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The Enduring Popularity of Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of PenzanceEdit

"Perhaps most of all, it requires a sterling Major-General Stanley. This is the role that everyone rembers, and Darryl Maximilian Robinson was delicious singing the Major-General's "I Am the Very Model of a Model Major-General," adding just a touch of allowed originality to the part by interacting with the audience. His was a genuinely memorable performance worth seeing again." -- John Farrell, Review: Exciting 'Pirates' attacks San Pedro Theatre Club, THE DAILY BREEZE, Oct. 21, 1014. 

Around the world (and in multiple languages) the great Scriptwriter and Lyricist Sir W. S. Gilbert's and the grand and marvelous Composer Sir Arthur Sullivan's wonderful comic opera and musical theatre masterpiece The Pirates of Penzance has been performed literally thousands of times since its New York world premiere in 1879 (and its initial London production in 1880). The work has been revived, revised, adapted, re-imagined and reconfigured so many times (on stage, screen and radio) that it has even found its way into The Star Trek Universe thanks to an adoration for it by a certain starship physician named Dr. Crusher. And though in the late 19th-century (when it was brought into the world and was born by this truly gifted, dynamic British duo), every English (and well-spoken American) musical theatre performer and comedian on Earth ached for the chance to play Major-General Stanley just to share the Musical Comedy Star's battle song "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General," and many a fine world-class soprano (with pipes of gold) swooned at the opportunity to unfold "Poor Wandering One" in the role of the female lead of Mabel Stanley, there has (due to the Advent of POP CULTURE) been a shift in what is considered the "starring" role in G&S's most popular and enduring musical work. This shift began with the great Kevin Kline's Best Actor In A Musical Tony Award-winning performance as The Pirate King in the acclaimed early 1980s revival of the work on Broadway, and (with the cinematic arrival of a certain piratical gentleman by the name of Captain Jack Sparrow on movie screens everywhere!) has continued. In our current age, the star of any given revival production of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance now seems to be determined by that group of paying, theatre-going folk known as The Audience. And probably, Sir William and Sir Arthur wouldn't have it any other way! Recently, the enduring power and popularity of Gilbert and Sullivan's most celebrated work was demonstrated by a well-received revival of The Pirates of Penzance that was presented by Executive Producer James Blackman of the intimate and charming 75-seat San Pedro Theatre Club of San Pedro, Ca. (right next door to Los Angeles). The 2014 San Pedro Theatre Club 135th Anniversary Revival Production of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance starred award-winning stage actors Darryl Maximilian Robinson as Major-General Stanley, Jennifer Sperry as Mabel Stanley and Drew Fitzsimmons (who also co-directed and co-choreographed the production with Michael-Anthony Nozzi) as The Pirate King. The cast also featured talented newcomer Chris Yeschenko as Fredric ("The Slave of Duty"), skilled comic actress and singer Cindy Irwin Bullock as Ruth and versatile actor-singer-comedians Fabio Di Nino and Deosick Burney alternating as The Sergeant of Police. The talented supporting ensemble also featured: Kenji Donville as Pirate Lt. Samuel, Michelle Reese as Edith Stanley, Kelsey Bullock as Kate Stanley, Tess Rose as Isabel Stanley, along with Dash Porter and William Ardelean as lusty Pirates, and Cynthia Gregoli, Sascha Recht, Janice Garcia, Marley Garcia, Katelyn Martin and Joan Perkins all as Daughters (with a few doubling as Officers of The Police). The revival had fine musical direction provided by Leslie Sharpe leading a rotating 7-11-piece orchestra. Sets were by James Rodriguez, lighting by technical director John Middlekoop, sound design by Victor Prudeaux and nearly $20,000.00 worth of costumes were donated to the revival's run by the musical review wardrobe dept. of The Crystal Cruise Ship Lines. Lacey Szerlip served as production stage manager, Jodie Mcintee was the run's house and concessions manager, and the San Pedro Theatre Club's Director of Audience Development J. Douglas McPherson provided promotional production assistance. The San Pedro Theatre Club 135th Anniversary Revival Production of The Pirates of Penzance received a fine notice on Oct. 21, 2014 from one of Los Angeles' most respected papers The Daily Breeze.

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LIKE A GOOD SOLDIER, BY CURTAIN CALL, MABEL STANLEY GETS HER MAN!: Darryl Maximilian Robinson as Major-General Stanley, Jennifer Sperry as Mabel Stanley and Chris Yeschenko as Fredric in the 2014 San Pedro Theatre Club 135th Anniversary Revival Production of Gilbert and Sullivan's "THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE." Photo by Ruth Featherstone.





