Brandon K. Marchand is a New York based actor living a real life in a world of the absurd.
Once upon a time when Brandon was a wee pupil, mewling and puking in the Dean’s arms he graduated AMDA College and Conservatory for the Performing Arts with his BFA in Musical Theatre in October of 2015, where he performed in:
“You Are Here” (Blackbox Acting directed by Paul Perri and Eric Scott Gould), studying and performing various works of Absurdism ranging from Ionesco to Samuel Beckett,
“Dead End” (directed by Paul Perri with Dialect direction by Deborah Ross Sullivan) where he performed as ‘Dippy’- a vivacious, lovable boy with cretinism from New York in a gang known most famously and infamously as ‘The Dead End Boys’,
“The Lost Ones” (directed by Thomas James O’Leary) written as a novella by Samuel Beckett, commonly explored throughout theaters and classrooms alike as a monumental jab at existentialism and backbone of absurdism- brought to life in this revamping of the piece not through words but through the repetition of haunting and melancholy sounds and actions.
For the last show of his collegiate career Brandon played Bud Frump in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” (directed by Thomas James O’Leary, music directed by Richard Berent and choreographed by Stephanie Landwehr). Bud, the bombastic, snarky, comedic (and extremely annoying) villain constantly attempts to outdo the slick and sneaky J. Pierrepont Finch, however consistently succeeds in underwhelming Finch as well as his Uncle Biggley (the owner and manager of World Wide Wickets).
Throughout his education at AMDA Brandon also performed in showcases such as:
“Cafe Performance Series” (directed by Brooks Almy) performing a song from “Ordinary Days” by Adam Gwon called “Beautiful.”
Harmonics Showcase (taught and directed by Michael Sobie) - “Songs for a New World”, “Urinetown”, “Sunday in the Park With George” and more.
“Fairytales and Felonies” (taught and directed by Mary Gordon Murray) - where he performed as ‘Leo Maxwell Frank’ in “Parade” written and composed by Jason Robert Brown, singing “This is Not Over Yet”.
“Unlimited” (directed by Mark Abulencia and Nick DeGruccio)- “Music of Heaven” by Jason Robert Brown.
Then one day, he became a REAL actor!
“A Sketch of New York”, a staged sketch comedy show at the Producers Club in New York City, was among the first of his adventures in the big bad apple.
“Cranky Cabaret” (a bitchin’ cabaret, literally) was where he performed his unique rewrite of “Ladies Who Lunch” ala Elaine Stritch, in tights, of course. He also displayed how insanely intense he can love someone (possibly to a fault) with “I Really, Really Love You [aka the stalker song]”.
Then on another day, he became a REAL FILM ACTOR!
Brandon starred in an independent film called Cold Blooded, where he played Tommy, a man now faced with the horrors of his child-abuse-filled past, struggling to live to no avail.
“Onward.” -Sam Beckett
Then one day Brandon considered brain surgery.
He contemplated this for two minutes until he got cast in This Is Real, an Immersive Horror Experience directed by the originator of Escape the Room in America and a true mad scientist of theatrical horror, Timothy Haskell. In this show he played the Greeter and lead audiences through the end of their days, informing them of their demise as he blindfolded and bound their hands behind their backs before shoving them aggressively into a small cage where he placed headphones over their ears. There they had to free themselves and take off their blindfolds, keeping the headphones on. Note: two separate rooms + four cages/four guests a piece = two separate scenes- Room A and Room B. Room A’s guests saw a girl get her eye taken out with one wrench, her knee shattered by a hammer, and her tooth get ripped out with another wrench. Now, as a swing I got to play both psychos on days they couldn’t make it in, and eventually I replaced the actor who played Psycho B. (see description of torture duties after braggadocio) So I played three roles in one show… pretty cool right?! In Room B he shattered the knee of a captive and ripped out his upper trapezius with a crowbar. The guests then had to get out of their cages and escape their predicament which eventually lead to a chainsaw and a bang. I think it’s safe to say everyone involved felt on a deep, personal level that it was real.
“Onward.” -Sam Beckett
NY Summerfest has seen Brandon on its stage at the Hudson Guild Theater now twice as of July 2018. The first time in Summer 2017 he was asked to originate a role in a new musical called Scott Robbins and the Traveling Show, written and directed by Tyler Tafolla, exploring the fantasies and travesties of a traveling circus and a con man who steals the show with his charm. The next time was July 12, 13, and 14th, 2018 when he performed in the new play Trust, written and directed by Christopher Xavier Morris, an abysmally absurd example of a break up gone wrong.
Brandon has also concluded the first season of Shit Show, the sketch comedy miniseries he co-wrote, co-directed, co-produced, and starred in, found on instagram @shitshowminiseries, facebook @shitshowminiseries, Twitter @shitshowwebshow, and presented on YouTube (Shit Show 50 cc).