Karen Knotts Brings TIED UP IN KNOTTS! to Harris Center Tonight
A true father/daughter story, Karen Knotts' one woman show, TIED UP IN KNOTTS! will delight, entertain, and take audiences at Harris Center for the Arts on a wild journey. There's also a host of zany characters, all portrayed by Knotts, who take part on this journey as Karen describes what life was like growing up the daughter of the legendary Don Knotts. Diana London in the Los Angeles Times reported "It really pulls at the heart strings." LAist says, "A humorous and poignant look at growing up in Hollywood."
Karen herself says, "When my father passed away in February 2006, I wanted to pay tribute to him in the way I knew him best: as an amazing, loving dad. It's true that Don Knotts was one of the greatest and most beloved character actors to hit the stage and screen in America, with five Emmy Awards to his credit! However, in my one-woman show TIED UP IN KNOTTS!, I try to capture the essence of Don, the man, because I always thought he was the funniest when he was just being himself."
TIED UP IN KNOTTS WITH KAREN KNOTTS will be performed tonight, March 21, 2014 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 2 & 7:30 pm, Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 2 pm. Tickets are priced at 29-$39; Students with ID $12. Tickets are available online at www.harriscenter.net or from Harris Center Ticket Office at 916-608-6888 from 10 am to 6 pm, Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Parking is included in the price of the ticket. Harris Center is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, CA, facing East Bidwell Street.
Karen Knotts learned her craft at the Universtity of Southern California, where she was directed by the great Emmy award-winning director Alex Siegal (Diary of Ann Frank). After graduating, she did shows in Equity regional theatres across the country with her father, Don Knotts. Don and Karen performed in the plays Mind with a Dirty Man, Norman is that You? and You Can't Take It With You in California, Michigan, Kansas, Illinois, and New York.
Karen's first break in TV was playing a suicidal hippy hitchhiker in Doctor's Hospital starring George Peppard. In addition to reciting limericks, the part required her to throw herself through the car's windshield. After that fine training, Karen played a more relaxed role as a former high school beauty queen in Return to Mayberry. Bit parts in many sitcoms followed, she was even directed by the colorful Carol O'Connor.
In 2008 a friend dared Karen to try standup comedy at an 'OpenMic'... and Karen is still standing. She loves doing standup at the Comedy Store, Flappers, and Laugh Factory. Karen is in demand as an Emcee and Variety Arts Entertainer. A favorite film role is Celimene in David Hefner's period piece, An Occurrence at Black Canyon, which became a hit on the festival circuit.
Karen is an alumnus of Lonnnie Chapman's GRT theater company, where she was
nominated for an ADA actor's award for her portrayal of an Italian diva in the hit comedy Lend Me A Tenor. Karen's short play, Roger and Betsy was a nominee for the Merce awards in 2009. She has also created a television pilot for children, Twinkles and Friends, and two comedies, Dates From Hell, and But We Open Tonight!