If there is one thing I could be much better about it would be updating my news. The last several years have found me doing some wonderful and amazing projects. If you are reading this and would like to be caught up to 2018 here is the skinny:
On the directing front I was given the opportunity to collaborate with playwright Robin Rice twice within the last couple of years. I directed her wonderful play Everyday Edna Mae for Planet Connections Theatre Festivity last summer and staged a book in hand reading of her new work Lust & Lies for the 29th Street Playwrights Collective at the Bernie Wohl Center in the fall of 2017.
Last year I also found myself in the director's chair for Fools & Kings Project's outdoor production of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing which was performed at the Riverbank State Park Ampitheatre and Summit Rock in Central Park. I also helped develop Leslie Kimbell's Four Old Broads in an Equity workshop reading at The Cherry Lane. I'm proud to say Ms. Kimbell's play is now published with Samuel French and is starting to be performed regionally around the country.
I will once again be working with Robin Rice and 29th Street Playwrighs Collective fall of 2018 as we continue to develop her new play Embracing the Undertoad.
All of this directing definitely hasn't slowed my love to perform and sing. Last spring I was given the chance to do a reading of Squire, Nabel and Lodin's new musical Love on Ice at the Theatre at St. Lukes with Manhattan Musical Theatre Lab. It was an amazing experience as the cast had some Broadway and regional heavy hitters. And I got to work with Evan Pappas who directed us. Watching Mr. Pappas work was basically a free master class and I was very grateful for the opportunity.
This was followed up by my return to Greenbrier Valley Theatre in West Virginia for Babes in Toyland, my second time embodying the crazy and delightful Ms. Muffet for them.
Currently I am playing Mr. Applegate in a wonderful production of Damn Yankees at Albany's Park Playhouse. Damn Yankees runs June 29th - July 28th, Tues - Sat at 8pm. It is my second time working under the very skilled hand of director Michael LoPorto.
Up next you can catch me as Mrs. Fezziwig and others in Greenbrier Valley Theatre's A Christmas Carol. GVT feels like a second home to me and I can't think of a better place to spend my 2018 holiday season.
That's all for now! Happy Summer!!
With Emma Pittman as Lola. Park Playhouse's Damn Yankees. Photo Courtesy of Molly Rose Photography
The tail end of 2015 was amazing as I was given the opportunity to work with Los Angeles Indie Theatre legend Ken Roht. I played Green Clover in Ken's New York workshop of Orange Star Dinner Show. Orange Star was a big hit in LA. Fingers crossed that maybe something will happen with this gem of a show.
2016 has found me directing a fully staged reading of Jerrod Bogard's Top Load at Walker Space/Soho Rep in February as well as staging William Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors for the Fools and Kings Project. Comedy of Errors was my first time directing outdoors and I absolutley loved the process as well as the very game cast Fools and Kings assembled. Comedy of Errors ran from April 30 to May 15th with performances in Central Park at Summit Rock and Astoria Park in Queens.
UP NEXT, I'll be returning to familiar territory as I once again put on heels and portray Ms. Mary Sunshine in Chicago. This time I'll be doing this fatastic show with the good folks at Park Playhouse in Albany, NY. Chicago Runs July 1-30th and shows are Tuesdays - Saturdays at 8pm.
Wishing you all a happy summer!
2015 has gotten off to a great start for many reasons. I have just been named Creative Director of Youth Theatre for Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company. I have been an associate company member with the Creatures for 4 years having directed and acted with the company. The youth program Little Creatures Act Out is a unique experience for children who come from low income households here in New York. The camp runs in the spring and summer and is low to no cost. The camp is a collaboration between PCTC and Nazareth Housing (our charitable partner). I look forward to continuted collaboration with PCTC helping to expand LCAO as well as starting new programs to expose NYC children to the arts. Below you can see a video from our 2015 spring camp.
In other news I will be returning to Greenbrier Valley Theatre for their summer production of Chicago The Musical. I will be playing Mary Sunshine, a role that I first played for Arts Center of Coastal Carolina in 2004. I am so happy to get the chance and the challenge of yet again bringing the sob sister of The Evening Star to Life. Chicago runs June 11-27th.
I am also continuing to collaborate as dramaturg with playwright Jerrod Bogard on the Top Load project. We had a successful reading at the Judson in January that I directed. You can read more about the Top Load project here
This Holiday season I will be returning to Greenbrier Valley Theatre for their holiday production of Babes in Toyland. I will be playing the role of Miss Muffet in this new adaptation by Kermit Medsker and Cathey Sawyer based on the beloved Victor Herbert classic. I am so thrilled to get to share the stage with a great group of New York actors and a heaping ton of local amazing talent from West Virginia. Babes runs December 5 - 21st. More info can be found at www.gvtheatre.org. Happy Holidays!
Happy 2014! I am so pleased to announce that American Bomber is now available nationwide on DVD. In the film I play Barry Aaron Speiler. He trains a new generation of terrorists who are American born and raised. It was an amazing experience to be able to tap into my darker side and portray a dangerous sociopath. I am greatful to director/producer Eric Trenkamp for the experience.
The DVD's special features include audio commentary from the filmmakers, a panel discussion with yours truly at the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival, the short film that Bomber is based on, as well as the trailers for the film.
American Bomber has been getting some fantastic reviews including a great one by Michael Rajnovic at
"Marshall has some impressive moments, especially delivering a mind-blowing "God is a farmer" monologue towards the end of the film." - Film Guinea Pig, Michael Rajnovic
I've been blessed to get mentioned for my work in this film. I look forward to exploring new creative projects in 2014! Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy New Year!