I was a theatre major in college after spending several years performing on stage as a teen at the Gallery Theatre in Ontario. Radio eventually usurped the boards and I didn't do another play until about four years ago.
KPCC's Hettie Lynne Hurtes invited me to join DramaWest, which produces bi-monthly 10-minute play readings in Echo Park. I've recently done readings with Parson's Nose, where I'm also a board member. And next week, I'm reunited with a couple old friends from the Gallery Theatre days, when I play Martin Vanderhof (Grandpa) in Kaufman and Hart's "You Can't Take It With You," my first fully produced 3-act play since ... well, theatres now have electricity and air conditioning.
Frank Minano founded the nonprofit Inland Valley Repertory Theatre in the early '90s and the company produces in rep with the Candlelight Pavilion in Claremont, on the same site where my dad attended high school in the 1940s. A Buca di Beppo and Trader Joe's now sit close to where my family ate from Griswold's buffet in the 1960s and '70s.
"You Can't Take It With You" is as funny and poignant today as it was when the US was coming out of the Great Depression. For tickets, call 909-626-1254 ext 1 and mention my name for a discount. Or go online.
Many of you have known me for ten years as KPCC's Morning Edition host. Now I hope you'll meet another side of me.