All the World's a Stage

Every once in a while I like to share photos of some of the characters I’ve portrayed during my time in the theater.

I’ve been very blessed to have worked with directors who gave me the opportunity to play a wide variety of characters; alongside some of the most incredibly talented actors.

So without further ado, allow me introduce you to a cast of characters.

Curtain up!…..


The play was called A Flea in her Ear. It was a brilliant French farce in which the cast was razor-sharp. I portrayed a hot-tempered, insanely jealous Spaniard who ran around with a loaded pistol in all three acts, trying to kill the man who was cheating with his wife (no worries…the gun had blanks).


One of my all-time favorite musicals Godspell. This was one of those shows that I NEVER wanted to end. The cast bonded like no other cast I’d been with. The girl you see standing next to me is an incredibly gifted actress - she went on to become one of the writers for Saturday Night Live.


This is one of my more serious performances in a play called The Normal Heart. I portrayed Ned Weeks, a man fighting to get the city of New York to provide funding for Aids research. My character was based on the real life of gay activist Larry Kramer. This shot was taken during rehearsal. The gentleman sharing this photo portrayed my partner Felix. At the end of the play he dies from HIV complications.


This was perhaps one of my LEAST favorite shows Angels Fall. I portrayed Zappy, a young professional tennis player who was being “kept” by an older woman. The script SUCKED. It was winded, boring, and had no point. My only saving grace was that my good friend Laurel was also in the cast, so we were able to support one another through HELL.


A photo taken during the song Money from the chilling musical Cabaret. I portrayed the Emcee. I had waited sixteen years to play this role, so it was a dream come true.


The reason why I look like a mental patient in this photo is because I WAS. I portrayed Petrone, who was a fucked up saxophone player who took too many drugs. It was a strange one-act play by Sam Sheppard called Suicide in B Flat. My good friend Laurel (on my right) was also in the show.


This photo is a repeat for some of my longtime readers. My secret fantasy to portray a woman in the musical Cinderella. Here you see me as the Wicked Stepmother with my delightfully evil daughters. After this show was over I cried….because I didn’t want to give the dress back!


The End!

31 comments

  1. OMG...I thought an actor...these are wonderful photos. Thanks so much for sharing them. Didn't want to give the dress back ROFLMAO. Can I get your autograph LOL. Loved the last photo :)

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  2. WTF kind of chippendale show is this? That one chickenshit has his shirt on! I want my money back!

    (just kidding. You's my fave!) Rowrr! I mean buk buk buk buk...

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  3. And what's that last pic about??? Just a night out with the guys? LOL
    ALL of the photos are fabulous!!!
    But you know which is my favorite of the shows and parts you listed.... Cabaret!!!
    And of course I just adore that photo of you as the Wicked Stepmother too. The whole collection just shows your range for acting. Anyone that can be deranged and jealous and then tender and kind and then funny and then serious must have a wonderful stage presence. Wish I had gotten to see you perform in something!

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane. Looks like you really enjoyed your time as an actor.

    Bravo!!! Bravo!!!

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  4. Well, Ron, seeing as how there's no caption to the final photo, I'll assume it was either a random candid or some inexplicable foray into pornography. I know, I know, everyone's gotta put food on the table.

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  5. Aloha Thom!

    You're welcome, bud!

    Yes...actor-drama queen!

    OMG...the first time I put the dress on I got an erection! I had to use duct tape to strap it down from then on!

    bwhahahahahahah!

    Great seeing ya!

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by!

    Enjoy your day!

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  6. Aloha Debi!

    I know, I know...

    ...deep down inside I'm very shy, so I felt more comfortable leaving the shirt on. PLUS...because it was red, I thought I'd STEAL the focus!

    HAHAHAHAHHAHAHA!

    Mucho grassy for stopping by, Deb!

    Enjoy your day!

    Shyly,

    Chip Dale

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  7. Hellooooo Crystal Chick!

    I figured someone would ask about that last photo, so I waited to share it in a comment.

    It was taken before a matinee performance of Godspell, outside the stage door. We took the shot to give to the director for a closing night present. We had it framed and presented it to him at the cast party.

    Silly guys, we were!!

    aaahhh...Cabaret, is it not the BEST? Welcomen!

    Like I shared, I feel SOOOO blessed to have been given the opportunity to stretch myself as an actor and try different roles. I LOVE comedy the best, but it's also great to try a little drama now and then. To me, you can always find comedy in drama and drama in comedy.

