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THRILLED TO WIN A TOP CHICAGO THEATRE ACTING AWARD!: Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago Founder and Los Angeles-based Theatre Artist DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON is winner of a 1997 CHICAGO JOSEPH JEFFERSON CITATION AWARD as Outstanding Actor In A Principal Role In A Play for his critically-praised performance as SAM SEMELA in The ESC's 1997 revival production of the great South African playwright ATHOL FUGARD'S "MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS" directed by Mr. Robinson and presented at THE HEARTLAND CAFE STUDIO THEATRE in The Rogers' Park neighborhood of The Windy City. Of the multiple awards, nominations and other honors he has received for performance on the stage during his 45-year-long career, Mr. Robinson's Best Actor JEFF AWARD for Fugard's anti-apartheid dramatic masterpiece is his personal favorite. 2017 Photo of Darryl Maximilian Robinson In His Awards Room by J. L. WATT.

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"One never thought a that a production of Athol Fugard's "Master Harold...And The Boys" could exceed the production in which James Earl Jones starred as Sam Semela until the Excaliber Shakespeare Company came along with Darryl Maximilian Robinson in the role. Currently appearing at the Heartland Cafe Studio Theatre, 7000 North Glenwood, through March 16th on Wednesdays and Sundays, the production is compelling for its infallible dramatic urgency and superb sense of style. Other cast members include Kevin Adair as Hally and Eliyahu Miller as Willie. Robinson is producer and director." -- Earl Calloway, The Chicago Defender, Theatre Wing, March 5, 1997. 

"Directed by founder Darryl Maximilian Robinson, who plays Sam, the play soars with a vibrancy that is engulfing. His joyousness is infectious. His reflections, insightful. His teachings ( either dance steps or concerned lessons of learning ) makes one feel his commitment, his dedication, his desire to make the world a little better for having lived in it. A highly notable presentation, he makes this play a memorable evening of theatre one does not easily forget." -- Al Boswell, The Gary Info, Feb. 27, 1997.

"Darryl Maximilian Robinson, whose ardent love of acting invigorates every action of the mature, wizened Sam, tolerates no submission. The boy's friend and mentor, he is slammed with the double-indignity of experiencing the fury of racism from an adolescent he has guided, protected and educated." -- Mike Spitz, Nightlines Theatre, Feb. 26, 1997.

"Director Darryl Maximilian Robinson obviously displays a deep love for and belief in Fugard's intimate drama. Crisply paced, with a solid understanding of the playwright's serious playfulness, this production does quiet yet moving justice to the intensely unfolding material. Gregory Chistopher Armstrong's Willie maintains a smooth, unaffected realness through sincere body language and softly-tempered  delivery. And Kevin Heckman's painfully torn Hally, who ocillates between hope and despair, delivers an honestly complex performance that enables us to sympathize with the frailties and confused loyalties of all parties locked in apartheid's crushing grip". -- Lucia Mauro, The New City, Recommended, Jan 30,-Feb. 2, 1997.

During The 1990s, Excaliber Shakespeare Company Founder Darryl Maximilian Robinson Captured Multiple Chicago Theatre Award Honors For His Intimate Staging of Athol Fugard's Master Harold...And The Boys at The Windy City's Heartland Cafe Studio Theatre In Rogers Park Edit