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MR. ROBINSON MAKES HIS CASE!: Chicago Joseph Jefferson Ciation Award-winning Best Actor, Los Angeles ELATE Season Ticket Holder Award Best Actor Nominee and Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago Founder Darryl Maximilian Robinson ( a 45-season veteran of the stage ) appeared as District Attorney Flint in the 2017 Emmanuel Lutheran Actors' Theatre Ensemble - Elate Revival Production of Ayn Rand's "NIGHT OF JANUARY 16TH" at The Lincoln Stegman Theatre in North Hollywood, Ca. Of his work in the show Theatre Critic John K. Adams in the June 7, 2017 print edition of The Tolucan Times wrote: "Darryl Robinson leads the talented cast, playing the prosecuting district attorney with style and wit." Photo by J. L. Watt.

Mark Gizel, Kathy Klages, Tonya Pinkens, Darryl Maximilian Robinson, Karen Corboy and Jeff Sefton in the 1977 Chicagoland High School Theatrical Troupe production of Guys and Dolls.

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL...FOR REAL!: Talented young actors MARK GIZEL as NATHAN DETROIT, KATHY KLAGES as MISS ADELAIDE, Future 1993 Broadway Best Featured Actress In A Musical Tony Award Winner TONYA PINKINS as MISS ADELAIDE, Future 1997 Chicago Joseph Jefferson Citation Outstanding Actor In A Principal Role In A Play Award Winner DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON as NATHAN DETROIT, KAREN CORBOY as MISS ADELAIDE and JEFF SEFTON as NATHAN DETROIT all pose for a REHEARSAL PUBLICITY PHOTO for THE 1977 CHICAGOLAND HIGH SCHOOL THEATRICAL TROUPE multicultural all-student revival production of FRANK LOESSER'S "GUYS AND DOLLS" directed by NICK JASON and J. J. STAMM at THE WHITNEY M. YOUNG HIGH SCHOOL PERFORMING ARTS CENTER in The Windy City. 1977 CHICAGOLAND HIGH SCHOOL THEATRICAL TROUPE "GUYS AND DOLLS" Publicity Photo by IRVING M. STEIN.

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MUSICAL THEATRE ACTING NOTES FROM DECADES PAST!: This Jan. 29, 1987 Feature Story from THE ASPEN TIMES OF ASPEN, COLORADO includes an interview with Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago Founder and veteran and award-winning actor DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON discussing his SNOWMASS REPERTORY THEATRE OF COLORADO stage roles of THE VOICE OF AUDREY II in "LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS" and NICK SAKARIAN in "BABY" as part of that theatre's winter repertory season. Photo and Story by DEVON MYERS.

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Show Poster for the 2014 San Pedro Theatre Club 135th Anniversary Revival Production of Gilbert and Sullivan's "THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE" featuring Darryl Maximilian Robinson as Major-General Stanley (at center holding Teddy Bear) . Photos by KOOP.

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SOMETHING THAT RHYMES WITH DIN-A-FORE: Darryl Maximilian Robinson as Major-General Stanley seeks assistance in finding a matching word for "DIN-A-FORE" while performing "I Am a Very Model of a Modern Major-General" in the 2014 San Pedro Theatre Club 135th Anniversary Revival Production of Gilbert and Sullivan's "THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE." Photo by Ruth Featherstone.

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THESE CHILDREN ARE ALL THE GENERAL HAS: Jennifer Sperry as Mabel Stanley (center-left) is presented by Darryl Maximilian Robinson as her Father, Major-General Stanley in the 2014 San Pedro Theatre Club 135th Anniversary Revival Production of Gilbert and Sullivan's "THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE." Photo by Ruth Featherstone.

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FATHER KNOWS BEST: Jennifer Sperry as Mabel Stanley and Darryl Maximilian Robinson as her father, Major-General Stanley in the 2014 San Pedro Theatre Club 135th Anniversary Revival Production of Gilbert and Sullivan's "THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE." Photo by KOOP.

Darryl Maximilian Robinson as Major General Stanley

Darryl Maximilian Robinson as Major General Stanley

Chicago Joseph Jefferson Citation Award Winner, Fort Wayne News-Sentinel Reviewer's Recognition Award Winner, Chicago WKKC Radio Critic's Corner Fine Arts Award Winner, Los Angeles Marcom Masque Theatre Award Nominee, Los Angeles Elate Season Ticket Holder Award Nominee and Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago Founder DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON as Major-General Stanley performs "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General" in the 2014 San Pedro Theatre Club 135th Anniversary Revival Production of Gilbert and Sullivan's "THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE." Video published by Ruth Featherstone.

