It’s one of my very favorite quotes. “Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.” It’s most often attributed to celebrated Shakespearean actor Edmund Kean. Supposedly they are the last words he uttered on his death bed before kicking the bucket.
I’ll be find out a little something about both dying (on stage) and comedy on Friday night. Some of us usual suspects have been asked to play a part in the Firehall Theatre’s next comedy, Dearly Departed.
About all I know is that I play a character by the named Bud Turpin, that I’ll be dying very early on in the play and that I’ll have a minimum amount of rehearsal time to prepare my death scene before the show. Then I turn the role over to Dave Paukert Saturday night. Ryan Bakken of the Grand Forks Herald graces the stage opening night on Thursday. UND President Robert Kelley will die during the course of the play’s run. So will Chuck Haga, both Grand Forks and East Grand Forks’ mayors and many others.
Dearly Departed opens Thursday and runs through March 1. There’s a list of Bud Turpin character actors, death dates and ticket information at www.ggfct.com.
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