Meet the Artist: CHAPTER TWO Director Marsha Mason

Meet the Artist: CHAPTER TWO Director Marsha Mason

VIDEO: Second Nature Productions, LLC. Click here to watch the video interview.

Marsha Mason is the director for ATC’s 2017/2018 season opener, Chapter Two. Ms. Mason returns to ATC this season after directing last season’s production of An Act of God. She has received four Academy Award nominations for her roles in the films The Goodbye Girl, Cinderella Liberty, Only When I Laugh, and Chapter Two. She has been the recipient of two Golden Globe Awards for her film roles and received an Emmy Award nomination for her role on Frasier. She has acted on Broadway, in regional theatre, and in film and television; and she has directed Chapter Two and Steel Magnolias at the Bucks County Playhouse.

ATC:
Why do you like this story?

MS. MASON:
Well, I like this story because part of it is autobiographical. It is a play that came out of my ex-husband’s life, when the two of us met and got married.

ATC:
You have a personal connection to this play. Does that impact your direction?

MS. MASON:
The personal relationship that I have to the play – hopefully – benefits the actors because of my intimate knowledge of the relationships in the play. (Although I didn’t have a best friend called Faye.) The essence of the relationship between George and Jennie is about two people who come together and have to get through some of their past in order to be able to have a future together.

ATC:
What is important about second chances?

MS. MASON:
Sometimes a second chance can mean that the world really is full of hope, and that it is possible to fall in love and have more than one great love in your life.

ATC:
What do you like about working in theatre as opposed to TV and film?

MS. MASON:
I think the thing that I love about working in the theatre is the alive-ness of it. As a director, I sit in the back, and the audience becomes very important in terms of “Is the play succeeding the way I want it to?” and “Are the actors being taken care of the way I want them to be?” and “Are they scoring the way they should?” It’s a special dance that for just that night exists, because every single audience is different. And that’s what makes it really, really special, and very creative and organic.

ATC:
What do you like about working with ATC?

MS. MASON:
What I love about working here is , first of all, it’s a first-rate regional professional theatre with a great history and an absolutely fantastic staff and creative people. It’s a true pleasure to work with professionals of this caliber here in Arizona – and also to know that there is a community that supports a regional theatre like Phoenix and Tucson do for Arizona Theatre Company.

Comments

  1. Priscilla Marquez says:

    Thank you so much Ms Mason for directing another production at ATC. I loved Act of God and can hardly wait for Chapter Two.

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