Monica Yant Kinney ’93 | January 12, 2021
Tony Lawton ’89 works alone, but craves an audience. A heralded Philadelphia stage actor, he’s known for searing one-man productions of C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce and Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol — the latter streaming online now through December 27.
Years ago, Lawton taught acting at Notre Dame. More recently, he brought Father Edward Sorin, C.S.C. back to life in beloved campus performances of Sorin: A Notre Dame Story, written by Christina Telesca Gorman ’91.
Since May, Lawton’s stage has been his 15-foot-square Philadelphia kitchen, where he’s made more than 500 pies for new, adoring fans he meets — masked — on his socially distant deliveries.
“Most of the compensation actors get is emotional, the feeling that we’re needed,” he explains. “Baking lets me see people — people who are happy to see me.”
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