Bernard K. Addison is a 2009/2010 Ovation Nominee in the Ensemble category for his work on THE BALLAD OF EMMETT TILL with Fountain Theatre.
LA Stage asked Bernard the following questions:
What was the first theatrical production you ever attended and what impact did it have on you?
The first show I remember was ushering for the community theatre production of “Equus” in my hometown of Columbia. I remember my HS teacher warning us that there would be nudity and if he heard that any of us were snickering or laughing we were out of the Drama Club. I went, and I was so taken by the performance that I actually did not get freaked out by the nudity; I was taken with the actors playing the horses…that told me a lot about imagination and the theatre.
What is your most cherished theatre memory?
Meeting Paul Newman after an off-Broadway performance of an adaptation of Uncle Vanya called Uncle Jack. He and Joanne Woodward came to this 80-seat theatre in Lower Manhattan to support the daughter of a friend that was in it. They both stayed to offer their congratulations to me for a great job. You haven’t lived if you haven’t looked into those famous eyes. It was a meeting I will always cherish.
Which LA theatre artists’ work do you consider a ‘Must See’?
I just saw Athol Fugard’s newest work “The Train Driver”, and I think anything that has Morlan Higgins and Adolphus Ward performing in it, you must see. For directors: Shirley Jo Finney…for writers: Luis Alfaro.
What is your favorite thing about working in the theatre in LA?
The scope of talent….from amazing comic actors, outstanding singers and an endless pool of honest and accomplished performers.
If you could change one thing about theatre in Los Angeles, what would it be?
Equity contracts, so actors do not do waivers again. Payment must match the time of the talent.
Who’s the first person you texted or tweeted when you got the news about your nomination?
I Facebook-ed it…then I got a call from the Producing Director of Pacific Stages, Jeryll Adler, as we are longtime friends and her theatre in its first season scored some major nominations.
Bernard K. Addison was last seen on the LA stage in the West Coast premiere of The Ballad of Emmett Till at the Fountain Theatre. He also performed in the Ovation Award- winning Los Angeles production of Joe Turner’s Come and Gone as Herald Loomis at the Fountain Theatre and was nominated for the 2006 LA Weekly Theatre Award for Lead Actor for his performance, as well as a Garland Award Honorable Mention. He reprised the role of Herald Loomis at the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre in San Francisco. He has performed in other LA productions at Boston Court (Mother Courage) the Odyssey (Macbeth) and the Ahmanson Theatre (Romeo and Juliet, directed by Sir Peter Hall), to name a few. Other regional theatre appearances includes productions at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, California Shakespeare Festival, the Denver Theatre Center, the McCarter Theatre, the Long Wharf Theatre and many years at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C. His New York credits include Broadway (Electra); Off-Broadway (Incommunicado at the Judith Anderson, Uncle Jack at the Worth Street Theatre, as well as various productions at the Pearl Theatre) and Off-off Broadway. Recent television credits include Castle, Ugly Betty, Las Vegas, Weeds, the Emmy-winning seasons of 24, Frasier and Law and Order, not to mention appearances on JAG, Angel, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Film credits include Woody Allen’s Celebrity and narration for the documentary The Farm (1998 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary). He is originally from Columbia, South Carolina and holds a BA in Theatre from The University of South Carolina and an MFA from the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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