John Lithgow is a storyteller. He does it in his acting, in his writing and now in a one-man show “Stories by Heart.”
A performance slated for Saturday night at Clowes Memorial Hall will take audience members on a journey weaving Lithgow’s life with that of two great stories told to him as a child by his father.
“The first one… 'Uncle Fred Flits By' has 10 characters and I play all 10 of them,” explains Lithgow.
The show allows Lithgow to showcase his talent as a character actor while offering reflection on the art of storytelling. The second story is "Haircut by Ring Lardner."
He says the opportunity to widen people’s literary world is rewarding. “People go out and find old copies of 'Tellers of Tales',” Lithgow said.
First presenting the memoir in 2008, he tours the “Stories by Heart” when his schedule allows. Other recent projects have him promoting a new children’s book and voice work for the "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" TV series.
This is Lithgow’s first trip to Indianapolis for one night only at Clowes Memorial Hall.