By Sandi Durell
If you’re a fan of the hit Netflix Series Orange is the New Black (and there are many, many), then you already know one of the tough broad Golden Girls, the no-nonsense inmate Frieda Berlin. Yup, she’s the one with the neck tattoos and well versed when it comes to murder. Frieda boasts a wry sense of humor and is doing time for cutting off a really import appendage that belonged to her husband. No surprise that Dale Soules is now up for a Third SAG Nomination.
Dale has had an amazing career path, beginning when she was a young teenager, ostracized by her classmates and luckily finding a mentor – a teacher – responsible for starting her on her lengthy career on stage, in film and on TV. She attended the college of experience, learning about every aspect of theater – including painting the lobby of the Minskoff Theatre in 1973 as Debbie Reynolds began rehearsals for her run in the revival of Irene. Dale was so flustered seeing the great Ms. Reynolds in person that she stepped right into the bucket of white paint she was using. But that’s only one of many delightful stories.
The New Jersey native was most recently seen co-starring with Patti LuPone and Michael Urie in Shows for Days at Lincoln Centre; Posterity at the Atlantic Theater Company and on Broadway in Hands on A Hard Body. She was outstanding in the Broadway production of Grey Gardens (OCC Nomination), in the Transport Group’s I Remember Mama and The Capables. Dale recently completed shooting the film Aardvark with Zachary Quinto. On January 21 at LaMama, she reunites for the 50th anniversary of Broadway’s Hair, having performed in the original production at the Biltmore Theatre in the role of Jeannie.
She’s a busy one, flying out to the west coast for the SAG Awards and rushing back for rehearsals and performances for the soon to open Mother of Invention (written by James Lecesne, directed by Tony Speciale) at the Abingdon Theatre.
Let’s hear what Dale had to say in her interview.
The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be presented on January 29, 2017 on both TNT and TBS 8:00 p.m. EST / 5:00 p.m. PST.