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A COMFORTING WORD: Tess Rose as Isabel Stanley and Darryl Maximilian Robinson as Major-General Stanley joined by many more of The General's Daughters in the 2014 San Pedro Theatre Club 135th Anniversary Revival Production of Gilbert and Sullivan's "THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE." Photo by Ruth Featherstone.

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FRIENDLY FELLOW ORPHANS: Drew Fitzsimmons as The Pirate King and Darryl Maximilian Robinson as Major-General Stanley in the 2014 San Pedro Theatre Club 135th Anniversary Revival Production of Gilbert and Sullivan's "THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE." Photo by KOOP.

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A GENERAL SURROUNDED!: Darryl Maximilian Robinson as Major-General Stanley (at center) surrounded on all sides by a group of Angry Pirates in the 2014 San Pedro Theatre Club 135th Anniversary Revival Production of Gilbert and Sullivan's "THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE." Photo by Ruth Featherstone.

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WHEN PIRATES ARE INVOLVED,CALL THE COPS!: Fabio Di Nino as The Sergeant of Police and Darryl Maximilian Robinson as Major-General Stanley in the 2014 San Pedro Theatre Club 135th Anniversary Revival Production of Gilbert and Sullivan's "THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE." Photo by KOOP.

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The charming and intimate 75-seat SAN PEDRO THEATRE CLUB at 624 South Pacific Ave. in San Pedro, Ca. was the Los Angeles home of the 2014 San Pedro Theatre Club 135th Anniversary Revival Production of Gilbert and Sullivan's "THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE." Photo courtesy of The San Pedro Theatre Club.

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Kenji Donville as Pirate Lt. Samuel and Drew Fitzsimmons as The Pirate King in the 2014 San Pedro Theatre Club 135th Anniversary Revival Production of Gilbert and Sullivan's "THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE." Photo by KOOP.

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Print Copy of the Oct. 21, 2014 Los Angeles Daily Breeze theatre review of The San Pedro Theatre Club Revival Production of Gilbert and Sullivan's "THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE by John Farrell.

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Musical Theatre Veterans Cindy Irwin Bullock as Ruth and Darryl Maximilian Robinson as Major-General Stanley in the 2014 San Pedro Theatre Club 135th Anniversary Revival Production of Gilbert and Sullivan's "THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE." Photo by KOOP.

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Skilled Director / Chorographer / Performer Drew Fitzsimmons as The Pirate King (center-left) joined by talented actors William Ardelean and Dash Porter as Lusty Members of His Pirate Crew in the 2014 San Pedro Theatre Club 135th Anniversary Revival Production of Gilbert and Sullivan's "THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE." Photo by KOOP.

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Michelle Reese as Edith Stanley, Jennifer Sperry as Mabel Stanley, Darryl Maximilian Robinson as Major-General Stanley and Kelsey Bullock as Kate Stanley in the 2014 San Pedro Theatre Club 135th Anniversary Revival Production of Gilbert and Sullivan's "THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE." Photo by KOOP.

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Darryl Maximilian Robinson as Major General Stanley in Pirates of Penzance Act 2

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Darryl Maximilian Robinson as Major-General Stanley (at center holding Teddy Bear) joined by the entire cast of the 2014 San Pedro Theatre Club 135th Anniversary Revival Production of Gilbert and Sullivan's "THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE." Photo by KOOP.

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Chicago Joseph Jefferson Citation Award Winner, Fort Wayne News-Sentinel Reviewer's Recognition Award Winner, Chicago WKKC Radio Critic's Corner Fine Arts Award Winner, Los Angeles Marcom Masque Theatre Award Nominee, Los Angeles Elate Season Ticket Holder Award Nominee and four-time Chicago Black Theatre Alliance / Ira Aldridge Award Nominee DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON (The Founder of the multiracial chamber theatre, The Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago) starred as Major-General Stanley in the 2014 SAN PEDRO THEATRE CLUB of san Pedro, Ca. 135th Anniversary Revival Production of Gilbert and Sullivan's "THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE." Photo by KOOP.

