Written and Performed by Karen Knotts.
Running February 2, 27 & March 20, 8pm as part of the Solofest.
Don Knotts is an icon.
He has been a part of the collective American consciousness for almost 80 years. It’s strange what can bring us together, what levels us, even in times like these. Men like Mr Knotts, whose purpose in life is to make our days a little better, to fill it with laughter and warmth are more vital than ever. Their importance, their necessity fills us with hope and connects us in ways few other things can.
Karen Knotts grew up with a father who seems to have been everything we hoped he could be. Kind, loving, supportive, hard working, inventive and magical…the Don Knots we saw in movies and on TV was real and this show, created by a loving and forever appreciative daughter, is a wonderful step back into the past.
“The Andy Griffith Show,” “Threes Company,” “The Ghost and Mr Chicken,” “The Incredible Mr Limpet” are just a few of his most memorable roles. Karen Knotts covers them all. With the help of family photos and home movies, as well as clips from all his most well-known roles, she fills in the blanks. She guides us through his early years in stand up and theatre and then on to Hollywood.
She gives us a beautiful glimpse into her life with this quiet and hilarious man.
There is nothing hidden, no anecdote too intimate or heartfelt and Karen seems as proud of his legacy as ever. An actress herself she shares rare footage of herself on TV with her father in his variety show, which is particularly heartwarming.
This is not an expose, you wont find out sordid secrets or pain riddled stories. Karen takes us by the hand and brings us gleefully into her life with her father, in all its subtlety and glory. His three marriages, his relationships with his children, his staggering work ethic and his gentleness.
Karen is as graceful as Don and although there is a resemblance to her father, especially when she magically pulls one of his famous faces, her sweet beauty seems to glow when she shares him with us. It was a privilege, as if we sent an evening with her talking by the fireside. She shares her father with us because it gives her joy to do so….what better reason could there be for this lovely play.
Karen has created a piece that not only highlights her fathers life, but her own. As a writer and a performer she masterfully brings us on her journey of self discovery. Her skills as a mimic, comedic actor, writer and host are all vividly displayed…she is her fathers daughter true, but with a clear identity of her own. This is wonderfully apparent in the footage of her performing with her father. She had a strong, sweet, funny and authentic presence as a fifteen year old, on stage in front of a live TV audience of millions and this has clearly never dimmed. Karen has been performing all her life and her experience glows.
There are a couple more dates during the Solofest, February 27 and March 20.
If you love Don Knotts and yearn for his particular kind of simple, timeless humor, Karen Knotts is a testiment to his legacy…. you are in for a real treat.
The Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423