Guest Actor Blog: BETH GRANT

Thank you for including me in your wild adventure in theatre.  It was quite exhilarating; from the moment you invited me to appear with Tim Crouch in An Oak Tree, I was titillated by the suspense of what would happen, the fun of inviting game friends who were willing to take a chance, and finally, the actual experience of doing the play.

I am still shocked that I allowed myself to be so vulnerable.  There were times that were very uncomfortable and, I must admit a few moments I did not care for.  At those times I was really afraid of what was going to happen next.  But I trusted Tim and was mesmerized by him, so I continued to go with it. I liked the feeling of Tim being in control and my having to squeeze my life force up through the cracks.  I found the most fulfilling, poetic part to be one particular long monologue when Tim whispered my lines through the earphones.  It was as though we were one.  I was particularly reaching out to the audience for understanding in a way that was quite freeing and uplifting.

I have a personal understanding of the material, it may not be what anyone else feels but to me the play is quite spiritual.  It is about life in this universe and we humans reaching out to each other for some understanding, some assurances, some confirmation of our existence.  On we go.

Warmest regards to all, Beth

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BETH GRANT performed in An Oak Tree at The Odyssey Theatre on Friday, January 15th, 2010.

One of Hollywood’s most recognizable faces, Grant has starred in over seventy feature films including two Best Picture Academy Award winners, No Country For Old Men, and Rain Man.

Popular films include Little Miss Sunshine, Factory Girl, Flags of Our Fathers, Donnie Darko, Sordid Lives, Rock Star, The Rookie, Matchstick Men, Speed, Child’s Play II, City Slickers ii, To Wong Foo, Dance With Me, and A Time To Kill. This year’s releases included Mike Judge’s Extract; All About Steve starring Sandra Bullock, Rogue’s Gallery from Darko Productions, Suzy Yoonessi’s Dear Lemon Lima, and Herpes Boy, which Grant co-produced, winner of the Comedy Vanguard Award at the Austin Film Festival.

On television Grant has starred and recurred on many television shows including Pushing Daisies, The Office, Sordid Lives, Jericho, Six Feet Under, My Name is Earl, Malcolm in the Middle, King of the Hill, Yes, Dear, Everwood, Coach, Delta, Wonderfalls, Friends, The X Files, Angel, Medium and CSI.
Grant has appeared in over thirty plays from The Ahmanson in Los Angeles to the Garrick Theatre and Town Hall in New York City including Picnic, Summer and Smoke, directed by Marshall Mason; world premieres by Maya Angelou, Romulus Linney, Horton Foote, Del Shores and most recently San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre world premiere of Cornelia by HBO’s Big Love co-creator Mark V. Olsen.

Grant is a recipient of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, the L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Award, and The Backstage West Garland Award for best actress in a leading role for The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife; and the Screen Actors Guild Ensemble Award for Little Miss Sunshine and No Country For Old Men.

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  1. Harlan Anderson on September 21st, 2010 5:30 pm

    We love you Beth! Especially miss all the work you did on stage at the Beverly Hills Playhouse Acting School. Hope to see you do work there again someday!

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