Without question one of the most moving and emotionally wrenching plays by the great South African playwright Athol Fugard is his personal memoir of racism known as Master Harold...And The Boys. The acclaimed playwright / director's original 1982 Yale Repertory and Broadway productions captured huge critical response and awards recognition ( including 1982 Tony Award Nominations for Best Play and Best Director for Fugard, and a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor In A Play on Broadway for Zakes Mokae for his moving performance as Sam Semela ). There was a successful Showtime Television version of the play with Mokae recreating his award-winning role. And though the play is considered a great and potent dramatic work addressing the harmful effects of racism, by the early 1990s, not many regional or local American productions of the work were being staged. In St. Louis, during the Spring of 1993, Darryl Maximilian Robinson, Producer-Director of  Excaliber Productions, Ltd. ( ably assisted by skilled co-designer and production stage manager J. L. Watt ) directed and played the role of Sam Semela in the work opposite talented young actors Philip Alexis Watt as Hally and Carey S. Means as Willie in a small, well-received revival of the work at The Wabash Triangle Cafe in St. Louis. Based upon the effect the work had on local audiences during that production ( the issue of racism was quite relevant then, as it is now! ), Mr. Robinson staged a more detailed 1997 revival of the work ( on this occasion ably assisted by dramaturg, co-designer and co-producer Jeff Helgeson ) at Chicago's Heartland Cafe Studio Theatre in the Windy City's northside Rogers Park neighborhood. Under the banner of The Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago, Darryl Maximilian Robinson appeared as Sam Semela opposite skilled performers Kevin Heckman ( later replaced by the gifted Kevin Adair ) as Hally and Gregory Christopher "Word Jazzman" Armstrong ( later replaced by talented newcomer Eliyahu Miller ) as Willie. The production, designed, produced and directed by Mr. Robinson captured several favorable reviews and garnered for Mr. Robinson and The ESC multiple theatre honors including a 1997 Chicago Joseph Jefferson Citation Award Nomination for Outstanding Production of the Year ( to The ESC )a 1997 Chicago Joseph Jefferson Citation Award Nomination for Outstanding Actor In A Principal Role In A Play ( to Mr. Robinson ); a 1997 Chicago Black Theatre Alliance Award Nomination for Best Leading Actor In A Play ( to Mr. Robinson ); and a 1997 Chicago Black Theatre Alliance Award Nomination for Best Sound Design ( to Mr. Robinson and Mr. Helgeson ).The ESC's 1997 revival of Athol Fugard's Master Harold...And The Boys also received  Letters of Commendation and Recommendation from The Chicago South African Consulat General's Office and The City of Chicago Dept. of Human Relations praising the effectiveness of the production and encouraging audiences to see the great Fugard's work. In addition to these notable accolades, at the end of the 1996-1997 theatre season, Mr. Robinson, Mr. Heckman and Mr. Armstrong were invited to perform a scene from The ESC's revival of Master Harold...And The Boys at the 24th Annual Joseph Jefferson Citation Awards Ceremony at Chicago's  Park West Theatre on June 9, 1997. Though the ESC's revival would lose the Outstanding Production of the Year Award to The Pegasus Players' highly-praised, 6-hour, epic staging of "The Kentucky Cycle", Darryl Maximilian Robinson would win a 1997 Joseph Jefferson Citation Award as Outstanding Actor In A Principal Role In A Play for his performance as Sam Semela in Master Harold...And The Boys. To this day, the ESC's revival of Fugard's dramatic masterpiece remains the most honored production in the multiracial, non-Equity professional chamber theatre's history. 


"Master Harold...and the boys is a politically and socially poignant contemporary drama written by Athol Fugard. This magnificent drama appeared on Broadway in 1982, starring Danny Glover as Willie, Lonny Price as Hally and Zakes Mokae as Sam.  Mokae went on to claim a Tony Award for the Best Featured Actor on Broadway for his performance and also star in the Showtime Cable Television version of the play. The issues taken to task in this play are issues that still plague South Africa and the United States today. The play is written in a 1950 time frame, taking place in St. George's Park Tea Room, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Excaliber Productions performed Master Harold at the Wabash Triangle Cafe. The starring trio this time included Carey S. Means as Willie, Philip Alexis Watt as Hally and Darryl Maximilian Robinson as Sam. Carey's strong performance as Willie, a slow-witted busboy, was enhanced by his voice, husky with a South African / British accent. He also added a humorous touch to the play, trying to learn to ballroom dance for a contest without a partner. Philip's performance as Hally, or Master Harold, an adolescent schoolboy, was most effective, due not only to his true boyishness, but to his fine acting as well. Darryl Maximilian's performance as Sam, the aging Maitre'd, was excellent. The use of his voice, British accent and body language made Sam more than just a character portrayal. Set design was very simple, but appropriate; the cabaret atmosphere of the Wabash Triangle Cafe blended in to provide an extention for the set that allowed the audience to feel like a part of the action. This was not family entertainment, however, due to some language not quite suitable for children. Nevertheless, this production, like all Excaliber performances I have seen, was fantastic!" -- Lorna A. Vaughn, Intermission Magazine, St. Louis Edtion, May 1993.


