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Ron Holgate

October 18, 2017




Aberdeen native Ronald Holgate was doing a staged reading of James DeMarse’s new play Ceasefire two months ago, at the Berkshire Playwrights Lab in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, when he suddenly flashed back to his days at Aberdeen Central High School, from which he graduated in 1955.  On the surface, Ceasefire—the story of an American diplomat who attempts to negotiate peace in an African republic while simultaneously dealing with his troubled marriage—seems a strange vehicle to trigger memories of Aberdeen Central for the distinguished actor, who won the 1969 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his scene-stealing portrayal of Richard Henry Lee in the original Broadway production of 1776. What exactly about Ceasefire rekindled memories of Aberdeen Central for Ron, now a widely respected and admired actor with more than 50 years of screen and stage experience? Did a certain line remind him of his high school drama coach Randy Fisher, who was instrumental in helping him win a state poetry championship?

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