Stage work


Though Kevin Sorbo obviously can't be called theatrical actor he still managed to gain some yardage on the stage. And from time to time he is thinking about getting more.

Kevin Sorbo: I did plays all through junior high and high school. (07.95 Kidsday)

Q: How did you initially get involved in acting? -- KS: There's really no easy way to say it, it's just something I always wanted to do and I pursued it. I did plays in high school. (03.04 dvd/authority - Online article)


In between his studies at Moorhead State College and the University of Minnesota Sorbo also performed onstage in several plays, which rekindled an interest in acting. (06.01 TV Zone #139)

Kevin appeared at least in three plays in the University Theatre and in one staged in Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, which are located 30 minutes from downtown Minneapolis. Can't say about 20 years ago, but now student and professional actors put on musicals, comedies, and dramas in the University Theatre, a four-theater entertainment complex at the University of Minnesota.

"Death of a Salesman" drama by Arthur Miller (character - Biff) -- An insecure, self-decepted traveling salesman, Willy Loman candidly believes in the American Dream of easy success and wealth, but he never achieves it. Nor do his sons. When illusions begin to break under the press of reality, Willy's mental health is broken too. Biff Loman, Willys thirty-four-year-old elder son, led a charmed life in high school as a football star with good male friends and female admirers. However, he did not have enough credits to graduate. Since then, his kleptomania has gotten him fired from every job that he has held. Biff represents Willys vulnerable, poetic, tragic side. Biff sees himself as trapped in Willys grandiose fantasies. Unlike his father and brother, Biff acknowledges his failure and eventually manages to confront it.

"Sexual Perversity in Chicago" comedy by David Mamet (character - Danny) -- This is a rapid fire sequence of brief scenes about two young men, Bernie and Danny, and two young women, Joan and Deborah, trying to sort out their sex lives. The play narrates the brief love affair of a white collar office worker Danny and Deborah, a nice young girl who falls in love with Danny and moves in with him. Unfortunately, within a few weeks, they are throwing shocking accusations at each other and building up fiery hatred. We see them falling in and out of love in a comedy of failure to learn. There is much truth and good humour about the gender battles of the 70s and macho braggadocio / feminist rhetoric.

"A Hatful of Rain" drama by Michael V. Gazzo (character - Polo) -- The story centers on Johnny Pope, a Korean War hero and former POW, struggling to hide his addiction of morphine from his pregnant wife Celia and father, and relying on his brother, Polo, to hide his secret. Polo sincerely tries his best to help him, but find himself trapped between his loyalty to Johnny and his growing love for Johnny's wife. Brotherhood and fidelity are put to the test.

"The Only Game in Town" drama by Frank D. Gilroy (character - Joe) -- This witty, gritty, bitter-sweet and sexy love story pairs Fran Walker, a veteran Las Vegas showgirl, with Joe Grady, a piano player who works with lounge comic Tony when he isn't succumbing to his addiction to gambling. Fran and Joe agree at the start that their relationship is to be about sex and nothing more, but before long, the two have fallen in love. Gilroys characters shelter themselves with a sardonic sense of humor as they gamble on the elusive long shot.


KS: "I had a chance to join a theatre group down in Dallas, Texas, of all places, theatre mecca of the world. ... I moved down to Dallas and just got involved with a theatre group down there doing local plays." (13.01.03 Cityline, Canada TV)

KS: "I was in Dallas working at a theatre group." (11.12.02 Vicki Gabereau show, Canada TV)


Sorbo supported himself working as a model and sometime actor in Milan, Paris and Munich. (12.98 Xpose #29)

Kevin Sorbo: I got a commercial assignment in Australia and I did a couple of plays and a lot of commercials. (16.10.96 Glitter #2)
Los Angeles
KS: Commercials in America pay very well, and I was very successful. I was able to get myself involved in plays, showcases and acting classes. (11.00 Science Fiction Weekly)


And Fancy Free
Kevin Sorbo: I would love to do live theatre. Michael Hurst is a huge old stage man here in New Zealand, and the two of us are discussing the possibility of putting an production together here in Auckland. I have no idea what decade we will find the time to do it, but we are talking about it. A David Mamet play would be right up my alley. I'd love a shot at any of them. (Spring 1996 MCA forum Q&A)

KS: You know, my career is really starting, as I look at it. One of the things I want to do stage-wise is go back to Minneapolis and work at the Guthrie Theater. In the stage world, that's a very famous theater, and it's been around forever. (8.11.00 AOL chat for TV Guide)

The Guthrie Theater, which opened in 1963, has a repertory company praised for its balance of classic and avant-garde productions. <...> The theater is notable for its interior design as well, with an irregularly-angled thrust stage jutting out into the auditorium, and from the angles, seating radiates outward and upward, in a modified partial circle. Action takes place on all parts of the stage, and into the seating area, and actors make entrances and exits, not only from backstage, but also from the aisles, and from the highest points of the balcony. <...> In the year 2000, architectural creation was threatened with destruction when the Walker Art Center announced plans to expand on land occupied by the theater. (Minnesota History Topics: Guthrie Theater)


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