Mark A. Marple

Greenbriar Theatre

In the late 70's, I had a chance to work with Townsend Coleman at the Greenbriar Theatre (now called the Cassidy Theatre) in Neil Simon's "Come Blow Your Horn".
I played Buddy Baker to Townsend's Alan Baker (my older brother in the play). I had played the same role 5 years earlier in Mansfield, Ohio. Townsend's comedic timing was impeccable and we had a hit show. During this time he invited me to WGCL, his radio station, and I did my very first professional voice tape with his help. He also had a sexy actress record my answering machine tape and my Mother left a very distraught message on it. I don't know, I thought it was pretty
cool but to keep peace in my family, I switched back to my normal message.

After I left for California to work on "Seven Brides For Seven Brothers" starring Debby Boone, Townsend took off like a rocket. He hosted a T.V. show similar to American Top 40 and then was a voiceover King with roles ranging from Michaelangelo in "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" to the title role of the Tick in, you guessed it, "The Tick". Life is so strange that I would open Marple Comics at New Brunswick and Princeton, New Jersey and would eventually work with the creators and publishers of comic book characters and he would breathe life into them in animation work. What a great voice over talent and actor! I recently got in contact with him on Facebook and he is still knocking them dead!

The entrance to the Greenbriar! We hung out here running lines.

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