Goodman's 50th anniversary production of Death of a Salesman.
For a decade she's also been an ensemble member of the American Theatre Company, for whom she currently plays identical twin sisters Myrna and Myra in Paula Vogel's The Mineola Twins, running through May 27 at ATC's warehouse-turned-theater.