Note: The multiracial, non-Equity professional chamber theatre The Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago is pleased, proud and honored to share and present this archival article in acknowledgement of 2019: The Year of Chicago Theatre! 


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A MULTIRACIAL, NON-EQUITY PROFESSIONAL CHAMBER THEATRE'S FOUNDER!: Los Angeles-based Theatre Artist and Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago Founder, Artistic Director, Producer and Joseph Jefferson Citation Award-winning Principal Actor DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON has been involved in over 250 live stage and literary arts presentations around the country during his 45-year-long stage career. 2018 Photo of Mr. Robinson at Los Angeles' historic UNION STATION by DANNY BELROSE.


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Showcard logo for the great South African playwright ATHOL FUGARD'S "MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS."

South African playwright Athol Fugard

The acclaimed and revered South African playwright ATHOL FUGARD scored not only a 1982 Tony Award nomination for Best Play, but also a nod for Best Director Of A Play for his most noted stage work, the anti-apartheid dramatic masterpiece "MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS" on Broadway.

Zakes Mokae won a 1982 Tony Award as Best Featured Actor In A Play for his performance as Sam Semela in Athol Fugard's Master Harold And The Boys.

The late, great and truly brilliant South African stage and screen actor ZAKES MOKAE ( who survived apartheid ) captured a 1982 Tony Award as Best Featured Actor In A Play for his moving and inspiring performance as SAM SEMELA in ATHOL FUGARD'S "MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS" on Broadway.

Script Cover of Athol Fugard's Master Harold And The Boys.

Script cover of the great South African playwright ATHOL FUGARD'S "MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS."

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Logo of the multiracial, non-Equity professional chamber theatre, THE EXCALIBER SHAKESPEARE COMPANY OF CHICAGO designed by TONY HRUBES.

Darryl Maximilian Robinson won a 1997 Chicago Joseph Jefferson Citation Award as Outstanding Actor In A Principal Role In A Play for Master Harold and the Boys.

A VALUED HONOR: Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago Founder and Director DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON captured A 1997 CHICAGO JOSEPH JEFFERSON CITATION AWARD as Outstanding Actor In A Principal Role In A Play for his critically-praised performance as SAM SEMELA in the ESC's 1997 revival staging of of the GREAT SOUTH AFRICAN PLAYWRIGHT ATHOL FUGARD'S "MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS" directed by Mr. Robinson at THE HEARTLAND CAFE STUDIO THEATRE in The Windy City. ESC Awards Room Photo by J. L. WATT.

Darryl Maximilian Robinson as Sam Semela in Athol Fugard's Master Harold And The Boys.

DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON as SAM SEMELA in the 1997 EXCALIBER SHAKESPEARE COMPANY OF CHICAGO revival production of ATHOL FUGARD'S "MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS" at The Heartland Cafe Studio Theatre in The Windy City.

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THE 1997 EXCALIBER SHAKESPEARE COMPANY OF CHICAGO Showcard and Poster of its 1997 revival production of the great ATHOL FUGARD'S "MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS" directed by DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON at THE HEARTLAND CAFE STUDIO THEATRE in the Rogers' Park neighborhood in The Windy City designed by JEFF HELGESON.

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A logo for THE JOSEPH JEFFERSON AWARDS of Chicago.

ESC Best Production Nomination for Athol Fugard's Master Harold And The Boys.

A THEATRE COMPANY'S GREATEST HONOR: In 1997, the multiracial, non-Equity professional chamber theatre, THE EXCALIBER SHAKESPEARE COMPANY OF CHICAGO received the greatest honor of its 15-year production history when its revival staging of the great South African playwright ATHOL FUGARD'S "MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS" directed by DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON ( and who appeared in the role of SAM SEMELA ) received a 1997 CHICAGO JOSEPH JEFFERSON CITATION AWARD NOMINATION ( Recommendation ) as OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF THE YEAR!

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Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago Founder and Director DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON was thrilled and honored to direct and appear with two gifted casts in the great South Afican playwight ATHOL FUGARD'S "MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS."

