Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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February 16, 2008

Seasoned actor sees exciting challenge in Bluefield

Been there, done that. A few exceptional people can say that and really mean it. It demands many years of experience and being at the top of your game during those years.

Ed Trotta of Los Angeles is one of those people. And his game is about as fascinating as games can be.

On Friday, he had just completed an interview on the radio station across from the Daily Telegraph. He had a chance to catch his breath in the conference room at the newspaper and, as the afternoon sun accented the dark heavy brows arched over his penetrating dark eyes, he relaxed with his long history on stage and enjoyed countless reunions with the people who had made a big difference in his life. We’ve known them only on movie screens and TV, but Friday, they told us a lot about Ed Trotta.

His countless stage characters have taken him to many places in history, scrambled many emotions and endeared him to many audiences.

He has traveled a remarkable journey — from his home in New York City, across the country, and for the last 20 years in Hollywood — and he wants to continue it in Bluefield.

Why?

Well, it’s a part of a journey he has never experienced, he says, and he has fallen in love with the climate, the topography and the people he’s met here.

And, most of all, it offers a challenge he’s longed to pursue: Education. Education combined with entertainment.

He has a long resume in the performing arts. While he has never aspired to top billing, he’s had roles in movies, TV series, and dozens of stage plays. He’s written many original plays and has done adaptations, including “Animal Farm.”

His first acquaintance with Bluefield was in 2006 when he brought his one-man performance of Abraham Lincoln, “Two Miles a Penny” to the Summit Players stage. The Summit’s Ellen Light was so impressed she asked him “to return sometime” to do workshops, perhaps. They kept in touch and the idea for “Summit Stage II” was born. Attached to the Summit Players, a partner of the Alliance for the Arts, Ltd., the mission of Summit Stage is “to create, introduce and export innovative projects that would be viable for educational and theatrical communities nationwide.”

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