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Being selected Artist of the Year, Wingert said, was thrilling because it makes her family happy.
“It means so much that they would be proud of me,” she said. “That means a lot, right? It’s hugely important to me that they like my work. It’s what their mom does.”
When she played Polly Wyeth in “Other Desert Cities,” Wingert dived into the submerged emotions of a woman deeply wounded by her children. Polly was glacially composed, erudite and proud at the play’s outset. She was devastated at the conclusion.
“Having a family gives you a soft spot,” Wingert said of the emotional vulnerability necessary for the role. “My sons were on my shoulders moving through that show. I had a deep fondness for that.”
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