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Underscored by instrumental music of the Gilbert and Sullivan classic, San Pedro Theatre Club Executive Producer James Blackman shares a collection of still photos from his 2014 critically-praised revival production of "THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE" starring Darryl Maximilian Robinson as Major-General Stanley, Jennifer Sperry as Mabel Stanley, Drew Fitzsimmons as The Pirate King, Chris Yeschenko as Fredric and Cindy Irwin Bullock as Ruth. The photos are by SPTC resident photographer KOOP.

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SOLVING A MURDER AT "THE HOLLOW"!: Chicago Joseph Jefferson Citation Award Winner, four-time Chicago Black Theatre Alliance / Ira Aldridge Award Nominee, Los Angeles Marcom Masque Theatre Award Nominee, Los Angeles ELATE Season Ticket Holder Award Nominee and Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago Founder DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON as INSPECTOR COLQUHOUN OF SCOTLAND YARD ( right ) joined by his assistant DETECTIVE SGT. PENNY, played by skilled actor DOUG MATTINGLY, endeavors to solve a murder at an English countryside estate in AGATHA CHRISTIE'S "THE HOLLOW" presented in 2014 by The Kentwood Players at The Westchester Playhouse in Los Angeles. Photo courtesy of The Kentwood Players.

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INVESTIGATING THE SUSPECTS!: Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago Founder and Chicago Joseph Jefferson Citation award-winning actor DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON as INSPECTOR COLQUHOUN OF SCOTLAND YARD ( in rear row-center ) has a house full of suspects for murder he has to contend with in the 2014 Kentwood Players revival production of AGATHA CHRISTIE'S "THE HOLLOW." Photo courtesy of The Kentwood Players.

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INTERROGATING A MOVIE STAR: Chicago Joseph Jefferson Citation Award Winner and Los Angeles ELATE Season Ticket Holder Award Nominee DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON as INSPECTOR COLQUHOUN OF SCOTLAND YARD ( left ) with his assistant Detective Sgt. Penny ( Doug Mattingly, right ) interrogate American film actress Veronica Craye ( Samatha Barrios, center ) in the 2014 Kentwood Players revival production of AGATHA CHRISTIE'S "THE HOLLOW" presented at The Westchester Playhouse in Los Angeles. Photo courtesy of The Kentwood Players.

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Chicago Joseph Jefferson Citation Award Winner, Fort Wayne News-Sentinel Reviewer's Recognition Award Winner, WKKC Radio Chicago Critic's Corner Fine Arts Award Winner, Los Angeles Marcom Masque Theatre Award Nominee, Los Angeles ELATE Season Ticket Holder Award Nominee and Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago Founder DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON appeared as INSPECTOR COLQUHOUN OF SCOTLAND YARD in the 2014 Kentwood Players revival production of AGATHA CHRISTIE'S "THE HOLLOW" at The Westchester Playhouse in Los Angeles. Show Card / Poster Courtesy of The Kentwood Players.

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AN INSPECTOR CALLS DURING A KILLER WEEKEND AT "THE HOLLOW"!: Chicago Joseph Jefferson Citation Award Winner, Fort Wayne News-Sentinel Reviewer's Recognition Award Winner, WKKC Radio Chicago Critic's Corner Fine Arts Award Winner, Los Angeles Marcom Masque Theatre Award Nominee, Los Angeles ELATE Season Ticket Holder Award Nominee and Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago Founder DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON as INSPECTOR COLQUHOUN OF SCOTLAND YARD ( rear row - third from right ) must deduce among the residents, servants and guests whom the murderer at an English country estate might be in the 2014 Kentwood Players revival of AGATHA CHRISTIE'S "THE HOLLOW" presented at The Westchester Playhouse in Los Angeles. Photo courtesy of The Kentwood Players.

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RETURNING TO A STAGE NEAR YOU IN A DICKENS OF A TONY AWARD-WINNING MUSICAL MYSTERY: Chicago Joseph Jefferson Citation Award-winning Actor and Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago Founder DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON will assume the marvelous dual roles of MR. WILLIAM CARTWRIGHT, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE MUSIC HALL ROYALE and The Honorable MAYOR THOMAS SAPSEA in the 2018 SAINT SEBASTIAN PLAYERS OF CHICAGO (Oct. 26th through Nov. 18th) revival of the multi-talented Composer / Lyricist / Book Author / Orchestrator RUPERT HOLMES' wonderful Tony Award-winning SOLVE-IT-YOURSELF MUSICAL WHODUNIT "THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD" (based on the final and unfinished novel by English literary master CHARLES DICKENS) being presented Friday and Saturday Evenings at 7:30 pm. and Sundays Afternoons at 2:00 pm. in the lovely and intimate Black Box Theatre of ST. BONAVENTURE CHURCH, 1625 West Diversey, Chicago, Il. 60614. Image courtesy of www.saintsebastianplayers.org.

