Todd Larsen, Alfred-Almond Central School alumnus (‘83) and son of John and Barbara Larsen, returns to premiere a new solo theater production: The In-Between, before its Hollywood, CA, and New York City performances beginning in the fall. This will be Todd's first return performance to his hometown in over 25 years.
The In-Between is a cleverly woven tour de force performance of acting, movement, and visual images in which Todd shares his creative journey from Alfred, NY, to his adventures in Hollywood, CA. "Aspects of the production are based on my life," Todd says, “but it is truly about each one of us, and our gifts of creativity. It's everyone's story and how we must realize our dreams and pursue them. It's about the quest to find the 'magic moments' in life, when the dynamic potential between ourselves and possibilities touch."
Todd first began acting in his parents' productions at Alfred State, where they directed the drama department from 1965-1993. Along with his acting at Alfred-Almond CS, he began studying mime and movement. He produced several productions locally at the colleges and high schools and has gone on to be awarded as one of the top movement theater creators in the United States. He currently resides in Hollywood, CA, working as an actor and entrepreneur. Highlights of his film and stage career include working with Dom DeLuise, Carol Burnet, Charlie Sheen, Dean Cain, and John Cleese. Todd's work has been reviewed by the NY and LA Times as a "performer not to be missed" and as a "...solo Cirque Du Soleil meets Chekov.”
This premiere performance takes place on Friday, July 26, 2013, at 8 p.m. in the Orvis Activities Center Cappadonia Auditorium on the Alfred State campus. It is a provocative, funny, unique theatrical experience in which Todd plays over 30 characters, real and imagined. The "creative spark" that began this theatrical creation came when he first saw pictures of the Sistine Chapel, and imagined what it would be like to sit down and chat with its creator. “I get to do that! That's why I fell in love with the theater and creativity," he says. "This is going to be quite a moment in my life," Todd adds. "It's incredible to return to my hometown and share this new production; especially on the stage at Alfred State."
The performance is free and open to the public with an option to donate to a new Alfred State scholarship. Todd has created the Barbara and John Larsen Scholarship to honor his parents’ dedication for over three decades to the Alfred State theater, college, and students. It will honor and assist Alfred State students who have shown excellence in the theater. Any questions regarding the show or scholarship can be directed to Janna Buckwalter at firstname.lastname@example.org.