Department of Theatre presents “An Evening with Orson”

Fine Arts,

On December 1, 2 and 3, Lake Erie College will recognize the 75th anniversary of the release of the film classic Citizen Kane (1941) with a special performance by guest artist Chris Lambert. Mr. Lambert will be performing his one-man show on the life of Orson Welles called An Evening with Orson. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. each evening in the C.K. Rickel Theatre in Royce Hall for the Fine and Performing Arts.

An Evening with Orson is based upon the premise that, the night before he died, Orson Welles was persuaded by his good friend Mery Griffith to finally “open up” about the old days. The one-man show begins with Orson going over some notes about his life and readying himself for the taping of the show that will be broadcast the following week. 

Mr. Lambert waxes nostalgic portraying Orson as he opens up about the joys, triumphs and pitfalls in his larger than life career which includes mastering Broadway, radio and movies as well as a possible run at the White House. Oddly, after taping the show about his life, Welles is said to have gone to dinner, gone home to continue work on a script, and then passed away alone in the middle of the night.

Mr. Lambert as Welles recreates parts of Citizen Kane and War of the Worlds. Watch as Orson Welles comes to life on our stage through the artistry of Chris Lambert from Welles' childhood through Rosebud to the famous Paul Masson wine commercials! 

Mr. Lambert himself is a celebrated author and teacher. He lectures all over the Midwest on film, comic books, and popular culture. He began writing for the Cleveland rock and roll newspaper The Scene at the age of 15. Spending the next 7 years interviewing rock stars, Lambert went on to freelance for a number of national magazines having to do with comic book collecting. Next came a decade of lecturing on the subject of film for Lakeland Community College, while contributing to the bestselling book Superman at Fifty. Hot on the heels of that success, Chris wrote a weekly comic column (as well as several humor columns) for the News-Herald for over a decade while also writing and performing a daily radio show about the history of comics. He contributed writing to the VH1 Behind the Music series on the episode- "The Tragic Story of Badfinger." Shortly after that, Lambert contributed writing towards a college textbook on Alfred Hitchcock.

Tickets for An Evening with Orson at Lake Erie College are $10 and may be purchased at the door. Lake Erie College students, faculty and staff may attend for free.

For more information on An Evening with Orson, contact Dr. Jerry Jaffe, associate professor of theatre, at

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