Knathan MacKenzie-Roy has never been afraid of having too much on his theatrical to-do list.
"I feel like I'm auditioning all the time," said MacKenzie-Roy, who along with landing the male lead in "As Bees in Honey Drown," opening Friday at the Schenectady Civic Playhouse, has also landed gigs with Curtain Call Theatre in Latham and the Circle Theatre Players in West Sand Lake during the first three months of 2018. "I look at what roles might work for me, what roles pique my interest, and although there seems to be a lull sometimes, I like keeping pretty busy."
MacKenzie-Roy grew up in central New York between Syracuse and Oswego and went to SUNY-Oswego, where he majored in theater, focusing on acting and directing. From there he went on to complete a one-year program with the Atlantic Acting School in Manhattan.
"It gets pretty expensive living in New York City trying to be an actor," said MacKenzie-Roy, who now has a job in state government. "So we decided to move to the Albany area. It's right in between New York and the Syracuse area where my wife and I have family. I wanted to be in or around a big city, and right now Albany is the next best choice."
"As Bees in Honey Drown" is Douglas Carter Beane's 1997 play about a young male author dealing with the success of his first book. With that success comes a flashy con artist hoping to take advantage of the situation. MacKenzie-Roy plays the young author, Evan, and Cristine M. Loffredo is the con artist, Alexa. Mark Stephens is directing the Schenectady Civic Players version, which also stars Pat Brady, Jason Biszick, Laura Graver and Michael Schaefer.
"This young writer has his first taste of real success, and he sees what it's like to suddenly be in the public eye," said MacKenzie-Roy, who was also in a production of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe" at the Colonial Little Theater in Johnstown. "He meets a woman who says she's going to help him fully enjoy the situation and live life to the fullest, but he kind of gets swept up in the whirlwind. His life becomes out of control and it suddenly is not looking at all that great."
"As Bees in Honey Drown" opened in New York off-Broadway at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in July of 1997. Beane won an Outer Critics Circle Award for his writing, and female lead J. Smith-Cameron won an OBIE Award for her portrayal of Alexa.
Also opening this weekend will be "See How They Run," at the Curtain Call Theatre in Latham, and "Miracle on 34th Street" by the Classic Theater Guild at Proctors.
Chris Foster is directing a talented ensemble cast in "See How They Run," Philip King's 1942 English farce with plenty of tense situations, comedy and mistaken identity. The cast is made up of Kasey Kenyon, Jennifer Lefsyk, Sara Melita, Richard Roe, Isaac Scranton, Dennis Skiba, John Sutton, Jennifer Van Iderstyne and Patrick White.
CTG's production of the "Miracle on 34th Street" will be held in the Addy, a new performance venue in Proctors named after Adeline Graham, a former board member at Proctors.
"Miracle" is based on Valentine Davies' 1947 novella, which was published in conjunction with the 1947 film with Maureen O'Hara and Natalie Wood.
The story centers around a young girl who doesn't believe in Santa Claus. In the CTG production, Mark David will play Chris Kringle.
'As Bees in Honey Drown'
WHERE: Schenectady Civic Playhouse, 12 S. Church St., Schenectady
WHEN: Opens Friday and runs through Dec. 16; performances are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday
HOW MUCH: $20
MORE INFO: (518) 382-2081, www.civicplayers.org
'See How They Run'
WHERE: Curtain Call Theatre, 1 Jeanne Jugan Lane, Latham
WHEN: Opens Friday and runs through Dec. 31; performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and Sunday at 3 p.m.
HOW MUCH: $25
MORE INFO: (518) 877-7529, www.curtaincalltheatre.com
'Miracle on 34th Street'
WHERE: The Addy at Proctors, 432 State St., Schenectady
WHEN: Opens Friday and runs through Dec. 10; performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday
HOW MUCH: $20-$18
MORE INFO: (518) 346-6204, www.proctors.org