Like/Dislike with John Marra, Baltimore Rock Opera Society

  • John Marra: He's your puppet.
John Marra: He's your puppet. (Handout )
March 26, 2013

John Marra's full-time job is an assistant community lot projects coordinator at Civic Works. But his second job, although he works for free, is quartermaster of puppets for the Baltimore Rock Opera Society.

"We get paid in glory," said Marra, 28, who is originally from Queens, N.Y., but now lives in Harwood.

The Baltimore Rock Opera Society began in 2007. It is a completely volunteer organization "on a mission to melt faces and blow minds with the power of rock theater for next 7,000 years," Marra said.

On Saturday, BROS is wrapping up a 30-day campaign to raise $20,000 for its spring production, "Murdercastle," and for its new workshop space at the Bell Foundry, with fundraiser BRO-Down at the Windup Space (8 p.m.; $10; Marra took some time to share some of his favorites with us, so we can get inside the mind of a puppets quartermaster.

Worst pet peeve? Littering really bothers me, especially if it's thrown down a storm drain! Especially when that storm drain is within sight of a trash can. Give me a freaking break!

What song are you hating/loving right now? One answer for both: the Nine Inch Nails/Carly Rae Jepsen mash-up. I have nothing more to say on the matter.

Last concert/gig you went to? The rock-'n'-roll-kung-fu-BBQ-monster-robot-fireball-uppercut that is the Matrimonials, at Curious Palace.

Favorite rock opera? "David Comes To Life," by F---ed Up. Boy meets girl, boy loses girl tragically, boy goes into inner turmoil, boy confronts narrator of story and accuses him of controlling death of girl.

Trend that has exceeded its natural lifespan? Using "Rise of" in the title or tag line of a movie.

TV shows you can't get enough of? "ADVENTURE TIME"!

If you could do a rock opera about anything, what would it be? A nautical epic where the theater is flooded like the Romans did with the Colosseum so we can stage huge naval battles and build ships and sea-monster puppets and angry mermaids everywhere! The audience will sit on rafts and floaty tubes and it will be called "Tyhoonicus" or something.

Last great meal you had? Last time I went to visit my folks in NYC for Dad's Sunday pasta with Mom's homemade bread. Dinner starts in the afternoon and ends when the neighbors have left.

Favorite place to get a drink in Baltimore? After performances the BROS always head to iBar on Maryland Ave. for hot wings and cold pitchers. I once got blue alien body paint all over the place downstairs, but they're always really tolerant of our stupidity.

Best advice you ever got? "Don't get anyone pregnant." - My Dad, the day before I started college.

Favorite thing about Baltimore? You might as well ask me my favorite thing about being alive.


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