Arcadia Actor Spotlight: Mary Katherine O’Donnell

Mary Katherine O'Donnell is Thomasina

Q – Why did you audition for Arcadia?

A – Because it is my very favorite play!

Q – What shows might people have seen you in?

A –  i have been leads in tom dooly, dancing at lughnasa and  mystery of edwin drood as well as a chorus member in guys and dolls and annie!

Q – What is your favorite line from the show?

A – “I have known a heroine to make such noodles of our sex.” Poor Thomasina just hates Cleopatra! I think the whole monologue in my favorite because she is so passionate about history and longing for the might have been plays and articles lost in the great library of Alexandra.

Q – How have you prepared for your character? Did you base your character on someone?

A – Just read, read research, and read! Andrew has suggested my little sister Olivia as a base for a few choices in the first act, so i have tried to put as much of her as fits into Thomasina.

Q – What’s the #1 reason someone should see this show?

A – People should see this show because it has an important story to tell. One that has a different resounding message for all walks of life and all ages! You need to see this play once in your life, I feel.

Q – Anything else that you’d like people to know about you?

A – I’m just so honored to be in this production with my friends and colleagues! Thanks to all!

Come see Mary Katherine and the rest of the cast of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia June 6th-20th!

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Parkway Playhouse, located in the Appalachian town of Burnsville, NC, is a haven of theatre talent. While people come to the mountains to get away, Parkway Playhouse is a natural gathering place to connect. Likewise, we are an extension of traditional mountain talents: singing, dancing, and, foremost, storytelling. By giving rise to energetic new voices and through a wide variety of plays and musicals, we invite our audience into experiences that are thought-provoking, adventurous, and entertaining. Together we reimagine the world in every live performance, creating dynamic conversations that last far beyond the curtain call. This blog is will feature stories, helpful information, insight and features about the performances.

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