And the mighty KEN steps up to the plate.

Norma Mortimer brings us family drama – more like the drama from family! RUN THE COURSE & DADDY’S GIRLS, running at the American Theatre of Actors, 314 W 54th St, in NYC, March 2 – 13 (Wednesday thru Saturday @ 8pm; Sunday @ 3pm. Call for tickets: (212) 581-3044)

RUN THE COURSE: A suicide meant to tear a family apart only brings them closer only to discover it might not be a suicide at all and DADDY’S GIRLS: A widowed father is at the center of a family controversy involving social status. Can love really conquer all?

Every army – and theatre – has the world-weary soldier. The American Theatre of Actors is no acception. Ken Coughlin, the resident technical director and acclaimed character actor, is as omnipresent in that establishment as much as James Jennings – the founder.

As the doors of the ATA re-open, it is Ken who unlocks them. He appears in these one-acts.

What obstacles do you encounter in creating your role(s)?
I have created well over 200 roles as an actor, each has its own issues. There is no one way to overcome each obstacle outside of putting in the time to apply your own understanding of that character, to make the character real for the audience.

Do you think this should be a Broadway play or an off-Broadway play? Why?
I’m not qualified to make that decision. I don’t consider myself a good judge of what pleases the masses. I think this is an interesting story, with twists and turns that hold my interest.

You’re working in a landmark theatre with one of its premier directors, creating roles in new plays… How does it feel? 
I have been a fixture at the American Theatre of Actors since 1994. James Jennings has done a great job of adhering to the goals he set forth when creating this space. Giving a space for actors to practice their craft, without the financial burdens of trying to put on a production. It is always an honor to be involved with the American Theatre of Actors.

What’s next? 
I’m already working on several new projects, as a video editor, sound designer, and many other jobs associated with theater.

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