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July 1, 2013 at 4:30 PM

A farewell to John Wesley Rice

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.

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