By Rick Morwick
Steven Marsh is a veteran stage actor who got his start in community theater nearly 20 years ago in Monticello, Fla.
Now, after two decades of being on stage, the Carmel resident is stepping out of his comfort zone to direct Main Street Productions’ presentation of “Going Going Gone,” a comedy centered around four sports journalists in a press box covering a Major League Baseball game.
Penned by writer/Major League Baseball announcer Ken Levine, “Going Going Gone” has an eight-show run April 12 through April 28 at Westfield Playhouse, 1836 W. Ind. 32, Westfield.
Marsh, who moved to Carmel in 2005, is making his directorial debut. The play, which is being staged for the first time outside of Los Angeles, has four cast members and explores an array of topics that most everyday people can relate to.
“It’s four sportscasters doing their jobs during a single, crazy baseball game, but it’s also about the changing landscape of the news media, the meaning of life and other bigger pictures,” Marsh said. “Plus, I love that it’s such a modern comedy. Various plot points revolve around cellphones, online dating and the perils of the housing market.
“Experiencing this play gives me the same thrill that I get when I stumble across an episode of ‘MASH’ or ‘Cheers’ I’d forgotten about, where the characters all feel alive, their situations have real stakes, and yet everything is so energetic and funny.”
The cast features Hamilton County residents Brian Coon (Westfield), Bill Buchanan (Westfield) and Ka’Lena Cuevas (Fishers), along with Indianapolis resident Byron Holmes.
Ironically, the small cast poses some sizable directing challenges.
“There are only four actors, and the audience gets to know them all intimately,” Marsh said. “Everyone has many lines to learn, with plenty of motivations and interactions within the group. Plus, in the context of a baseball game where practically anything can happen, there’s a lot to keep track of.”
For more or for tickets, visit westfieldplayhouse.org.