Darryl Maximilian Robinson
Darryl Maximilian Robinson ( born in Chicago in 1960 ) is a veteran and award-winning American stage actor, play director, theatre producer and private drama instructor who is best known for touring engagements of his critically-praised, original one-man show of Shakespeare and time-travel comedy A Bit of the Bard ( which debuted in 1987 with his centuries-leaping comedic character creation Sir Richard Drury Kemp-Kean ) and for his 15 years of work as The Founder, Artistic Director and Producer of the multiracial, non-Equity professional chamber theatre The Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago ( which was active 1987-2001 ). He has performed in more than 250 live stage productions and literary arts presentations around the country during his 45-year involvement in The Performing Arts and has also appeared numerous times on local television and radio programs including regionally on PBS and National Public Radio. He is the winner of multiple local and regional theatre honors including: a 1981 Fort Wayne News-Sentinel Reviewer's Recognition Award as Outstanding Thespian of the Season for his performances in professional summer stock ( including most notably as Fagin in Lionel Bart's Oliver! ) at The Enchanted Hills Playhouse of Syracuse, Indiana; a 1992 Certificate of Honorary Membership Award from The Harpooners of The Sea Unicorn ( The Sherlock Holmes Society of The Greater Western Illinois / St. Louis / St. Charles, Missouri Area ) for his performance of the title role in The 1992 Excaliber Productions' Ltd. staging of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes: The Final Problem! at The Midtown Arts Center of St. Louis; 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 Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago Joseph Jefferson Citation Award-nominated best production of Athol Fugard's Master Harold And The Boys ( directed by Mr. Robinson ) at The Heartland Cafe Studio Theatre in The Windy City; a 1998 WKKC Radio Chicago Critic's Corner Fine Arts Award as Outstanding Director Of A Play for his staging of the ESC's 1997 revival of Samuel Beckett's Waiting For Godot ( in which he appeared as Vladimir ) at The Heartland; a 1999 Chicago Black Theatre Alliance / Ira Aldridge Award Nomination for Best Direction Of An Ensemble for his staging of the ESC's 1999 revival of Athol Fugard's The Blood Knot ( in which he played Zachariah ) at The Heartland; a 2001 Chicago Black Theatre Alliance / Ira Aldridge Award Nomination for Best Direction Of A Theatrical Production for his staging of the ESC's revival of LeRoi Jones' ( Immamu Amiri Baraka's ) The Dutchman at The Harrison Street Galleries Studio Theatre in Oak Park, Il.; a 2013 Los Angeles Marcom Masque Theatre Award Nomination as Best Actor In A Major Supporting Role for his performance as the historic black educator and orator Booker T. Washington in Director Susan Goldman Weisbarth's 2013 Kentwood Players' revival of the Tony Award-winning musical Ragtime at The Westchester Playhouse of Los Angeles; a 2014 Los Angeles Marcom Masque Theatre Award Nomination as Best Actor In A Major Supporting Role for his performance as 1940s radio actor Harry "Jazzbo" Heywood ( a multi-talented on-the-air comedic entertainer who assumes many voices including that of Clarence Oddbody, AS2 ) in the 2013 Kentwood Players' staging of Joe Landry's It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play at The Westchester Playhouse; and a 2016 Los Angeles ELATE Season Ticket Holder Award Nomination as Best Actor for his performance as the debonair, but aging leading man Ernest in Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tad Mosel's classic, allegorical one-act of Life In The Theatre Impromptu as part of the 2016 Emmanuel Lutheran Actors' Theatre Ensemble presentation of an evening of one-acts entitled Just 4 Fun at The Lincoln Stegman Theatre of North Hollywood, CA., among others. A classically-trained African-American theatre performer ( he made his Shakespearean debut as Don John in Director Phillip F. Nardulli's 1980 revival staging of the bard's Much Ado About Nothing at The West Wind Theatre of River Forest, IL., created the role of the drunken butler Stephano in the Windy City premiere of Director-Adapter-Composer-Lyricist Doug Post's 1981 Jeff Recommended Illustrated Theatre Productions rock-musical version of Shakespeare's The Tempest at The Leo A. Lerner Theatre in Chicago, then played Puck and Philostrate in A Midsummer's Night's Dream, Oswald and The King of France in King Lear, and Touchstone in As You Like It during the 1982 20th Anniversary National Shakespeare Company Tour of New York, and later performed the title role in Director Dr. James Barushok's 1984 Stageplayers of Northeastern Illinois University of Chicago revival of the bard's Othello ), Mr. Robinson has spent a career playing stage roles of note few black stage performers have had the chance or opportunity to play. Of particular interest are his critically-praised portrayals of Sir Thomas More in Director John Grassilli's 1984 University Players' revival production of Robert Bolt's A Man For All Seasons at Benton Hall Theatre of The University of Missouri-St. Louis ( UMSL ); The Cowardly Lion in Director Deborah Lynn Wykes' 1984 MUNY / Student Theatre Project Company revival production of the traditional stage musical The Wizard of Oz at The New City School in The Gateway City; Master Ford in the 1985 Indianapolis Shakespeare Festival revival staging of William Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor at The Garfield Park Amphitheatre; King Henry II in Director Robinson's 1992 Excaliber Productions, Ltd. multiracial cast revival of James Goldman's The Lion In Winter at The Wabash Triangle Café in St. Louis; mystery writer Andrew Wyke ( opposite the fine and talented actor Sean Nix as Milo Tindle ) in Director Robinson's 2000 Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago revival staging of Anthony Shaffer's classic thriller Sleuth ( the first documented production starring an all-African-American cast ) at The Harrison street Galleries Studio Theatre in Oak Park, IL.; and, most recently, the marvelous dual roles of The Chairman Mr. William Cartwright and The Honorable Mayor Thomas Sapsea of Cloisterham in 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 at the lovely, 100-year-old-plus St. Bonaventure Church . Noted as an adapter and director of his own unique interpretations of A Child's Christmas In Wales and More Tales by Dylan Thomas and The Raven and Six Other Points of Interest by Edgar Allan Poe ( both initially performed with him appearing in the role of The Narrator as dramatic staged readings in 1990 at the wonderful Rudyard Kipling Pub of Louisville, KY. along with his 1991 fully-mounted, large cast staging of Sounds and Scenes by Shakespeare ), Mr. Robinson is also an emerging screenwriter and has copyrighted three original works. A variety of internet articles regarding Mr. Robinson's work in The Theatre can be referenced at abouttheartists.com, flickr.com, Youtube.com ( including clips from his performances as Major-General Stanley in the 2014 San Pedro Theatre Club 135th Anniversary Revival production of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance; The Butler John Lawless in the 2011 Glendale Center Theatre 55th Anniversary Revival production of Kyle Crichton's The Happiest Millionaire; a special Sunset Boulevard "street theatre" rendition of Rudyard Kipling's If ; a memorable half-hour interview discussing his more than four decades of work onstage in The Theatre during the second half of the September 19, 2016 RMCONAIR internet arts program The Actor's Choice hosted by veteran entertainment reporter and journalist Ron Brewington; a tongue-in-cheek visit to one of his favorite places, Darryl Maximilian Robinson In His Awards Room, Take Two! and, his most recent appearance, Darryl Maximilian Robinson as The Chairman Mr. William Cartwright & Cast Go Off To The Races! ), theatreblogofdarrylmaximilianrobinson.com, backstage.com, broadwayworld.com and numerous articles at Theatre Wikia of FANDOM. Mr. Robinson currently resides in The Greater Los Angeles Area where he continues to pursue multiple opportunities to practice his craft in The Performing Arts.
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