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Showcard of The Emmanuel Lutheran Actors' Theatre Ensemble - ELATE presentation of four one-act plays entitled "JUST 4 FUN" of which acclaimed American playwright Tad Mosel's 1948 classic allegorical comedy-drama of Life In Theatre "IMPROMPTU" was the opening work

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Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago Founder and Los Angeles-based Theatre Artist Darryl Maximilian Robinson proudly displays his 2015 / 2016 Los Angeles Elate Season Ticket Holder Award Nomination as Best Actor for his performance as the debonair, but aging, leading man Ernest in a revival of acclaimed American playwright Tad Mosel's 1948 classic allegorical comedy-drama of Life In The Theatre "IMPROMPTU" presented as part of the 2016 Emmanuel Lutheran Actors' Theatre Ensemble - ELATE production of "JUST 4 FUN" at The Lincoln Stegman Theatre in North Hollywood, Ca. Photo by J. L. Watt.

About acclaimed playwright Tad Mosel's Impromptu Edit

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Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago Founder and Los Angeles-based Theatre Artist Darryl Maximilian Robinson earned his first Best Actor In A Play Award nomination ( a 2015 / 2016 Los Angeles Elate Season Ticket Holder Award nod ) in 19 years for his portrayal of the debonair, but aging, leading man Ernest in acclaimed American playwright Tad Mosel's "IMPROMPTU" as part of The Emmanuel Lutheran Actors' Theatre Ensemble - ELATE staging of four one-act plays entitled "JUST 4 FUN" at The Lincoln Stegman Theatre in North Hollywood, Ca.

Written during his early days ( actually, his college years as a drama and literature scholar in 1948 ), Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tad Mosel ( winner for the powerful family drama All The Way Home and Emmy Award-winning legend of many strong television scripts of the 1950s and 1960s ) perhaps had no idea that an allegorical, comic-dramatic one-act called Impromptu would have the story and staying power for decades to become one of the most frequently performed short stage works in The American Theatre. The story of Impromptu is relatively simple and direct: Four actors sit on a darkened stage, awaiting the arrival of the stage manager who has called them together. Lacking his authoritative presence they are merely characters in search of a play to become part of, for their own personalities seemed unformed and shallow next to the full-blooded figures they are used to playing. They are also "types," and each of them has absorbed most of what he is from what he pretends to be on the stage. As they wait, the stage lights come up - but still no one appears to tell them what they are to do. They know only that they are not to leave the stage until they have "acted out the play." Suddenly becoming aware that an audience is present, the actors decide to improvise, an idea that has them slightly flustered. Ernest, the "leading man," excercises the perogative of star billing and assumes control. He plunges ahead, assigning roles to himself and his colleagues - Winnifred, who always play's "the leading lady's best friend;" Lora, the struggling ingenue; and Tony, the juvenile lead. The "drama" which unfolds is a mixture of truth, fantasy and well-rehearsed situations, but out of it, in subtle progression, comes a deepening awareness of the real people behind the theatrical facades. The play, conceived in the "Pirandello mode," brings a fresh approach to a timeless theme - what should be the proper ratio of truth vs. illusion in the balanced life? In the Greater Los Angeles Area, a recent 2016 critically-praised revival of Mosel's work by The Emmanuel Lutheran Actors' Theatre Ensemble - ELATE at The Lincoln Stegman Theatre of North Hollywood, Ca., was presented on a quartet bill of one-acts entitled Just 4 Fun, and that cast of Impromptu featured Darryl Maximilian Robinson as Ernest, Casey Krubiner as Winnifred, Joey Trezise as Tony and Lucy Krubiner as Lora. For their work in the show, each member of the cast earned a 2015 / 2016 Elate Season Ticket Holder Award Nomination including Mr. Robinson as Best Actor, Ms. Casey Krubiner as Best Suppporting Actress, Mr. Trezise as Best Supporting Actor and Ms. Lucy Krubiner as Best Supporting Actress. Of this quartet of Impromptu ( as part of Just 4 Fun ), Ms. Lucy Krubiner would go on to win the prize for Best Supporting Actress. As far as this group of performers are concerned, Tad Mosel is a great American playwright!      


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The Actor's Choice - John Ruskin and Darryl Maximilian Robinson 9-19-16

The Actor's Choice - John Ruskin and Darryl Maximilian Robinson 9-19-16

Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago Founder and Los Angeles-based Theatre Artist Darryl Maximilian Robinson, who captured a 2015 / 2016 Los Angeles Elate Season Ticket Holder Award Nomination as Best Actor for his performance as the debonair, but aging, leading man Ernest in Tad Mosel's "IMPROMPTU" discusses his life and career during the second half-hour of the popular internet performing arts program "THE ACTOR'S CHOICE" joined by distinguished fellow thespian John Ruskin of Santa Monica's RUSKIN SCHOOL OF ACTING and Host Ron Brewington.






