Category Archives: Personal

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Away out WEST

Category : Personal , Reflection

I plan to run into the ocean to celebrate . . .
So, the journey for summer and fall work begins. I am headed to Creede, Colorado for a three and a half month gig there in the mountains. AND THEN:
When I wrap up the final performance of THE HISTORY ROOM by Charlie Thurston, it’s over the mountains, through the desert to San Luis Obispo, California (The Happiest City in America-no kidding) where I get to direct WHEN THE RAIN STOPS FALLING.
Two of the most beautiful places in the country, and I get to work in both of them. Plus, they are both terrific theaters that are under great leadership. I mean they are smart enough to hire me, right? And both artistic directors, Jessica Jackson and Kevin Harris respectively, have chosen extraordinary scripts for me to work on.
I’ll be back in Iowa City in time to vote in November.
To work in the American Theatre is a blessing in and of itself, but to be given opportunities like this…. This was well worth waiting for as I planned for this new chapter in my artistic life. Thank you, Theater Gods.

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Reflections at 65

Category : Personal , Reflection

I have been working as a professional theater artist for over forty years.

I know. It amazes me to think about how long that has been and what it all has meant. I think, more than anything else, it means I am one of the luckiest people I know. If you look at my resume, you can see that I have done what any character actor would consider a list of dream roles.

The works of Arthur Miller, William Shakespeare, Rebecca Gilman, and so many other classical and contemporary playwrights have shaped my career both as an actor and director.

Haven’t I done enough?┬áNo.

Time has become finite in a way it never was in my imagination before I turned 65. Which is a really great age. I have gained confidence, wisdom, and still have an instrument that, with thoughtful tending to the infrastructure, can still deliver fine work. I can still rehearse eight hours a day without falling down.

Unless falling down is what the script demands.

I have the artistic fire and desire to keep working and I look forward to working more; maybe even with you.