Animal House 40th Anniversary
Whether you’re a Delta or an Omega, everyone can share the hilarity of 1978’s groundbreaking campus comedy Animal House, shown on the wide screen with a live appearance by Tim (“Otter”) Matheson, Karen (“Katy”) Allen and Peter (“Boon”) Riegert. Wear a toga!
An evening that’ll make you wanna shout! Hosted by film critic Peter Travers, this movie about the antics of a pack of riotous frat boys features classic performances by some of the best comedians of the Seventies, including John Belushi and Stephen Furst.
Tim Matheson – the smooth-talking Eric “Otter” Stratton – will appear on stage following the screening with two of his cast mates: Karen Allen and Peter Riegert, who played the film’s bickering sweethearts.
An actor, director and producer over the past 50 years, Tim Matheson received two Emmy nominations for his role in television’s The West Wing and recently starred in Killing Reagan on National Geographic. Some of his other popular feature films include 1941, To Be or Not To Be, Fletch and Van Wilder. He began his career at the age of 13 in Robert Young’s comedy series Window on Main Street and in 1964 provided the voice of the title character in the animated cartoon Jonny Quest.
Karen Allen is best known for playing Marion Ravenwood in Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and made her major film debut in Animal House. She debuted on Broadway in The Monday After the Miracle (1982) and played the lead off-Broadway in the drama Extremities. Allen returned to the big screen in the Christmas comedy Scrooged and appeared in Spike Lee’s Malcolm X, The Perfect Storm and In the Bedroom. Recently she starred in A Year by the Sea, based on the bestselling memoir by Joan Anderson.
Some of Peter Riegert’s most popular performances include Donald “Boon” Schoenstein in Animal House; “Mac” MacIntyre in Local Hero; Lt. Kellaway in The Mask, and newspaper editor Delbert McGinty in We Bought a Zoo. He has been acting, writing, directing and producing for the past 40 years. Other movie credits: Crossing Delancey, Oscar, Chilly Scenes of Winter, Barbarians at the Gate (HBO) and the short film The Response. On television, he had a recurring role as a crooked New Jersey assemblyman in HBO’s The Sopranos.