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A Third-Generation Actor Fits the Bill

State of the Arts


Published May 14, 2008 at 12:16 p.m.

Adam Blachly
  • Adam Blachly

There’s probably no DNA marker of theatrical talent — or any other skill — but there’s some reason for the adage, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” Case in point: Adam Blachly. The 9-year-old who just concluded an impressive run in Lost Nation Theater’s To Kill a Mockingbird is the grandchild of Unadilla Theater owner/director Bill Blachly, and the son of actor/attorney Tom Blachly and singer-songwriter/librarian Susannah Clifford Blachly of Marshfield. In her review of the production in last week’s Seven Days, Elisabeth Crean called the third-generation phenom “the unexpected star of the show,” noting the young Blachly “captured Dill’s too-wise-for-his-size essence, with a perky, eager and utterly fearless stage presence.” Adam’s already had plenty of practice.

“He’s been doing stuff since he was 6,” says Bill. “He was in one of our productions, Ah, Wilderness!, last year, and in a kids’ Shakespeare production.” Currently the diminutive thespian is in another Shakespeare play, Much Ado About Nothing, in a community show in Plainfield. “He’s got a long list of stuff — he goes from one show to the next,” says Granddad. “He does it pretty naturally.”

His thoughts on genetic transfers? “Plumbers’ children often go into plumbing,” the eldest Blachly opines. “If you want to see your [performer] parents, I guess you gotta be on stage with them.”

Any roles at Unadilla this summer? “Adam will be a ‘gentleman of Japan’ in The Mikado,” Bill relates. “A very small gentleman of Japan.”