Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Party with Richard Folmer and the Bossier Arts Council on Sun, June 6, 4 to 7 pm, Boomtown Ballroom, Bossier City

Richard Folmer, Shreveport
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"Richard is retiring as Artistic Director for the East Bank Theatre at the Bossier Arts Council, having served The BAC for the last 25 years," says Kelly Warner.

In a career spanning 45 years Richard has been seen on stage as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, King Arthur in Camelot, Harold Hill in The Music Man and Zorba in Zorba. He has toured the country as stage manager and performer in musicals with such notables as Sid Caesar, Ginger Rogers, Jan Peerce, Zero Mostel and Hugh O'Brien.

In films, he has appeared with Robert Duval, Diane Keaton and Sienna Miller, to name a few.

His most recent film credits include principle roles in Factory Girl, Mad Money, Cool Dog, and the yet to be released Straw Dogs, with James Woods and Michael Marsden. Along with numerous made for TV films, he appeared with Chuck Norris in four episodes of Walker, Texas Ranger. His latest film role is in an independent film being shot in Fort Worth, Texas.

As a stage director for East Bank Theatre, Shreveport Little Theatre and The Performing Arts Center, he has guided such musicals as Anything Goes, Guys and Dolls, Kiss Me Kate, Sound of Music, The Music Man, Forever Plaid and Fiddler on the Roof as well as the dramas A Few Good Men , Ordinary People, Turn of the Screw, Scotland Road and most recently, The Diviners, to name a few. Additionally, he is a founding member of The Company Repertory Theatre.

Dramatic roles include C.S. Lewis in Shadowlands, Henry Drummond in Inherit the Wind, Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman and Richard in Shakespeare's Richard III.

At 5:30 pm the various members of the BAC board plan to line up and ritually stab Folmer in the flank steak. Or maybe it's serve Folmer flank steak serially, until retired.

Regardless, we are looking forward to the Folmer quips during the ceremonies.


Unknown said...

I wish I could be there. I have always enjoyed working with Richard. He is a gifted actor and a wonderful man. Enjoy your retirement, Richard, and congratulations on 25 years of making Shreveport-Bossier a better place to live.

Anonymous said...

I only know him from having seen him in Moombeams and Magnolias at River City Repertory. He was wonderful in a wonderful production. Nice to have professional actors in our city!