The Ballad of Frankie Silver Actor Spotlight: Rob Storrs (Spencer Arrowood)

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Q – Why did you decide to audition for The Ballad of Frankie Silver at Parkway Playhouse this season?
A – I auditioned for the entire Parkway season, and the Artistic Director thought I might be a good match for the role of the older, wiser(?) sheriff. I’ve been involved with the theatre for 49 years; auditioning is what one does to make it 50. You’re only as good as your NEXT role. I was in Sharyn McCrumb and Andrew Gall’s previous novel-to-stage adventure, Ghost Riders, and I wanted to “bushwhack” through another virgin forest.

Q – What shows might people have seen you in before?
A – I acted in Tecumseh, an outdoor drama in Ohio, Shakuntala at the Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C., MacBeth at TheatreVirginia, Limonade Tous Les Jours at 35 Below in Asheville, Look Homeward, Angel at Flatrock Playhouse, directed both The Music Lesson at TheatreUNCA and The Importance of Being Earnest at Parkway Playhouse.

Q – How would you describe a day in the life of Rob Storrs?
A – Retired after working 25 years with USPS, and teaching for 19 years with the Drama Dept. at UNC-Asheville, I am now free to continue serving the theatre, and now to embark on a new pursuit: photography. I love taking photography classes, as well as doing the dishes, laundry, sweeping, and cooking of a house husband, putting in garden sidewalks, working out at the dreaded gym, hiking AT sections, canoeing mountain rapids, and sampling Shawdog’s beer.
Q –  What has been your favorite moment from rehearsals?
A – Jon Goldman (Dr. Banner) continually cracks me up with his demented character interpretations, i.e., his diabolic offstage vocalization of Milton, the Death Row companion of Fate Harkryder, constantly taunting Fate about the futility of being cremated after frying in “Old Sparky.”
Q – How does working on an original adaptation differ from other productions you’ve been apart of?
A – The WORK! The script is NEVER finished!! In previous world premieres I’ve done, there were new pages delivered on opening night, a la a Saturday Night Live sketch. But — blessedly! — once the director/writer hands the show over to the Stage Manager opening night, the show is set, and the actors can work on polishing.
Q – What’s the #1 reason someone should see this production?
A – It’s local! You can go see Charlie Silver’s grave(s) in Kona, NC. It’s real! These are historical characters that lived in these very mountains almost 200 years ago. It’s contemporary! I found an article in the New York Times this past March about a woman being tried in Paris for shooting her husband after years of spousal abuse. Also I found an article in The Guardian this past April relating that the Virginia governor was deciding whether to return to the compulsory use of the electric chair. It, too was called “Old Sparky.”
Q – Anything else that you’d like folks to know?
A – I love my 96-year-old mother, my beautiful young wife, my incredibly wise and strong parents-in-law, my independent talented children, and my delicious granddaughter and grandson. And lest I forget, I love my three faithful and droll dog-friends. I bring them with me into every performance.

Come see Rob and the rest of the cast of The Ballad of Frankie Silverthe second show in our 70th Anniversary Mainstage Season!


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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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