Marcia The Actor

Representation: Craig Alexander, Glickman-Alexander 416-960-0565

 

Acting is where it all started for me. I doubt I would have discovered playwriting and libretto writing without it. Here’s what I’m up to lately:

Acting Up: This is a short film by Vanessa Burns about the trials and tribulations of actresses as they have the nerve to get older in this industry. It premiered at The Grove Film Festival New Jersey. I represented the team and squealed with delight as one of the leads, Lynne Cormack, was nominated for Best Actress. It’s next screening is on November 11, 2016 at the Toronto International Short Film Festival.

American Gods: Airing on Starz in February 2017. I don’t know which Canadian broadcaster will air it. This series is based on the popular Neil Gaiman book. I’m in the very first episode. I share a scene with the lovely Ricky Whittle who plays Shadow Moon. Gaiman was visiting the set that day too! Life is good!

The Swap: I’m in a Disney movie starring teen stars Peyton List and Jacob Bertrand! I’d never heard of them but they’re huge in the pre-teen world. It aired on Disney last month. Not sure when Family Channel will air it but I’m sure it will be on the airwaves forever. It was a lot of fun and I’m happy to say that my character had a name.

American Gothic: I loved playing the part of a hospital administrator in this 13-week replacement series! It was on the same set as Beauty and the Beast where I was but a hard-working nurse. And, even better, the role was originally written for a man! My scene was with Eliot Knight and Deirdre Lovelace; she of The Wire fame. Great day!

Beauty and the Beast: So after having no on-camera work in 5 years, I’ll be on TWO episodes of this CW series. It’s not a huge role but both scenes are integral to the plot of each episode (304 and 307). Plus, what’s that saying about small roles and actors?

16Endean Collective Presents Julius Caesar: This June 11 – 22 run had (or “is having” depending on when you’re reading this) I played Flavius, Cinna, Titinius and assorted plebians in this all-female production. It was directed by old friend Jennifer Parr. She might be more well-known for being a fight director and stage manager. Coincidentally, she directed the workshop productions of my four short operas at Tapestry New Opera’s Opera Briefs in 2007. This is the first time I got to work with her as an actor, the first time I’d been in a play in seven years and the first time doing Shakespeare in twenty years! It’s been a blast and I’ll miss it terribly. For some reason, I get really excited about killing Caesar every night.

If you happen to read this before closing, check out the show at RED Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen St. E between Carlaw and Logan. All shows are at 7:30 and you can reserve tickets at 416-845-9411.

Credit by Ryan Hughes at Lab Cab Festival: This hilarious short play (seriously, it’s only about 6 minutes long) has had two readings. Both were at Toronto Cold Read Series. Each time it brought the house down. It’s a perfect fit for Lab Cab Festival. This multi-disciplinary arts festival happens in the heart of Parkdale along Queen St. between Roncesvalles and Dufferin. Performances happen in welcoming businesses including Laundromats, art galleries and restaurants. Credit is about the trials and travails of a man trying to get through to his credit card company’s customer service department. It’s a short play so I don’t want to give it away. Let’s just say that I play a rep who knows a little too much about this man,,, and his childhood.

More details to come.