Richard L. Richards
Richard was a veteran stage actor and opera singer. One of the founding members of RTI, Rich was a vital company member of RTI and it's President Of The Board for many years. His richly layered roles included Giles Corey in The Crucible, Marley in A Christmas Carol, Narrator in Our Town and the title role in Clarence Darrow: A One Man Show. Darrow would be his last theater performance before his death in 2016.
Mr. Richards – a native Iowan – performed many major roles in local, community theater productions at the Des Moines Playhouse and the Drama Workshop including Michael in I Do! I Do! – a role he performed professionally at the Columbian Theater in Kansas; ½ of the citizens of Tuna, Texas, in Greater Tuna and A Tuna Christmas – roles he performed professionally in Kansas and with RTI; FDR in Annie – a role he performed professionally in Kansas and at Charlie’s Showplace; Pontius Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar; The Narrator in Blood Brothers; Michael in Falsettos; Emile De Becque in South Pacific; Gayord Ravenal in Showboat; Moonface Martin in Anything Goes; and many others. He was also a principal performer with Des Moines Metro Opera, Nashville (TN) Opera Company, and the Pensacola (Florida) Opera Company. His performance in the role of Horrace Tabor in the American opera, The Ballad of Baby Doe, was broadcast live on Public Television. He performed both modern and classical opera to critical acclaim with notices in several publications including the Des Moines Register, the Kansas City Star, and in Opera News, an international publication of the Metropolitan Opera Guild. Mr. Richards was also a trial attorney employed with the United States Department of Justice.