Debbie Marx in the Sunset Spotlight. Debbie is currently Stage Managing THE FOREIGNER which opens March 4th. She has been a Sunset Volunteer for almost 15 years!
1. When did you first become involved at Sunset Playhouse and what areas have you been involved with here at the Playhouse?
My first show at Sunset was RUMORS back in 2001 (I think). That’s the first moment I fell in love with this Playhouse. I do love acting but recently I’ve been Stage Managing more. I have to say THAT is a B L A S T!
2. If you are working on a Sunset show right now, what is your role?
I’m currently Stage Managing Larry Shue’s THE FOREIGNER. We open March 5th. Next will be Stage Managing for “25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE.
3. If an actor, what has been your favorite role to date and what is your dream role?
I did enjoy playing Officer Pudney in RUMORS, and maybe I’ll audition again, but my dream role to play (other than possibly a Director) would be Annie Oakley in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN or some juicy courtroom drama like a gender switched A FEW GOOD MEN (Danielle Kaffee, heh)
4. What do you enjoy most about the Sunset?
The EXCELLENT family feel to it. No matter what show, no matter who you get to work with, there’s always this feeling that you’re part of a family. Great relationships are created and it just feels like HOME. I’ve always said this is my Happy Place.
5. When not at Sunset, how do you spend your time?
I am currently a Brown Belt in Tae Kwon Do with J.K.Lee-Germantown. I’m also on the Radio, I am a Traffic Anchor and Reporter at 620 WTMJ. I have 2 crazy dogs, 1 skittish cat and a loving husband keeping everything chugging along at home.
6. What is your favorite color/food/movie/TV show/book/musical or play?
Color: It changes… seriously, depending on my mood… Earth tones and primary colors.
Food: I’m first-generation born here but my parents are Cuban, so pretty much any Cuban food. (by the way, it’s not spicy)
Movie: SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION… it’s just an awesome story, presented excellently… I also like anything quotable, so I guess PRINCESS BRIDE (“Anybody want a PEANUT?”), Anything Disney.
TV Show: ONCE UPON A TIME is the only appointment viewing I have. That and BIG BANG THEORY
Musical/Play: TOO MANY FROM WHICH TO CHOOSE! WICKED for Musical though.
7. What is your favorite quote?
HAH! I kind of answered that before, but if you’re talking about a quote by which one could live their life? I guess “There, but for the grace of God, go I” Meaning, if it wasn’t for the Grace of God, I wouldn’t have all the blessings I have (and I do have MANY) and I would truly be lost.
8. Any other comments?
I have often said that if I won the lottery, much of my winnings would go toward getting this playhouse all that’s needed. Unfortunately I have yet to win. But that’s how seriously I take working with this group. It truly is a storied and important organization.
I’m glad it’s been around for as long as it has been, and it makes it that much more special knowing that it’s truly because of the goodness of the community that it has existed as long as it has.