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"This troupe's always provocative color-blind casting aside, director Darryl Maximilian Robinson plays Williams' quintessential tale of family dysfunction and emotional impotence fairly straight." -- Nick Green, The Chicago Reader, Sept. 16, 1999

Believing That Great Scripts Can And Should Be Performed And Staged By All Races Of Actors, Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago Founder Darryl Maximilian Robinson Directed and Starred as Big Daddy In A 1999 ESC Revival of  Tennessee Williams' Cat On A Hot Tin Roof With A Multiracial Cast at The Pulaski Park Studio Theatre In The Windy City! Edit

All of the Pollitts appeared onstage in one form or another ( although the "no-neck monster children" were reduced to off-stage voices created by adult members of the cast ). Big Daddy and Big Mama were of course there. As were Mae and Gooper. And Brick..oh, he was there. And, most of all, Maggie the Cat was most definitely there. And the playing area of the bedroom of Brick and Maggie ( where the majority of Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning dysfunctional family drama plays out ) was intimate. So intimate, in fact, that members of the audience were seated on the curtained stage of The Pulaski Park Studio Theatre of Chicago only a few feet away from the performers and occasionally violent stage action. The only real difference between this 1999 Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago revival of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof  from any other was that ESC's Founder, Artistic Director, Producer and Joseph Jefferson Citation Award-winning Principal Actor Darryl Maximilian Robinson ( who appeared as Big Daddy Pollitt ) based his casting choices solely upon the talent, skill and imagination of the actors as they presented themselves at the show's auditions with a total and complete disregard of color or race. One of the long-time goals of the ESC was to promote racial harmony amongst performing artists in a city that has a long history of racial strife which does not suddenly disappear when performers show up at The Stage Door. Director-Producer Robinson firmly believed then ( and still believes now! ) that The Art of Theatre has healing powers and opens minds. And Tennessee Williams' classic deep-south tale of the battling Pollitts is a great script to bring artists of multiple backgrounds to work together upon!  Joining Mr. Robinson onstage as Big Daddy was a gifted and giving cast that included Drew Nye as Brick, Carrie Coorigan and Michelle Perry alternating in the role of Margaret, Khristian Leslie and Brad Sandefur alternating in the role of Gooper, Ericka Ayche'le and Kimberly Corney alternating in the role of Mae, and Special Guest Artist Chicago Black Theatre Alliance Best Actress Award Nominee ( and future Chicago Joseph Jefferson Non-Equity Best Supporting Actress Award Winner ) Felisha Mcneal appeared as Big Mama.  Production Stage Manager L. C. Satterfield skillfully doubled as The Reverend Tooker and Dr. Baugh, and talented young actor Lonell Razae Smith served as a non-performing Stand-by for the role of Brick. All members of the company were focused and committed, and ably assisted by Associate Producer Darryl Manuel ( who provided the much-needed funding and technical expertise to complete the set painting​​ and lighting design ),this production proved to be one of ESC Founder Robinson's all-time favorites.   


Note: The multiracial, non-equity professional chamber theatre, The Excaliber Shakespeare Company 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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THE EXCALIBER SHAKESPARE COMPANY OF CHICAGO'S BIG DADDY!: Veteran and award-winning stage actor and play director DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON, Founder, Artistic Director, Producer and Principal Actor of the multiracial, non-Equity professional chamber theatre THE EXCALIBER SHAKESPEARE COMPANY OF CHICAGO directed and starred as BIG DADDY POLLITT in the ESC'S 1999 revival of TENNESSEE WILLIAMS' "CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF" at The Pulaski Park Studio Theatre in The Windy City. 2018 photo of Darryl Maximilian Robinson at Union Station in Los Angeles, Ca. by DANNY BELROSE.



Logo of The Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago designed in 1995 by Tony Hrubes

Logo of THE EXCALIBER SHAKESPEARE COMPANY OF CHICAGO designed in 1995 by Visual Artist TONY HRUBES.



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Show Logo of the acclaimed American Playwright TENNESSEE WILLIAMS' "CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF."






Talented and skilled actor Drew Nye appeared as Brick Pollitt in the ESC's 1999 multiracial cast revival of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.

Skilled and talented Los Angeles-based stage and screen sctor DREW NYE earned some critical praise and experienced one of the best stage roles of his WINDY CITY THEATRE CAREER when he played BRICK POLLITT opposite Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago Founder and Director DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON as BIG DADDY POLLITT in the ESC's 1999 multiracial cast production of the great TENNESSEE WILLIAMS' "CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF" at The Pulaski Park Studio Theatre in The Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago.

Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago Founder Darryl Maximilian Robinson designed, directed and starred as Big Daddy Pollitt in the ESC's 1999 multiracial cast revival of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.

Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago Founder and Los Angeles-based Theatre Artist DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON directed and was featured as BIG DADDY POLLITT in the ESC's 1999 multiracial cast production of the great TENNESSEE WILLIAMS' "CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF" at The Pulaski Park Studio Theatre in The Windy City.

Actor Drew Nye.

Los Angeles-based stage and screen actor DREW NYE gave a powerful performance as BRICK POLLITT in Director DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON'S 1999 Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago multiracial cast production of the great TENNESSEE WILLIAMS' "CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF" at The Pulaski Park Studio Theatre in The Windy City.

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Sept 1999 Entertainment Feature Story on Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago Founder DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON as BIG DADDY POLLITT and FELISHA MCNEAL as BIG MAMMA POLLITT in THE EXCALIBER SHAKESPEARE COMPANY OF CHICAGO multiracial cast production of the great TENNESSEE WILLIAMS' "CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF" at The Pulaski Park Studio Theatre in The Windy City courtesy of THE CHICAGO DEFENDER.

