It's difficult to grab 10 minutes of Scott Wichmann's time. We caught him as he took in a dress rehearsal of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf,” a stage adaptation of the children's story that Wichmann wrote for Theatre IV. He'll leave this performance to prepare for the opening night of “Richard III” at Henley Street Theatre Company, a production engineered around Wichmann in the starring role. As soon as the run of that show closes, rehearsals start for a stage adaptation of “It's a Wonderful Life,” opening in November at the Barksdale Theater. He'll play all of the characters in that show, from George Bailey to miserly Mr. Potter.
Nine years ago, the self-described “skinny, gap-toothed” actor defied expectations to convincingly embody ole Blue Eyes in his Richmond professional premiere, “Ella and her Fella, Frank.” He's played literally scores of roles since, thanks to his propensity for bravura one-man shows such as 2001's “Fully Committed” — 41 characters in that one.
In the past, he's managed to fit in volunteer work at the READ Center. “I make my living with words,” as he puts it, “and the gift of literacy is a blessing everyone deserves to enjoy.” But since adding directing and writing to his resume, his docket's gone from full to overflowing. He's not just influential in local theater — he's a substantial subset of the entire scene.