‘We will introduce ourselves then. I am Robin Hood. And you will find no man more easily distracted, nor louder, nor fuller of foolishness. I am the resident lord of tomfoolery. And I will not take no for an answer when it comes to a good bit of fun.’ ROBIN
Tyler Mills is a playwright and improviser living in Minneapolis. His works include Jonah and the Whale, To The Moon, and Hello Stranger. He is the artistic associate and resident playwright at Trademark Theater.
'I have killed many men. But Robin is no ordinary man. To kill Robin. To know I had ended his story. And written my own name alongside his. I expect that would be quite a feeling indeed.' - GUY OF GISBOURNE
When dealing with a well-known story like that of Robin Hood, I am most interested in finding a new way to tell the tale that will make it relevant to the world we live in. When we discovered how different the earliest tellings of Robin's myth are from those we tell ourselves today, it felt like we would have ample opportunity to create a piece that deals with themes we recognize from our current time while still staying faithful to the core of the story. The early tales paint Robin as a much more violent and selfish person than our modern stories do, and with all the violence we find in our world today, we decided that the escalation of violence would be one of the primary themes of the piece.
‘Why did you join the merry band? For adventure! Yes! And you have you had any? I think this may be my first!’ - MARIAN and THE BOY
I've enjoyed how collaborative this process has been. We might go to our separate corners to write a scene or compose a song, but we come together regularly to give one another feedback on what we have each created. That has allowed us to find things we could not have found alone.
‘The truth of adventures is that they are not always easy or heroic or even pleasant to those that are living them.’ - ALAN-A-DALE
I really hope that members of the audience take something away from our show that gives them a different perspective on events that happen in their everyday lives. I hope that each night at least one person in the audience sees themself in something we put on the stage and that it sticks with that person long after they leave the theater.
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