The artist faces resistance. Not from outside himself. Not from haters. Usually the resistance comes from within. Whether it’s a novelist facing a blank page, or an actor apprehensive about a challenging, leading role, artists must push past excuses and obstacles that get in their way.
DMV-area actress Mary Suib has pushed past that old excuse “life gets in the way” to build a good body of work. Mary stopped the Examiner by to talk the many projects she’s involved in.
William Powell: Who do you play in Shooting the Prodigal?
Mary Suib: I am playing FORSYTHIA the church secretary.
WP: What drew you to the role?
MS: I had submitted my head shot and resume and was called in to read. I believe the original notice was on Actors
WP: What’s been the response to your performance?
MS: The film will not completed until November and then distributed. So at this point my only sense of my portrayal has been the comments of my director.
WP: How did you get into acting?
MS: It was what I have wanted to do my entire life but various other aspects of living got in the way, such as my family, my children and my job. I thought that when I retired I would be able to devote my time to acting but things never seem to work exactly as one thinks they will.
WP: Where do you train?
MS: Originally I attended Goodman Theatre School. More recently I have been auditing classes at George Mason. Additionally I’ve worked with private coaches and Actors Center workshops among other things.
WP: What’s been some of your favorite roles?
MS: All roles that give me a chance to create another character and reality are joys, each in its own way. I also like working in different mediums as well.
WP: What’s your advice for young actors?
MS: At this point I’d advise including dance, voice, and all sorts of skill development. You never know what may be needed.And read a lot of novels, to gain insights into characters.
WP: What’s next?
MS: Currently I’m in rehearsal for IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST with Scena; I’m directing a reading for Playwrights Forum in September; then a play titled GEORGE IS DEAD; and who know what more. I keep auditioning and new things keep coming.