John Lithgow – Stories by Heart
Friday, March 31, 2017 – 8:00 PM
OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater
For one very special evening, Oklahoma City Community College is proud to present 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® and Golden Globe® 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 ere read to him and his siblings when they were children. These are "Uncle Fred Flits By" by P.G. Wodehouse and "Haircut" by Ring Lardner. 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, "Haircut" is a darkly comic look at Midwestern American implacability. It is a captivating yarn told by a gossipy barber in small-town Michigan as he gives a shave and a haircut to a stranger in town. STORIES BY HEART provides ample evidence of the power of storytelling, the magic of theatre, and the talents of one of our greatest actors.