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Theatre: Denis Johnson, Purvis

A reading from the play by author Denis Johnson (Jesus' Son) with Will Patton as The Interviewer and Kelly AuCoin as legendary G-man Melvin Purvis.

Kelly AuCoin appeared on Broadway with Denzel Washington in Julius Caesar. He did the National Tour of Copenhagen. His Off-Broadway credits include Happy Now? (Primary Stages), Jailbait (Cherry Lane), Some Men (Second Stage), Fifth Column (Mint), Ladies of the Corridor (Peccadillo), Boy (Primary Stages), and The Sketch Comedian (Drama League). His TV appearances feature numerous Guest Star roles, including the upcoming ABC series Body of Proof; Law & Order: CI; Gossip Girl; White Collar; The Good Wife; Kings; Without A Trace; Third Watch; Waterfront; The Sopranos; and Law & Order. His films include The Music Never Stopped, Julie & Julia, The Kingdom, Serial, A Perfect Fit, and A Perfect Murder. In regional theater, he has appeared in Happy Now? (Yale Rep), Finks (New York Stage & Film), The Real Thing, Born Yesterday (both at Syracuse Stage), Melissa Arctic (Folger), Arcadia (TheatreVirginia), Quills (Florida Stage), and the Oregon, Texas and Illinois Shakespeare Festivals.

Will Patton is known for his performances in the movies Armageddon, Remember the Titans, and American Violet, and for his roles on television shows CSI and 24. Interestingly enough, Patton actually played the part of Melvin Purvis in the 1991 TV movie Dillinger. He has also won two Obie Awards for best actor for his roles in the plays Fool for Love and What Did He See?, and was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Postman.


New River Dramatists


A program of stories, plays, and poetry co-produced with New River Dramatists.

New River Dramatists, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina, is a not-for-profit project that distinguishes itself in that it is looking for writers to assist, not works to produce. Engaging writers on the strength of their individual talents instead of the potential merit of a single piece, payment of Honoraria to all participants, the absence of casting and the commitment to process first are among many factors that, taken all together, make New River Dramatists unique.