Over the years, actor Steve Zahn has maintained a fairly low profile for a bona fide film actor living in Central Kentucky. But he will step in the Singletary Center for the Arts spotlight June 23 so you can go to the University of Kentucky Art Museum for free.
Zahn has a long resume of TV and theatrical roles from dramatic fare such as Dallas Buyers Club (2013) to Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies, from HBO’s Treme to a recurring role on Modern Family in the 2014-15 season. He lives in central Kentucky with his wife, author and theater artist Robyn Peterman Zahn, and their children. Locally, Zahn has preferred to keep a low profile, though he has been active working on productions by Paragon Music Theatre and The Rep, including taking the stage in the latter’s Smackdown for the Christmas Crown plays in comic roles.
Steve and Robyn, a Lexington native and daughter of clothier John Peterman, met in 1991 on a national tour of Bye Bye Birdie.
Zahn told the Herald-Leader in 2012 that the Smackdown role, in which he was stepping in for an actor who had to bow out for health issues, was his first stage role since 1994, when he was in Eric Bogosian’s subUrbia at New York’s Lincoln Center, a role he reprised two years later on film.
The June 23 event will be a fund raiser for the free admission policy at the UK Art Museum, instituted last year by director Stuart Horodner. Horodner will interview Zahn on stage at the Singletary Center, and a reception will follow.