Q – Why did you decide to audition for The Ballad of Frankie Silver at Parkway Playhouse this season?
A – I auditioned for the general season, and was fortunate enough to be cast in “Ballad” and You Can’t Take It With You.
Q – What shows might people have seen you in before (and not just at Parkway)?
A – This is the first show for me at Parkway Playhouse. The majority of my acting experience occurred while living in Atlanta for 30 years. I was fortunate enough to be able to perform in original shows written by a Playwright/Director friend. Prior to that time, I performed in many community and college theatre productions in South Carolina. Mordred (Camelot); Motel Kamzoil (Fiddler on the Roof); Nick (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf); Tajomaru (Rashomon); Scarecrow (Wizard of Oz); and Dr. Einstein (Arsenic & Old Lace) are just a few roles from that time. I also performed one summer in Valdese, NC, playing multiple roles, and singing in a madrigal ensemble, in the outdoor drama, From This Day Forward.
Q – How would you describe a day in the life of Jon Goldman?
A – I am a retired kindergarten teacher, and moved to the area 3 years ago. I spend my time reading, cooking, gardening, parenting 3 dogs, and taking classes in anything of interest such as…. creating pottery & mosaics, jewelry-making, & carpentry. It was a scene study class at Parkway, last summer, that sparked my desire to perform on stage again, after a 15 year hiatus.
Q – What has been your favorite moment from rehearsals?
A – Screwing up during rehearsal and being able to laugh it off. Also, getting to know the other cast members.
Q – What is your favorite line from the show?
A – “This one has me stumped!”
Q – How does working on an original adaptation differ from other productions you’ve been apart of?
A – Working on an original script means no one has ever performed the character before. One gets to make choices without having to worry about what other actors might have done with the role on stage or on film to influence the way the audience sees the characterization. Character can be developed during the rehearsal process with the Director’s guidance, and a certain amount of improvisation, leading to the final character the audience will see during production.
Q – What’s the #1 reason someone should see this production?
A – It’s a piece of local history. Even with the myths that have developed around it over the years, and the fact that some really important parts are missing from the historic record, it’s still a compelling story from a time when this area of North Carolina was considered a frontier. Both the Frankie Silver & the fictional Fate Harkryder stories bring up questions of capital punishment, especially if there is doubt as to the degree of guilt or innocence of the person sentenced to die.
Q – Anything else that you’d like people to know?
A – A lot of talented people have worked very hard to bring this story to life. You owe it to yourself to see it!