Playwright James Marzo has a new play for the stage. James can watch “Hollywood” but it’s all Buffalo, New York and western New York.
He is calm, gentle and without a heavy ego. And is he at the theater? He is sure!
James is a good guy all around. Yes. I said “man”. I’m not Hemingway. I am fair “Lloyd”.
I had a few questions for James.
I’ll call him “Four with Marzo”.
Isn’t that creative?
MCL: When did you start writing plays?
JM:I took creative writing classes in college several years ago, but moved away from writing when I had to find a real job after graduation. When my wife and I moved to Westchester County in 2005, I got interested in theater again. We went to town almost every weekend and became big theater buffs. I caught the virus and started writing and developing new material. When we returned to Buffalo, I got involved in a new play workshop sponsored by a local theater in Buffalo. Drama writing is a fun process that can be overwhelming because almost everything you write never goes into production. You write, rewrite and rewrite, and most of the time your vision ends up on your computer along with other ambitious projects that never see the light of day. However, the process has been very rewarding since I met some great theater people in Buffalo and made connections with talented actors, directors and other writers keen to help out with the launch. new ideas.
MCL: What’s in store for you?
JM: I have a ten minute game opening at WNY ART in March 2022, inspired by the music of The pogues. The play is titled, Rainy night in SOHO. It is about a runaway bride, consumed by the anxiety of getting married. She escapes from the church at the last minute and mistakenly jumps on an Uber ride ordered and occupied by another person. This piece is also about the decisions we make in life and thinking about past history, thus avoiding a more serious mistake of getting tangled up in a doomed relationship. It’s a fun play where two people have the chance to meet and find they are more alike than different.
MCL: Just before Pogues production you have a large production. It is “Something Bad” carried out at ART by WNY. It sounds intriguing. I need to know more.
JM:Something nasty is about the decisions we make in life. Some are what we might call life decisions with consequences that cannot be disentangled or rectified by fines or better actions. Each character in my play faces these choices that he or she must make when they come to this crossroads between good and evil. The choice between right or wrong and conflict and the challenges they face in their dilemma. I hope I captured this emotion. Each of us is faced with decisions every day as we think about which route to take. Some aren’t as important as the decisions my characters face in Something Wicked. But when we solve a problem or face adversity, it gives us a reason to pause and assess the situation. So, access the situation and move forward, hopefully, with a favorable outcome.
MCL: Want to know more about “Something Wicked”?
Visit [email protected] website. WNY ART nail it:
âThe year 1825 was a momentous year for Buffalo, New York. The Erie Canal opened, connecting Lake Erie with the Hudson River, a celebration in honor of the Marquis de Lafayette, hero of the American Revolution took place in Buffalo, and the city held its first and only public hanging. At least 20,000 witnesses gathered in Niagara Square to watch three brothers – Nelson, Israel and Isaac Thayer – hang from the same gallows. This is the base of the work of James Marzo. Through his weaving of tight dialogue and dark humor, Marzo tells the tale of this gruesome tale about how the Thayer brothers hatched an infamous plan to assassinate moneylender John Love in a desperate attempt eliminate debt and avoid jail. “
Show dates and times:
October 28-29, 8 p.m. October 30, 5 p.m.
November 4-5, 8 p.m. November 6, 5 p.m.
November 11-12, 8 p.m., November 13, 5 p.m.
November 18-19, 8 p.m., November 20, 5 p.m.
Contact: [email protected]
Suzanne Hibbard portrays narrator ‘Sadie’ as Justin Pope, Timothy Coseglia joins Joshua Leary as the Thayer brothers. Additional cast members feature John F Kennedy as “Sheriff Torrey” and David Wysocki (as “Deputy Willard”) with Michael Breen as the hapless character of “John Love”. Directed by Matthew LaChiusa. Musical direction by Len Mendez.
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