The Father and the Bear
Byron Temple (Wil Love), a retired character actor with diagnosed dementia, longs to perform at his beloved summer theater one last time. Against the wishes of his daughter (Dendrie Taylor), he accepts a role from the newly installed artistic director (David Deluise), who is unaware of Byron's condition. Writer-director John Putch informs “The Father and the Bear” with a lifetime of bone-deep theatrical knowledge. The son of actress Jean Stapleton (“All in the Family”) and producer-director William Putch, he began his professional career at the precocious age of 5, performing at the Totem Pole Playhouse, a summer theater founded by his parents. Putch spent several decades as a successful actor, including a recurring role in “One Day at a Time” and dozens of appearances in films and episodic TV, before transitioning to directing. Equally facile in comedy and drama, he splits his time between TV — where his lengthy credits include “Blackish,” “The Middle,” “Body of Proof,” “Cougar Town,” and “Ugly Betty” — and independent film projects.