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Let’s give a warm NoHo “Welcome Back” to veteran actor DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON. Darryl is a Joseph Jefferson Citation Award-winning actor who was last seen on the boards in the Greater Los Angeles Area as The Narrator and The Mysterious Man in the December 2014 Burbank Community Theatre production of Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s “INTO THE WOODS” presented at The Hall of Liberty at Forest Lawn in the Hollywood Hills. Darryl returns to the stage this month portraying Ernest, a debonair, but aging leading man in Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tad Mosel’s classic comedic-dramatic one-act play about Life in The Theatre, “IMPROMPTU.” It is one of the entertaining and unique one-act plays that make up The Emmanuel Lutheran Actors Theatre Enesemble’s (ELATE) production of “JUST 4 FUN.”
“I was delighted to appear as Ernest in Tad Mosel’s IMPROMPTU at the beginning of my professional acting career back in 1980. I was lucky to direct the play with my own multiracial chamber theatre, THE EXCALIBER SHAKESPEARE COMPANY OF CHICAGO in 2001. And now I feel blessed more than 35 years later ( in 2016 ) to return to the role of Ernest bringing the experience of a lifetime in The Theatre to it. And I am thrilled that the lovely folk with THE EMMANUEL LUTHERAN ACTORS THEATRE ENSEMBLE – ELATE are giving me the opportunity to make my North Hollywood Area stage debut in Tad Mosel’s gem of a play, which is one of four fine short works that make up JUST 4 FUN.”
WHERE: LINCOLN STEGMAN THEATRE
6020 Radford Ave.
North Hollywood, CA 91606
WHEN: February 27 – March 13. Saturdays at 8PM and Sundays at 2PM
Expertly staged by long-time ELATE play director and multiple EMMY-Nominated television producer JEFF ZIMMER ( “The Doctors”, “America’s Funniest Videos” ), Tad Mosel’s “IMPROMPTU” is an allegory about life upon the stage. As debonair, but aging, leading man Ernest, Mr. Robinson is one of four actors summoned to the theatre by an unseen and mysterious stage manager, and informed no one may leave the stage until the group has improvised a play! Joining Mr. Robinson on the boards for this humorous and dramatic exercise are LUCY KRUBINER as the young ingenue, Lora; JOEY TREZISE as the young male juvenile, Tony; and skilled veteran CASEY KRUBINER as the sharp-tounged character actress, Winnifred.
Celebrating 42 years of involvement in live theatre and the performing arts around the country, EXCALIBER SHAKESPEARE COMPANY OF CHICAGO FOUNDER, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, PRODUCER AND PRINCIPAL ACTOR DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON has also played leading and featured roles with THE NATIONAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY OF NEW YORK, THE INDIANAPOLIS SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, THE BRISTOL RENAISSANCE FAIRE OF WISCONSIN, THE THEATRE PROJECT COMPANY OF ST. LOUIS and THE ENCHANTED HILLS PLAYHOUSE OF SYRACUSE, INDIANA ( where in 1981 Mr. Robinson was named winner of THE FORT WAYNE NEWS-SENTINEL REVIEWER’S RECOGNITION AWARD for Outstanding Thespian of the Season for his performances in professional summerstock, including most particularly as Fagin in Lionel Bart’s “OLIVER!’. Mr. Robinson is also winner of both a 1997 JOSEPH JEFFERSON CITATION AWARD for Outstanding Achievement By An Actor In A Principal Role and a 1997 BLACK THEATRE ALLIANCE / IRA ALDRIDGE AWARD NOMINATION for Best Leading Actor In A Play for his performance as Sam Semela in the Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago production of Athol Fugard’s powerful anti-aparheid drama,“MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS”; and a 1998 WKKC CRITIC’S CORNER FINE ARTS AWARD for Outstanding Director Of A Play for his staging of the Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago production of Samuel Beckett’s comic-tragic existential masterpiece, “WAITING FOR GODOT.”
DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON first played the role of Ernest in Tad Mosel’s “IMPROMPTU” at a small performance venue on the north side of The Windy City towards the beginning of his acting career in 1980. He also directed the play for the ESC in a production mounted at The Harrison Street Studio Theatre of Oak Park, Il. In 2001. Mr. Robinson is thrilled to return to the work under the skilled direction of JEFF ZIMMER, and is delighted to make his debut onstage in North Hollywood with THE EMMANUEL LUTHERAN ACTORS THEATRE ENSEMBLE – ELATE. Other works in “JUST 4 FUN” include: Bill Bozzone’s “SONNY DEREE’S LIFE FLASHES BEFORE HIS EYES”, about a desperate man whose only hope to keep from being killed by a hit man is his mother; Jeff Zimmer’s “5 DAYS IN THE CARTER COUNTY JAIL”, a comedy inspired by the real-life story of a county clerk who goes to jail rather than violate her religious beliefs; and Stan Brown’s “RIDE SHARE”, about a Uber driver and a passenger with a secret. Mr. Zimmer will stage “Sonny DeRee’s” and his “5 Days” in addition to “Impromptu,” while Mr. Brown will direct his original work, “Ride Share.” “JUST 4 FUN” A QUARTET OF ENTERTAINING AND UNIQUE ONE ACT PLAYS is produced by long-time ELATE member WENDY HIRSCHMAN.
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