Since her days as Laura Ingalls in the series, Melissa Gilbert has continued to keep busy. She has worked on TV projects like “Choices of the Heart,” “Babylon 5,” “Batman: The Animated Series,” and “The New Batman Adventures.”
Gilbert has also discovered an extreme passion for theatre, which is what she has been doing in recent years. She played Caroline “Ma” Ingalls in the musical adaptation of “Little House on the Prairie.”
Melissa Gilbert in New Play
Most recently, however, Gilbert will star in the play “When Harry Met Rehab.” It is a comedy that focuses on sobriety and is also based loosely on the real-life experiences of Chicago radio personality, Harry Teinowtiz.
Perhaps this is why Gilbert ended up spotting herself on the back of a bus in Chicago. “Well, well, well, I’m in bus butts all over Chicago! Come see @whenharrymetrehab ! Tickets are on sale now! Link is in my bio. #theaterisback” she wrote on an Instagram post. She also shared a quick picture of the sign on the back of a city bus.
The play will debut at the Greenhouse Theater Center on North Lincoln Avenue. The show will begin on November 24.
The “Little House on the Prairie” star will act alongside Dan Butler in “When Harry Met Rehab.” He is best known for being in the popular TV sitcom “Frasier” as Bob “Bulldog” Briscoe.
Both Gilbert and Butler sat down with WGN News to speak about the new play. Gilbert said, “I play Barb, the rehab therapist, so I’m Dan’s character’s therapist. I’m also recovering myself. I’m recovering from heroin and also recovering from being a magician.”
She also shared that this is unlike any other role she’s gotten to do in the past. This is a comedy role, which she never really got the opportunity to explore before.
“It’s a reminder that nobody is alone and we’re all here and in the same boat. We need to support one another, especially now when people are so divided…” Gilbert also said.
‘Little House on the Prairie’ Star Discusses Legacy
When it comes to “Little House on the Prairie,” Melissa Gilbert is never afraid to talk about her legacy on the timeless show. It’s a constant point of discussion in interviews, but she never seems to mind.
During a 2011 interview with the Television Academy Foundation, Gilbert talked about working on a show like “Little House on the Prairie.”
“It’s hard to say what … when I hear the word ‘legacy’ I think of something that was left behind. It’s still there and it still has that same meaning … I think it’s one of the few shows families can sit together and watch and everybody gets something out of it. It reminds us of, actually, what Laura Ingalls Wilder said: ‘It’s the sweet simple things in life that are best,'” Gilbert said.