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YOU CAN'T FLY KITES ON RAINY DAYS: Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago Founder, Director and Los Angeles-based Theatre Artist DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON is winner of both A 1997 CHICAGO JOSEPH JEFFERSON CITATION AWARD as Outstanding Actor In A Principal Role In A Play and A 1997 CHICAGO BLACK THEATRE ALLIANCE AWARD NOMINATION as Best Leading Actor In A Play for his performance as SAM SEMELA in the 1997 ESC revival production of the great South African Playwright ATHOL FUGARD'S "MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS" directed by Mr. Robinson and presented in the charming and intimate confines of THE HEARTLAND CAFE STUDIO THEATRE in The Windy City. 1997 ESC Archival Production Photo of Darryl Maximilian Robinson as Sam Semela in "MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS" by JEFF HELGESON.

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Feb. 26, 1997 CHICAGO NIGHTLINES Theatre Review of THE EXCALIBER SHAKESPEARE COMPANY OF CHICAGO revival production of ATHOL FUGARD'S "MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS" by MIKE SPITZ.

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A highly-talented dramatic actor ( and skilled theatre reporter ), ESC Acting Company Member KEVIN HECKMAN gave a wonderfully effective performance as HALLY in THE 1997 EXCALIBER SHAKESPEARE COMPANY OF CHICAGO revival production of the great South African playwright ATHOL FUGARD'S "MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS" at THE HEARTLAND CAFE STUDIO THEATRE in The Windy City.

1997 Chicago Joseph Jefferson Citation Nomination to Darryl Maximilian Robinson as Outstanding Actor In A Principal Role for Athol Fugard's Master Harold And The Boys.

Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago Founder and Director DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON earned a 1997 CHICAGO JOSEPH JEFFERSON CITATION AWARD NOMINATION ( Recommendation ) for his performance as SAM SEMELA in the ESC's revival production of ATHOL FUGARD'S "MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS" at THE HEARTLAND CAFE STUDIO THEATRE in The Windy City.

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Versatile and skilled stage actor KEVIN ADAIR appeared in the role of HALLY during the extended run of the 1997 EXCALIBER SHAKESPEARE COMPANY OF CHICAGO revival production of the great South African playwright ATHOL FUGARD'S "MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS" at THE HEARTLAND CAFE STUDIO THEATRE in The Windy City.

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The late, gifted and talented stage actor, musician and performance poet GREGORY CHRISTOPHER "WORD JAZZMAN" ARMSTRONG earned fine notices for his portrayal of WILLIE MALOPO in THE 1997 EXCALIBER SHAKESPEARE COMPANY OF CHICAGO revival production of ATHOL FUGARD'S "MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS" at THE HEARTLAND CAFE STUDIO THEATRE in The Windy City.

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Jan. 1997 NEW CITY NEWSPAPER OF CHICAGO Theatre Review of The Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago revival production of ATHOL FUGARD'S "MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS" directed by DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON by LUCIA MAURO.

Heartland Cafe Studio Rogers Park.

The 1997 EXCALIBER SHAKESPEARE COMPANY OF CHICAGO revival production of the great South African playwright ATHOL FUGARD'S "MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS" was staged by DIRECTOR DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON in the intimate and charming confines of THE HEARTLAND CAFE STUDIO THEATRE in the Rogers' Park neighborhood of The Windy City. This venue is co-owned a operated by a true supporter of theatre and performing arts in The City of Chicago, MR. MICHAEL JAMES. Without his generosity and fine support, The ESC revival of ATHOL FUGARD'S "MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS" would not have occurred.

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Feb. 27, 1997 GARY INFO Theatre Review of DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON as SAM SEMELA in THE EXCALIBER SHAKESPEARE COMPANY OF CHICAGO revival staging of the great South African Playwright ATHOL FUGARD'S "MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS" directed by Mr. Robinson at THE HEARTLAND CAFE STUDIO THEATRE in The Windy City by AL BOSWELL.

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Logo of THE CHICAGO BLACK THEATRE ALLIANCE / IRA ALDRIDGE AWARDS.

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Highly-skilled visual artist J. L. WATT served as Co-Designer and Production Stage Manager of THE 1993 EXCALIBER PRODUCTIONS, LTD. revival production of the great South African playwright ATHOL FUGARD'S "MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS" directed by DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON at The Wabash Triangle Cafe in St. Louis, Mo.

