Dan Lauria, is best known as the father in the ABC sitcom “The Wonder Years,” but did you know he encourages children to get off the computers and use their imaginations? His book, “The Blue Hair Club: And Other Stories”, Lauria told T2C was inspired because “I got tired of seeing my godson playing on the computer.”
Written with Cathryn Farnsworth, the book is part of a series known as “The Godfather Tales.” Lauria is godfather to Farnsworth’s son, Julian. The book contains stories Lauria told his then-6-year-old godson.
What most people do not know is Dan donates a portion of his book sales and donates his time to The Global Medical Relief Fund (GMRF) to help more than 200 hopeless children, many of them amputees and burn victims, or victims of war or disasters, who have no or little local medical resources. They also provide for children from America and 40 other countries worldwide, with vital medical care and on-going treatment so that they can eventually heal and become thriving members of their own cities, towns, communities, and countries. “What higher mission is there than aiding innocent, victimized children?” asks Dan.
Lauria is returning Off-Broadway for the premiere of The Stone Witch, a new play by Shem Bitterman about creativity, ambition, and imagination. Lauria was seen on Broadway in Lombardi and A Christmas Story: The Musical.
Directed by Steve Zuckerman, The Stone Witch will play The Westside Theatre – Upstairs beginning March 12. Completing the cast will be Rupak Ginn (Shakespeare at Fenway, Royal Pains) and Carolyn McCormick (Equus, Law & Order).
In The Stone Witch, a famed children’s book writer and illustrator, played by Lauria, is long overdue to release his next masterpiece. In an attempt to reignite his creativity, an ambitious editor (McCormick) pairs the veteran with a talented young writer (Ginn). The show officially opens March 25.
The production will feature set and projection design by Yael Pardess and Brad Peters, costume design by Mimi Maxman, lighting design by Betsy Adams, sound design by Christopher Cronin, and original music composed by Roger Bellon, Bellchant Music. The production stage manager is J.P. Elins.
The Stone Witch is produced by Darlene Kaplan, Laura Janik Cronin and Scott J. Newsome. The world premiere was produced at The Berkshire Theatre Group in association with Darlene Kaplan Entertainment and Brierpatch Productions in 2016.