Radio's Ron Warner takes stage in iDiOM's 'The Man Who Was Thursday'

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDFebruary 27, 2014 

Ron Warner

Ron Warner, 39, appears in the iDiOM Theater's production of "The Man Who Was Thursday," adapted by Glenn Hergenhahn-Zhao from the novel by G.K. Chesterton, at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 27-March 1, 2014 at the theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave.

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Ron Warner, 39, was born in Mississippi and raised in Eastern Washington. He graduated from Washington State University with a degree in broadcast news and moved to Bellingham in 1999 to take a job with Cascade Radio Group.

You currently can hear him on the air at KAFE 104.1, and he also behind-the-scenes work for the Cascade group of radio stations.

Ron appears in the iDiOM Theater's production of "The Man Who Was Thursday," adapted by Glenn Hergenhahn-Zhao from the novel by G.K. Chesterton, at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 27-March 1, at the theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave.

For details on the show, go to idiomtheater.com. For more about Ron, go to ronwarner.com.

Question: What's your experience on stage and off?

Answer: I loved radio as a kid, and would record my own shows onto cassettes (remember those?). My first real taste of performing came from an interest in performing magic tricks for friends, which led to my first acting role.

I auditioned for my high school's production of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" on a dare. My interests in broadcasting and acting led to a career in audio production, narration and voiceover work.

Q: Why do you like what you do at iDiOM?

A: The community of artists and patrons at iDiOM make it a really fun, encouraging place to perform. If you're a playwright, it's hard to stage an original work; you have to book a venue, find a cast, build a set and a hundred other things and hope that people show up.

iDiOM is a writers' theater; it offers a framework that makes it possible for playwrights to get their work on a stage, and a community of people to help.

Q: What do you hope an audience likes?

A: Thanks to the art-minded people in our area, we're fortunate to have an audience who's game for seeing original work. There wasn't anything like that where I grew up, and to be a part of that process is exciting.

The original shows create opportunities for local artists to hone their craft; writing, acting, set design, poster art, the list goes on.

I think the best part for the actors and audiences alike is that we are offering something brand-new every few weeks. If you're willing to take a chance on an original show, you may see something hilarious, thought-provoking or otherwise really special.

Q: How did you become involved at iDiOM?

A: I attended one of Krissa Woiwod's "Clever Bunny Cabaret" shows in 2003 and was blown away. I'd never seen anything like it, and realized that iDiOM was a magical little space where one could make anything happen with a couple chairs and a door.

That led to auditioning for a one-act show and signing up for a "48-Hour Theater Festival." Getting to play a wonderful variety of characters, and working with people who have become friends, has made the experience very special to me.

Q: What's this current show about?

A: "The Man Who Was Thursday" is a funny show with a lot of twists and turns. Glenn Hergenhahn is directing his adaptation of a classic mystery novel by G. K. Chesterton, and it's great to have him back at the theater he founded.

I don't want to give too much away; let's just say that no one is what they appear to be in this show.

We've got a stellar cast with a lot of familiar faces from the theater community, with Ben Williamson, Chris Coombs, Cass Murphy, Jessica Young, Lucas Naylor, Tera Contezac and Beth Williams. There will be wigs and vocal accents of dubious origin.

Q: What's fun for you besides straight acting?

A: Last year I joined the Upfront Theatre's mainstage ensemble, and am having a blast improvising and having fun with some truly gifted performers. It's a very different discipline than acting, but just as challenging.

Reach Margaret Bikman at 360-715-2273 or margaret.bikman@bellinghamherald.com.

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