Meet Mark Dunn & Black Coffee

Name: Mark Dunn

What is your current project?

Agatha Christie’s Black Coffee

Where are you performing it and why is it the right fit for your piece?

The Parkside Players in Forest Hills, NY

The reason it’s the best fit is probably because they were crazy enough to approve it for this season. I’m only kidding. Parkside is an amazing community theatre group with a core group of dedicated volunteers that dig in, and do whatever it takes to get each show off the ground. The level of talent that shows up for auditions is extraordinary, and the President and board are incredibly supportive to their directors and actors. Fro actors it’s a great place to work and improve.

Also, the regular Parkside patrons will LOVE this show. It has everything you want in a production. Suspense, humor, and a mystery to solve. So many motives, secrets, and twists.

This is the only play Agatha Christie wrote that features her beloved sleuth Hercule Poirot. Jim Haines (Poirot in our production) brings a very fresh take on the popular character, and is surrounded by cast of standouts.

What’s next for you?

I’ll be playing the role Daddy in George Dunn’s production of “My personal jungle gym”.
Also a few projects in development (that sounds cool, right?)

Who is your biggest inspiration right at this moment and why?

Personally: My son George is my biggest inspiration. Not only does he challenge me every day, but he sets a great example of how to treat people, and enjoy life.

Professionally: I’m the product of every director I’ve ever worked with and every artist I’ve ever shared the stage with or watched.

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Mark has been active in Collegiate, Community and Regional theatre since 1996. Mark returns to Parkside having directed the 2016 production of You Can’t Take it With You, and the 2012 production of The Man Who Came To Dinner. Mark has acted in festivals and other productions around Manhattan, Hoboken, Jersey City and Forest Hills. Mark has been recognized with various awards and nominations for his work. Mark is a visual artist and enjoys painting, and drawing. ILYB

Show information (venue, dates, ticket info)

Grace Lutheran Church
103-15 Union Turnpike
Forest Hills, NY 11375

Fridays, February 24 & March 3 @ 8:00 PM
Saturdays, February 18, 25 & March 4 @ 8:00 PM
Sundays, February 19 & 26 @ 2:00 PM

ADMISSION: $17 / $15 for Seniors

Review: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams

CaptureThe lights come up on an inviting bed/sitting room with French doors opening out to a view of a magnificent plantation. This sets the tone for those familiar with a Tennessee Williams play.  You are invited to observe the web of secrets, deception, and shame and they begin with the opening lines between Maggie and Brick. The performance of this play hinges on a Maggie who entices the audience with her sensuality and a Brick who commits to his lengthy silences; a Big Daddy who is foreboding and unforgiving in his machismo and a Big Mama who is manipulative in her damedom; and a Gooper and Mae who have their own story supported by children who add to the chaos. The other characters are either managing the chaos or unintentionally adding to it.

Under the flawless direction of Kevin Schwab, the Parkside Players produced this wordy and layered play to great success. Mendacity is reflected in the subtle glances, closing and opening of the doors, and the story told between pauses and proximity between the actors. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is one of Tennessee William’s best known plays. This strong ensemble cast unabashedly convey all aspects of dying, alcoholism, deceit, love, and sex. The winner takes it all but who is the winner?



Parkside Players
Grace Lutheran Church
103-15 Union Turnpike, Forest Hills, NY 11375

Fridays, February 26 & March 4 @ 8:00 PM
Saturdays, February 20, 27 & March 5 @ 8:00 PM
Sundays, Februaryr 21 & 28 @ 2:00 PM

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