Ron Komora enjoys playing villains, especially those with a few redemptive qualities.
In Jerry Sterner’s “Other People’s Money,” an off-Broadway hit from 1989, Komora plays Larry Garfinkle, the heavy in a hostile takeover of an old New England family business.
The show is produced by Saratoga Springs-based Creative Place International, a not-for-profit professional theater company created in 2012. Performances begin tonight in the Riggi Theater at the National Museum of Dance and run through Sunday. Bill Snyder is directing.
‘Other People’s Money’
WHERE: Creative Place International, Riggi Theater, National Museum of Dance, 99 S. Broadway, Saratoga Springs
WHEN: 7:30 p.m., Thurs., Aug. 16 through Sat., Aug. 15 and 2 p.m. Sun., Aug. 16
HOW MUCH: $25
MORE INFO: 584-7780, www.thecreativeplaceinternational.org
“[Garfinkle] appears to be a villain at the beginning, but the trick of the script — and I don’t want to give away the ending — is that as things go along he starts to make more sense,” said Komora.
“There is a scene of a debate at a stockholders meeting, so you get to hear both sides. Some people might come away thinking, ‘now who’s right?’ and I think that’s what Jerry Sterner meant to happen.”
Komora has seen a stage production of “Other People’s Money” at the now-defunct Leatherstocking Theatre Company in Cooperstown, and also watched the 1991 movie with Danny DeVito as Garfinkle.
Komora had come to the casting audition thinking he might be trying out for the role of Andrew Jorgenson, the kindly older gentleman who owns the family business.
“I thought I was a little old for what the script called for, but Garfinkle’s age is really nonessential to the character,” he said. “I talked to Bill about the character and he told me to find something appealing about him. It’s true with a lot of villains. They have a kind of charm and a sense of humor, and it’s all right there in the script.
“One way of looking at him is as a pragmatist,” he added. “I think he’s definitely a downstater, a New Yorker from the Bronx who’s used to the fast pace of things. In New England, it’s a much slower pace, and that drives this guy crazy. He’s used to a lot of drama and a lot of action.”
In the CPI production, John McGuire portrays Jorgenson, while other cast members include Mary Jane Hansen, Anny DeGange and Thom Cammer. All are members of Actor’s Equity. The stage design is by Garett Wilson and Elivia Bovenzi is the costume designer.
Komora, a Cleveland native and Nassau resident, is a familiar face to area theater fans. He has played John Dickinson in “1776” and Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol,” both at the now-defunct New York State Theatre Institute, and in 2012 he directed “Crimes of the Heart” at Curtain Call.
Most recently, he performed in “A Christmas Carol” at the Theatre Institute at Sage. He and fellow actor John Romeo alternated between the roles of Scrooge and Marley for each performance.
In October, Komora will head to Massachusetts, where he will perform in WAM Theatre’s production of “Holy Laughter” in Pittsfield.