When John Lithgows father became ill late in life, the actor moved in with his parents to help care for his dad. John knew that his father, the actor Arthur Lithgow, needed something more than good medicine and time to heal: He needed access to the Lithgow family legacy of storytelling. John, the story goes, helped his parent find his lost enthusiasm for life by telling him stories.
In part because his generosity extends beyond his own family, John Lithgow has turned his largesse and his love for a good story into Stories by Heart, in which he not only shares family tales but also enacts them. The second act is a 45-minute performance of his fathers favorite P.G. Wodehouse story, Uncle Fred Flits By.