7 Questions about Fictional Fathers with Curious Incident Dad Ian Barford
April 21st, 2015
by Ian Barford
Ian Barford, a Steppenwolf favorite best known to Broadway audiences as the original Little Charles in August: Osage County, is back thrilling New York audiences in another juggernaut of a play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Barford gives a hell of a performance as Ed Boone, a single father to an autistic teenage son, in the critically acclaimed drama, and below he takes on seven questions about other famous fictional dads.
1. The most important thing to remember about Ed Boone is:
The most important thing to remember about Ed Boone is that he is alone. Traditionally, it is the man who leaves the woman alone to manage home and child but in this story it is just the opposite.
2. The quintessential TV Dad from my childhood:
The quintessential TV Dad from my childhood was Archie Bunker.
3. Most touching scene between a dad and his child from a film:
The most touching scene between father and child from a film.....hmmmm....so many to choose from. I remember Jon Voight in The Champ being pretty touching.
4. Father/son relationship in literature that I really love:
Father/son relationship in literature I really love is Tomorrow by William Faulkner.
5. Most messed up father/son relationship I’ve seen onstage:
The most messed up father/son relationship I've seen onstage was James Gammon as Dodge and Ted Levine as Tilden in Steppenwolf's production of Buried Child.
6. Me and my onstage son, Alex Sharp, bond over:
Alex Sharp and I bond over Al Pacino and coconut water.
7. Another theatrical father I’d love to play someday:
Another theatrical father I'd love to play someday is Joe Keller in All My Sons.
See Ian Barford's emotional, powerful performance in 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time' at Broadway's Barrymore Theatre.