EDEN Feature – Marsha Knight

Marsha Knight has also been involved with EDEN through several workshops and readings. It is great to have her on board for the full incarnation of the play and of her character, Essa. Essa is an elder who must decide how best to guide her people and in particular how to help the young generation. Here are her answers to our questions from April 24th:

1. What is one thing every actor needs to know? If you can’t handle being told ‘no’ – don’t get into the business.  Because when it comes to auditioning or submitting proposals, you’ll hear ‘no’ a lot more than you hear ‘yes’.

2. What does every great story have to have? hhmmmm.  If a tree falls in the forest, does it make a noise? Every great story has to have…. a reason? an audience? But why did the tree fall in the first place?

3. What is your favourite word? I don’t have a favourite word.  How about saying ‘not printable’.  That way, people may think my favourite word is a straight-forward/rich/good old-fashioned expletive. Actually – to think for a second – my favourite word is ‘Thank-you’.  And I’ve made a point for learning how to say it in a few languages.

4. If I could grant you a single wish, what would it be? Three more wishes.

Complete the sentence:

6. If I wasn’t typing this email interview right now, I would be… making my supper before heading out to work.  Work being today’s rehearsal.  The crew has been busy setting up the theatre and today, our rehearsal time has moved from morning/afternoon to afternoon/evening.  Excited to see the new digs today.

7. You know me as a actor but in truer life I’d have been… working at the Canadian Space Agency – aerodynamics, space exploration, pilot, astronaut.

Marsha Knight as Essa in EDEN; photo by Janet Shum

Marsha’s been in the industry for over 15 years, both on and off stage.  Her latest stage work was Norm Foster’s Kiss the Moon, Kiss the Sun for Theater Northwest.  She has been a part of the EDEN workshops since its early drafts.  She has also recently worked with Sarasvati Productions on developing Jail Baby, a new play based on drama sessions with criminalized women.