The Knights of Revery, Sir Pomp & Sir Psycho et al, have been inhabiting and supporting dreams since and on into and ever forward and back through the swinging doors of Time, in other words, for many a jiffy (see units of time), in other, other words, for precisely 3.1 teraannums. Mmm. Nummy num teraannums.
It was only in May of 12011 (see Holocene Calendar) that Sir Pomp & Sir Psycho were first requested by the Queen of Dreams to venture into the Realms of Reality and channel themselves through Daniel Smith and Robert Edward Earl Hickling to take whole, unified constellations of people and their familiars and unfamiliars back into the Realm of Dreams in order to rely on each other as we are in this together as we seek answers for our deepest questions and widest titillations.
In February of 12012 the inimitable Brian Matthew Livingston took over in channeling Sir Psycho for Daniel Smith—who is quite busy right now raising unicorns and looking after the ancient ones. And here we are…
Robert Edward Earl Hickling
channels SIR POMP
Robert Edward Earl Hickling channels Sir Pomp and is the director and producer of Knights of Revery. He has coached, directed, and performed in improvisational theater since the turn of the century beginning with BATS Improv and Leela, and considers the values and skills of improvisation an amazing foundation for all things creative. Speaking of which, please enter into the Kabinet of Kuriosities, his artist portfolio, which includes Shamanik Improv Klasses, la decadansé, and Earth for President. Getting a Bachelors in Ecological Design through Stanford University and a Masters of Ecological Design at SFIA provided breakthrough exposure to methods for the imaginative process. As a graduate of the Hakomi Comprehensive Training, he believes that we can explore our unconscious depths in a playful and meaningful way through the tools of improvisation and theater in a context of compassion & mindful somatic awareness. A whole lotta gratitude goes out to his friends, family, teachers, all relations, and the grace of good luck. He’s not sure if talking in the third person is royal, strange, or impersonal, so as a shift… I look forward to meeting you. So excited to explore together on our creative journey. Don’t forget, this is always going on.
Brian Matthew Livingston
channels SIR PSYCHO
Brian Matthew Livingston channels Sir Psycho and is a Bay Area native actor, educator and director. He holds an BA from SFSU and an MFA in Dramatic Arts and Acting from UC Davis. He is a long-time core company member of foolsFURY Theater, creating over ten shows, and touring two to New York. Most recently he was seen as Balthazar in foolsFURY’s world premiere of Fabrice Melquiot’s The Unheard of World. With Christine Marie Ensemble he won best of New York Fringe Festival for work on Ground to Cloud. Brian was recently seen as Hedwig II in Boxcar Theater’s Hedwig and The Angry Inch, and Samuel Steward in Eye Zen’s HOMOfile at counterPULSE. He has played major roles in Shakespeare, Moliere, Williams, Ionesco, and Chekhov and recently just completed tour(s) of his one-man show Fragments from Artaud’s Desk, and this here improvisation-based-duet, Knights of Revery. Brian works on the synthesis of traditional actor training from Stanislavski to Grotowski, contemporary devised work and ensemble development. Brian has trained around the world and at home with foolsFURY, Anne Bogart and the SITI Company, Dominique Serrand, Antero Alli, Stephen Wangh, Mary Overlie, Jim Kirkwood, Hiroko Tamano, and Sara Shelton Mann.
We kneel to all of you, our supportive friends, family, teachers, species, Lover Earth. Thank you to Katherine Davis, Tracy Titus, and the whole crew at Ohmega Salvage, and our past venues of the Flight Deck, and Jonathan and Viracocha, to our Special Guests, to former knight-channeler and co-creator, Daniel Smith, filmmakers Deb Tullman and Cortney Hamilton, volunteers, our designer roberthickling.com, Kim Livingston, and Jodie Kleeman. Gratitude to Lady O’Peabody’s Victuals and Elixirs. Oh and the music! All the talent! From Chopin to Bon Jovi, from Whitesnake to Les Baxter and especially Rock-a-Bye Baby. Too many phenomenal artists to thank. An endless list. Also, we must admit we would be unable to do what we do without Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook, copy stores, Bluehost, Berkeley Bowl, PSPRint, San Francisco Mead Company, Target, Ace Hardware, Eventbrite, Spotify, the many people who write reviews, and the many people who make things from China to Germany to America. Giants have feelings, too. Thanks to all that have been and continue to be a part of the pathway to get to now. And thank you to all the things and beings we didn’t even know we needed to thank. Your silent contributions are loudly appreciated.
From the Archives
Ah, Hello, again, Dearest Ones,
Well, it looks like we’ve picked up yet another Homo sapiens capable of channeling Sir Psycho. He was wandering through the forests of Ecuador, when we entered his dreams and found out two important things: 1) he likes deep wading pools and 2) he has five ways of eating curds and whey. This, of course, immediately qualified him as a potential candidate for channeling, so you will be seeing Brian Livingston as Sir Psycho and Robert Hickling as Sir Pomp in future iterations and appointments. Daniel Smith most likely will return someday as a fellow channeler, he’s just quite busy right now raising unicorns and looking after the ancient ones.
Warmed over white coals,
Sir Pomp and Sir Psycho
Dearest Perusers of our Purview,
The Knights of Revery are two very humble gentlemen—well spirits, actually, but we don’t want to boast about it because we are, after all, humble—who want to take you on a journey, a journey through your own psyche, the clouds of your thoughts, the sinew of your sin, the girth of your mirth. With proper pronunciation and perfect etiquette, Sir Psycho and Sir Pomp will travel with you between the realms of the conscious and unconscious, between fact and fiction, between here and now, between our creamy peanut butter and your smooth jelly.
We have searched far and wide for the perfect faces and bodies through which to channel ourselves. We were thinking of Orlando Bloom’s Butt and Bradley Limkins, a daring guy in Colorado. Sir Pomp then joined OkCupid and found some cherubic chaps. With profile names of jetskicommander33 and letspeekandfreak126, we were all 92% friends! Sir Psycho tried the line, “Hi, what are you up to?” It worked! We all went out for coffee. We found out their names. Daniel Smith and Robert Hickling. “Wow, can this really be happening?” we thought. Following up with sushi, we then slipped into their dreams—going up and down on merry-go-rounds in Paris and petting unicorns together in Bali. In one dream, Sir Pomp had a great romp with Robert through a pretty standard looking meadow in an undefined geographic location that vaguely reminded Robert of his childhood home. Signed, sealed, and delivered. They gave in to us and now we have them. They are us and we are them. It’s a frightfully short and pleasant commute.
And now we invite you all whole-heartedly into bold adventures and sultry spaces, gold thirst quenchers and untied shoelaces. Come join us in creating and recreating our awakened dreams.
Love and fragrant regards,
Sir Psycho and Sir Pomp