February 3, 2013
The University of Central Missouri Performing Arts Series will present veteran Hollywood actor and playwright John Amos in his one-man show, “Halley’s Comet,” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 in Hendricks Hall on the Warrensburg campus.
In his 19th season of a world tour, Amos transforms himself into his 87-year-old main character who shares the memories of a lifetime with the comet he first saw as an 11-year-old boy. He returns to the mountaintop where he first met the comet, explaining to his old friend that “things have changed since the last time you passed this way.”
He then takes the audience on a whirlwind adventure back in time from the turn of the century through two world wars, romance at a barnyard dance, fast food restaurants, the golden age of radio, the civil rights movement and the joys of childhood.
Amos will be on the UCM campus for a two-day residency, during which he will conduct a student workshop.
Amos received an Emmy nomination for his performance in the television miniseries “Roots,” and has portrayed a variety of main characters in programs such as “Good Times,” “The West Wing,” “All About the Andersons,” “Men in Trees,” “Touched by an Angel,” “The District” and “My Name is Earl.”
Tickets for “Halley’s Comet” are available from the Performing Arts Series box office in Administration 100, by calling 660-543-8888 or by visiting ucmpas.com.
The show is sponsored by the UCM African Studies Center.