Kentucky Arts and Culture
From Big Bird to Bad Boss, EKU Professor Plays Many Roles
The Pioneer Playhouse production of ‘Cockeyed’ begins Tuesday night on the Danville stage. It’s a romantic-comedy about a philosophy major who turns accountant. Joining the cast is a theater professor from Eastern Kentucky University. EKU’s Steven Higgonbotham sees his work in Danville as clearing a path for his theater students.
“I’m hoping that, over the course of the next few years, maybe this might be a good opportunity for some of our students to interview with them for some of their technical positions, or audition for them for some of their upcoming parts in summer shows, that we could really continue to build this relationship that has been there a little bit in the past. Maybe we can secure it a little bit more,” said Higgonbotham.
Higgonbotham plays the part of a high-powered businessman in “Cockeyed.” Before taking to lecturing, the Cleveland native toured the nation, playing the part of ‘Big Bird’ in Sesame Street Live. Higgonbotham says it’s a far cry from his latest character.
“I got to play four years as this big loveable, charming, curious bird and this guy yells all the time… ‘What’s going on here.?’.. yells when he comes in the office,” added Higgonbotham
Higgonbotham sayd Eastern students benefit from apprenticeships at venues like the Danville outdoor theater. Higgonbotham hopes that relationships can only grow stronger in the years ahead. “Cockeyed” runs at Pioneer Playhouse through August 17th.