Episode 4 Keeping Live Theatre Alive

Ed O'Neill
Ed O'Neill is an actor and comedian. His roles include Al Bundy on the Fox Network sitcom Married... with Children, for which he was nominated for two Golden Globes, and Jay Pritchett on the award-winning ABC sitcom Modern Family, a role for which he was nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards and won four Screen Actors Guild Awards (all four for being part of the best Ensemble in a Comedy Series). He has also appeared in the Wayne's World film series, Little Giants, Prefontaine, The Bone Collector and Sun Dogs, and has done voice-work for the Wreck It Ralph franchise and Finding Dory.

Click the image below to see Ed's Christmas memory.

John Lithgow
John Lithgow is known for 3rd Rock from the Sun, for which he won three Emmy Awards for Best Actor in a Comedy Series. He also won an Emmy for his role as Arthur Miller in Dexter, and as Winston Churchill in Netflix’s The Crown. Prolific in films, TV and theater, Lithgow is the recipient of numerous accolades, including; two Golden Globe Awards, six Primetime Emmy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Tony Awards, and nominations for two Academy Awards, and four Grammy Awards. He was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame, and has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Click the image below to see John's story about his actor father.

Lorraine Toussaint
Lorraine Toussaint is a Trinidadian-American actress and producer. Toussaint began her career in theatre before supporting performances in films such as Breaking In, Dangerous Minds, and Hudson Hawk. As lead actress, she is best known for her role as Rene Jackson in the Lifetime TV series Any Day Now, from 1998 to 2002, and her recurring role as defense attorney Shambala Green in the NBC legal drama Law & Order. Toussaint later appeared as a regular cast member in the NBC police series Crossing Jordan and the TNT crime drama Saving Grace.

Click the image below to see Lorraine's video "My Mama's Bed".

Tom Wright
Wright has appeared in over 40 stage productions on and off Broadway. He began his acting career as a member of The People's Light and Theater Company. Wright also spent four years at the National Playwrights Conference and two summers at the Sundance Institute. On Broadway, he performed in A Taste of Honey. Some of the notable theaters in which he has appeared include the American Place Theater, Manhattan Theater Club, New York Theater Workshop, Actors Theater of Louisville, Center Stage, Yale Repertory Theater, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Hartford Stage, and Theatre De La Jeune Lune.

Click the image below to see Tom's video about his difficult journey to who he is - an actor!

 Peter Scolari
Peter Scolari is best known for his roles as Michael Harris on Newhart, for which he received three Emmy nominations, and Henry Desmond in Bosom Buddies. He won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his recurring role as Tad Horvath on Girls. On Brodway, Scolari has appeared in Wicked, Sly Fox, Hairspray, and Lucky Guy, which reunited him with his Bosom Buddies co-star Tom Hanks. Scolari also appeared Off Broadway in Old Man Joseph and His Family, The Exonerated, In the Wings, The Music Man, and White's Lies.

Click the image below to see Peter's video about Buster Keaton.

Laurie Metcalf
Over the course of her four-decade career, Metcalf has been the recipient of numerous acting awards and nominations. She has won three Primetime Emmy Awards, two Tony Awards, and has been nominated for an Academy Award and British Academy Film Award. Metcalf began her career with the Steppenwolf Theater Company in Chicago. For her stage performances and work on Broadway, Metcalf has received six Tony nominations, winning Best Actress in a Play for her performance in A Doll's House, Part 2 and Best Featured Actress in a Play for the revival of Albee's Three Tall Women.

Click the image below to see Laurie's video about Sally Field, a sleep mask, and a man named Nunzio.

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