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Cruikshank is Guest Artist in Academic TheatreĆ­s All My Sons

4/4/2011
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Clark A. Cruikshank, who has starred alongside actors Jamie Farr and William Christopher in a national tour of The Odd Couple, will be a guest artist in Bethel University’s Academic Theatre production of the Arthur Miller classic, All My Sons April 8-10.
     Cruikshank has been a "day job" actor since 1975. He made his stage debut in the 5th grade, in a small-town production of Oliver! in which he portrayed perhaps the world’s most overfed workhouse orphan. Since 1991, he has been a member of the theatre community in the Minnesota Twin Cities, to which he came by way of rural Illinois and the San Francisco Bay Area. Since 1997, he has been a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association; he earned his card by traveling the U.S. and Canada in the 40th anniversary national tour of The Odd Couple with Farr and Christopher, both of M*A*S*H fame. From 2001 through 2006, Clark served as managing director, and then producing director, for Jon Hassler Theater, a 223-seat small professional house in Plainview, Minn., where, armed with his firm belief that world-class shows can be staged in a rural setting, he produced and marketed more than 20 productions, in which he often simultaneously performed and/or acted as co-director, costume/sound/prop designer, paymaster and cast launderer. In the Twin Cities, he has trod such varied stages as History Theatre, Park Square Theatre, Illusion Theater, Playwrights Center and Ex Machina Baroque Music Ensemble, among others, playing a wide range of roles from president to presidential assassin. Favorite roles include Detective Tupolski in The Pillowman, Judd Fry in Oklahoma, Captain Keller in The Miracle Worker, Hucklebee in The Fantasticks, Oscar Madison in The Odd Couple, Charles J. Guiteau in Assassins, Boolie Werthan in Driving Miss Daisy and Bullfrog in Honk!. Outside of his acting career, he has managed historic highrises in San Francisco, and for more than 14 years has worked in ATM Operations for the 5th largest commercial bank in the U.S. He currently resides in Minneapolis with his wife Maria and cats Lily, Chet and Clancy, but plans to make his home very soon in Hannibal, Missouri.
     In All My Sons, Cruikshank will play the role of Joe Keller.
     Cruikshank will also present “Building Character,” an acting workshop open to all community members and students, on Saturday, April 9 from 1 until 2 p.m.
     Performance times for All My Sons are Friday and Saturday, April 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults, and $5 for students and can be purchased at the door prior to each performance. Bethel students, faculty and staff are admitted free. A reception in the Dickey Fine Arts Lobby will follow the Friday evening performance.
     Due to the serious nature of this play’s contents, a PG-15 rating has been placed on it.
     For more information about All My Sons or about the actor’s workshop, contact Director Marion Graham at 731-352-4056 or at graham@bethelu.edu