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Inside Acting Panel - L.A. Theatre Works

Thursday, January 31, 7:30 p.m. - CANCELLED

L.A. Theatre Works Sangamon Auditorium, UIS will host an Inside Acting Panel Thursday, January 31 at 7:30 p.m. in the UIS Studio Theatre. The panel will last between 1-2 hours, providing aspiring local actors and lovers of theater the opportunity to speak with L.A. Theatre Works actors Gregory Harrison, Peter Van Norden, Bo Foxworth and Russell Soder about their craft as well as their careers. (See actor bios below)

Tickets will be $6 for members of the community while this event is free for UIS students. Tickets for the show will be required as there is limited space available for the panel.  Those who purchase evening tickets for L.A. Theater Works’ Top Secret: Battle for the Pentagon Papers on February 1, 2008 at 8 p.m. can receive their Inside Acting panel tickets for free. Those who attend the panel on Thursday night will receive a coupon for $6 off a ticket for the L.A. Theater Works performance the following night. 

Following the Friday night performance of L.A. Theater Works’ Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers, a post-show discussion will occur allowing members of the audience to ask questions of the cast relating to the content of the performance and the play itself. 

Order tickets by calling the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office at (217) 206-6160 or toll free at 800-207-6960.

Inside Acting Panel - Bios

Gregory Harrison (Brian Kelly)  Gregory’s career spans television, film, and theater.  Most recently, Gregory completed a long run in CHICAGO, THE MUSICAL, having performed the role of Billy Flynn in both the Broadway production and on the national tour.  Also on Broadway, Gregory originated the role of ‘Mick’ in Kander and Ebb’s 1996 musical STEEL PIER with Karen Ziemba, Kristin Chenowith and Debra Monk.  He also starred opposite Blythe Danner, Treat Williams, and Judith Ivey in the Roundabout Theater Company’s 2001 revival of Steven Sondheim’s FOLLIES.  Gregory’s West Coast stage credits include OF THEE I SING, GUYS AND DOLLS, THE SUBJECT WAS ROSES, FESTIVAL, CHILD’S PLAY, PICNIC, BILLY BUDD, CARNAL KNOWLEDGE (LADC Best Actor nomination), and THE HASTY HEART (LADC Best Actor Award).  In 1990 he was honored with an Ovation Award for Outstanding Contribution to L.A. Theater.  Gregory’s TV series include “Law and Order: SVU”, “Reunion”, “Joey”, “Strong Medicine”, “Judging Amy”, “Ed”, “Safe Harbor”, “Sisters”, “Logan’s Run”, “Falcon Crest”, “The Family Man”, “New York News”, and “Trapper John M.D.” (seven seasons).  He has starred in dozens of mini-series and TV movies including “Centennial”, “Fresno”, “Nothing Lasts Forever”, The Gathering”, “For Ladies Only”, “Au Pair (1 & 2)”, “First Daughter” and “First Target”.  Feature films include North Shore, Razorback, Air Bud II: Golden Receiver, Hard Evidence, Running Wild, and It’s My Party.  Gregory has just completed filming on several new projects: “Au Pair 3” for ABC Family Channel, the indie feature Love ‘N Dancing, as well as a new series pilot for FOX TV called “Nurses”.  An avid surfer since childhood, he resides with his family on the wild coast of Oregon.

Peter Van Norden (Fritz Beebe / Henry Kissinger)  For LATW, he played ‘Inspector Fosterbridge’ in A TALE OF CHARLES DICKINS. Most recent performances in L.A. include TUG OF WAR and THE WASPS at the Getty Villa and THE WILD PARTY for the Blank Theatre Co.  Before that he played ‘Scrooge’ in A CHRISTMAS CAROL, ‘The Judge’ in David Mamet’s ROMANCE and ‘Don Quixote’ in “The Flying Karamazov Brother’s DON QUIXOTE at San Diego Rep.  He has also recently appeared as ‘Henry Kissinger’ in NIXON’S NIXON, as ‘Andrew Undershaft’ in George Bernard Shaw’s MAJOR BARBARA (for which he won the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Male Performance), and as ‘Ben Hecht’ in MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS at San Jose Rep. and the Intiman Theatre in Seattle.  Back in L.A., he was nominated for an Ovation Award as Best Featured Actor In a Musical for his work in DINAH WAS at International City Theatre, Long Beach, and won the very first Backstage West Garland Award for best performance in Joe Orton’s LOOT. He has worked at most of the regional theatres across the country (including The Globe in San Diego, The Guthrie, Center Stage in Baltimore, Seattle Rep., Berkeley Rep., Arizona Thr. Co., Laguna Playhouse, La Mirada, etc.), and in his native NYC, has appeared in HAMLET with Kevin Kline, JUNGLE OF CITIES with Al Pacino, HENRY V with Meryl Streep and on Broadway in SAINT JOHN with Lynn Redgrave and LITTLE JOHNNY JONES with Donny Osmond.  His film roles include leads opposite Oscar winner Jodie Foster in The Accused, as Steve Guttengerg’s partner in Police Academy 2, and as ‘Ralph Bretner’ in the Stephen King mini-series, The Stand.  He has appeared in dozens of other films and TV shows, most of which he has forgotten.  If you remember any of them, he is grateful.

