Olympic legend Greg Louganis shows his acting chops at WGA’s “The Gay Scene – Year 8″ event
Few people will ever get to be the absolute best in the world at something during their lifetimes. Four-time Olympic Gold Medalist Greg Louganis, the great diver in US history, is one of those people.
And he’s also become a damned fine actor.
Louganis was among the talented group of performers who performed scenes during Wednesday night’s Writers Guild of America – West event The Gay Scene – Year 8.
(Michael Urie had been scheduled to be a part of the ensemble but had to spend the evening working on his CBS sitcom Partners. He told organizers that if the show were cancelled this week, as had been feared, he would definitely appeared. Instead, it lives on – for now.)
Louganis appeared in three of the 10 scenes in roles that included the enthusiastic gay uncle of a young gay guy (What if Coming Out Came and Went by D.J. Richardson) and a gay man exchanging zingers with his estranged wife as they prepare to sign divorce papers (Intermissions by Scotty-Miguel Sandoe).
The ex-wife was played by Robin Riker (pictured, left) who really showed impressive acting chops in her other scenes as a skittish Christian mother of a gay son (Born Again by Brad Bauner),and a lesbian who is murdered in Til Death by David A. Lee and Daniel Vaillancourt). I’m now a Robin Riker groupie – she’s just amazing!
The other performers, all solid, were Jeffrey Christopher Todd, Mike Guerra, Mary Faber, Dagney Kerr, David Heymann, Khanya Mkhize, Tricia Pierce, and Eddie Robinson while Anastacia Coon was the evening’s narrator.
Other works performed were Janie Gets In by Jennifer Ralston, Flutters by Thomas Wong, Indigo’s Blues by Kellie Griffin, Dream Therapy by Philip Pierce, and Together Whatever by David Rothmiller.
The event was presented by WGAW’s Gay & Lesbian Writers Committee chaired by Gary Goldstein, whose Just Checking was also performed, and co-vice-chaired by Lee and Vaillancourt.