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My turn.

October 14, 2010

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 also 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 and theatre journalist. Now I hope you’ll meet another side of me.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. October 14, 2010 9:59 am

    Oh garsh! I played Reba the maid in a Gallery Theatre production of You Can’t Take It With You when I was in H.S. – mid seventies. Could this be? Do you remember rehearsing sometimes at Miss Essies’s big Victorian up on Euclid?

    • October 14, 2010 10:36 am

      I don’t remember that… who is this? Did we do shows together?

      • October 14, 2010 11:38 am

        I don’t know–we may very well have been in some of the same shows. My Gallery Theatre days were so long ago it’s hard to remember. Fiddler? Knowing my name wouldn’t make much difference. I was a forgettable, skinny kid-painfully shy accept when on stage.

  2. October 14, 2010 11:37 am

    Go get ’em Steve — break a leg!

  3. October 14, 2010 11:37 am

    This is great, Steve! We gotta come out and see it. One of my favorite plays. On the list of American classics it’s right up near the top. I did “Once in a Lifetime” years ago at Circle in the Square and met both Kitty Carlisle and Anne Kauffman Schneider. Gracious, witty women of a classy era in American theater. Would it would return. See you in Claremont.

  4. Jill Gerber permalink
    October 14, 2010 12:04 pm

    It is a joy and an honor to be working with you Steve!!!!

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