    So glad you enjoyed, M.

    Thank you for stopping by, neighbor!

    Happy Wednesday!

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  8. Hey MVD!

    If you read my comment to Crystal Chick, I exposed a little more about the last shot.

    However, I like your thoughts about it MUCH better!

    Damn...I should have LIED!

    hahahahahaha!

    Always great seeing ya, bud!

    Thanks for your visit!

    Enjoy your day!

    Sincerely,

    Ron Jeremy

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  9. what a fantastic pictorial history!!
    I am so impressed

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  10. Hi Dianne!

    Thanks, sweet lady!

    I had a BLAST putting this together.

    "Memories...light the corners of my mind..."

    *thank you Barbra!

    hahahahahaha!

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

    Enjoy your day!

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  11. What a fun trip through your illustrious career! I'm sure even the crappy stuff brings lots of great memories.

    That last one's the best! Althought crazed musician is a close second.

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  12. Hiya Chrissy!

    Yes, absolutely...even the crappy stuff brings good memories...

    ...like when it was finally OVER!

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    No, only kidding.

    Glad you enjoyed, Chrissy!

    Listen, I'll be autographing that last photo sometime this week if you would like me to email you one, ok?

    (the Chip and Dales)

    bwhahahahhaha!

    Thanks for dropping by!

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  13. You have such an expressive face. I'll bet you rocked in the theater.

    Applauding from the balcony!!!

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  14. Howdy Mr. Jeff!

    Thanks, bud.

    My face is like a piece of rubber, that stretches and expands like a condom!

    bwahahahahahahaha!

    Always great seeing ya, pal!

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  15. omg...ronnie, you look fabulous in all of theose photos...I loved everyone of them. You my friend are incredible and so very handsome too.

    I dreamt of going to NYC and doing Broadway, but it seemed so far from home and college was here.

    I did do several months at The Melodrama Theater on my own. South Pacific and Cats...not with the dance troop from high school and after. Damn that was the funnest...more than dancing I loved the acting and singing.

    I wanted to be an actor. So I guess I accomplished that when I went on that little stage.

    Is one only a true actor when they receive payment for their services? If that is so...I then am not.

    This is a wonderful post my friend...I'm still working on that comedy. Say you will be in it. hehehe

    ciao ronnie bear xxxx

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  16. Rawwwwrrrrrr....comment was eaten by the Moof Monster, dangit!

    I will say Spaniard with a gun is a scary proposition. And you do that crazed look well.
    But oh, what I woulda done to see you in Cabaret!
    Yup....I've decided you rocked!
    Also decided you look dang good in a dress.

    Just sayin'....LOL

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  17. Dear Miss Jones!

    OMG...I just this minute left a comment on YOUR blog!!!

    How cool!

    aawwww thanks, sweet friend!

    Lately, I've been missing the theater, so it may be in the near future once again. I will sometimes be active in theater for years and years, and then take a break for a few years, and then return. And it's within the taking my breaks, that I grow as a person which allows for deeper acting. Life has taught me more about acting, than acting. The longer you live, the more you can bring to the table.

    WOW...you were in South Pacific and Cats??? Way to go, girl! You must be SOME dancer to have been in Cats! I bet you'd be great in A Chorus Line too!

    No...just because someone doesn't get PAID to act, doesn't mean they're not an actor. A lot of my work on stage was NOT paid. I did it for the experience and for the LOVE. I got paid if I traveled with a show touring and also for the children's theater I've done.

    Thanks so much for sharing on this post, Miss Jones.

    YES...when you get that comedy finished, I would be SO happy to be in it with ya! Yay!

    Ciao bella
    X

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  18. Hiya Mel!

    Oh shit...I hate when that happens! Lately, it's been happening to me when I leave comments too. Blogger can be so strange at times. Thanks for rewritting your comment.

    It's funny because I don't like handling a gun, so it took some getting use to. I was always so paranoid about the BLANKS being BLANKS and not real bullets! OMG...sometimes during a performance the blanks would fail and no sound would come out, so I had to shoot it several times!

    BANG! BANG! BANG!

    Thanks for the compliment on the dress because I felt SO pretty!

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    Always great seeing ya, dear lady!

    X ya!

