Last Week of “Our Town”

This is your last week to catch Annika in “Our Town,” which closes this Sunday, October 22nd at the Pasadena Playhouse. The remaining performances are:

  1. Thursday, October 19th at 8:00pm
  2. Friday, October 20th at 8:00pm
  3. Saturday, October 21st at 2:00pm and 8:00pm
  4. Sunday, October 22nd at 2:00pm and 7:00pm

For tickets, click here. Read below to see what critics are saying about Annika’s performance in “Our Town.”

Pasadena Playhouse. 2017. Our Town. Photo: Jenny Graham.

The cast is exceptional, with Marks and Wailes epitomizing the strong, no-nonsense women of character and backbone who tirelessly kept their families on track at the turn of the century.
Ellen Dostal, Broadway World

Annika Marks plays Mrs. Webb with a no-nonsense New England brusqueness.
-Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times

Standout acting by Wailes and Marks as neighboring housewives…
-Jordan Riefe, The Hollywood Reporter

As the children’s mothers, Alexandria Wailes and Annika Marks are a warm and loving presence.
-Jonas Schwartz, TheaterMania.com

Annika Marks makes Emily’s mother practical and loving.
-Frances Baum Nicholson, The Stage Struck Review

Wailes-&-Arcilla and Marks are mothers every child wishes he or she could call Mom.
-Steven Stanley, StageSceneLA

Interview: Annika Marks from The Last Tycoon and The Fosters

Annika Marks was born in Sweden and has traveled the gypsy lifestyle finding residence in Washington, New York, and California where she now lives.

A born artist putting on family performances as a little girl, Annika began her acting career in 2001 and it boomed with her role as Amanda in the movie, Sessions (2012); winning her the Special Jury Award. It was a blessing and a sign, as prior to that incredible acting performance, she thought the stage was a better fit for her. The roles in Grace and Anguish helped propel her career in movies until she was offered a short-term role on the television show, The Fosters.

Annika was not only surprised that she would continue her character as Monte Porter, but felt very grateful. She talks about feeling as though she became a member of the family as the seasons continued and she “could not be more proud to be part of something with these messages (LGBTQ).”

She also has been more than happy to be part of the new show, The Last Tycoon, with Kelsey Grammer. She plays Bernadette Davis who is Monroe Stahr’s sister-in-law by marriage. Another character that Annika was able to parlay into a continuing role as she was only initially contracted for the pilot.

Outside of her remarkable acting abilities, she does a lot for kids who age out of foster care and are now on their own with no help from family members. She is also very active in the organization called HAMOMI. They do a lot of work that improves the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children in Nairobi, Kenya.

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“Our Town”

Annika has joined the cast of “Our Town,” an upcoming play at the Pasadena Playhouse, starting September 26th.


Pasadena Playhouse and Deaf West Theatre have announced the cast and creative team for a new production of Thornton Wilder’s classic American drama Our Town.

Directed by Tony nominee Sheryl Kaller (Next Fall, Mothers and Sons), the co-production, performed in both American Sign Language and spoken English, will begin performances September 26 prior to an official opening October 1 at the Pasadena Playhouse. The limited engagement continues through October 22.

As previously reported, multiple Emmy nominee Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle, Lost in Yonkers) will star as the Stage Manager. The cast of deaf and hearing actors will also include Deric Augustine (Queen Sugar) as George Gibbs, Harold Foxx (The Actor Whisperer) as Howie Newsome, Sandra Mae Frank (Wendla in Spring Awakening) as Emily Webb, Russell Harvard (Tribes, Fargo) as Mr. Webb, Emmy nominee Dot Marie Jones (Glee) as Mrs. Soames, Troy Kotsur (Spring Awakening) as Simon Stimson, Annika Marks (The Model Apartment) as Mrs. Webb, Sharon Pierre-Louis (Lincoln Heights) as Emily Webb, Alexandria Wailes (Spring Awakening) as Mrs. Gibbs, and Jud Willford (Wicked) as Mr. Gibbs.

