“I’m thrilled to be working with A.C.T. on adapting my New York Times bestseller Dear Dad into an exciting theatrical solo show,” said Anderson. “Since its publication in 1989, I’ve been amazed by the thousands upon thousands of heartfelt responses I’ve received from readers who have connected with my journey to recover and reestablish my relationship with my unreachable father. Our hope is to shape and create an evening of theater for San Francisco audiences that resonates as deeply as the book has with readers, through laughs, maybe some tears, and the awareness that we all have a unique family experience worthy of sharing.”
Iconic comedian Louie Anderson, a three-time Emmy Award winner, is one of the country’s most recognized and adored comics, named by Comedy Central as “One of 100 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians of All Time.” His career has spanned more than 30 years. He is a best-selling author, star of his own stand-up specials and sitcoms and he continues to tour the world performing to standing-room-only crowds.
In 2016 Anderson was cast to co-star along with Zach Galifianakis and Martha Kelly in the hit FX comedy series Baskets. Anderson plays the extraordinary role of Christine, the matriarch of the Baskets clan. He based the character on his mother and his five sisters, who were all a major presence in his life. Anderson won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and a Critics’ Choice award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for this role in 2016 and received a second Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for the role in 2017.