The 5 Year Plan

Mary Stuart Masterson

5 YEARS AGO ''I never wanted to sing in front of everybody -- I wanted it to be my thing. So I rehearsed my songs in the shower. At one point I wrote a script with a character who sings at night by herself; clearly there's something subconscious going on.''

NOW ''It's a rush to be up there with that caliber of actors [Antonio Banderas, Jane Krakowski, and Chita Rivera]. The project was to create warmth and connection and trust among the cast. There's nobody in the chorus. Everybody's a unique presence.''

5 YEARS FROM NOW ''I'm writing a book, writing poetry, producing a movie -- I'm doing all these things. I think women are multitaskers so they can feed their young, cook the meal, protect the hearth, and be ultimately creative at the same time.''

RESUME

AGE 36 CURRENT Plays a put-upon wife in the Broadway musical Nine EXPERIENCE Some Kind of Wonderful, Fried Green Tomatoes NEXT Filming Gianni in Ecstasy, written by her and directed by husband Damon Santostefano

Originally posted May 16, 2003 Published in issue #710 May 16, 2003 Order article reprints