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The Times
  • Lyon lands a lead role in Los Angeles play

  • When the curtains go up on the Katselas Theater Company’s production of “SexSting” at the Skylight Theatre, a Dolgeville native will be among the lead cast members.

    Christian Lyon has been cast in the role of a FBI officer in the play based on true events.

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  • When the curtains go up on the Katselas Theater Company’s production of “SexSting” at the Skylight Theatre, a Dolgeville native will be among the lead cast members.
    Christian Lyon has been cast in the role of a FBI officer in the play based on true events.
    “The play comes from transcribed Internet chats and instant messages, as well as from FBI interviews,” said Lyon during a telephone interview. “It follows an Internet sex sting case where an officer poses as a 14-year-old girl and it asks questions like can a man be arrested for fantasy, who draws the line between fantasy and crime and what is going on in the head of the agent who reports to duty every day to play the role of a 14-year-old girl. I’m excited to be a part of it.”
    Also among the cast are Gregory Itzin, best known for his role as disgraced U.S. President Charles Logan in the television series “24,” and J.D. Cullum, a television and film actor who recently completed work on Walt Disney Pictures’ “The Lone Ranger,” starring Johnny Depp.
    “I can remember seeing Gregory Itzin on an episode of ‘NYPD Blue’ and I was so impressed with his performance that it has stayed with me all this time. To be able to work with him now is definitely a highlight of my career,” said Lyon. “He’s an actor that has been nominated for an Emmy and has worked with Steven Spielberg on ‘Lincoln,’ so it’s great to work with him. Working with an actor of his ability makes me want to push myself that much harder to give the best performance I can.”
    In the play Lyon portrays Itzin’s boss, though he originally read for the role of the criminal.
    “When I was asked to audition for the role of the criminal I was like ‘This is how you see me?,’” Lyon said with a laugh. “I guess they saw me as one of the good guys after I read, as I was offered the role of an understudy with a guarantee of two performances as well as the regular role of an FBI agent.”
    He added his character is ambitious and sees the case as a way to move his career forward.
    “That contrasts with Gregory Itzin’s character who is near the end of his career and isn’t looking to make a name for himself or land the big promotion, so we butt heads,” said Lyon. “My character is looking to move up the ladder. It’s a good part and one I really look forward to portraying.”
    Having moved to Los Angeles 18 years ago, Lyon said he couldn’t be happier with his life.
    “I am doing the same things now that I did 18 years ago — I play the drums, I run a successful landscaping business and I act. I have a beautiful wife, a beautiful daughter and a second child on the way. Sure the days are long when you have to go to work at 6 or 7 a.m. and then rehearsals run until 11 p.m. or midnight, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. This is the life I signed up for.”
    Page 2 of 2 - “SexSting” will be staged weekends in February and March.

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