Onstage, he's the hapless yet well-meaning detective Harry Hunsacker. Offstage, Kurt Kleinmann pens and stars in Pegasus Theatre's famous Living Black & White™ productions, murder mysteries that — thanks to some top-secret makeup, set, costume and lighting magic — look like 1930s/40s films come to life.
Kleinmann has written 16 Hunsacker plays to date, playing the lead year after year and creating one of the most recognizable characters in Dallas theater history (along with one of the most unique theatrical experiences to be found anywhere). This year, for the first time, an understudy (Pegasus vet Scott Nixon) will assume the lead role during Saturday matinees of Rehearsal for Murder!, directed by Michael Serrecchia.
Kleinmann recently took the time to fill out our survey of serious, fun and sometimes ridiculous questions.
Name: Kurt Kleinmann
Role in Rehearsal for Murder!: Harry Hunsacker, world-famous detective and aspiring actor
Previous work in the DFW area: Theatre Three, Dallas Repertory Theatre, Pocket Sandwich Theater, Stage West. Various TV and movie credits.
Where you currently reside: Dallas
First theater role: Phillip Nolan in The Man Without a Country
First stage show you ever saw: Peter Pan
Moment you decided to pursue a career in theater: I've always known.
Most challenging role you've played: Keeping Harry Hunsacker fresh after nearly 30 years
Special skills: Making people laugh
Something you're really bad at: Math
Current pop culture obsession: BBC Sherlock
Last book you read: The Widow File
Favorite movie(s): The Thin Man, The Godfather, The Matrix, Zardoz, the Connery and Craig James Bond films
Favorite musician(s): The Beatles, REM, Adam Levine, Cab Calloway, B.B. King
Favorite song: "Chances Are"
Dream role: Totally wrong for it but it's a dream: James Bond.
Favorite play(s): You mean other than mine? The Thirty-Nine Steps.
Favorite musical(s): Avenue Q
Favorite actors/actresses: Sean Connery, Laurence Olivier, Myrna Loy
Favorite food: Pizza
Must-see TV shows: Person of Interest, Modern Family, BBC Sherlock
Something most people don't know about me: I'm actually very shy.