After Theatre Summer Camp for Young Company at The Western Stage I will do the following two shows at Pacific Repertory Theatre.
Info and tickets at: https://www.pacrep.org
The Lusty Adventures of Tom Jones
freely adapted by Jon Jory based on the the classic novel by Henry Fielding
Sept 28 – Oct 14 Outdoor Forest Theater
Directed by Ken Kelleher
BASED ON THE 1963 ACADEMY AWARD BEST PICTURE
PacRep’s annual Forest Theatre offering is a rollicking and naughty adaptation of Henry Fielding’s ribald classic Tom Jones. Abandoned as a child to the care of Squire Allworthy, Tom Jones is now all grown up and launched into the bewildering romantic world. He falls madly in love with the virtuous Sophia Western — but Sophia’s father is determined to keep the two apart.
In his pursuit of true love, the well-intentioned Tom finds himself the object of female attention and romantic complication. But will these misadventures permanently jeopardize his chances with Sophia? Tom Jones is a bawdy and rollicking comedy for the stage that will have the audience
In this satirical romp, I will be playing Squire Allworthy—could one ask for a more noble part?— the adoptive father of the perpetually baffled Tom Jones. I may play one or two other parts as well. Based on my past experiences with adaptations at PacRep I expect this one to be a lot of fun.
Next, a rarely seen Shakespeare:
A rare opportunity to see one of Shakespeare’s less commonly produced but strong character studies.
by William Shakespeare
Oct 19 – Nov 4 • Circle Theatre
Directed by Ken Kelleher
PacRep continues its exploration of Shakespeare’s Roman plays with a new and relevant adaptation of Coriolanus, a timely political piece that deals with the violent and messy beginnings of democracy, and a powerful commentary on class politics and the nature of patriotism.
Caius Martius Coriolanus is a fearless soldier but a reluctant leader. His ambitious mother attempts to carve him a path to power yet he struggles to change his nature and do what is required to achieve greatness. Now he must decide who he really is and where his allegiances lie in a new city state struggling to find its feet, where the gap between rich and poor widens every day.
Here I will play Senator Menenius, friend of Coriolanus, who endeavors to guide him toward political mastery. This is a role that has been on my “wish-to-play list” for about forty years, so I hope to see you in the Circle Theatre.
Whether you come or no, best wishes to you and may you keep your footing in the heady currents of 2018.