Two award wins & a staged reading with Ed Asner!

2017 is off to an incredible start!

I am happy to announce that I won a BroadwayWorld Award in the category of Best Featured Actress for my role as Jackie Kennedy in The Tragedy of JFK. I'm also proud to say that fellow cast mates Tony Abatemarco and Susan Denaker, who played J. Edgar Hoover and Lady Bird Johnson, also won awards for Best Lead Actor and Actress. My deepest thanks to everyone who voted.

I also received recognition from The Last Straw Awards, where each year Los Angeles theatre reviewer Joe Straw names a number of artists who inspire him with their unique and hair raising work. In addition to myself, Straw named fellow cast members Time Winters, Tony Abatemarco, Chad Brannon, Jacob Sidney, and Cris D'Annunzio for their distinguished work, as well as our magnificent writer/director Daniel Henning. Thanks, Joe!

Photo courtesy of  Rudy Jahchan .

Photo courtesy of Rudy Jahchan.

And, if that wasn't enough, I got to start my year acting in a staged reading of Persephone Unbound with entertainment legend Ed Asner. Initially I had been cast in a supporting role, but after our first rehearsal, Ed had some very flattering things to say about me and the next thing I knew the producers called and offered me the lead role of Persephone! The play is a coming of age story based on Greek mythology and following a young Persephone who rebels against her parents by running away with Hades, god of the underworld. Ed Asner played my father Zeus, and the entire cast was made up of highly accomplished and recognizable actors. I was pleased to work with Chad Brannon a second time, and to become acquainted with Irene Roseen and James Handy, who I greatly admire.

All in all, I think this is a great start to the new year, and I look forward to what else 2017 has in store.

Acting, NewsCasey McKinnon