Marshall Button (Lucien)

Actor, Playwright, Humourist, Director Marshall Button resides in Moncton, NB where he occupies the post of Artist-in-Residence at The Capitol Theatre.  He is best known for his creation Lucien, the well-known North Shore mill-worker and New Brunswick’s Blue-Collar Philosopher. Lucien first appeared in Fredericton, NB in February, 1984 as a short monologue.  There are now four full-length one-person plays, Lucien, Lucien’s Labour Lost, Lucien Snowbird, and Helter Smelter.


As a Playwright, Marshall has penned more than a dozen professionally produced plays.  His career as a political satirist began in the late 1980s with frequent appearances on CBC Radio, most notably Morningside with Peter Gzowski.  Marshall provides a frequent humour column to CBC Radio’s Information Morning.  He has given performances for Canada’s three major political parties, both nationally and provincially.  He appears annually as master of ceremonies for many prestigious events including the NB State of the Province, and has hosted dozens of national and regional conferences.  He has given several keynote presentations on the theme of Humour in the Workplace


Marshall has made many television appearances, including  CBC, CTV and Sportsnet. He has appeared as an actor in several film and television shows, entertained troops in Afghanistan, and has directed countless theatre productions including the 2016 smash hit The Sound of Music at the Capitol Theatre in Moncton.  Marshall has performed Lucien over two thousand times, from coast to coast in every Canadian province, and has appeared regularly during Moncton’s HubCap Comedy Festival, an event he co-founded in 2001.  His current projects include The NB Symfunny Orchestra a show for four actors and 40 classical musicians, Full of Beans (a new show with Jimmy the Janitor), and directing large musicals for the Capitol Theatre stage.


In 2008, Marshall Button was awarded the order of New Brunswick and was given an honourary doctorate degree from St. Thomas University in Fredericton.  A Paul Harris Fellow, he was awarded the Order of Moncton in 2012.  He sits on many not-for-profit boards, has been spokesperson and advocate for mental health, and chaired the 2013 United Way Campaign for Greater Moncton Southeast New Brunswick.

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