In 2000, I began acting in several staged play-readings at the Pewter Plough Playhouse (PPP) here in Cambria. In fall of 2000, we went into full production of Driving Miss Daisy for 21 shows. That was the beginning...
Cambria's Allied Arts Association sponsored an acting class in early 2001, led by Actors' Studio graduate, actor Richard Romanus. Richard played many bad-guys in film and on television over the years. The class, originally planned for a month, ran for the better part of the year. Richard retired (mostly) from acting, moved to Greece, where he and his wife Anthea Sylbert are concentrating on writing and some production work.
In the class, I learned that I was pretty clueless about acting in my Daisy debut; people enjoyed the performance, but it wasn't till my next play that I really felt I knew what I was doing!
- I've directed a reading of the radio-play adaptation of the 1947 Lux Radio Theatre production of It's a Wonderful Life, several times: at the Cambria Center for the Arts Theatre (CCAT) in 2011, 12, and 13, and at the PPP in 2004, 2005, and 2006. I was an actor in the show in a couple of the PPP performances and at CCAT in 2016.
- May 2004: Directed a reading of A.R. Gurney's The Perfect Party, at the PPP.
- Nov 2013: David O. Selznick in the CCAT production of Don't Cry For Me, Margaret Mitchell
- Aug 2012: Ken in the CCAT production of Neil Simon's Rumors.
- Sep 2006: Bob Hope in the Cambria American Legion 's USO-style musical variety show.
- Jan 2006: Boris Kolenkhov in You Can't Take It With You, at the San Luis Obispo Little Theatre.
- Nov 2005: I played Santa in a local TV commmercial.
- May 2005: Frank in Over The River And Through The Woods, at the SLO Little Theatre.
- Mar 2004: Harry Brock in Born Yesterday at the PPP. Eleven-week run.
- Aug 2003: Bus Driver 1 in the 2004 independent film GreyDog.
- Jan 2003: Oscar Wolfe in The Royal Family, at the SLO Little Theatre.
- Jun 2002: Ardell in the west-coast premiere of Gary Carden's The Raindrop Waltz, at the PPP.
- Apr 2002: George in Moon Over Buffalo, a production by Allied Arts (parent organization of CCA).
- Oct 2000: Boolie in Driving Miss Daisy at the PPP.