Here, via email, we hear from actor Ronald Keaton, who adapted and stars in Churchill Off-Broadway at New World Stages.
What show recently impressed you?
Saw a production of The Downpour by Caitlin Parrish in Chicago before coming to New York. Delicate, a real thriller, powerful...all at the same time. Impressive concept and production.
What production are you most excited to see?
Can't wait to see The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Heard so much about how absolutely involved one gets in the storytelling. Of course, I have to find a hole in our own performing schedule first to do so…
What play/musical would you most like to revive on Broadway, and which role would you want to play?
After nearly 45 years, I've finally arrived at a point in my career where I have opportunities now to actually avoid being so typecast. I would love to sink my teeth into so many things. And, if we're talking about Broadway, hey...think big. I'd dearly enjoy the great Osborne piece The Entertainer. Or Hugh Leonard's Da. Wow. And personally, I think every man in the business would want to do 1776. It's one of the best musical ensemble pieces ever written. And it would do my heart good to finally get a shot at Ben Franklin.... Or ANY new piece that comes along of quality and maturity. The door remains open, friends.
What are your current/upcoming projects?
My collaborator and artistic director in SoloChicago Theatre, Kurt Johns, and I are immersed right now in writing and planning. I'm doing some fascinating research on Dorothy Parker and enjoying writing for another performer. We're exploring the idea of solo musical works (I have one of my own waiting its turn). We also wish to dive into presenting other artists and ideas as well as producing. You never stop dreaming. Ever. Once you do, you die. And I simply have too much left to that I want to do.