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REHEARSING A NEW RENDITION OF A TONY AWARD-WINNING BEST MUSICAL WHODUNIT!: Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago Founder and Joseph Jefferson Citation Award Winner DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON as THE CHAIRMAN MR. WILLIAM CARTWRIGHT & THE HONORABLE MAYOR THOMAS SAPSEA rehearses a scene with skilled and award-winning Saint Sebastian Players Acting Company Member ERIC PRAHL as DURDLES and MR. NICK CRICKER for the new Oct. 26th through Nov. 18th of 2018 SAINT SEBASTAIN PLAYERS OF CHICAGO revival production of RUPERT HOLMES' Tony Award-winning Best musical Whodunit "THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD" (based on the final and uncompleted novel by CHARLES DICKENS) directed and music-directed by multi-talented stage veteran ROBERT-ERIC WEST at the lovely 100-year-old-plus ST. BONAVENTURE CHURCH, 1625 West Diversey, Chicago, IL. 60614. For tickets and info on Mr. Robinson & Mr. Prahl in SSP's "THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD" may be obtained at (773) 404-7922 or www.saintsebastianplayers.org.

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TIME TO VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE MURDERER: Joined by SARAH MYERS as EDWIN DROOD / MISS ALICE NUTTING in the second row-rear DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON as THE CHAIRMAN MR. WILLIAM CARTWRIGHT & MAYOR THOMAS SAPSEA introduces audiences to major suspects in the 2018 SAINT SEBASTIAN PLAYERS OF CHICAGO revival of RUPERT HOLMES' "THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD" playing Oct. 26th through Nov. 18th of 2018 at ST. BONAVENTURE CHURCH, 1625 West Diversey, Chicago, IL. 60614. For tickets and info call (773) 440-7922 or visit www.saintsebastianplayers.org. Industry Night Discount Tickets are available to working professionals in The Performing Arts throughout the opening weekend shows.

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AN ACTOR FINDS SOME LUCK!: DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON as THE CHAIRMAN MR. WILLIAM CARTWRIGHT & THE MAYOR THOMAS SAPSEA encourages musical theatre vet ADAM HOAK as the under-rated actor and playwright BAZZARD / MR. PHILLIP BAX to perform his unpublished and unheard song "NEVER THE LUCK" in THE 2018 SAINT SEBASTIAN PLAYERS OF CHICAGO revival production of RUPERT HOLMES' marvelous musical whodunit "THE MYSTERY OF EDWINM DROOD" being performed Oct. 26th through Nov. 18th of 2018 at THE ST. BONAVENTURE CHURCH, 1625 West Diversey, Chicago, IL. 60616. For tickets and info call (773) 404-7922 or visit www.saintsebastianplayers.org. Industry Night Discount Tickets are available to working performing artists upon inquiry throughout the opening weekend shows.

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DONT QUIT WHILE YOU'RE AHEAD!: Joined in the front row (L-R) by talented musical theatre performers LAUREN MILLER as THE PRINCESS PUFFER / MISS ANGELA PRYSHOCK and SARAH MYERS as EDWIN DROOD / MISS ALICE NUTTING, Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago Founder DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON as THE CHAIRMAN MR. WILLIAM CARTWRIGHT & MAYOR THOMAS SAPSEA, leads the cast in a kick-line reprise of one of multi-talented composer, lyricist, book author RUPERT HOLMES' signature songs in THE 2018 SAINT SEBASTIAN PLAYERS OF CHICAGO revival production of "THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD." Performances run Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm. and Sundays at 2:00 pm. Oct. 26th through Nov. 18th of 2018 at ST. BONAVENTURE CHURCH, 1625 West Diversey, Chicago, IL. 60614. For tickets and info call (773) 404-7922 or visit www.saintsebastianplayers.org. Industry Night Discount Tickets are available to working professionals who provide credentials and make a reservation/inquiry.

