ARTIST PROFILE: Darek Riley, The Liar’s Alcippe, Macbeth’s Seyton, and The Rover’s Wilmore

Meet Darek Riley, Alcippe in The Liar, Seyton in Macbeth, Wilmore in The Rover in the 2015 Santa Cruz Shakespeare Summer Festival.

Darek Riley Intern Santa Cruz Shakespeare

Where are you from originally? Where do you call home now?

Originally I am from Yuba City, CA, and now I currently live in Las Vegas, NV.

How did you come to be a part of Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s 2015 festival? Do you have a history with us, or is this your first time?

This is my first summer in Santa Cruz and with the company as well.

What has your experience been like working with Santa Cruz Shakespeare this season?

Amazing! The fellow company members, cast, production and administrative teams have all been extremely warm, inviting and kind. I only hope to extend the relationships I’ve built here beyond just one summer.

What have been some of your favorite things to do in the Santa Cruz area when you weren’t rehearsing/working?

In the little time I have had aside from working, I ride my bicycle around town a lot. There are amazing trails and hikes around town and the campus that have been fun to explore.

Allen Darby (Philiste) and Darek Riley (Alcippe) in Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s The Liar by David Ives. Photo by Shmuel Thaler.

Allen Darby (Philiste) and Darek Riley (Alcippe) in Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s The Liar by David Ives. Photo by Shmuel Thaler.

What is your favorite Shakespeare play? Why?

I have too many favorites, and my favorite parts of those plays change every time I read them or see them performed onstage.

What is your favorite Shakespearean insult?

In Troillus & Cressida, Achilles is referred to as a Porter, a very camel of a man.

Why should people come to see Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s plays this summer?

Because of the amazing artistry and workmanship of the cast and crew alike.

Tickets on sale now for the 2015 season, which features three outdoor productions, starting with the wickedly romantic Shakespeare comedy Much Ado About Nothing, opening July 3; followed by David Ives’s modern adaptation of the wickedly hilarious 17th century farce, The Liar, opening July 24; and Shakespeare’s wicked tragedy, Macbeth, opening August 7. Plus, SCS continues the tradition of its intern-showcasing Fringe production with four performances of the wickedly festive comedy The Rover, starting August 18.


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