Actress With Local Ties in Film

Marissa Molnar, an actress with eastern Ohio roots, is making a name for herself on stage and screen.

Molnar has a supporting lead role in a new feature film, “Me, You and the Road,” that premiered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Saturday, Nov. 3. The cast is awaiting a New York City premiere.

“Me, You and the Road,” produced by C&I Studios of southern Florida, is described by the filmmakers as “an art house film about the journey of two men, as they struggle to find their way through life, and what it means to truly live. The film is intertwined with subtle themes and complex life and relationship issues.” The plot concerns two men, in their late 20s, who sell their possessions and embark on a cross-country road trip on motor scooters.

Molnar also has done considerable stage work, primarily in the Washington, D.C., area. She has performed in “The Screwtape Letters” on a national tour at the Shakespeare Theatre Company. She served as director and choreographer of “Voices from the Edge,” a 2012 production for New Perspectives Theatre Company.

A member of the Synetic Theater’s company from 2007-11, Molnar played Helena in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” which won a Helen Hayes Award for outstanding ensemble, at Synetic Theater and the Kennedy Center. A Washington Times critic wrote of her performance as Helena: “Marissa Molnar, graceful as a ballerina but a gifted physical comedian in the Carol Burnett mold.”

Molnar played the Nurse in “Romeo and Juliet” at Synetic Theater and the Folger Shakespeare Theatre. She and her castmates won two Helen Hayes awards for outstanding ensemble and outstanding resident play. A Washington Post critic wrote of her performance: “A slapstick tumbling routine in which Molnar gives as good as she gets.”

She also appeared in “Orestes: A Tragic Romp” at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre and Two River Theatre Company. She and the other members of the cast of “Orestes” were nominated for a Helen Hayes Award.

Also a dancer and model, Molnar earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude with honors, from American University in Washington.

Molnar is the daughter of Dave Molnar, a Columbus businessman who grew up in Belmont County. Her other local relatives include her grandfather, longtime News-Register columnist Al Molnar of St. Clairsville.

Wheeling native and screenwriter Sean Hennen’s latest episode of the hit CBS drama, “Person of Interest,” is scheduled to air at 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15.

This newest episode that he has written will air during the all-important November sweeps rating period. Hennen is a second-year member of the writing staff for “Person of Interest.”

Hennen, a graduate of Linsly School and Elon University, is the son of Sherry and Mike Hennen of Wheeling.

In observance of Veterans Day, a new documentary film, “Tradition of Service,” is slated to be shown again on West Virginia public television at 7 p.m. today, No. 11.

The film documents the story of the West Virginia Legacy Project, initiated by Glenville State College, to archive and preserve stories of men and women from the Mountain State who served in the armed forces during World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War and the military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The film utilizes 150-plus hours of archival footage gathered by a research team headed by Jason Gum.

The film was made by Allegheny Image Factory, a film production company in West Virginia. Officials said the company has begun production on a web series, “1863,” chronicling the birth of the 35th state.

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