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DAMNED IF THERE YOU ARE!: Members of The Victorian Acting Company THE MUSIC HALL ROYALE offer the opening number of RUPERT HOLMES' Tony Award-winning "THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD" including Front Row (L-R) SEAN MICHEAL BARRETT as JOHN JASPER / CLIVE PAGET, LAUREN MILLER as THE PRINCESS PUFFER / MISS ANGELA PRYSHOCK, DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON as THE CHAIRMAN MR. WILLIAM CARTWRIGHT / MAYOR THOMAS SAPSEA, SARAH MYERS as EDWIN DROOD / MISS ALICE NUTTING, PETER KATTNER III as NEVILLE LANDLESS / VICTOR GRINSTEAD and the Second Row RUSS GAGER as THE REVEREND MR. CRISPSPARKLE / MR. CEDRIC MONCREIFFE, ADAM HOAK as BAZZARD / MR. PHILLIP BAX, ERIC S. PRAHL as DURDLES / MR. NICK CRICKER, SHAYLA ROGERS as ROSA BUD / MISS DIERDRE PEREGRINE and ANNA GALLUCCI as HELENA LANDLESS / MISS JANET CONOVER. Performances are Oct. 26th through Nov. 18th of 2018 Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm. at The Black Box Theatre of ST. BONAVENTURE CHURCH, 1625 West Diversey, Chicago, IL. 60614. For Tickets and Info call (773) 404-7922 or visit www.saintsebastianplayers.org. Industry Night Discount Tickets are available to all working performing artists upon reservation and inquiry.

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BACKSTAGE SQUABBLE AT THE MUSICAL HALL ROYALE: Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago Founder DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON in his dual roles of THE CHAIRMAN MR. WILLIAM CARTWRIGHT & THE MAYOR THOMAS SAPSEA (center-left) gazes along with other Members of The Music Hall Royale with some dismay at SARAH MYERS (center-right) in her dual roles of EDWIN DROOD & MISS ALICE NUTTING after London's Leading Male Impersonator makes some unkind remarks about The Victorian Acting Company in Act Two of DIRECTOR / MUSIC DIRECTOR ROBERT-ERIC WEST'S 2018 SAINT SEBASTIAN PLAYERS OF CHICAGO revival staging of RUPERT HOLMES' Tony Award-winning Best Musical Whodunit "THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD" being presented Oct. 26th through Nov. 18th of 2018 at ST. BONAVENTURE CHURCH, 1625 West Diversey, Chicago, IL. 60614. For Tickets and Info call (773) 404-7922 or visit www.saintsebastianplayers.org. Industry Night Discount Tickets at the rate of $7.00 per person are available to confirmed performing artists, directors, designers and technicians who provide resumes, headshots, business cards at The Theatre.

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A GRAND PAIR OF ROLES!: Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago Founder and Joseph Jefferson Citation Award-winning Actor DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON appears in the marvelous dual roles of THE CHAIRMAN MR. WILLIAM CARTWRIGHT OF THE MUSIC HALL ROYALE & THE MAYOR THOMAS SAPSEA in THE 2018 SAINT SEBASTIAN PLAYERS OF CHICAGO Revival Production of RUPERT HOLMES'"THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD" Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm. and Sundays at 2:00 pm. Oct. 26th through Nov. 18th of 2018 at the lovely 100-year-old-plus ST. BONAVENTURE CHURCH, 1625 West Diversey, Chicago, IL. For Tickets and Info call ( 773 ) 404-7922 or visit www.saintsebastianplayers.org.

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YOUR CHAIRMAN PRESENTS A SUSPECT WITH A KILLER SONG IN HER HEART!: Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago Founder and Joseph Jefferson Citation Award-winning Actor DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON plays the dual roles of THE CHAIRMAN MR. WILLIAM CARTWRIGHT & MAYOR THOMAS SAPSEA opposite LAUREN MILLER in her dual roles of THE PRINCESS PUFFER & MISS ANGELA PRYSHOCK in THE 2018 SAINT SEBASTIAN PLAYERS OF CHICAGO revival production of RUPERT HOLMES' Tony Award-winning Best Musical Whodunit "THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD" being presented Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm. and Sundays at 2:00 pm. at the lovely 100-year-old-plus ST. BONAVENTURE CHURCH, 1625 West Diversey, Chicago, IL. 60614. For Tickets and Info call ( 773 ) 404-7922 or visit www.saintsebastianplayers.org. INDUSTRY NIGHT DISCOUNT TICKETS are available to individuals who work in all aspects of The Performing Arts at the rate of $7.00 per person for ALL OPENING WEEKEND SHOWS by presenting credentials at The Theatre Doors or upon making Reservations / Inquiries. Photo by ERYN WALANKA,.