Talented and experienced actress Carrie Corrigan was featured as Maggie the Cat Pollitt in the ESC's 1999 multiracial cast revival of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.

Talented Chicago stage actress CARRIE CORRIGAN ( alternating in the lead female role with the skilled actress MICHELLE PERRY ) was dynamic and impressive in her performance as MAGGIE THE CAT POLLITT in Director DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON'S 1999 Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago multiracial cast production of TENNESSEE WILLIAMS' "CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF" at The Pulaski Park Studio Theatre in The Windy City.

Chicago Black Theatre Alliance Best Actress Nominee and Joseph Jefferson Citation Award-winning Best Supporting Actress Felisha Mcneal appeared as Big Mama Pollitt in the ESC's 1999 Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.

The highly-gifted and talented Chicago Black Theatre Alliance Best Actress Award Nominee and Chicago Joseph Jefferson Non-Equity Best Supporting Actress Award Winner FELISHA MCNEAL joined The Excaliber Shakespeare Company as A Special Guest Performer and gave a powerful portrayal of BIG MAMA POLLITT in Director DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON'S 1999 multiracial cast production of TENNESSEE WILLIAMS' "CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF" at The Pulaski Park Studio Theatre in The Windy City.

Sept. 16, 1999 Chicago Reader Theatre Review of Director Darryl Maximilian Robinson's multiracial cast staging of the ESC's Cat On A Hot Tin Roof by Nick Green.

Sept. 16, 1999 Chicago Reader Theatre Review of Director Darryl Maximilian Robinson's staging of The Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago multiracial cast production of TENNESSEE WILLIAMS' "CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF" by NICK GREEN.

Talented actor-rapper Lonell Razae Smith served as Performance Understudy for the role of Brick Pollitt in the ESC's 1999 multiracial cast revival of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.

Talented actor-rapper LONNELL RAZAE SMITH served as Performance Understudy for the role of BRICK POLLITT in the 1999 Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago multiracial cast production of TENNESSEE WILLIAMS' "CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF" at The Pulaski Park Studio Theatre in The Windy City.

Multitalented actress and vocalist Ericka Ayche'Le appeared as Mae Pollit in the ESC's 1999 multiracial cast revival of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.

Multitalented actress-vocalist ERICKA AYCHE'LE ( alternating with the talented comic actress KIMBERLY CORNEY ) gave a highly effective performance as MAE POLLITT in the 1999 Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago multiracial cast production of TENNESSEE WILLIAMS' "CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF" at The Pulaski Park Studio Theatre in The Windy City.

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Acclaimed multiple Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, author of the great dysfunctional Southern family drama "CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF."

Fine dramatic actor and skilled comedian Khristian Leslie appeared as Gooper Pollitt in the ESC's 1999 multiracial cast revival of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.

A fine dramatic actor and noted Stand-Up comedian and improviser, KHRISTAN LESLIE earned critical praise for his performance as GOOPER POLLITT in the ESC's 1999 multiracial cast production of TENNESSEE WILLIAMS' "CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF" at The Pulaski Park Studio Theatre in The Windy City.

Capable character actor Brad Sandefur appeared as Gooper Pollitt in the ESC's 1999 multiracial cast revival of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.

Capable character actor BRAD SANDEFUR was one of two fine actors who appeared in the role of GOOPER POLLITT in the ESC's 1999 multiracial cast production of TENNESSEE WILLIAMS' "CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF" at The Pulaski Park Studio Theatre in The Windy City.

Veteran and skilled character actor L. C. Satterfield appeared as The Reverend Tooker and Dr. Baugh in the ESC's 1999 multiracial cast revival of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.

Veteran and skilled character actor L. C. SATTERFIELD not only effectively played The Reverend Tooker and Dr. Baugh in the ESC's 1999 multiracial cast production of TENNESSEE WILLIAMS' "CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF" at The Pulaski Park Studio Theatre in The Windy City, but he worked tirelessly behind the scenes as the revival's Production Stage Manager.

1999 Chicago Reader Newsphoto of Darryl Maximilian Robinson as Big Daddy and Drew Nye as Brick in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof by Lonell Razae Smith

Sept. 1999 Chicago Reader News-Photo of ESC Director Darryl Maximilian Robinson as Big Daddy Pollitt and Drew Nye as Brick Pollitt in the 1999 Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago multiracial cast production of TENNESSEE WILLIAMS' "CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF" at The Pulaski Park Studio Theatre in The Windy City by Lonnell Razae Smith.

ESC Founder Darryl Maximilian Robinson Directed and Played Big Daddy in The 1999 Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago production of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

In 1999, with the great help and moral support of ESC Associate Producer DARRYL MANUEL, Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago Founder, Artistic Director and Producer DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON directed and starred as BIG DADDY POLLITT in the ESC's multiracial cast production of the acclaimed and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright TENNESSEE WILLIAMS' "CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF" at The Pulaski Park Studio Theatre in the near-north-side neighborhood of WICKER PARK 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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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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RETURNING TO THE STAGE NEAR YOU IN A DICKENS OF A 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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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 / 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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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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Darryl Maximilian Robinson as The Chairman Mr. William Cartwright & Mayor Thomas Sapsea ( center-left ) and Sarah Myers as Edwin Drood & Miss Alice Nutting ( standing right ) with Suspects in The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

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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