Shreveport theater company honors legend Richard Folmer with new show
When the artistic director and co-founder of The Company Repertory Theater Richard Sloan Folmer unexpectedly died on Jan. 11, 2022, all of his upcoming productions stopped. The community mourned the man who touched so many lives, “He meant so much to all of us, he was an icon, a titan, I don’t know anyone who hasn’t been touched by him,” said the president of the Board of Directors of the Trey Jackson Repertory Theater Company.
As Jackson went through his grief it occurred to him that a good way to honor his friend’s memory would be to direct the play that Folmer was going to do next, but never got the chance to finish Blithe Spirit.
The 1941 comedy play was written by British author Noël Coward and tells the story of author Charles Condomine, who invites the medium and clairvoyant Madame Arcati to his house to conduct a séance in hopes of getting material for his next book.
The play is a fundraising effort to benefit the Company Repertory Theater which brings theater to the young and the old. From Shakespeare in the Schools to trips to local retirement homes, the theater troupe aims to make the performing arts appreciated and accessible to all citizens.
By directing this play, Jackson feels he is helping to keep some of Folmer’s dreams going. It is the least he can do for the director he describes as a kind director and human, “He never toured us down, he never made us feel small, he made us feel we were good”.
Blithe Spirit will be at East Bank Theater opening on Nov. 4 at 7 pm Also, it will be performed on Nov 5, 11, and 12 at 7 pm as well as on Nov. 7 and 13 at 3 pm