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Notorious Damsels Ensemble Member – Erica J. Hagen

Erica J. Hagen joins Delicious for the 1st time in Notorious Damsels, the Cinderella Stories, November 8-9-10 and 15-16-17 at 7:30 pm at Broom Street Theater. Go to to reserve seats or to purchase advance tickets ($11)

Erica J Hagen is excited to participate in her first ever Are We Delicious? show! She has been putting her performance skills to work through improv with Monkey Business Institute.  She entertains herself and friends through amateur performance and parody of all kinds. Her productive hours are spent at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as an Instructional Technology Consultant, teaching educators about teaching and learning. While her billable performances are long past, her favorite role was playing the Wicked Witch of the West in her high school production of The Wizard of Oz


Notorious Damsels Ensemble Member – Bree Prehn

Bree Prehn joins Delicious for the 6th time in Notorious Damsels, the Cinderella Stories, November 8-9-10 and 15-16-17 at 7:30 pm at Broom Street Theater. Go to to reserve seats or to purchase advance tickets ($11)

Bree Prehn has now written and acted in enough Are We Delicious?-es to comfortably call it "several". Previous Madison credits include costuming Lobby Hero and The Madwoman of Chaillot with Strollers Theatre, and The Undertow at Broom Street. Her all-time favorite role was playing Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest at her alma mater, Northern Michigan University, although this production includes some contenders. You can (and should) catch her improvising with Monkey Business Institute most Saturday nights.


Notorious Damsels Ensemble Member – Stacey Garbarski

Stacey Garbarski joins Delicious for the 9th time in Notorious Damsels, the Cinderella Stories, November 8-9-10 and 15-16-17 at 7:30 pm at Broom Street Theater. Go to to reserve seats or to purchase advance tickets ($11)

Stacey Garbarski is a Chicago suburb native. She has been living and attending school in Madison, WI since 2011 and graduated with her degree in Theatre Arts in 2016 from Edgewood College. Her college career concluded with the production of Caucasian Chalk Circle (Azdak) directed by David Frank. In 2015 she was the recipient of the Dramatist Guild Award for Best Performance in a New Play or Musical at the American College Theatre Festival region 3, as a finalist in the Irene Ryan competition. Recent onstage credits include: The Vapors (Lady Bella Bevelstroke) Rhinoceros (Berenger) and the world premiere of Slavoj Žižek's The Three Lives of Antigone (Antigone.) She can be seen next the Lucid Dreaming Sketch Show and other varius comedic projects. By day she works in animal welfare but all the cool things she's been privileged to do can be found at This is her 5th Delicious onstage and 9th in total.


Interview with Notorious Damsels designer and director Malissa Petterson

from an interview with Malissa Petterson, October 21, 2018

What is your experience with Are We Delicious? and how did Notorious Damsels become a part of the Delicious season?

I am the production stage manager of Are We Delicious?, and Notorious Damsels will be my 21st production with the company. Last year, I had the honor of designing and directing our first ever all female-bodied and/or female-identifying Delicious, and I approached Tony about making it a yearly tradition. It’s important to give female voices the opportunity to be heard - especially in the writing realm since it's traditionally dominated by men. This show is about enabling those voices.

The show is being billed as

An exploration of three different versions of a classic narrative: the English Cinderella, or The Little Glass Slipper, the Slavic Vasilisa the Beautiful, and the Delicious Ensembles’ own Notorious Damsel. Notorious Damsels enables femme voices in this community, utilizing outdated tropes wherein the femme voices are often silenced, and giving a venue to speak to authentic experiences.

What inspired you to choose three different versions of Cinderella as the basis for this show?

Fairy tales have been some of my favorite stories since I was a child. I was fascinated by the oral history and the fact that there are so many different versions of similar plots throughout the world. Rather than adapt one version for the stage, I wanted to give a fuller scope - thus the English version, the Slavic version, and a modern version we develop within the Delicious ensemble. Cinderella has been revisited multiple times throughout our media history - Disney has done several versions and we see the popular tropes in many different modern romantic comedies. The accessibility of the tale made it a prime choice for our fairy tale adaption.

How will this production 'enable femme voices in this community'? How will your process allow the writing ensemble to 'speak to authentic experiences'?

Because we are adapting the tale through our 2018 apertures, the ensemble will have the opportunity to utilize their own experiences to inform a modern day fairy tale. Given that our ensemble is entirely female-bodied and/or female-identifying, the unique experiences and voices driving the work will give the audience an exclusively female view of the tales.

How on earth are you able to create a whole show in only a week?

That’s easy - lots of preparation, and a magnificent ensemble!

What can audience members expect from this production?

A barrel of laughs, and smashing the patriarchy, one unique voice at a time.


Using Season Subscriber and comp codes at BrownPaperTickets

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