Bob choosing to direct the season’s comedy, a guest
director was sought for this, our first history play.
Ken Grantham, a leading Bay Area theatrical talent
who had directed at the California and San Francisco
Shakespeare festivals and at the Magic Theatre which
he co-founded, was tapped.
As a bonus, Ken happened
to be married to a luminous actress, the lovely and
powerful Kimberly King. As it turned out, this real-life
couple had dream roles of their own: Shakespeare’s
spatting, spirited duo from Much Ado About Nothing,
Beatrice and Benedick. Our first expanded season was
turning into a true actor-inspired endeavor.
Jarion was fantastic in
the title role of Richard – persuasively seductive
while brilliantly wicked and deeply disturbed.
Kimberly King was a stunning
Queen Elizabeth and a total cast of forty actors played
87 roles. Bob Currier, appropriately, as befitting
the Artistic Director, took on the role of King Edward.
Judi Quick, a dear and massively talented actress,
drove three hours from the Mendocino coast to play
a poignant ‘Mad’ Margaret.
This was the first season for Lucas McClure, soon
to become a regular on the Forest Meadows stage, as
well as for Danny Kovacs, Jack Halton, Michael Oakes
and young Matt White who played the boy Prince Edward.