Acting in Plays
One of the things I do a lot of in my spare time is act in plays. We have
quite a few acting or repertory companies locally here in Colorado Springs.
The big five (if I may call them that) are Smokebrush (alas not doing
mainstream theatre any more), Theatreworks, the Fine Arts Center Repertory
Company, PPCC Masquers, and Star Bar Players. I have acted for them all
except PPCC (which is too far to travel for rehearsals - it's at the south
side of town and I live at the north side), with varying degrees of success.
There are also a few smaller companies, some of them not having a permanent
place of residence.
I've been nominated for Best Actor in the Peak Area Performance and Artists
awards, coordinated by the Pikes Peak Arts Council. The nomination was for my
performance of The Player in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.
Apparently the nominations are for the top three actors.
The awards are dished out on June 16, 2001. I'll be there...
...and there I was. I didn't get the award, I only cried a little, but, then
again I didn't have an acceptance speech written... I got a certificate though!
Froggy in The Foreigner by Larry Shue for Theatreworks. Rehearsals have started.
Performances are in September and October 2001, four weekends in all. I can't
quite put my hands on the exact dates (maybe I should, eh?) although I think the
first performance is September 14.
The Player in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard
for Star Bar Players at The Lon Chaney Theater. March/April 2001.
Johnathan Brewster in Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring
for Star Bar Players at The Lon Chaney Theater. January/February 2001.
Earl of Gloucester in King Lear by William Shakespeare
for Star Bar Players at The Lon Chaney Theater. September/October 2000.
Kolenkhov in You Can't Take It With You by George Kaufman & Moss Hart
for Smokebrush. November/December 1999.
John and James Jeckyll in Love! Valour! Compassion! by Terrance McNally
for Upstart Performing Ensemble at Smokebrush. October 1999.
The third Tempter in Murder in the Cathedral by T.S. Eliot
for Star Bar Players at The Lon Chaney Theater. April/May 1999.
Dr Prentice in What the Butler Saw by Joe Orton
for Star Bar Players at The Lon Chaney Theater. February/March 1999.
Bill, Al and Sir David Attenborough in All in the Timing by David Ives
for Theatreworks at the Dwire Theater. September/October 1998.
Lewis Carroll in Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, adapted by Patti
for Smokebrush. July 1998.
Cradeau in No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre
for Upstart Performing Ensemble at Smokebrush. May 1998.
Ross in Macbeth by William Shakespeare
for Smokebrush. February 1998.
The Reverend Samuel Parris in The Crucible by Arthur Miller
for Theatreworks at the Dwire Theater. October 1997.
Mr. Toad in Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graeme, adapted by Ziggy
for Smokebrush. May 1997.
Richard The Lionheart in The Lion in Winter by James Goldman
for Upstart Performing Ensemble at the Miramont Castle
in Manitou Springs. March 1997.
Kulygin in Three Sisters by Anton Chekov
for Smokebrush. November 1996.
Robert in Don't Dress For Dinner for Little London Productions (who are
no more, alas)
at the Grand Opry. September/October 1996.
The Duke of Milan in Two Gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare
for Theatreworks on the lawns at UCCS, alfresco (and sometimes bloody fresco
too!). August 1996.
John Barrymore in I Hate Hamlet by Paul Rudnick
for Star Bar Players at The Lon Chaney Theater. April/May 1996.
Marley's Ghost and Narrator in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens,
adapted by Murray Ross,
for Theatreworks at the Dwire Theater. December 1995.
Alex in The Nerd by Larry Shue
for Star Bar Players at The Lon Chaney Theater. October/November 1995.
Dex in I Take This Man by Jack Sharkey
for Little London Productions at The Clubhouse. June/July 1995.
Joseph II, The Emperor of Austria, in Amadeus by Peter Shaffer
for the Fine Arts Center Repertory Theatre Company at The Fine Arts Center.
Terrance O'Keefe in Breaking Legs by Tom Dulack
for Star Bar Players at The Lon Chaney Theater. January 1995.
Ken de la Maize in The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 by John Bishop
for About Town Dinner Theatre at the Broadmoor Hotel. October/November 1994.
Boyet in Love's Labour's Lost by William Shakespeare
for Theatreworks at Smokebrush. August 1994.
Anton Schill in The Visit by Friedrich Durrenmatt
for Theatreworks at the Dwire Theater. April/May 1994.
Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
for Star Bar Players at The Lon Chaney Theater. January 1994.
Before this I appeared in a series of productions in London, both for the
Dulwich Players and for the Environment Players. However I do not have the
programmes here in the US to be able list the roles.