What saying makes Marianne McKenzie die a bit inside? Click to find out. theTEN with Marianne McKenzie

Jump inside the brains of Kansas City theater artists as we ask them 10 questions that were in no way inspired by “Inside the Actor’s Studio.”

What’s the one role/show you’ve always wanted to work on that you haven’t yet?

Oh, it’s so hard to just pick one. The first to pop in my head is Lady Macbeth or Hamlet (of course), but I would also love to play Joan in Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw. I am a huge fan of classical theatre, so I tend to lean that way when it comes to plays.

What current production, besides one of your own, are you most excited about?

I would love to see Bernhardt/Hamlet on Broadway right now because Sarah Bernhardt is a source of endless fascination for me. She was one of the first women (if not the first) to play Hamlet professionally, and her risk taking is inspiring to me as a woman in theatre. Also, she supposedly slept in a coffin, and that is cool.

If you couldn’t be in theater, what career would you have chosen?

I probably would have become a French language philologist. When I was a kid I made it a goal to speak as many languages as possible, so I think I (unsuccessfully) studied around seven languages ranging from Greek to Spanish, but French just stuck with me for some reason.

What quote or saying do people spout but is really complete BS?

Whenever someone says “adulting is so hard”, I die a bit inside. It’s another way of saying “I wish I didn’t have to work for anything”. Get off the couch yo!

What would you name your boat if you had one?


What will finally break the internet?

Probably aliens. Or climate change and all that follows.

What well-known fictional character would be the most boring to meet in real life?

Superman seems pretty dull. Hot, but dull. I would rather have a cocktail with a different superhero, preferably one not wearing a red diaper.

What is a play or musical that you cannot stand (CATS is not an acceptable answer)?

Oklahoma has always driven me nuts. The bad guy is genuinely terrifying and the music gets stuck in my head far too often.

What is a play or musical that you love (CATS is not an acceptable answer)?

I LOVE Les Miserables. I cry every time. The music is phenomenal and I could listen to the score all day every day.

What are you reading, watching or listening to right now?

I just started “Dear White People” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” Both are pretty stellar and a departure from my typical Planet Earth/documentary habits. The next book on my reading list is “Killing Commendatore” by Haruki Murakami.

Photo by Brian Paulette

Marianne McKenzie is a 3rd-year graduate actor at UMKC and plays Mina Murray-Harker in the Kansas City Actor’s Theatre/UMKC Theatre production of DRACULA. Recent acting credits include LETTERS FROM FREEDOM SUMMER at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, THE STORYTELLING PROJECT  and GO. PLEASE. GO at UMKC Theatre, and MEN ON BOATS at Unicorn Theatre. Directing credits include the January 2018 premiere of TRENCH WARFARE with CAGLKC at the National World War I Museum and Memorial and its subsequent remount with an all-female cast in August 2018, as well as NEIGHBORHOOD GOONS at the 2017 KC Fringe Festival. Up next: A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, SECRET SOLDIERS at The Coterie and the international tour to Bolivia of THE STORYTELLING PROJECT. mariannemckenzie.com.

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