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Believe It Or Not - A Ride Through And From The Woods of One of The World's Most Famous Final Resting Places Helped To Create The Mood Of The Burbank Community Theatre's Final And Most Memorable Production: A Revival of Stephen Sondheim's and James Lapine's wonderful Into The WoodsEdit

Most people think (and to be fair the majority of The American Population ignores or has no knowledge of The Stage due to a complete disregard for funding the arts in our public school systems) that the best, most enjoyable and memorable theatre in this country can only be found on Broadway. This is a great misconception. And for those individuals around the country who have spent their lives as actors, actresses, playwrights, directors, choreographers, composers, lyricists, designers, teachers and producers creating magic on stage in local and regional theatre productions throughout the rest of this fine democracy, a great lie! Broadway is merely the place where the most expensively produced, shamelessly commercialized and highly over-publicized stage productions are mounted. Performing artists, theatre educators, experienced audience members and TRUE LOVERS OF THE ART OF THEATRE know the TRUTH! The greatest stage art and the finest stage performances and productions have occurred where those with the skill and talent (not the budget and paycheck) have chosen TO MAKE THE ART HAPPEN!  Broadway is a symbol of the best The Theatre has to offer, but it is merely the tip of the iceberg. There is great theatre, quality theatre, professional-level theatre (sans union cards) being performed on stages throughout this country seven days and nights per week. Sometimes not in what one would recognize as a conventional sort of public performance venue at all. But The Theatre is more than 2,500 years old, and as an art form continues to defy convention. It did, after all, begin as a religious, spiritual presentation by The Ancient Greeks, and continues to have spiritual resonances to this day.  Without question, Stephen Sondheim's and James Lapine's Into The Woods is a Broadway Tony Award-winning musical theatre masterpiece that turns our perceptions of established, heroic figures from famed fairy tales upside down. And as opposed to giving us anything that resembles "Happily Ever After," shows us the darkness, despair, loneliness and DEATH lurking deep within the human condition. Without question, one of the most beautiful, lush, green, tranquil and well-known final resting places IN THE WORLD is The Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles, California  (directly across the road from Warner Brothers Burbank Studios where such musical film classics as James Cagney's Yankee Doodle Dandy and Lerner and Lowe's My Fair Lady were shot). In December of 2014, a group of unpaid, volunteer performers - actors, singers, musicians, technicians, designers (many with paid professional stage, television, film and concert touring credits) donated their time, energy and talent to create a small miracle that intrigued audiences had to travel to-and-fro past hundreds of gravestones and tombs to see (which, incidentally, contributed mightily to the ultimate mood of the work). Musical Theatre Pros Robert Laurita and Mary Zastrow truly impressed and touched theatergoers as The Baker and The Baker's Wife. Opera Pros Jessica Mamey as The Witch and Jay Stephenson as The Wolf delivered strong renditions of their solos in the score.  And skilled Performing Disney Cruise Lines Princess Courtney Daniels delighted and charmed with her singing and acting as Cinderella. Making his first appearance in a Sondheim work in his more than four-decade-long performance career, Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago Founder and veteran and award-winning stage actor Darryl Maximilian Robinson delivered to audiences both the humor and sadness found in his dual roles of The Narrator & The Mysterious Man.  Under the strong leadership of dilligent and hardworking Founder and Producer Julia Swanwick and the truly gifted and inspired Director and Designer Josh Shaw, a short-lived, but well-remembered and received non-Equity theatre company known as The Burbank Community Theatre  (with charming and highly-effective choreography by Broadway Performer Heather Pond and dazzling 22-piece orchestra under the baton of skilled musical director Ryan Luevano ) presented it's final and most memorable production Into The Woods on the stage of The 1,200-Seat Historic Hall Of Liberty at Forest Lawn Cemetery in LA!

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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 43-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: "...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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EVER AFTER!: Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago Founder and award-winning stage actor and play director DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON as THE NARRATOR & THE MYSTERIOUS MAN ( at center ) leads the entire cast of THE BURBANK COMMUNITY THEATRE AT THE HISTORIC HALL OF LIBERTY AT FOREST LAWN 2014 revival of STEPHEN SONDHEIM AND JAMES LAPINE'S "INTO THE WOODS" in the spirited first act final "EVER AFTER!". 2014 "INTO THE WOODS" Production Photo by JASON JAVIER.




