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9-Feb-2008
Actor, rancher, terrorist?

Actor Jarion Monroe on the set of the new Marin Theatre Company production, said SAID, in Mill Valley. ( IJ photo/Jeff Vendsel)JARION MONROE plays U.S. Poet Laureate Andre Said in the West Coast premiere of "said SAID," running through Feb. 24 at Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley.
The 60-year-old Mill Valley actor has had a 39-year career on the stage, performing with most of the major Bay Area companies, including 19 seasons at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. He was in the season finale of "Frasier" and has had parts in the movies "The Game," "In Control of All Things" and "The Californians."

He and his wife, actress Anni Long, settled in Marin in 1991 and have performed together many times.

Q: Tell us about the character you play in "said SAID."

A: He's loosely based on an actual historical figure from the Algerian/French conflict back in the late '50s and early '60s. He was a little Berber boy the French took a shine to and sent to Algiers to be educated. He excelled in his studies and was sent to the Sorbonne to become a medical doctor. All through this he was writing lots of poetry, and he ultimately wins the Nobel Prize and becomes the poet laureate. Many people call him "the terrorist/poet" because there are suspicions that he was a terrorist during the Algerian war.

Q: Does it resonate with today's headlines?

A: Absolutely. It


Source: Marin Independent-Journal