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Barbara Keegan starred as Rue Murphy in the world premiere of JENNIFER ANISTON STOLE MY LIFE for the 2012 Hollywood Fringe Festival, named a BEST IN FRINGE selection. Written by Jon Courie, directed by Deborah Geffner.
Ms. Keegan appeared as Libby MacDonald in TO CARRY THE CHILD for The Hollywood Fringe Festival 2013. Written and directed by Jon Courie.______________________________
Emmy Award winner and “Nell’s Mom, Margaret Jones” on NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Barbara Keegan made her Chicago stage debut at age 3, in a duet with her comedy godfather, first mentor and jester spirit-guide for all time — Danny Kaye. Since that storybook start, she’s been entertaining distinguished, discerning, and quite possibly disturbed audiences from Miami to Montreal, from Los Angeles to New York, from San Diego to Singapore. (She’s still jet-lagged from that last one…) Her screen appearances include films from CADDYSHACK to THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, her own PBS series THE HANDY MA’AM, scores of guest-starring gigs, and festival-winning indies such as GUITAR LESSONS, BOTTOM FEEDERS, STAGE 4 (Best Supporting Actress – Comedy), and seven roles in Robert Romeo’s full-length psychological thriller BOILERPLATE.
Regional, dinner theatre (yeah, remember THOSE?) and Off- (sometimes way WAY Off-) Broadway stage turns have included playing daughters (and sometimes sons) of stage and screen icons from Maureen O’Sullivan (BAREFOOT IN THE PARK) to Abe Vigoda (NEVER TOO LATE), as well as original cast credit in four or five Samuel French-published scripts. Los Angeles theater audiences have seen Keegan in ten roles in the Pasadena Playhouse’s award-winning JOINED AT THE HEAD, five roles in the five year run of BILL W. AND DR. BOB at Theatre 68, well-known as well as original musicals from THE FANTASTICKS to the country-western TANGLIN’ HEARTS to the politically-themed CAMPAIGN to the borscht-belt MAMALEH!, and the occasional beloved classic such as the blarney-speaking Nurse in ROMEO AND JULIET for Merry War Theatre Group. Barbara was thrilled to return to the Fringe festival with playwright Jon Courie, having first had that pleasure on his CARAPACE ISLE in its West coast premiere, as well as 2012 Hollywood Fringe Festival favorite JENNIFER ANISTON STOLE MY LIFE, which, she is more than honored to note, Mr. Courie wrote specifically with her in mind.
A founder of the East-coast improv troupe THE PUBLIC TRUST, as well as its TYA (Theatre for Young Audiences) improv/sketch-based LOLLIPOP THEATRE FOR CHILDREN, Barbara’s traded wit in live sketch comedy with Fred Willard, and raised money for worthy organizations co-starring in benefits with legends such as Shelley Berman, Robert Mandan, Bernie West, Sammy Shore, Marion Ross and Edward Asner, while making a decent living in her “day job” starring in hundreds of commercials and infomercials worldwide. A self-taught music prodigy, playing piano since eighteen months of age, Ms. Keegan was keyboardist/vocalist for femme rockers THE PICKUPS, and has worked numerous live gigs and recording sessions for THE NAKED APES, THIS SIDE UP, South American pop star SANTIAGO, and most recently THE VAN DYKE BROS BAND starring her husband Tom Van Dyke. For the record, she’s never actually performed as a mermaid in Weeki Wachee, but has worn the crown of Miss Miami Beach, and did squeeze into that very snug Starfleet uniform as a half-human, half-Vulcan in J.J. Abrams’ STAR TREK. She’s been immortalized as Cate Blanchett’s favorite photodouble “evil twin”, and has shared a soundstage “hotel room” with a Mr. B. Pitt (and, yes, that’s exactly who you think it is, and yes, he’s every bit as nice as he seems!). Just for fun, ask her to mimic anyone from Jean Hagen as Lina Lamont (SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN) to Patrick Stewart as Capt. Jean-Luc Picard (STAR TREK TNG)…She also does a spot-on tribute to Davy Jones singing DAYDREAM BELIEVER. On stage, and come to think of it, off stage as well, Barbara’s been compared to Peter Sellers, Peter Tork, Pee Wee Herman, Eddie Izzard, Groucho AND Harpo Marx, Shirley MacLaine (yeah, we threw her in just to have a female in the mix)…and Hamlet. HAMLET. She’s decided to take that as a compliment. Well, wouldn’t you?__________________________
Ms. Keegan appears on stage through the courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association. You can catch her online in Tony Aaron II’s improv comedy webseries H*L*A*T*V as rogue anchorwoman “Bobbie Baxter”, or in Robert Romeo’s runaway webhit PORNO:THE SERIES (PG/TV-14 rated fun) as “Sheryl”, the beleaguered adult entertainment producer. Cheers!***********************
Related Keegan links:
PORNO: The Series starring Barbara Keegan as Sheryl
H*L*A*T*V starring Barbara Keegan as Bobbie Baxter
GUITAR LESSONS trailer