1997 Chicago Black Theatre Alliance Award Nomination to Darryl Maximilian Robinson as Best Leading Actor In A Play for Master Harold And The Boys.

Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago Founder and Director DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON earned a 1997 CHICAGO BLACK THEATRE ALLIANCE AWARD NOMINATION as Best Leading Actor In A Play for his performance as SAM SEMELA in the ESC's revival production of the great South African playwright ATHOL FUGARD'S "MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS" directed by Mr. Robinson at THE HEARTLAND CAFE STUDIO THEATRE in The Windy City.

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Skilled West Coast stage actor PHILIP WATT ( noted for his work as a stage performer and musician in the SF Bay Area ) was featured as HALLY in THE 1993 EXCALIBER PRODUCTIONS, LTD. revival production of the great South African playwright ATHOL FUGARD'S "MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS" directed by DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON at The Wabash Triangle Cafe in St. Louis, Mo.

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Highly-talented dramatic actor and vocalist CAREY MEANS ( known to fans of animated television shows and films as a skilled voice-over character performer ) was featured as WILLIE MALOPO in THE 1993 EXCALIBER PRODUCTIONS, LTD. revival production of the great ATHOL FUGARD'S "MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS" directed by DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON at The Wabash Triangle Cafe in St. Louis, Mo.

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EXCALIBER'S FIRST ST. GEORGE'S PARK TEA ROOM: Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago Founder and Director DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON has had the great joy and honor of directing and playing SAM SEMELA in the great South African playwright ATHOL FUGARD'S "MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS" on two occasions during his 45-year-long stage career. His initial staging of Fugard's work occured in 1993 as a revival for EXCALIBER PRODUCTIONS, LTD. at the intimate WABASH TRIANGLE CAFE in St. Louis, Mo. That Gateway City rendition featured skilled actors CAREY S. MEANS as WILLIE MALOPO and PHILIP WATT as HALLY. Talented visual artist J. L. WATT served as Co-Designer and Production Stage Manager of the revival.

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THE ST. LOUIS MASTER HAROLD REVIEW: May 1993 INTERMISSION MAGAZINE REVIEW of THE 1993 EXCALIBER PRODUCTIONS, LTD. revival staging of Director Darryl Maximilian Robinson as Sam Semela, Carey S. Means as Willie Malopo and Philip Watt as Hally ATHOL FUGARD'S "MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS" at THE WABASH TRIANGLE CAFE of St. Louis, Mo. by LORNA A. VAUGHN.

Mar. 5, 1997 Chicago Defender Theatre Review of Darryl Maximilian Robinson as Sam Semela in Athol Fugard's Master Harold And The Boys by Earl Calloway.

Mar. 5, 1997 CHICAGO DEFENDER Theatre Review of Darryl Maximilian Robinson as Sam Semela in Athol Fugard's "MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS" by EARL CALLOWAY.

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A truly invaluable member of THE EXCALIBER SHAKESPEARE COMPANY OF CHICAGO during its most acclaimed seasons of 1997 and 1998, Noted Chicago playwright JEFF HELGESON served as Co-Designer, Associate Producer and Dramatiurg of mutiple ESC shows including ATHOL FUGARD'S anti-apartheid dramatic masterpiece "MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS" for which he earned and shared ( with Co-Designer Darryl Maximilian Robinson ) a 1997 CHICAGO BLACK THEATRE ALLIANCE AWARD NOMINATION for Best Sound Design.

1997 Chicago BTAA Best Sound Design Nomination to Darryl Maximilian Robinson for Master Harold And The Boys.

Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago Founder DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON shared with ESC Co-Designer, Associate Producer and Dramaturg JEFF HELGESON a 1997 CHICAGO BLACK THEATRE ALLIANCE AWARD NOMINATION for BEST SOUND DESIGN for The ESC's revival production of ATHOL FUGARD'S "MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS" directed by Mr. Robinson and presented at The Heartland Cafe Studio Theatre in The Windy City.

Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago Founder Daryl Maximilian Robinson as Inspector Colquhoun of Scotland Yard ( right ) and Doug Mattingly as his assistant Detective Sgt. Penny in The Hollow

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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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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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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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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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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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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