Few members of The Institute faculty do more to shape the young men attending that Catholic, military school on the edge of Greenwich Village during the height of the Vietnam War than does Sergeant Major Marny.
Sergeant major is the highest enlisted rank in the U.S. army and not one given lightly. Achieving it signifies someone has likely devoted his life to military service and seen more than his share of life on the front lines of wherever his country deems to send its military forces.
Marny is such a man, his career forged by his service in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He knows the boys he instructs could very well be drafted to fight in Vietnam when they graduate, so he sees his mission as preparing them for that and for their lives outside the military as well.
He believes the role of the military is to equip young men for life, which is why he reacts as he does when the military program at The Institute is threatened. Come to a performance weekends from Oct. 21 through Nov. 13 to see what he does.
Matthew J. Lloyd will be playing Marny. Matt is a 25-year stage veteran, who has appeared with such groups as the Signal Ensemble Theatre, MadKap Productions, The Underground Railroad, ETA Creative Arts and Gorilla Tango Theater.
Tickets for The Institute, which will be running weekends from Oct. 21 through Nov. 13 are available by simply clicking this link.