"Nobody wanted Robert Frost to be impersonated. This is the fulfilment of a dream," says Arthur Peterson, currently starring in the one-man play "Robert Frost: Fire and Ice." The play returns to George Mason University's Harris Auditorium Thursday after an off-Broadway run this past summer.
"The show is, in essence, a presentation of Frost's life and how the poems seem to have evolved out his experiences. I've been a lifelong admirer of Frost's and have felt that I seemed to know what he was writing about. I have sort of tagged along after him," says the 72-year-old television, screen and stage actor, perhaps best known for his role as the Major on the comedy series "Soap." Peterson says he began staging bits of Frost's poetry in college and met Frost years ago at a lecture at the 20th Century Women's club in Illinois, where they had "a nice talk about family." It took him 2 1/2 years to put the play together, drawing on Frost's poems, lectures and unpublished works. Although he lives in Los Angeles, Peterson is serving as artist in residence at George Mason.
"Robert Frost: Fire and Ice" is a presentation of the International Arts Festival at George Mason University -- a celebration of music, dance and drama with performances by artists from the United States and abroad.