Epic Theatre Company is bringing back their smash March production of "Marshall" for one night only at a special Industry Performance on Tuesday, May 29th @ 7:30pm.
“We’ve obviously had quite a time over the past year dealing with the legalities of ‘James Franco and Me,’” said Broccoli, “And at one point, someone mentioned to me that it was a shame the controversy surrounding the show was overpowering the concept, because it really was an incredible experience for everyone who participated. The idea of two actors having to trust each other enough to perform a show without ever having discussed it really led to some amazing theater, and I started to wonder if there was a way to recreate the magic of the Franco show with a brand new script…”
And then came “Marshall.”
It’s the story of an actor and an android auditioning for a role—the role of Marshall—and it poses the question: What happens when technology and art collide? What could a human do to give themselves an advantage over a robot who’s been designed to act?
“The show takes place in the not-so-distant future,” said Broccoli, “And with each passing day, it seems less and less like science fiction.”
Broccoli also promises that we can expect even higher stakes for “Marshall” than for Epic’s last show with no rehearsal.
“The script for ‘James Franco and Me’ was written without the concept in mind. This time around, I knew exactly what we’d be doing with the script, so I tried to include as many elements as possible that would make it a challenge to perform. Then I went out and found six phenomenal actors to tackle the text with me.”
At the Industry Night performance, Nick Doig will be playing the Actor and Broccoli will be playing Green the Android.
“We really enjoy having these big events in our season. They demonstrate that big ideas are often born at small theaters.”
For this performance, Epic will be bringing "Marshall" to its Mainstage located at 82 Rolfe Square.
*Epic Theatre Company seeks to bring provocative contemporary work to Rhode Island as well as new perspectives on classical theater. We strive to continue the tradition of "event" theater, where each production has built-in excitement both for the audiences and the artists involved.
**Epic is a proud member of the Rhode Island Theater Alliance (RITA) and is the Resident Theater Company at the Artists Exchange in Cranston, RI.
***Only Recommended for Mature Audiences
****Poster by David Conlin