Jonathon Markanday is the PR and marketing director at Theatre on the Square. He also co-hosts Saturday Matinee on WXNT. He was recently seen in the play The Confessional at the Wheeler Arts Center, and will be performing in “Victorian Candlelight Theatre” at the President Benjamin Harrison Home in “Wooed and Viewed” by Feydeau, which opens March 5. Jonathon will be moving to L.A. in June, where he hopes to further his acting career. Q: What do you like about the Indy art scene?
A: The unbelievable amount of passion that those who work in the community and semi-professional theaters in this town have for their art. Whether they are actors, technicians, directors or producers, they give of themselves often without hope of any financial compensation.
Q: What don’t you like?
A: There needs to be more support. Without taking anything away from the CICF, Sunrise Foundation, Christel DeHaan amongst others, who have been akin to guardian angels, I recall a visit to the Arts Council a couple of years ago when TOTS was in immediate danger of closing. When I asked for help, I was told in perfect politeness, “Well, good luck! We don’t have any money.” However, the Artsgarden is a great multimillion dollar way of crossing the street and I must admit, their new digs on Monument Circle are nothing short of spectacular.
Q: Who’s your inspiration?
A: In life: Ron Spencer. I could be accused of sucking up to my boss, but his determination to keep his little theater open and successful after 16 years of back- and heart-breaking work has been a definition of the word “fight.”
Q: Drug of choice?
A: Never tried them, with the exception of tobacco. The feeling I get before I walk onto a stage and say my first line is the closest I need to get to a “high.”
Q: Who’s your favorite politician?
A: Hard to find one who has not made lying an intricate low-art. Maybe it’s because I was only 10 at the time, but the only politician I ever thought had a trustworthy bone in her body is Maggie Thatcher.
Q: What’s the hardest thing about what you do?
A: Working sometimes a month and a half without getting paid, due to lack of money in the theater’s bank. I have learnt how to hoard though, since there tend to be more rainy days here than there ever were in England.
Q: Name three people living or dead you’d invite to dinner.
A: Harrison Ullmann, Mohandas K. Gandhi and Peter O’Toole. That about covers knowledge, wisdom and ice breaking party anecdotes.
Q: Can love be pornographic?
A: If pornography is defined as designed to “excite lascivious feelings” then whenever a certain pair of hypnotic, shatteringly expressive eyes look in my direction, even when she is being disdainful, I cannot help but feel precisely that.