Ep. 4: A Life in the Theater with Theatre in the Park’s Ira David Wood III and Ira David Wood IV

Ep. 4: A Life in the Theater with Theatre in the Park’s Ira David Wood III and Ira David Wood IV

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Nestled in the Northern end of Pullen Park is an old National Guard Armory Building. Of course, it’s not been an armory for over 40 years now. In fact, in 1974 it became home to Theatre in the Park. It’s here where Theatre in the Park founder Ira David Wood III has spent most of his professional life. He’s also raised a family here, including his two older children Evan Rachel Wood and Ira, both of whom are pursuing successful acting careers of their own. Ira works alongside his father at the theater as the assistant artistic director. Later this month, David and Ira will perform together in David Mamet’s two-man show, A Life in the Theatre. The pair sat down with RDU on Stage to talk about working together, acting, and the things that can go wrong when you are putting on a live show.

About the Guests

Ira David Wood III is the founder and artistic director of Theatre in the Park, an institution which has often been credited with raising the bar of theatrical excellence in the Triangle area. David has managed to accumulate impressive film and television credits, having appeared on screen with such stars as Christopher Walken, Natalie Wood, Neil Patrick Harris, Cliff Robertson, Matthew Modine, James Earl Jones, Burt Reynolds, and Louise Fletcher. Though his list of acclaimed theatre roles is unrivaled in our area, he is probably best known and loved for his portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge in his own musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol. With three international tours to its credit, as well as having played to over one million people over the past 44 years, the production is now cited as “one of the most successful shows in North Carolina theater history.” David is also the author of A Lover’s Guide To The Outer Banks, Confessions Of An Elf, and The Russian Galatea.

Ira David Wood IV made his first stage appearance as an infant in his father’s 1984 production of A Christmas Carol. Since then he has been seen on television (including as an accomplice on Punk’d), as well as in feature films. Ira taught acting at the prestigious acting studio “The Shop” in North Hollywood, California. His directing credits for Theatre in the Park include Romeo and Juliet, starring his sister Evan Rachel Wood. Noises Off, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and Psycho Beach Party. In 2010, Ira played Old Tom, a leading role in the Tony Award-winning show The Lost Colony. While his father was recovering from open heart surgery in 2010, Ira stepped in the role of Scrooge. He now alternates playing the role with his father.

For more information on the Theatre in the Park production of A Life in the Theater, visit: https://www.theatreinthepark.com.

To check out the book David mentions during the podcast, Downwind of Upstage by Michael Green, click here.

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