Bo Foxworth (Eugene Patterson / George Wilson):  The world premiere of THE VERDI GIRLS at Laguna Playhouse and ‘Touchstone’ in AS YOU LIKE IT at A Noise Within.  The title character in HAMLET at Shakespeare Orange County.  Other credits include, THE REHEARSAL at Disney Hall; ‘Trinculo’ in THE TEMPEST and ‘Hal Carter’ in PICNIC at A Noise Within; MACBETH, A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM and MEASURE FOR MEASURE at Shakespeare Orange County.  BRIGHT IDEAS at Laguna Playhouse.  A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM at the Hollywood Bowl with Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting the L.A. Philharmonic.  Other recent work includes WAR MUSIC at The Geffen; TWELFTH NIGHT, CORIOLANUS and MEASURE FOR MEASURE (Ovation Nomination Best Featured Actor) at A Noise Within.  New York Theater: Original cast member of the Off-Broadway hit, AS BEES IN HONEY DROWN at the Lucile Lortel; TRAVELER WITHOUT LUGGAGE at the Century Theater; HUMULUS THE MUTE at HERE; THE MISER at the Pearl Theater; and others.  Regional Theater: HAMLET at the Shakespeare Theater in Washington D.C.; WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF at Vienna’s English Theater in Vienna, Austria; AN AMERICAN DAUGHTER at The Long Wharf; GALILEO and THE SHOW OFF at Baltimore Center Stage; OVERTIME and THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, directed by Jack O’Brien at The Old Globe; and many others.  Film and TV: 33 Griffin Lane, Blood Deep, The Monster and the Peanut (Winner: EMMY Best Student Film, ‘Best Lead Actor in a Short’, Nom. MethodFest); Last Stop; Shel Silverstein’s A Bloomingdale’s Shopping Bag; Skin Deep, directed by Blake Edwards; “Lincoln Heights”, “Diagnosis Murder”, “Law and Order SVU”, ‘Carl Wilson’ in “Summer Dreams: the Story of the Beach Boys”, “The Rescue of Jessica McClure”.  He is a graduate of UCLA and received his Masters at Yale School of Drama.

Russell Soder (Ron Ziegler / Soldier / Darryl Cox)  Russell is proud and privileged to be back at LATW         after having recently appeared as ‘Amos Beeves’ in Arthur Miller’s THE MAN WHO HAD ALL THE LUCH and ‘Roy Selridge’ in Neil Simon’s BILOXI BLUES.  A native Rhode Islander, he served in the U.S. Army after high school and used a bit of Uncle Sam’s cash to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, NYC.  It was there that he studied with such mentors and Peter Jensen, Harrietta Peterka and Kent Paul.  After six years of New York theatre, Russell moved to Los Angeles and became a member of the Antaeus Company.  There, be found himself under the graceful guidance of co-artistic directors Jeanie Hackett & John Apicella, working alongside some of the most intelligent and skillful people he has met to date.  His recent theatre credits include: ‘The Messenger’ in PHAEDRA (the Getty Villa), ‘Robin’ in PRINCE POUPON NEEDS A WIFE dir. Brendon Fox (Antaeus), ‘Bobby’ in AMERICAN BUFFALO with Tony Amendola and Michael McShane (Antaeus), ‘Father Kieran O’Reilly’ in Dakin Matthews’ award winner PRINCE OF L.A. (Andak Theater Co.), GRACE IN AMERICA dir. Kent Paul with Eileen Brennan & Kathleen Nolan (Lost Nation), ‘Jack McCall’ in TRUE HISTORY AND REAL ADVENTURES dir. Michael Mayer (Vineyard Theatre NYC).  His television credits include ‘Trey Hinton’ in “Without a Trace”, ‘PVT Berg’ in “ER”, ‘Jeff’ in “Medical Investigation” and ‘Neil Harker’ in “Hopewell” (CBS pilot).  Thanks to Susan, Brendon and his trophy wife, Angela.


L.A. Theatre Works
Top Secret: The Battle for The Pentagon Papers
Friday, February 1, 8 p.m.

John Heard For two decades, L.A. Theatre Works has been the foremost radio theater company in the United States featuring a first-rate cast of some of Hollywood’s brightest stars. Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers, under the producing direction of Susan Albert Loewenberg; starring film actors John Heard (Law & Order, and The Sopranos), John Vickery, Shannon Cochran and Gregory Harrison is a live radio play that takes an inside look at The Washington Post’s decision to publish the top secret study documenting U.S. involvement in Vietnam. This historic trial, arguably the most important Supreme Court case ever on freedom of the press, tested the parameters of the First Amendment, putting the public’s right to know against the government’s desire for secrecy. 

Sponsored by the University of Illinois at Springfield College of Public Affairs, the Administration Center for State Policy and Leadership and Sangamon Auditorium. This performance is part of a Government Accountability and a Free Press project. 

The performance will be recorded and broadcast at a later date by 91.9 - WUIS Public Radio

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- Cast Bios
- Government Accountability and a Free Press Project
- Top Secret Play -

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