I am interested to discover what happens when someone possesses the power to draw people, but not the fortitude to lead them.
Riley is ecstatic to be a part of The Boy and Robin Hood. Earlier this season, he was Doug and Detective in Six Degrees of Separation, in All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, and he played Mother’s Younger Brother in Ragtime, all three with Theater Latte Da. He recently appeared in Artistry’s productions of Fiddler on the Roof as Motel and in Phantom as Phillipe. Riley has worked with Minnesota Orchestra in Carousel; with Skylark Opera in Candide, Wonderful town, and The Vagabond King; and in many productions with Minnesota Opera. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Riley is happy to have made a home among the artists of Minnesota!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE VERSION OF ROBIN HOOD TO DATE?
I grew up on both The Adventures of Robin Hood starring Errol Flynn and Disney’s Robin Hood. It sort of depends on my mood which film I have fonder memories of, but Errol Flynn is the quintessential Robin Hood. I think of his indomitable confidence paired with his almost dangerous charisma. He is a man people will follow anywhere. That to me is who Robin Hood is. So, I guess The Adventures of Robin Hood is my favorite.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST INTERESTED IN EXPLORING IN YOUR VERSION OF ROBIN?
It goes back to why I liked Errol Flynn’s depiction of him so much. While the Robins in The Adventures of Robin Hood and The Boy and Robin Hood are very different versions of the myth, they both share that immense ego and blinding magnetism. In the case of The Boy and Robin Hood, we get to see what happens when those traits don’t come packaged with selfless nobility and caring leadership. I am interested to discover what happens when someone possesses the power to draw people, but not the fortitude to lead them.
WHAT MAKES YOU EXCITED TO WORK WITH TRADEMARK?
Having participated in the workshop of this show, I already know the caliber of artistry and passion Tyler and Tyler bring to the table, and the talent they are going to attract. Getting to work with a driven new company on their first production and create original work on top of that, it really doesn’t get any more exciting. This production will help define what kind of work this company does, and it is a thrilling feeling knowing that you will have a hand in it.
ANY OTHER THOUGHTS?
Who isn’t excited about a Robin Hood story?
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