In 1992, I auditioned for a show at Langhorne Players. It had been 16 years since I was on stage, having worked in a job that did not allow the investment of time a production needs. The show was Neil Simon’s Rumors. I was cast as Ken, had an incredible time being in the show, and was once again completely hooked on theater.
It would be three more years before I was on stage again, and four more before I was on stage again at Langhorne Players, but in those few years I got involved at Langhorne Players more deeply than I would ever have imagined. At that time Rich Stockwell and Curt Herr were the artistic powerhouses at Langhorne Players. I started working with them on all facets of show production and through that work I acquired two great friends, a wealth of experience, plus I have an incredibly rewarding time working at this little theater.
By now, I’ve done almost every job there is to do at Langhorne Players. On the production side, I’ve directed, acted, built sets, and run lights and sound. My favorite acting role was as President Chuck Smith in November, and my favorite shows to direct thus far have been dirtyBlonde and True West. On the administrative side, I’m a board member, oversee the bookkeeping, and have been Treasurer for a decade. I have managed our beautiful, but very needy, home—the Spring Garden Mill—for 15 years including the flood “reconstruction” after Hurricanes Floyd and Irene, as well as the replacement of the roof. My wife, Liza, and I started and continue to oversee our annual fundraising “Friends of Langhorne Players,” as well as design the programs for each show. (Phew! That sounds like a lot.) But I do it because I love Langhorne Players—the work we do, the people who are involved here, our incredibly loyal audiences, and all the things that make this jewel of a theater company so unique.