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John Lithgow Stories by Heart

John Lithgow: Stories by Heart

Friday, Apr. 17, 2015 (8 pm)
UNCW Kenan Auditorium

"Excellent Company. John Lithgow sure has a marvelous way of transforming himself into characters of every shape and size. A cast of one becomes a multitudinous ensemble." - Los Angeles Times

Presenting the extraordinary John Lithgow in his one-man theatrical memoir, STORIES BY HEART. Following his triumphant appearances at New York’s Lincoln Center and London’s National Theatre, the Tony® and Emmy® Award winning actor offers a touching and humorous reflection on storytelling as the tie that binds humanity.

Invoking memories of his grandmother and father before him, Mr. Lithgow traces his roots as an actor and storyteller, interspersing his own story with two great stories that were read to him and his siblings when they were children. These are “Uncle Fred Flits By” by P. G. Wodehouse and “The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs.

In the first, a fretful young Englishman is taken on a wild afternoon’s escapade in suburban London by his irrepressible uncle. In a hilarious tour de force, Lithgow performs with zany abandon, portraying ten distinct, outrageous characters (including a parrot). By contrast, “The Monkey’s Paw” is a tale of superstition and terror unfolding within a domestic Dickensian setting.

Photo of John Lithgow by Craig Schwartz

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