Tyler Michaels is a Twin Cities based Performer/Creator/Director. His work has been seen at the Guthrie Theater, The Ordway, Children’s Theater Company, Theater Latté Da, and many others. He Co-Directed 7th House Theater’s Jonah and The Whale, and has created shows for Live Action Set and the Minnesota Fringe. Tyler is Artistic Director of Trademark Theater.
The first spark of interest came in reading the old ballads of the Robin Hood Myth. They were so brutal, raw, visceral, and dark, nothing like the Disney cartoon we all grew up with. I was immediately interested in seeing that kind of story on stage, one where the hero is not all good, but is fighting his own internal battles. Stemming from my performing style, I was also interested in how physical this story could be. From the combat, to the Merry Men experiencing freedom in the forest, there is a lot to play with physically. I'm excited to see how that can translate onto the stage.
The process has been extremely collaborative between the three creators. To simplify it, I started off by bringing in a few images and ideas for moments in the show that were then added to by the rest of the team. You can see some of my inspiration imagery above and below. Tyler and David would then go away and write or compose, while I would come up with more concepts and visuals, and together we would continue to hone in on the story.
As we jump into rehearsals my job will be to take many of those visual ideas and concepts that we had generated around the table and put them onto the stage with our performers and crew. We want to bring the story to life! Visually. Physically. Sonically. I’ll be doing my best to mold and curate all of that to make the best production possible!
I hope that we are successful in bringing the Robin Hood myth back into our contemporary world. While the story is still set in somewhat of an ambiguous medieval time, the themes we are playing with are very current: violence, hatred, misunderstanding. I hope people are affected by that and walk away with a new perspective on our world and how we might move through it.
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