Tanna Frederick Tries Out Life as a Dog

Tanna Frederick

Red-tressed “Queen of the Lot” star Tanna Frederick made a New Year’s wish to get back on stage, she tells us – and, lo and behold, a last-minute opportunity presented itself to take on the lead role of the title dog in A.R. Gurney’s “Sylvia,” opening tonight (1/14) at the Sierra Madre playhouse outside L.A..

“It’s a role I’ve been wanting to play for a long time.  This play was originally written for Sarah Jessica Parker, who did it in New York.  It’s the most charming story about a dog’s relationship to its owner.  This husband brings a dog home, the wife doesn’t want the dog. and it really becomes this love triangle,” reports Tanna.

She’s prepared for the role by – what else? – hanging out with her dog, a Shiba Inu “that looks like a little wolf.  She gets distracted easily.  She can smell people from, like, a block away. She’s always hungry, always wants to be petted.”

Tanna reports there will be a special performance benefiting the ASPCA Feb. 3.

By then, she’ll be preparing for another stage role, at L.A.’s Edgemar Center for the Arts.  “It’s called ‘Afterlife,’ and it’s very serious and difficult material, completely different material from ‘Sylvia.’”  She’ll be rehearsing “Afterlife” by day, romping around as a dog by night.

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I grew up in the San Fernando Valley when it was a kids' Shangri La in the 60s and we had Fabulous Eddie's miniature golf and trampolines on Ventura Boulevard. My big brother frequented The Third Eye psychedelic shop back in the day, but he wound up turning out anyway. Dad was an NBC video man who worked on "Laugh-In," Dean Martin's show, and specials by everyone from Sinatra to Fred Astaire. Mom was a first class home maker and PTA and GCA volunteer. They're still doing great. Anxious to get going in life, I quit college and jumped into journalism when I was still a teenager, and was writing for the New York Times syndicate and People magazine before turning 20. But that was a long time, many adventures, lots of traveling around the world and thousands of interviews ago. I go back to the very last days of hot type and getting to talk to Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, and Sammy Davis at the old Brown Derby...What a ride. That's in no small part thanks to my amazing writing partner, Marilyn Beck, one of the grand old-school Hollywood columnist stars -- a true star -- who knows how to do it right. I'm lucky, for sure. Now is fun, too. I love going out to events with my 17-year-old daughter (Jonas Brothers!). Seeing everything fresh through her eyes renews my excitement about the game. In-between I went back and finished school -- University of Redlands -- married, divorced, and at long last found my true love. My favorite things outside of the show business realm are being with my family, my faith and spiritual growth, learning new things (from doing Qigong to uploading stuff on Facebook), and running. See you on the trail.

2 thoughts on “Tanna Frederick Tries Out Life as a Dog

  1. Andrea Ross-Greene

    Tanna Frederick is a genius! I can’t wait to see her playing a dog. I’ll be there Saturday night. Maybe I’ll bring a doggie treat. :-)

  2. Melanie Daniels

    I think that’s so interesting – to play the role of a dog and to study for it by observing your dog. That’s so cool. I can’t wait to see this play. I know Tanna Frederick is a versatile actress so it’ll very cool to see what she does as a dog. She does great physical comedy so this’ll be fun.

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