Posted: Thursday Jul 5, 2012
July 5, 2012
Gregory Lehane, an actor and director who has worked in London, Paris, Toronto, Cairo and Moscow, is having the time of his life in Latrobe playing the role of S/Sgt. Froggy LeSueur in Saint Vincent Summer Theatre’s current production of The Foreigner.
“I saw this show in its original run in New York City in 1985 and laughed from beginning to end,” Mr. Lehane recalled. “It’s flat-out funny and smart, a delightful, contemporary script. It is just a lot of fun.”
Mr. Lehane recently returned to the stage as an actor after nearly 25 years as a director of theatre and television. “I saw opportunities for a grown-up male actor to get good roles,” he explained.
“I enjoy doing the cockney dialect of my character in this show,” he commented. “Froggy is British, a soldier, and a man’s man. It’s a blue collar role that is really fun.”
Mr. Lehane grew up in Pittsburgh where he graduated from Central Catholic High School before completing his undergraduate education at the University of Pittsburgh. He taught at Central for a few years before pursuing his dream as an actor in New York as well as stints with the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival, Cleveland Playhouse and Victoria Fair in British Columbia. Later, he returned to Pittsburgh to pursue graduate studies at Carnegie Mellon. He directed television shows in New York and Los Angeles for 25 years with work in soaps (One Life to Live and Days of Our Lives), children’s programming (Sesame Street), Shining Time Station with Ringo Starr, and other shows seen nationally and in worldwide syndication. He has been nominated for an Emmy for outstanding direction twice.
He has been on the full time faculty at Carnegie Mellon for the past 20 years where he is now professor of drama and music in the College of Fine Arts and directs operas for the music school. He has also kept busy playing Malvio in Quantum’s Twelfth Night last summer, and stage roles at the Playhouse, Public, Quantum, Bricolage and the CLO. He is shooting Progression in Pittsburgh this summer.
Future projects include directing the play and opera Riders to the Sea, and Lisbeth for the Microscopic Opera Company in September and the annual food bank fundraiser Off the Record in October.
Mr. Lehane, and his wife, Laurie Klatscher, who was Pittsburgh performer of the year in 2011, live in Oakland. They have a son, Nicholas, who works as an actor in New York City. Mr. Lehane is proud of his thespian family and the fact that “I have been able to make a living for 45 years doing the work that I passionately love.”
Performances of The Foreigner are set for 8:10 p.m. July 6-7, 10-14, and 17-21 in the Performing Arts Center in the Robert S. Carey Student Center on the campus of Saint Vincent College. Two matinees are scheduled for 2:10 p.m. Wednesday, July 11 and Sunday, July 15.
Saint Vincent Summer Theatre patrons are asked to make ticket reservations in advance because seats are reserved at all performances except Thursday evening preview shows, which are general admission. Reservations may be made by calling the theater box office at 724 537-8900. Customers may also make reservations online at www.svst.org.
Photo: Gregory Lehane
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