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Door Kinetic Arts Festival Announces Featured Guest –
Actor and Writer Dan Lauria


May 28, 2019
For Immediate Release:
Contact: Festival Producer Alan Kopischke 920.370.1034 or 

Door County, WI-- Door Kinetic Arts Festival proudly announces this year’s Featured Guest – actor and writer Dan Lauria, most famous for his role as Jack Arnold in “The Wonder Years.” Dan Lauria will join the festival on Wednesday, June 12th for the DKAF Donor Event, where he will perform scenes and monologues from the Broadway play “Lombardi,” written by DKAF Artistic Director Eric Simonson. Having originated the titular role of Green Bay Packer's coach Vince Lombardi, Dan Lauria has given over 240 impassioned live performances. This event will be the first time he has returned to the role since the final curtain was drawn on Broadway in May of 2011.


Festival attendees will not only get to watch a legend perform, but will also get the opportunity to learn from an industry expert. Dan Lauria will host a workshop entitled "The Lost Art of Acting," Thursday, June 13 at 11 a.m. Having taught this class across the country over the years, Lauria uses engaging visual references and hands-on techniques when discussing the art of acting for the screen.

Both the donor event and workshop are available only to premium festival pass holders.

Lauria is best known for his portrayal of Jack Arnold, the money-conscious father on the TV series “The Wonder Years” (1988-1993). He also played James Webb in the 1998 TV miniseries “From the Earth to the Moon” and Commanding Officer, USA in 1996's “Independence Day.” More recently he has appeared as Police Commissioner Eustace Dolan in “The Spirit.” He appeared as Coach Hamstrung in “The Three Stooges N.Y.U.K.” on AMC in 2000.  

Lauria appeared as Vince Lombardi in the Broadway play, “Lombardi,” in 2011. Sports writer Jim Hague commented, "Lauria truly becomes Vince Lombardi. You almost forget you're watching an actor. He's Lombardi through and through, down to the wire-framed glasses and intimidating scowl."

In 2012, Lauria played the part of Jean Shepherd in the Broadway production of “A Christmas Story: The Musical,” a role which he reprised off Broadway at Madison Square Garden in 2013. From 2012 through 2014, he played Jack Sullivan on the Steve Byrne sitcom “Sullivan & Son.”

Premium Passes for $50 include entrance to all festival events as well as access to events with Special Guest Dan Lauria, available for purchase at

Other festival offerings include live performances and workshops from Chicago-based dance group Lucky Plush Productions, multi-disciplinary, spoken word poet Harold Green, dance-theater ensemble SossyMechanics, and three evenings of short film screenings. All festival offerings are complemented by daily featured cocktails, provided by renowned mixologist Robert Simonson. For more information on the lineup visit:

Festival passes and single tickets are available for all festival events at the door and online. Festival Passes are $30 and tickets for each night are $10. Half price student tickets and passes are available for $15. Contact: Festival Producer Alan Kopischke 920.370.1034 or