Other plays by Picklesimer include Tut, the Boy King; The Death of Christopher Columbus; adaptations of William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying; The Little Match Girl/A Light in the East; The Rivals; and others, as well as translations/adaptations of four Greek plays: Andromache, Hecuba, The Persians, and Antigone. Antigone was turned into a film in 2005 using local talent. In 1996 he founded The Creative Dramatics Workshop, a small community theatre group with a primary focus on growth and training of young people in theatre arts. Those involved include parents of participants, as well as other adults who started as young company members themselves and choose to continue their involvement on stage and behind the scenes.
Current endeavors include Picklesimer’s The Idiot’s Revenge and Other Poems, submitted for consideration of publication. Original plays in progress include Adams and Jefferson and Aunt Jenny (the Oedipus cycle set in the backwoods of Kentucky). His adaptation weaving together several classic Christmas stories also is in progress now as a musical, working title A Light for the Little Match Girl, with collaborating composer Lucinda Lawrence. He has provided recent monologues workshops for the Illinois Theatre Association Festival (High School Division 2015), provided two different workshops, “Theatrical Lighting in a Small Space and on a Budget” and “Shakespeare for Kids,” at the American Association of Community Theatre national festival AACTFest 2015, and his related article, “Shakespeare for Kids,” is the cover feature for the May-June 2015 issue of AACT’s Spotlight magazine. In addition, he is writing the series here (see Blog tab) comprising a companion book regarding the real people and Convention history as presented in 1787, a book on Faulkner’s novels, and an essay on tragedy which will appear as the introduction to his translation of Antigone.
Now a retired Rural Letter Carrier from the U. S. Postal Service, the theatre group he founded in 1996, The Creative Dramatics Workshop, continues to thrive under his leadership. Bringing to his theatrical and literary works a depth and breadth of insight from studying Classics, Political Science, English, and Theatre, Robert Picklesimer has directed more than 50 shows at The CDW and elsewhere including The Lion in Winter, Bedroom Farce, A Doll’s House, Three Sisters, The Little Princess, Crimes of the Heart, Harvey, Waiting for Godot, Zoo Story, The Rivals, and numerous Shakespeare and Greek plays, including Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello, King Lear, Much Ado about Nothing, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, Antigone, Hecuba, Andromache, and The Persians – each successfully directed for contemporary audiences.