‘A Quick 5′ with Marsha Mason

Marsha Mason

Marsha Mason is currently in rehearsals for The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Free For All production of All’s Well That Ends Well where she will be playing the role of the Countess of Rossillion. This is Ms. Mason’s second time at STC having portrayed this role in 2010. She has been Oscar nominated four times for her work in Cinderella Liberty, The Goodbye Girl, Chapter Two and Only When I Laugh. Other film credits include Max Dugan Returns, Heartbreak Ridge and Promises in The Dark. Stage credits include Steel Magnolias, Night of The Iguana, I Never Sang For My Father, The Prisoner of Second Avenue and Wintertime. You will recognize Marsha from her appearances on Frasier as Sherry Dempsey and her work on Seinfeld and Army Wives. Some film actors don’t like working on stage. Marsha is one of those performers that really enjoys it which is good because we enjoy her work no matter which medium she is working in.

What was your first professional acting job?

My first professional job was in Norman Mailer’s The Deerpark.

Is All’s Well that Ends Well your first Shakespearean role?

No, I have starred in numerous productions of the classic plays by Shakespeare over the years.

Marsha Mason as the Countess of Rossillion in the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of ‘All’s Well That Ends Well.’ Photo by Scott Suchman.

Can you please tell us about the character you play in All’s Well That Ends Well?

My character is Countess Rossillion, the mother of Bertram (the male lead) and close friend of the King.

You’ve had a long and distinguished film career. If you had to pick your favorite movie role, what would it be?

Honestly, every film was a different experience and all were wonderful. I really don’t have a single favorite.

Do you find performing on stage as enjoyable as working in film?

They are both very different and I like them both. I love the fact that stage is very present. You have the audience there with you every time.

About Elliot Lanes

Elliot Lanes has been a professional stage manager/sound designer/board op for over 20 years. After relocating to Washington, DC from the New York City area and marrying the girl of his dreams Jennifer Perry, he has been privileged to work on productions at Theatre J, Synetic, Prince George's Community College and Studio Theater to name a few. He has contributed designs for many shows in the last three Capital Fringe Festivals, two of which garnered critical raves. He is also the creator of MD Theatre Guide's highly successful 'A Quick 5' column.