'The Christians' video: How do you know Kevin Kilner?

by John Moore | Feb 12, 2017

 

You might know veteran actor Kevin Kilner from dozens of stage and screen credits. In the first part of our two-part video, we asked Kilner to talk about a few of our favorites: House of Cards, Home Alone 3 and the film that still gets him recognized around the globe, Disney's Smart House.

We also talk about one of his crowning stage achievements: Playing the Gentleman Caller in the 50th anniversary Broadway production of The Glass Menagerie in 1994 opposite Julie Harris, Calista Flockhart and Zeljko Ivanek. Kilner talks about a radical character choice he made for the production that some might find heretic. Wrote the New York Times: “Kilner is the real discovery of this production. Touched by Laura’s timidity, he draws her out of her shell, just as her worshipful manner reawakens the golden boy he was back in senior class.”

Kilner says when he got to the line each night where he tells Laura he can't call on her again, he wanted it to feel to the audience "as if I was pulling barbed wire out of my stomach."

Now through Feb. 26, Kilner is playing Pastor Paul in DCPA Theatre Company's The Christians, Lucas Hnath's new play about the mystery of faith and what happens when a doctrinal controversy shakes the foundation of a large community church. In Part 2, Kilner will speak more directly about the play.

Video by DCPA Senior Arts Journalist John Moore and DCPA Video Producer David Lenk.


The Christians: Ticket information
270x270-the-christians-art-ttA new play about the mystery of faith and what happens when a doctrinal controversy shakes the foundation of a large community church.
Plays through Feb. 26
Stage Theatre
ASL and Audio-Described matinee at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12
303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE

Selected previous NewsCenter coverage of The Christians:
Playwright: The Christians is 'a pathway to empathy
Behind the scenes video: Making stained glass for The Christians
Video, photos: Your first look at The Christians
Video: What audiences are saying about The Christians
Composer Gary Grundei on music to move the masses
Five things we learned at first rehearsal 
 
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Award-winning arts journalist John Moore has recently taken a groundbreaking new position as the DCPA’s Senior Arts Journalist. With The Denver Post, he was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the US by American Theatre Magazine. He is the founder of the Denver Actors Fund, a nonprofit that raises money for local artists in medical need. John is a native of Arvada and attended Regis Jesuit High School and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Follow him on Twitter @moorejohn.

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