From Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson:
The Seattle theater community will be bidding farewell to one of its own on Monday night (July 1) at a memorial service for actor and longtime local resident John Wesley Rice. Mr. Rice died in Los Angeles on June 18, at age 63.
Mr. Rice ( “Wes” to his friends) was a Stanford University graduate, and a skilled carpenter and home builder who spent a decade restoring his 100-year old Rice Ranch Homestead near Kahlotus, Franklin County. He was also a professionally trained and zestful actor who performed in numerous shows for Book-It Repertory Theatre and ACT Theatre, as well as in film and television parts.
Book-It audiences may well recall the versatile performer as the gruff, bedeviled Captain Ahab in an adaptation of “Moby Dick,” the windmill-tilting lead character in “Don Quixote” and a lusty guru in “Even Cowgirls Get the Blues,” as well as in other roles.
Mr. Rice is survived by his wife, Bellini, and a daughter, Lola Naomi. A celebration of his will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, July 1, at the Langston Hughes Center, 104 17th Ave S., Seattle. Donations in his name may be made to the Mid-Columbia Libraries (Kahlotus Branch), 405 South Dayton, Kennewick, WA 99336.