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  19. YOU, my cute little furry friend, are SO CUTE! I loved seeing you in all those costumes, they're so much fun..an Caberet, eh? I thought that was the creepiest movie but then , so were the times!

    that last photo had me enlarging and really looking to see what I could see, being the curious girl I am....and you are the cutest one...hmmmm, yes...

    love you, dear ronnie
    xoxoxoxo

    and thank you for all the support with reiki and your comments....I feel them BOTH! ;)
    KISSES!

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  20. Hellooooo Dear Linda!

    OMG...I totally agree about Cabaret. When I first saw it in NYC, I got the CREEPS big time! Joel Grey was so demented, but I couldn't keep my eyes off him. His performance SO represented the times, you're right!

    Oh you are too funny about the last photo! The guy on the far right has his pants down so FAR that you can almost see his pubic hair!!

    HAHAHAHAHAHA!

    Thanks oddles for stopping by, Linda!

    And SOOOOO happy to hear you're feeling the Reiki, dear lady!

    You go, girl!

    Love ya!
    X

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  21. As Ronnie himself would say, "Woo Woo" ! Encore !!
    I loved your pics ! FORMIDABLE ! Now, if someone out there had taped these plays and put clips on youtube, :)Or is that wishful thinking ??

    You have such an expressive face, and I'm sure that you are dynamite on stage.
    BTW; when's your next production ?
    Tickets for the entire Ronnie Fan Club :)
    Yeah and dig the Chippendales at the end ;)

    Have a great day in Love city, dear.
    XXOO

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  22. pretty cool. you've done a lot. i loved this comment and it would be easy for me to play one as well

    The reason why I look like a mental patient in this photo is because I WAS

    what's going on in that last photo. :)

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  23. What great pictures and memories! Thanks for sharing. I'm just loving the curly blonde look you were workin" then. Too HOT! What a sexy beast you are, brother! ;)

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  24. Oh what a fantastic life you have led! I love these photos, you must have rocked the stages!

    Thanks!
    (and sorry I haven't been by lately... I still love you though Ron!)

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  25. Bonjour Barbara!

    It's funny you should ask that because I do have some of these shows on tape - good idea, Barb! I know nothing about You Tube or Blogger Video, so I need to look into that.

    Yes...my next production will be called Ronnie - The Diary of a Madman.

    My Chippendale days are over because unfortunately, I threw away my g-string YEARS ago - such a SAD day that was!

    HAhahaahahahaha!

    OMG...you're not going to believe this, but Philly just got hit with all that rain you were getting in Paris - and of course I left my umbrella is at WORK!!!

    OY!

    Thanks for stopping by Barb!

    Have an awesome day!

    XO

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  26. Good Morning Valerie!

    Oh man, me too!

    I think I was BORN to play a mental patient!!!

    ...One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest!

    That last photo is just five men who think they're professional strippers...

    ...NOT!

    HA!

    Always great seeing ya, Val!

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Enjoy your day!

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  27. Hiya Nitebyrd!

    OMG...when I lived Florida and was a cosmetologist, I couldn't get my hair BLOND enough. When I wasn't in the sun, I was forever highlighting it at work.

    Now that I'm older, my hair is just natually highlighted - it's called GRAY!

    When my hair is left longer, it's actually very curly. I've got a photo that I will be posting here in the future in which my hair looks like Greg Brady from the Brady Bunch - you'll shit when you see it!

    Thanks for stopping by, Sis!

    Always a pleasure!

    X ya!

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  28. Hellooooo Kate!

    Always so GREAT seeing ya!

    While rummaging through some old photos a few days ago, my theater days came back to me so I thought I'd share a few.

    I know you know (being a musician) what it feels like to perform LIVE - isn't it wonderful???

    Thanks so much for dropping by, Kate!

    Love ya too, sweet lady!

    X

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  29. You are soooooo talented Ron. I wish I could have seen you in person in all those roles. Thanks for sharing your photos Ron and I hope you will show us more. :)

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  30. Hi Akelamalu!

    Thanks m'dear...so glad you enjoyed!

    Hey, maybe one day I'll be doing a show at the West End and afterwards you, I and MWM can go to the nearest pub for some VINO!

    YAHOOO!

    I may start sharing my theater photos every couple of months.

    Thanks for dropping by!

    Enjoy your evening!
    X

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  31. Don't say shit like erection when putting a dress on to a man that has bronchitis...it's so hard to laugh while falling off the chair.

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