Actor Edward Gero, in the spotlight
Edward Gero is considered one of the Washington area's leading stage actors, but he has almost always played supporting roles -- until now.
If you've seen a production of Shakespeare in Washington over the past 26 years, chances are you recognize Edward Gero's face. He has performed 80 roles, 60 of them at the Shakespeare Theatre Company and its earlier incarnation at the Folger Theatre, and all but one in Washington. He's netted four Helen Hayes awards and another eight nominations.
When Ford's Theatre began casting its annual production of "A Christmas Carol," an administrator e-mailed Gero to see if he might be interested in the lead role, Scrooge. "It was an exciting idea to take on such an iconic role, and it made perfect sense," he says. "Dickens is really a spiritual son of Shakespeare -- the diction, the word choices and puns, the long thought phrases, all the great quotable quotes, and a huge company of familiar characters."
When the play wraps up on Jan. 3, Gero will begin preparing for his next title role, in Signature Theatre's latest reprise of "Sweeney Todd." It will be his first singing role in 20 years. Then, later next year, he's already signed on for Studio Theatre's staging of David Mamet's "American Buffalo." But that doesn't mean he's closing the book on the Bard. "It's a break, but it's not a breakup," Gero says.
Ed Gero's hair piece for the part of "Scrooge" is ready to be applied.
Gero gets into his Scrooge gear before a rehearsal of Ford's Theatre's "A Christmas Carol."
"I think there are two kinds of actors: actors who don't want to disappear into a role and actors who do," Gero says.
Gero rehearses as Scrooge. But his career of playing Shakespeare's supporting roles might have been predicted by a college mentor who once told the actor "You know, you're going to be a utility infielder.
Oh, Gero can do that, send him in
. And that means you're gonna get work."
Gero discusses a scene with director Michael Baron at Ford's Theatre.
Felicia Curry rehearses in the role of Christmas Past.
As to his acting future, Gero says:"It's not about the plays anymore but the specific projects, the specific parts, the specific people. And I'm open to just about anything."
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