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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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ONE MIDNIGHT GONE: Veteran and award-winning stage actor and Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago Founder DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON as THE NARRATOR & THE MYSTERIOUS MAN warns "ONE MIDNIGHT GONE!" in Producer JULIA SWANWICK'S and Director JOSH SHAW'S BURBANK COMMUNITY THEATRE AT THE 1, 200-SEAT HISTORIC HALL OF LIBERTY AT FOREST LAWN 2014 revival production of STEPHEN SONDHEIM'S AND JAMES LAPINE'S "INTO THE WOODS". 2014 "INTO THE WOODS" Production Photo by JASON JAVIER.

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THE POSTER: 2014 BURBANK COMMUNITY THEATRE AT THE HISTORIC HALL OF LIBERTY AT FOREST LAWN Poster and Showcard designed by JUSTIN YU.

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THERE MUST ALWAYS BE AN OUTSIDE OBSERVER!: DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON as THE NARRATOR & THE MYSTERIOUS MAN (at top) gazes with interest at the behavior of the ENTIRE CAST of Producer JULIA SWANWICK'S and Director JOSH SHAW'S BURBANK COMMUNITY THEATRE AT THE HALL OF LIBERTY AT FOREST LAWN 2014 revival production of STEPHEN SONDHEIM'S AND JAMES LAPINE'S "INTO THE WOODS". 2014 "INTO THE WOODS" Production Photo by JASON JAVIER.

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MAGIC BEANS: Highly skilled, professional musical theatre performers ROBERT LAURITA as THE BAKER and MARY ZASTROW as THE BAKER'S WIFE encounter talented opera artist JESSICA MAMEY as THE WITCH in Producer JULIA SWANWICK'S and Director JOSH SHAW'S BURBANK COMMUNITY THEATRE AT THE HISTORIC HALL OF LIBERTY AT FOREST LAWN 2014 revival production of STEPHEN SONDHEIM'S AND JAMES LAPINE'S "INTO THE WOODS." 2014 "Into The Woods" Production Photo by JASON JAVIER.

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CINDERELLA'S LOVELY STEP FAMILY: Skilled comic actress-singers ANN HATHAWAY as LUCINDA, JACQUELINE BALL as STEPMOTHER and SAMANTHA LABRECQUE as FLORINDA in the 2014 BURBANK COMMUNITY THEATRE AT THE HISTORIC HALL OF LIBERTY AT FOREST LAWN revival production of STEPHEN SONDHEIM'S AND JAMES LAPINE'S "INTO THE WOODS" Produced by JULIA SWANWICK and Directed by JOSH SHAW. 2014 "INTO THE WOODS" Production Photo by JASON JAVIER.

Darryl Maximilian Robinson as The Narrator and The Mysterious Man in The 2014 Burbank Community Theatre Into The Woods.

OBSERVING YOUNG JACK: DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON as THE NARRATOR & THE MYSTERIOUS MAN (at top) listens intently to the difficulties and troubles of YOUNG JACK (CHRISTIAN CHRISTOPHER), MILKY WHITE (RANDY LEE) and JACK's MOTHER (MEGGAN TAYLOR) in THE 2014 BURBANK COMMUNITY THEATRE AT THE HISTORIC HALL OF LIBERTY OF FOREST LAWN revival production of STEPHEN SONDHEIM'S AND JAMES LAPINE'S "INTO THE WOODS" Produced by JULIA SWANWICK and Directed by JOSH SHAW. 2014 "INTO THE WOODS" Production Photo by JASON JAVIER.

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A ROYAL PRINCESS WITH SOME EXPERIENCE: The lovely and talented actress-singer COURTNEY DANIELS (a skilled Performing Princess with THE DISNEY CRUISE LINES) starred as CINDERELLA in the 2014 BURBANK COMMUNITY THEATRE AT THE HALL OF LIBERTY AT FOREST LAWN revival production of STEPHEN SONDHEIM'S AND JAMES LAPINE'S "INTO THE WOODS". Photo courtesy of THE BCT.

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GOING INTO THE WOODS: 2014 Burbank Community Theatre at The Hall of Liberty at Forest Lawn Show Card for Stephen Sondheim's and James Lapine's "INTO THE WOODS" designed by JUSTIN YU.

