Penobscot Theatre Company is thrilled to open its production of The Woman in Black. This two person show features local actor Brad LaBree and visiting artist Mark Chambers. As part of PTC’s expansion of Dramatic Academy, a Master Class lead by Mark Chambers focusing on “Creating a Character” will also be available to teens and adults to celebrate opening weekend. This class will be held at the Bangor Opera House Saturday, October 19th from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
“Mark has called San Francisco home for the last few decades, while traveling around the country as an actor and singer. He has performed regularly upon the wicked stage since the age of 8 when he made his debut in the Memphis Childrens Theatre production of The Wizard of Oz, as one of 50 flying monkeys, and he has been smitten with the stage ever since. Mark has appeared in drama, comedy, musicals and operettas for theatres such as Actors Theatre of Louisville, Portland Center Stage in Oregon, American Stage, Hippodrome Theatre, Seaside Music Theatre, Charleston Stage, Florida Repertory Theatre, Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco and Playhouse on the Square. Favorite roles include Truman Capote in Tru, Sigmund Freud in Hysteria, Uncle Charlie in August: Osage County, all roles in Santaland Diaries, I Am My Own Wife, The Tale of Two Cities, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest and Frank N Furter in The Rocky Horror Show. Mark has sung with the London Symphony Pops and on CD with the swiss group MGY. Mark was honored by the Florida Theatre Conference for outstanding theatrical work in 2006, and with the key to the city of Memphis by Mayor Hackett. Recent films include Baby Jane? and I Want to Get Married.”
Despite being one of two actors in the show and it being the week of opening, Mark generously took some time to answer a few questions for us. Here’s what he had to say…
I saw both the films. As an actor, it is perfectly fine to see, to steal, to remember , to pay homage to not only the films, but the television and stage productions of the same material. It gives you a wider swath to consider the many choices that were made to make each specific point their own story.the movie didn’t influence me that much. they were both very different takes on the source material.”