Friday, November 2, 2012

Mr. Stacy Keach Announced As Grand Marshal of the 67th Annual Greater Manassas Christmas Parade

 Press Release

67th Greater Manassas Christmas Parade 

We are pleased to announce a special Grand Marshall for this years Parade. 

Stacy Keach who has joined the faculty at George Mason University and has agreed to be our Grand Marshall on December 1st at 10am. Mr. Keach will also be joining Santa and City of Manassas Mayor Hal Parrish in kicking off the Holiday season at the annual tree lighting Friday night November 30th.

Acclaimed to be among the finest actors of his generation, Stacy Keach has been acknowledged by The New York Times as, “The finest American classical actor since John Barrymore.”  Embraced by audiences for his work on stage and screen, Stacy Keach was nominated for a Tony Award for his Broadway production of Buffalo Bill in Arthur Kopit’s Indians, played Falstaff in both parts of Henry IV for Joseph Papp, and triumphed as Richard III, Macbeth, and as King Lear for DC’s Shakespeare Theater Company.  He recently completed a brilliant run on Broadway in the hit play Other Desert Cities directed by Joe Montello, and he played a lead in last summer’s blockbuster The Bourne Legacy. Stacy Keach is now our local hero, as he has joined the faculty of George Mason University’s Department of Theater as Heritage Professor of Stage and Screen. He is the honorary chairman of the Cleft Palate Foundation, and advocates for insurance coverage for cleft palate surgeries. He served on the board of the Environmental Communications Organization and is the co-author, with Gary Greenberg, of the Mary’s Magic Microscope books, as he is passionate about getting youth excited about science. Stacy Keach also supports the efforts of independent film-makers across the globe. Stacy Keach’s own movie career comprises over 50 films since 1968 including work with such acclaimed directors as John Houston and Oliver Stone. For many, his most memorable roles have been on television.  From 1984-1998, he was Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer.  In 2000 he played Ken Titus in Fox’s sitcom, Titus.  He continues building new audiences, regularly as the narrator of segments of NOVA and National Geographic programs.   Still, he is most passionate about his role as teacher and mentor. We extend a warm welcome to Stacy Keach, Professional Artist in Residence for Theater at Mason and Heritage Professor in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at George Mason University.