While assorted Cuyahoga County Commissioners ponder their future in politics and jumpsuits, Peter Lawson Jones is following two very different paths: fatherhood and theater.
He has earned widespread praise for the Cuyahoga County Fatherhood Initiative, launched six years ago to help absent fathers be more involved in their kids’ lives. Now Jones wants to take the program nationwide.
He’s working with groups across the country to build support, and he’s hoping for half a million signatures on petitions to present to the White House by Father’s Day.
“I feel the time is right,” Jones says. “You have a President who is respected for being a good father and husband. He has initiated a number of fatherhood programs; when he was senator, he co-sponsored a number of fatherhood bills. It’s the right person at the right time.”
Jones adds, however, that he makes no money from the initiative. In fact, his next career is more likely to take shape on the stage: He has signed on with theatrical agents in Cleveland, Detroit, and Columbus. On the horizon is a return engagement in Karamu House’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Ruined this spring. He’ll also perform in Vancouver, and he had a bit part in the ABC crime series Detroit 1-8-7, scheduled to air early next year.
“My goal is by 2012 to support my family by acting, writing, and doing voice-overs,” says Jones.