FROM THE BLOG
Denis O’ Hare, the prolific actor-writer-activist, has long been the venerable hyphenate, gracefully wielding the status years before he dazzled us on our televisions and movie screens. In his humble recollection, he was once “actor-waiter, an actor-bartender, an actor-temp, even an actor-gardener,” never shedding the performative quality of his identity, a quality whose genesis can be traced back his organ performance at the Michigan State Fair at the age of eight.
Around the same time, Denis made his acting debut in a grade school production about a peddler, casted as a pig. From these humble beginnings, his high school career included roles in more musicals like Guys and Dolls, plays like Don Quixote, and choir performances. It was around this time that he became unequivocally certain that he was going to be a performer — either a musician or an actor, eventually studying theatre at Northwestern University.