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IMPROVISING A HAPPY FAMILY: Skilled actors Casey Krubiner as Winnifred, Darryl Maximilian Robinson as Ernest, Joey Trezise as Tony and Lucy Krubiner as Lora in a 2016 revival of acclaimed American playwright Tad Mosel's 1948 classic, allegorical one-act comedy-drama of Life In The Theatre "IMPROMPTU" presented as part of The Emmanuel Lutheran Actors' Theatre Ensemble - ELATE staging of "JUST 4 FUN" at The Lincoln Stegman Theatre in North Hollywood, Ca. All four actors earned 2015 / 2016 Los Angeles Elate Season Ticket Holder Award Nominations including Ms. Casey Krubiner as Best Supporting Actress, Mr. Robinson as Best Actor, Mr. Trezise as Best Supporting Actor and Ms. Lucy Krubiner as Best Supporting Actress. Of the four, Ms. Lucy Krubiner would win the Elate Best Supporting Actress Award for her wonderful performance as Lora. Photo by Jeff Zimmer.

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A Logo of The Emmanuel Lutheran Actors' Theatre Ensemble - ELATE at The Lincoln Stegman Theatre in North Hollywood, Ca.

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Playscript of acclaimed American playwright Tad Mosel's 1948 classic allegorical comedy-drama of Life In The Theatre "IMPROMPTU."

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Acclaimed American playwright Tad Mosel, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the powerful Broadway family drama and film "ALL THE WAY HOME," Emmy Award-winning television scriptwriter and playwright of the noted 1948 classic allegorical comedy-drama of Life In The Theatre "IMPROMPTU."

Darryl Maximilian Robinson appeared on The Actor's Choice hosted by Ron Brewington and featuring fellow Guest Actor John Ruskin

ERNEST ON THE AIR: Joined on a popular, local LA internet performing arts television program by noted and distinguished fellow thespian, veteran actor and teacher of drama, John Ruskin of Santa Monica's RUSKIN SCHOOL OF ACTING ( left ), and veteran entertainment reporter, performing arts journalist and Host Ron Brewington ( center ), Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago Founder and Los Angeles-based Theatre Artist Darryl Maximilian Robinson ( right ) discussed his four-decade long stage career and his 2015 / 2016 Los Angeles Elate Season Ticket Holder Best Actor Award-nominated performance as the debonair, but aging, leading man Ernest in Tad Mosel's "IMPROMPTU" on-the-air of WWW.RMCONAIR.COM's "THE ACTOR'S CHOICE." Photo by Laron Daviston.

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THE CAST OF MOSEL'S "IMPROMPTU" WELCOMES YOU TO THE LINCOLN STEGMAN THEATRE IN NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA.!: Talented Actors Joey Trezise as Tony, Lucy Krubiner as Lora, Casey Krubiner as Winnifred and Darryl Maximilian Robinson as Ernest were the featured and 2015 / 2016 Los Angeles Elate Season Ticket Holder Award-nominated revival cast of acclaimed American playwright Tad Mosel's 1948 classic, allegorical comedy-drama of Life In The Theatre "IMPROMPTU" presented as part of The Emmanuel Lutheran Actors' Theatre Ensemble - ELATE staging of "JUST 4 FUN" at The Lincoln Stegman Theatre in North Hollywood, Ca. Of this revival of Mosel's work, Theatre Critic M. Jarrett Christensen in the Wed. March 2, 2016 ( print edition ) of The Tolucan Times and Canyon Crier wrote: "...The show started with "Impromptu," which interestingly enough was exactly what the title implies - actors upon a stage discussing how they are to interact with themselves and the audience. It is a clever charade that works. Lucy Krubiner as Lora has a great future waiting for her in the arts." Ms. Lucy Krubiner would go on to capture the 2015 / 2016 Elate Season Ticket Holder Award as Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Lora in Tad Mosel's "IMPROMPTU." Photo by Tom Reilly.

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Theatre Group Logo of The Emmanuel Lutheran Actors' Theatre Ensemble - ELATE based for more than 30 years at The Lincoln Stegman Theatre in North Hollywood, Ca.

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Chicago Joseph Jefferson Citation Award Winner, Fort Wayne News-Sentinel Reviewer's Recogntion Award Winner, Chicago WKKC Radio Critic's Corner Fine Arts Award Winner, Four-Time Chicago Black Theatre Alliance / Ira Aldridge Award Nomiminee and Two-Time Los Angeles Marcom Masque Theatre Award Nominee Darryl Maximilian Robinson ( The Founder of the multiraical chamber theatre, The Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago ) enjoyed one of the best stage roles of his career ( and worked with one of the finest casts of his 43-season career ) when he played the role of the debonair, but aging, leading man Ernest in a 2016 revival of acclaimed American playwright Tad Mosel's 1948 classic, allegorical comedy-drama of Life In The Theatre "IMPROMPTU" as part of The Emmanuel Lutheran Actors' Theatre Ensemble - ELATE staging of "JUST 4 FUN" at The Lincoln Stegman Theatre in North Hollywood, Ca. and earned a 2015 / 2016 Los Angeles Elate Season Ticket Holder Award Nomination as Best Actor for his work in Tad Mosel's fine play. Photo by J. L. Watt.

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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 8:00 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.