Best character actor who can do anything (including Agatha Christie)

Ned Averill-Snell

Area audiences have had the pleasure of seeing the protean actor Ned Averill-Snell in a wide range of roles, from a corporate Claudius in Tampa Rep’s Hamlet to a Rabelaisian Paul Gauguin in Jobsite’s Inventing Van Gogh to a bloodied, raging seer outside Tampa Museum of Art during CL’s Gasp! Festival. He’s also an eloquent if sometimes curmudgeonly online commenter, has just begun blogging about the local theater community for CL, and really doesn’t like awards. In fact, he’ll probably hate this one. But we can’t help it. Because not only has he accomplished all of the above, he’s now added novelist to his resume with Small Professional Murder. A highly enjoyable whodunit, it’s rich in insider info about regional theater machinations in Florida (wonder where he got all that) and features an appealing heroine, a props mistress/amateur sleuth named Spriz. Look for it on Amazon.

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