Actor Spotlight: Mike Yow

Dial M for Murder is next up at Parkway Playhouse… with some familiar faces in new roles.

PP:  You’ve played many memorable roles at Parkway, so tell us a little about the character you play in Dial M for Murder

Mike:  My character, Captain Lesgate (among other psuedonyms), comes from a Cambridge background which, of course, seems to suggest intelligence and higher education. However, he falls out of that studious collegiate culture, as it were, and ends up making a living off of petty (and not-so-petty) crime. As such, he is susceptible to manipulation from those who “have some things over on him”, and thus Tony establishes a fairly easy foothold on good ol’ Lesgate. This character could be portrayed as rather one-dimensional – or perhaps two at best – but I don’t believe in characters with less than three dimensions regardless of stage-time or number of lines. I’ve played lots of big leads in my career, but sometimes I enjoy a supporting character that I can sink my teeth into, challenging me to reach deep into the “actor’s toolbox” so that the even a somewhat secondary character can resonate realistically with audiences, as well as my scene-partners.

PP: You keep coming back… What do you enjoy about performing at Parkway Playhouse?

Mike:  I’ve probably given this answer in the past, but it never gets old nor any less true: despite the fairly long drive from my house in East Asheville, I truly enjoy the mountainous beauty and “innocence” of Burnsville and the feel of Parkway Playhouse. It has embraced me back, for the greater most part, allowing me to – thus far – enjoy performing in seven productions for which I’ve been cast and contracted. Every production I’ve been a part of, or have experienced as an audience member, has been rather amazing with continued professionalism and creative inspiration.

PP:  Are you working with any old pals in this show?

Mike: This is, if memory serves, my fourth show with Strother (Company, Into The Woods, The 39 Steps, and now ‘Dial M’), and my second with Luke (Bonnie & Clyde here last year) and Alesa (The Quiltmaker, which was my first gig with PPH). And despite seeing several Michael Lilly shows, and his attendance in a fair number that I’ve performed in as well, this is my first time working with him. First show with Andie, as well as with Daniel our stage manager, both of whom are excellent.

PP:  What has director Michael Lilly’s directorial choices done to bring the play new life?

Mike: Michael Lilly brings, of course, an experienced thespian’s point-of-view with his directorial style. He also lets the actors play and experience a great deal, which I thoroughly enjoy, which helps find a more naturalistic approach to the text and to the overall story. And he often has some nifty little “bits” to add to a scene, over and above what might be written in the script or otherwise expected.


You can purchase tickets online HERE, or by calling the Box Office at 828.682.4285

dial M for wkyk
Saturday, August 25 at 7:30pm  (opening night party)
Sunday, August 26 at 3:00pm (plus Q&A after the show)
      Friday, August 31 at 7:30pm
      Saturday, September 1 at 7:30pm
      Sunday, September 2 at 3:00pm  (plus Q&A after the show)
Friday, September 7 at 7:30pm
Saturday, September 8 at 7:30pm

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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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