Rounding out the ensemble are Drama Desk Award winner Marie-France Arcilla, David Gautreaux, Leonard Kelly-Young, Ivan Martinez, Amanda McDonough, On Shiu, and Natasha Ofili.

“I wanted to kick off the Playhouse’s Centennial Season by revisiting one of the greatest plays ever written, one that was originally produced here at the Playhouse in 1939, just a year after its world premiere,” said Pasadena Playhouse Producing Artistic Director Danny Feldman in a statement. “By partnering with our friends at Deaf West Theatre, together we are creating a thrilling opportunity for our community to experience this timeless classic in a profound new way.”

“The play is a touchstone of American theatre,” added Deaf West Theatre Artistic Director DJ Kurs. “It’s thrilling to adapt one of the classic works of the American stage with a director like Sheryl Kaller and a cast of this caliber but also to perform it before an audience that, more than ever, is unified in an understanding and appreciation of the possibilities of a bilingual staging in American Sign Language and English.”

The creative team also includes choreographer David Dorfman, scenic designer David Meyer, costume designer Ann Closs Farley, lighting designer Jared A. Sayeg, co-sound designer Leon Rothenberg, co-sound designer Jonathan Burke, associate director Srda Vasiljević, ASL masters Joshua Castile and Jevon Whetter, and production stage manager Jenny Slattery.

Tickets, priced $25–$92, are available online at PasadenaPlayhouse.org, by phone at (626) 356-7529 or by visiting the Pasadena Playhouse Box Office, located at 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena.

Source: Playbill

“The Model Apartment” – Closing 11/20!

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Don’t miss Annika portray two unforgettable roles in Donald Margulies’ play, “The Model Apartment,” closing this Sunday, November 20th at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, CA. The remaining performances are:

  • Tuesday, November 15 – 8:00pm
  • Thursday, November 17 – 8:00pm
  • Friday, November 18 – 8:00pm
  • Saturday, November 19 – 3:00pm
  • Saturday, November 19 – 8:00pm
  • Sunday, November 20 – 2:00pm
  • Sunday, November 20 – 7:00pm

For tickets, please visit Geffen Playhouse.

Acclaim for “The Model Apartment”

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The most challenging role, however, and the one which drives the story, belongs to [Annika] Marks. Its not easy portraying outrageousness without taking it over the top. But Marks never does…
-Deborah Klugman, LA Weekly

…no one can deny the absolutely astonishing Geffen debut performance of Ms. Marks. It is a tour de force effort born of two talented creative individuals – Ms. Marks and director Mazor.
Desert Local News

…it is the always astonishing Marks whose Debby will have you mesmerized, disturbed, shocked (often into horrified laughter), and shattered, and whose Deborah will haunt you as she does Max.
-Steven Stanley, StageSceneLA

…the four actor-five character piece is a triumph for Annika Marks, who plays two radically different daughters with such finesse one actor seems to be missing from the curtain call. So Cal Arts & Entertainment

“The Model Apartment” runs through November 20th. Tickets are on sale at Geffen Playhouse.

“The Model Apartment” Opening Wednesday 10/19

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“The Model Apartment” opens this Wednesday, October 19th at Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, CA and will run through Sunday, November 20th. Annika plays the characters of “Debby” and “Deborah.” For tickets, click here.

Synopsis: Max and Lola are retiring to Florida, desperately hoping to live out their golden years in relaxation and respite. But the life they have left behind quickly comes calling, plunging their deluxe seaside condo into a nightmare tinged with the brutality of their past. (Geffen Playhouse)

Performance schedule:

  • Monday: no performance
  • Tuesday – Friday: 8:00pm
  • Saturday: 3:00pm and 8:00pm
  • Sunday: 2:00pm and 7:00pm

Photos by Jeff Lorch Photography.
Source: Geffen Playhouse

For more photos from “The Model Apartment,” click here.