Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Meet Our Frank Butler: Byron Westlund

Byron Westlund used to be a Bay Area theatre regular, having appeared up and down Northern California, from Monterey to Davis. He hasn't done a show in the Bay Area in over 8 years now, though, with the last local appearance being as Quixte/Cervantes in Man of La Mancha at Cabrillo Stage in Aptos.

About 15 years ago he appeared at Foothill twice, as Frank in Jay's first production of Merrily and as Robert in Company. And he's actually played Frank Butler once before, at the Mountain Theatre in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Byron was so kind as to answer those same questions that Inside The Actors Studio creator and host James Lipton asks his guests to answer from the famed Bernard Pivot questionnaire, so without further ado, here are his answers:
What is your favorite word?
Smile or peace

What is your least favorite word?

What turns you on?
The lights dimming before the curtain rises

What turns you off?
Intolerance and injustice

What sound to you love?
Children playing and laughing

What sound do you hate?
Leaf blowers

What is your favorite curse word?
I don’t think I can put it down here, but is has four letters.

What profession other that yours would you like to attempt?

What profession would you not like to participate in?
An Accountant….not good with numbers

If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
Thank you for being a loving and compassionate man.

I am so excited about the return of Byron to the Bay Area and to the stage. He is a great actor, has a superb stage presence and of course he has a voice and the good-looks that melt your heart.....and to top it all... he is a great, caring and loving man! Thank you Byron for your love and passion of the craft and for your return!

Martin :-)
Oh my god! Walk! No Run! to see Annie as soon as you can..... It is FANTASTIC! The lighting, the clever set and of course... the cast! Byron is hunky as the sharp shooter stud cowboy and Jessica is so sweet... it is so easy to fall in love with them both. They are so cute and in love with each other it shows. Byron, THANK YOU for coming back to the stage... this theatre community has missed you a whole bunch! I give this show three pistols up (out of three LOL).

Maria DellaTrappa, San Jose
Hmm, I never knew my cousin was that Famous. Congrats, See you at my wedding cous.

Didn't know my Cousin was that famous, Trying to hunt him down. Well see ya.

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