From March 6-29th, 2015, The Actors’ Group at the Brad Powell Theatre will be performing August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, completing Wilson’s Century Cycle. There are many wonderful actors and artists in this show, and we at The Actors’ Group wish to take a moment to get to know them a bit better!
Meet Ron Heller, who plays Mel Sturdyvant in TAG’s production of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Ron started doing theatre more than 40 years ago, and his first TAG show was Night of January 16th. That show won Po’okela awards for both Ensemble Performance and for best Overall Play. Ron was also in Duets and Parallel Realities at TAG. Last year, Ron and his wife Rachel were both in Fiddler on the Roof at HPU. Earlier, they were both in Tartuffe at HPU, a production that earned a Po’okela award for Best Overall Play. In his day job, Ron is an attorney, doing tax and business law.
In an informational review, I asked Ron a few questions regarding his participation in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom:
- Why this play is important to you
It’s a major achievement for TAG to complete the entire cycle of August Wilson’s 10 plays. I’m glad to have a chance to be part of that achievement.
- What do you find most compelling about your character?
Sturdyvant is a reflection of the attitudes that existed in the 1920s. Putting myself into his mind and understanding his views about race is a powerful history lesson.
- What does TAG bring to our local theatre community and to yourself?
TAG creates opportunities for actors to do – and for audiences to see – theatre that is challenging and different.
Thank you Ron for helping us make history! Please note that tickets are going fast, so it is advisable to get your seats reserved now for this historic event.
The Actors’ Group