Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Spotlight on... Kevin Maroney!

Each week we'll sit down with some of our actors, designers and crew to find out more about their passion for theatre as well as ask some James Lipton-esque questions.  First up in the hot seat? Kevin Maroney!

Franz Liebkind in "The Producers"
at The Shea Theater,
Turners Falls MA. October 2008
Kevin Maroney

The Detective

Why acting?
It’s a great question! I really enjoy the challenge of creating a character, and working with the director and cast to bring that unique individual to life for an audience.

How and why did you get involved with Some Mother's Son?
I received an audition notice via email, and was intrigued by the play’s story. The opportunity to be involved in the premier presentation of a play made it an especially interesting project. I emailed Kendra to see if she was looking for actual old guys, and she encouraged the audition. I was very happy to be invited to join the cast.

What has surprised, inspired, excited, and/or challenged you most throughout the process thus far?
Kendra encourages a collaborative and somewhat organic process of creating a company, then telling the story. Our first few hours of rehearsal focused on getting to know one another, and forming trusting working relationships. I feel that some interesting elements have come out of that work that I might have missed without that foundation. It’s been fun!

Edward Hyde in "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde"
at the JaDuke Black Box Theater,
Turners Falls MA. October 2010
What is your favorite word?
Yes. (I’ve been hoping to do a James Lipton questionnaire!)

What is your least favorite word?
Winter storm warning. (I know that’s more than one word. I think you get the point, though.)

What turns you on?

What turns you off?
Ignorance and certainty, particularly when concurrent.

What sound or noise do you love?
The Dave Brubeck Quartet

What sound or noise do you hate?

What is your favorite curse word?
I love all of George Carlin’s 7 words, but motherfucker is the king. Or maybe queen.

Marcellus in "Hamlet" with the
Hampshire Shakespeare Company,
Hadley MA. July 2010
What is something you want to do during your life?
I have had many great experiences. I really look forward to seeing my teenage kids continue to grow and create their lives.

Earliest memory of theatre?
My family went to see “Carousel” at the Jones Beach Theater in New York one summer when I was a little kid. It had to be in the mid-1960s. I can remember my amazement at the whole spectacle.

Why is theatre necessary?
Live theatrical performance is immediate. It can’t be captured, recorded or replayed. (I won’t be convinced that watching a video of a stage performance can compare to being at the actual show.) It is fundamental, direct communication, and it has no substitute or rival. In my opinion, of course.

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Kevin Maroney (Detective) is thrilled to be a part of this amazing production. Last fall he appeared inDr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, creating multiple roles (including the police inspector). He is an Artistic Associate with the Hampshire Shakespeare Company, and played multiple roles last summer’s production of Hamlet. Kevin has performed in several musical productions, including The Producers (as Franz Liebkind) and Curtains (as Sid Bernstein). He works in marketing and development at WGBYTV-57, and has also appeared as a contestant on both Who Wants to be a Millionaire and The Family Feud. Kevin lives in Shelburne Falls with his lovely, patient wife and their two teenage children. Next month, he will be directed by his son in the play “pfv,” which he expects will be a life-altering experience.


  1. I would pay good money to have a video clip of Kevin as Franz Liebkind in "The Producers" I have not laughed that hard in decades. Seriously sooo funny.

  2. Video from "The Producers" does exist, but nothing compares to having been there :-)
    Also, well worth noting in the photos: David Neil as Max Bialystock in "The Producers," Kevin Bechard as Henry Jekyll, and Andrew McClelland as Horatio in "Hamlet." They're great, and it's an honor and privilege to work with them!