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Ivan - Edwin Booth

Edwin Booth (Ivan) is very pleased to be in his fifth City Equity production, most recently as Charles Aiken in August: Osage CountyPrevious CET roles include Saul in True WestWelsh in The God of Hell,andMr. Gabor in Spring Awakening. Edwin has appeared here at BFT in three productions (Truscott in LootWhite in The Sunset Limited,  David O. Selznick in Moonlight & Magnolias), and at BCT as Ebenezer Scrooge inA Christmas Carol, Jacob Marley in Scrooge, the Musical and as various characters in Peter and the Wolf. At the Virginia Samford Theatre, in addition to City Equity’s August: Osage County, he appeared as Gaston in Picasso at the Lapin Agile and as Everyman in The Man for All Seasons. Edwin has also performed in Muse of Fire’s Henry V as Bardolf. Other Shakespeare roles include Oberon, Malvolio, Gremio and Baptista, and the Duke of Venice. Among his favorite roles are: the Professor in Ionesco’s The Lesson, Vershinin (Three Sisters), Sir Anthony Absolute (The Rivals), Father Jack (Dancing at Lughnasa), Johnnypateenmike (The Cripple of Inishmaan), Krapp (Krapp’s Last Tape). He has performed for such theaters as Capital Shakespeare, Theatre Southeast, PA Stage Company, Touchstone Theatre, and Theatre Outlet.

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Thanks for sticking around, folks. For those interested in the post-show discussion:

I started on this venture for the benefit of the community, trying to create a comprehensive, egalitarian presentation of Birmingham-area theatre at all levels. Though it’s made a comeback effort, it was on hiatus for a while; it limped a bit before its first curtain call, and it’s been sporadic again for some time since its encore. Time and financial constraints dictate that there are only so many volunteer hours in a day, and I simply can’t maintain it to the standard it deserves.

Honestly, I think it’s a heck of a standard. For it’s first six months, I don’t think there was a better place to find out what was going on. It was hugely rewarding, feeling a part of practically every theatre in town, investing in the sense of community as its at-large promoter and advocate.

For some time I’ve been spread too thin to keep up with that commitment, and others I’ve made, and that’s been disappointing to me. But the effort and the good intentions have led to opportunities along the way. The big picture is shifting and refocusing, but the through-line remains the same.

I’ve been a part of some ongoing discussions about the need for cooperative partnerships and resource-sharing, as well as the need for better coverage. I have reason to believe some of those needs will be met in the not-too-distant future. For others…there’s a lot of work to be done. The next few years promise to be interesting, as we have a few outside consultants coming in to town with a three-year commitment to capitalizing on the area’s cultural assets and creative industries; as someone with no shortage of interest and opinions, you may rest assured I will continue with my policy of placing late-night crank calls and scrawling collectivist manifestos in the margins of a Yellow Pages near you. I’ll even be getting back to seeing your shows again.

Your support has been deeply gratifying. Being a part of our scene is its own reward. Thanks. Go, see, enjoy.

- Patrick

(I can still be found online at CityEquityTheatre.org and @CityEquity on Twitter, where I’ll return to pursuing some of SWIYS’s cross-promotional mission as soon as we get our next show opened—-Ruined, by Lynn Nottage, a co-production of City Equity Theatre and Aldridge Repertory Theatre, at the Virginia Samford Theatre 2/28-3/17.)

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