The Quiltmaker Actor Spotlight: Mike Yow as Ham Terhune

Mike Yow is HAM TERHUNE (1)

Q – Why did you audition for The Quiltmaker?

A – It was an opportunity to hopefully perform on the Parkway Playhouse stage and work with the director, Kristen, beyond the improv comedy stuff that we’d done. Very honored to have been cast from such a deep pool of local talent.

Q – What shows might people have seen you in before (and not just at Parkway)?

A – The Addams Family, God of Carnage, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and perhaps Amadeus down in Asheville, shows produced by ACT, Attic Salt Theatre, or NC Stage Company. Before that, lots of stage (and some film) appearances in the Atlanta area.

Q – What’s the #1 reason someone should see this show?

A – All sorts of great reasons, of course, but Number One is family – despite the crazy shenanigans involved in the story, in the end, it’s all about family and the incredible bonds made therein, even if, at times, much cringing and gnashing of teeth also occurs as a byproduct. Oh, and the incredible display of talent on the Parkway stage. (Oops, that was two reasons…)

Q – Do you have a favorite quilt? Why?

A – Yes, kinda. I recall several as child growing up, especially an old patch-work my grandmother had (and handed down to my mom). It had all these incredible colors, shades, hues, patterns, and other details that really told a story, as well as a certain amount of suspicious odors (mostly cats), I’d wager. Very symbolic of life, and therefore this play.

Q – Anything else that you’d like people to know about you?

A – In addition to being an actor, I also work as an acting coach, fight choreographer, and improviser, and am a published author. I dabble in some sports and trail-hiking too, and best of all, I’ll be marrying my betrothed, Karen, my muse and fellow thespian, this fall (somehow between acting projects).

Come see Mike and the rest of the cast of The Quiltmakers at Parkway Playhouse May 2nd-16th.

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Parkway Playhouse, located in the Appalachian town of Burnsville, NC, is a haven of theatre talent. While people come to the mountains to get away, Parkway Playhouse is a natural gathering place to connect. Likewise, we are an extension of traditional mountain talents: singing, dancing, and, foremost, storytelling. By giving rise to energetic new voices and through a wide variety of plays and musicals, we invite our audience into experiences that are thought-provoking, adventurous, and entertaining. Together we reimagine the world in every live performance, creating dynamic conversations that last far beyond the curtain call. This blog is will feature stories, helpful information, insight and features about the performances.

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