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YOUR CHAIRMAN WELCOMES YOU TO CHICAGO'S MUSICAL COMEDY MYSTERY REVIVAL OF THE YEAR!: Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago Founder and Joseph Jefferson Citation Award Winner DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON returned to The Windy City stage this fall as THE CHAIRMAN MR. WILLIAM CARTWRIGHT & MAYOR THOMAS SAPSEA in THE 2018 SAINT SEBASTIAN PLAYERS OF CHICAGO REVIVAL PRODUCTION OF RUPERT HOLMES' "THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD." Photo by ERYN WALANKA.

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OCT.26, 2018 INVITED DRESS REHEARSAL / PREVIEW REVIEW OF THE SAINTSEBASTIAN PLAYERS OF CHICAGO REVIVAL OF RUPERT HOLMES' TONY AWARD-WINNING BEST MUSICAL WHODUNIT "THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD" BY GERALD H. BAILEY, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF GENESIS THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS.

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INTRODUCING A DICKENS OF A CAST!: Joined In The Front Row ( L-R ) by LAUREN MILLER as THE PRINCESS PUFFER & MISS ANGELA PRYSHOCK ( to his left ) and SARAH MYERS as EDWIN DROOD & MISS ALICE NUTTING ( to his right ) Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago Founder and Joseph Jefferson Citation Award-Winning Actor DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON as THE CHAIRMAN MR. WILLIAM CARTWRIGHT & THE MAYOR SAPSEA ( center ) introduces us to the various SUSPECTS and CANDIDATES FOR MURDERER in THE 2018 SAINT SEBASTIAN PLAYERS OF CHICAGO Revival Production of RUPERT HOLMES' Tony Award-Winning Best Musical Whodunit "THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD" including ( in the rear row L-R ) RUSS GAGER as THE REVEREND MR. CRISPARKLE & MR. CEDRIC MONCRIEFFE, ADAM HOAK as BAZZARD & MR. PHILLIP BAX, ERIC S. PRAHL as DURDLES & MR. NICK CRICKER, SEAN MICHAEL BARRETT as JOHN JASPER & MR. CLIVE PAGET, SHAYLA ROGERS as ROSA BUD & MISS DIERDRE PEREGRINE, ANNA GALLUCCI as HELENA LANDLESS & MISS JANET CONOVER and PETER KATTNER III as NEVILLE LANDLESS & MR. VICTOR GRINSTEAD. 2018 Saint Sebastian Players "THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD" Publicity Photo by ERYN WALANKA.

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YOUR CHAIRMAN & YOUR MAYOR INVITES AND ENCOURAGES YOU TO VOTE!: Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago Founder and Chicago Joseph Jefferson Citation Award-winning Actor DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON stars in the wonderful dual roles of THE CHAIRMAN MR. WILLIAM CARTWRIGHT & MAYOR THOMAS SAPSEA in The Saint Sebastian Players of Chicago 2018 SOLVE-IT-YOURSELF-BY-AUDIENCE-VOTE Revival Production of RUPERT HOLMES' Tony Award-winning Best Musical Comedy Whodunit "THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD" being staged at the lovely, 100-year-old-plus ST. BONAVENTURE CHURCH, 1625 West Diversey, Chicago, IL. 60614. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm. and Sundays at 2:00 pm. through Nov. 18, 2018. For tickets and reservations call ( 773 ) 404-7922 or visit www.saintsebastianplayers.org. 2018 Photo of DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON as The Chairman Mr. William Cartwright & Mayor Thomas Sapsea by Set Designer & Decorator EMIL ZBELLA.

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YOUR CHAIRMAN & YOUR MAYOR ENCOURAGES YOU TO VOTE AT CHICAGO'S MUSICAL COMEDY MYSTERY REVIVAL EVENT OF THE YEAR!: Chicago Joseph Jefferson Citation Award Winner and Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago Founder, Artistic Director & Producer DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON returned to The Windy City Stage this fall with his critically-praised portrayal of the marvelous dual roles of THE CHAIRMAN MR. WILLIAM CARTWRIGHT & THE HONORABLE MAYOR THOMAS SAPSEA in the 2018 SAINT SEBASTIAN PLAYERS OF CHICAGO Revival Production of RUPERT HOLMES' wonderful Tony Award-winning, Solve-It-Yourself Best Musical Whodunit "THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD" presented at the lovely, 100-year-old-plus ST. BONAVENTURE CHURCH, 1625 West Diversey, Chicago, IL. 60614. 2018 Photo of Darryl Maximilian Robinson as The Chairman Mr. William Cartwright & The Mayor Thomas Sapsea in "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" by Production Set Designer & Decorator EMIL ZBELLA.

