Willmorth’s ‘King Phycus’ wins in Hollywood

Boise actor, writer and comedian Tom Willmorth’s play “Shakespeare’s King Phycus” — a seriously funny and clever mashup of the Shakespearean canon — was voted one of the top five plays at this year’s Hollywood Fringe Festival by audience members.

The annual festival is like city-wide a theater party, with wacky inventive performances of original shows that range from camp to calamity. The festival ran June 13-30, with more than 1,000 performances of about 200 plays and experiences at 20 venues in central Hollywood.

“Phycus” also earned Extension Performances beyond the festival that will play over the next two weeks in Hollywood.

“I’m very pleased,” Willmorth says. “It’s interesting to see how another theater interpreted it. They went for gut-busting physical comedy and lots of dialects. It wasn’t how I envisioned it, but that’s a good thing.”

This is the second production for “Phycus.” The first was in 2010 by Chicago’s Strange Tree Group and Lord Chamberlain’s Men, the latter a group started by Boise’s Ira Amyx, who was once one of Willmorth’s students at Capital High School. It received two Jeff Award nominations (Chicago’s Tonys) for best ensemble performance and best new work.

The Flynnsmen company performing "Shakespeare's King Phycus" as part of the 2013 Hollywood Fringe Festival.

The Flynnsmen company performing “Shakespeare’s King Phycus” as part of the 2013 Hollywood Fringe Festival.

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