On the Scene
Tommy D, left, congratulated Joe Moore and Moore's son, Bryce, after Moore's new play, "Unlikely Lawman," opened at Mamiya Theatre on Thursday. Moore gives a solid John Wayne-style performance in the starring role -- an idealistic drifter who puts his life on the line enforcing the law in a corrupt Arizona mining town. The show closes this weekend. Call 988-6131 for information.
THEY'RE ALMOST GOOD:
Bob Jones and Katie Doyle celebrated at the cast party backstage. They have major supporting roles playing people with good intentions but personal weaknesses.
IT'S GOOD TO SHARE:
Allen Cole, the play's most sympathetic villain, shared a chair and some pizza with Sherry Shaoling.
"Unlikely Lawman" cast member Derrick Brown, right, gave party guests Daryl Emanuel and Lillian Jones a tour of the set. Brown adds another noteworthy performance to his acting resume with his work as Essex Johnson, an ex-slave who steps forward to help Marshal Clay Chandler (Joe Moore) when no one else will. The banter between Brown and Moore is some of the dialogue in the show.
Joji Yoshida talked with Paula Lackson Hong, who was brought in at the last minute to help handle the large cast's complicated hair and make-up requirements.
Sherry Shaoling partied with stunt choreographer Colin Fong. She said she'd considered playing her anonymous character with a Chinese accent, but Fong convinced her it would be a stereotype.
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE AUTHOR:
Joe Moore, left, and cast member Michael de Ycaza, right, talked with Robert Broomall and his wife, Sharon. Broomall is the author of "The Lawmen," the book that Moore used as a foundation for his script. Moore's success in adapting Broomall's story demonstrated his steady growth as a playwright. Moore plays the hero of the play; de Ycaza one of the villains.