South Bend Civic Theatre to Present CHURCHILL, 8/9

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South Bend Civic Theatre to Present CHURCHILL, 8/9

Acclaimed Chicago actor Ronald Keaton performs his one-man show Churchill, based on the life and writings of one of the greatest leaders of the 20th Century. Experience the man who famously proclaimed, "I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter..." Come hear Winston discuss his failures and his successes, his love of art, liquor, and women, and the bravery of Britain's finest hour.

It is March 1946. At the culmination of World War II, Winston Churchill has been defeated for re-election. Sitting in forced retirement with wife Clementine at his home, Chartwell, Churchill receives an invitation from President Harry S. Truman to speak in Fulton, Missouri. The play takes place on the campus of Westminster College in Fulton. Churchill shares his life and many views on the world with his audience.

RONALD KEATON (Winston Churchill), a native of New Castle, Indiana, makes his debut in South Bend with his solo play Churchill. Ronald proudly bases himself in Chicago and has appeared in various theatres - Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Marriott's Lincolnshire Theatre, Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace, Theatre at the Center, Theater Wit, and Oak Park Festival Theater, among others. His regional credits include the Indiana Repertory Theatre, Houston's Alley Theatre, the Nat Horne Playhouse in New York City, and the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami. He is an elected representative on the Central Regional Board of Actors Equity Association. He wears many hats in the theatre - actor, writer, singer, director, stage manager, arts advocate. Ronald has an active career in commercial and voice for radio. As a writer, he has also written a solo musical Whispers from the Moon, and a musical adaptation of the classic Edwin O'Connor novel The Last Hurrah, both with his writing partner, composer and conductor William Underwood. Currently, Mr. Keaton is the artistic director of the fledgling SoloChicago Theatre, which promotes the creation and development of solo performance "...one actor at a time."

Churchill performs in the Wilson Theatre August 9 at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased by calling 574-234-1112 or online sbct.org.

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