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A VETERAN STAGE ACTOR IN THE CITY OF ANGELES!: 2016 Photo of Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago Founder and Los Angeles-based Theatre Artist DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON in LA by JONATHAN MACHORRO ( Almighty Johnnyy ).

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A SHAKESPEAREAN IN LINCOLN HEIGHTS!: 2016 Photo of Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago Founder and Los Angeles-based Theatre Artist DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON in LA by JONATHAN MACHORRO ( Almighty Johnnyy ).

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WELCOME TO MR. ROBINSON'S AWARDS ROOM!: 2017 Photo of Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago Founder and Los Angeles-based Theatre Artist DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON displaying his 1997 Chicago Joseph Jefferson Citation Award for Outstanding Achievement By An Actor In A Principal Role for his performance as SAM SEMELA in the ESC's 1997 revival production of ATHOL FUGARD'S "MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS" by Los Angeles Visual Artist and Photographer J.L. WATT.

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MR. ROBINSON AS A GENTLEMAN'S GENTLEMAN IN A CLASSIC ROMANTIC COMEDY!: Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago Founder and Los Angeles-based Theatre Artist DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON as BUTLER JOHN LAWLESS ( Far Right ) joined by the ENTIRE CAST of skilled Director MARIO DI GREGORIO'S 2011 GLENDALE CENTRE THEATRE 55th Anniversary Revival Production of KYLE CRICHTON'S rollicking, early 20th-century romantic comedy "THE HAPPIEST MILLIONAIRE" performed at the historic theatre-in-the-round in Glendale, CA. Photo courtesy of MAY FAMILY ADVENTURES.

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AN LA THEATRE AWARD-NOMINATED CAST OF TAD MOSEL'S "IMPROMPTU"!: Elate Best Supporting Actor Award Nominee JOEY TREZISE as TONY, Elate Best Supporting Actress Award Winner LUCY KRUBINER as LORA, Elate Best Supporting Actress Award Nominee CASEY KRUBINER as WINNIFRED were the marvelous fellow actors who helped Los Angeles-based stage veteran DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON earn a 2015 / 2016 Elate Season Ticket Holder Award Nomination as Best Actor for his performance as the debonair, but aging leading man ERNEST in TAD MOSEL'S classic, allegorical one-act of Life In The Theatre "IMPROMPTU" which was presented by THE EMMANUEL LUTHERAN ACTORS' THEATRE ENSEMBLE - ELATE on a bill of one-acts entitled "JUST 4 FUN" at The Lincoln Stegman Theatre in North Hollywood, CA. Photo courtesy of ELATE.

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A TRULY LOVELY ACTING HONOR!: Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago Founder and Los Angeles-based Theatre Artist DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON is winner of a 2015 / 2016 Los Angeles ELATE SEASON TICKET HOLDER AWARD NOMINATION as Best Actor for his perfomance as ERNEST in the 2016 EMMANUEL LUTHERAN ACTORS THEATRE ENSEMBLE - ELATE revival of TAD MOSEL'S "IMPROMPTU" as part of its bill of one-acts entitled "JUST 4 FUN".

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OH, GOD...HOW HE DID LOVE BEING KING!: Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago Founder, Artistic Director, Producer and Joseph Jefferson Citation Award-winning Principal Actor DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON as KING HENRY II OF ENGLAND and talented young actor PHILIP ALEXIS WATT as PRINCE JOHN starred in the 1992-1993 EXCALIBER PRODUCTIONS, LTD. OF CHICAGO non-Equity, multiracial cast revival of JAMES GOLDMAN'S "THE LION IN WINTER" at THE WABASH TRIANGLE CAFE in St. Louis, Missouri. Here are the two actors as they appeared on the cover of The Jan. 1993 St. Louis Edition of INTERMISSION MAGAZINE. Photo by CARL VALLE.

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A HOST AND A GUEST ACTOR PREPARE!:Veteran entertainment journalist and arts reporter RON BREWINGTON welcomes veteran Los Angeles-based stage actor and play director DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON ( The Founder of the multiracial, non-Equity professional chamber theatre The Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago ) to the set of the 9-19-2016 RMCONAIR performing arts television program "THE ACTOR'S CHOICE," Episode 2.37. Photo by RMCONAIR Production Video Cameraman and Technician LARON "LP" Daviston.

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