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Actor reclaims his dream: play opens March 21

3/20/2014, 3:17 p.m.
Tony Head won the role of Mark Johnson in director Lesley Steele’s new film “Destiny Jones”
Tony Head

Tony Head was an accomplished up-and-coming actor in his 20s with a number of national commercials under his belt, as well as roles in feature films, the NBC series “Hawk” and other network series. His agents told him he was on his way to a successful career.

That all changed on Oct. 2, 1983, when a beautiful daughter was born to him and his wife after they had been told that his wife could not have children. But the miracle obscured a tragedy. Their daughter had multiple disabilities, including autism, retardation, Turner syndrome and seizure disorder.

Head left his passion of acting for a regular job in Washington, D.C., and the consuming task of caring for his little girl, who rarely slept for more than four hours a night for the next 25 years.

After a family friend agreed to let his adult daughter live with her under a unique social program, he was finally able to return to New York and his original love of acting, working on HBO’s “The Wire” as Bobby Reed, on HBO’s “The Corner” and CBS’ “The Agency.”

He began studying the Meisner technique with the renowned Ted Bardy and Glen Vincent to improve his craft. This year, he won the role of Mark Johnson in director Lesley Steele’s new film “Destiny Jones,” executive produced by Bob Giraldi; “Bang!” a new film directed by Brooke Artigue; and most importantly, the role of Henry in “Hounds of War” by Wee Man Productions. It was directed by Mark Cirnigliaro and written by Bill Holland and will be opening March 21 at the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, located at the Abingdon Theatre Complex, 312 W. 36th St. Performances are Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18.

“I’m so looking forward to working with Mark and his team on ‘Hounds of War,’” said Head. “Henry reminds us of the contradictions we all have in our lives and how we choose to face them. Sometimes despite our best efforts and intentions, we fall short. How we deal with that disappointment helps determine the path we set forth.”

Head urges people to never give up on their dreams even if they might be delayed.

For more information or tickets, visit www.WeeManProductions.com or call 800-838-3006.