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ONCE UPON A TIME: Chicago Joseph Jefferson Citation Award Winner, WKKC Radio Chicago Critic's Corner Fine Arts Award Winner, Fort Wayne News-Sentinel Reviewer's Recognition Award Winner, St. Louis & St. Charles Area Harpooners Of The Sea Unicorn Certificate of Honourary Membership 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 OF CHICAGO FOUNDER DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON (a 44-season stage veteran) appeared as THE NARRATOR and THE MYSTERIOUS MAN with a highly gifted and talented Non-Equity professional cast of actors, singers and musicians in THE BURBANK COMMUNITY THEATRE AT THE HISTORIC HALL OF LIBERTY AT FOREST LAWN revival production of STEPHEN SONDHEIM'S AND JAMES LAPINE'S "INTO THE WOODS" handsomely Produced by JULIA SWANWICK and brilliantly directed by JOSH SHAW. 2014 "INTO THE WOODS" production photo by JASON JAVIER.

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THE CAST, CREW, COMPANY AND ORCHESTRA OF A LIVELY WEST COAST SONDHEIM AND LAPINE REVIVAL!: The Company, Orchestra, Crew and Production Team of THE 2014 BURBANK COMMUNITY THEATRE AT THE 1,200-SEAT HISTORIC HALL OF LIBERTY AT FOREST LAWN IN LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA REVIVAL PRODUCTION of STEPHEN SONDHEIM'S AND JAMES LAPINE'S "INTO THE WOODS." 2014 BCT Production Photo by JASON JAVIER.

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THE ENTIRE CAST: DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON as THE NARRATOR & THE MYSTERIOUS MAN (at top) joined by THE ENTIRE CAST of THE BURBANK COMMUNITY THEATRE AT THE HISTORIC HALL OF LIBERTY AT FOREST LAWN 2014 Revival Production of Producer JULIA SWANWICK'S and Director JOSH SHAW staging of STEPHEN SONDHEIM'S AND JAMES LAPINE'S "INTO THE WOODS".

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THE PLAYERS: Cast and Top Production Team Listing for PRODUCER JULIA SWANWICK'S 2014 BURBANK COMMUNITY THEATRE AT THE HISTORIC HALL OF LIBERTY AT FOREST LAWN revival production of STEPHEN SONDHEIM'S AND JAMES LAPINE'S "INTO THE WOODS" designed by JUSTIN YU.

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A COMEDY MASTER'S FINAL RESTING PLACE: The revered grave site of Hollywood Comedy Master STAN LAUREL near THE HISTORIC HALL OF LIBERTY AT FOREST LAWN in Los Angeles, Ca.

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FOUNDING FATHERS REMEMBERED: The Famed "BIRTH OF LIBERTY" MOSAIC which looms on the side wall of THE HISTORIC HALL OF LIBERTY AT FOREST LAWN in Los Angeles, Ca.

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A VENUE WITH HISTORY: THE BURBANK COMMUNITY THEATRE revival of STEPHEN SONDHEIM'S and JAMES LAPINE'S Tony Award-winning musical theatre masterpiece "INTO THE WOODS" was mounted in December of 2014 at THE HISTORIC HALL OF LIBERTY AT FOREST LAWN in Los Angeles, Ca.

Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago Founder and Veteran and Award-winning Stage Actor and Play Director DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON.

ENJOYING ANOTHER MUSICAL CLASSIC: Veteran and award-winning stage actor, play director and Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago Founder DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON (who was featured in the dual roles of THE NARRATOR & THE MYSTERIOUS MAN in the 2014 BURBANK COMMUNITY THEATRE revival of STEPHEN SONDHEIM'S and JAMES LAPINE'S musical masterpiece "INTO THE WOODS" at THE HISTORIC HALL OF LIBERTY AT FOREST LAWN in Los Angeles, California) had the great pleasure of viewing the new visiting 2018 London production of LORD ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER'S and TIM RICE'S "JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR" at the historic LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO.

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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 SEBASTIAN 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 / MUSUIC DIRECTOR ROBERT-ERIC WEST'S 2018 SAINT SEBASTIAN PLAYERS OF CHICAGO revival stagging 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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