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Puss in Boots Ensemble Member โ€“ William Bolz

William Bolz joins Delicious as a writer/actor for the 6th time in Puss in Boots January 18-19-20 and 25-26-27 at 7:30 pm with special matinee performance Jan. 27 at 4 pm. Go to to purchase advance tickets ($20 general, $18 student/senior.

William Bolz has been involved with Are We Delicious, many times, in many ways. He has written and acted in six shows, and co-directed three times. He is a recent graduate of the UW, earning a Master of Fine Arts Degree in acting. He has acted with most of the Madison area theatre groups, notably Forward Theater, American Players Theatre, CTM, Strollers, Broom Street, MTG, and Mercury Players. He sometimes gets silly with friends on the Blame Society Films' You-Tube show "Beer & Board Games". He offers thanks, love, and a blanket apology to his wife, Shannon.


Puss in Boots Ensemble Member โ€“ Amber McReynolds

Amber McReynolds joins Delicious for the 6th time in Puss in Boots January 18-19-20 and 25-26-27 at 7:30 pm with special matinee performance Jan. 27 at 4 pm. Go to to purchase advance tickets ($20 general, $18 student/senior.

Amber McReynolds was previously seen in the 5th Anniversary Show, Murder Mystery, Xmas ’14, and Elephant in the Room.  She also wrote and performed for the Sounds Delicious Audio Theatre podcast.  Favorite past shows include Xanadu, and assistant directing Playscapes by Kelly Maxwell.  She has studied improvisation and sketch writing with the Monkey Business Institute in Madison, WI and improv with the Peoples Improv Theater (The PIT) in New York City.  Amber has degrees in communications and law from the University of Wisconsin.


Puss in Boots Ensemble Member โ€“ David Pausch

David Pausch joins Delicious for the 1st time as a writer/actor in Puss in Boots January 18-19-20 and 25-26-27 at 7:30 pm with special matinee performance Jan. 27 at 4 pm. Go to to purchase advance tickets ($20 general, $18 student/senior.

David Pausch is a Madison-based theatre artist. His most recent acting credits include: Mr. Webb (Our Town, University Theatre), Mr. Gilmer (To Kill a Mockingbird, Children's Theater of Madison), Charles Chittendon  and Frederick Dyke (Talking Spirits, Wisconsin Veterans Museum), Dr. Johnny Fever (WKRP: Turkey Tribute, Broken Dart Players), and The Doctor (The Velveteen Rabbit, Children's Theater of Madison). Most recent directing credits include: August: Osage County (Mercury Players Theater), Someone's Gotta Do It Monologue Festival (Forward Theater Company), Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Strollers Theater), Coyote Moon (Mercury Players Theater), Out of the Fire--The Banned Books Monologues (Forward Theater Company), Throwback Thursday: Truce or Consequences (Broken Dart Players), Oatesland (Bricks Theatre) and The Odd Couple (Alley Stage).


PRESS RELEASE: Puss in Boots at the Bartell January 2018

Are We Delicious? Puss in Boots at the Bartell Theatre

MADISON, December 19, 2017: With only a pair of boots, wit, trickery and savoir faire a scraggly cat guides its hopeless owner from poverty to the Palace. Starting with the barest outline, a hand-picked ensemble of Madison’s best writers and performers will adapt this ancient tale into a modern, full-length comedy – starting from scratch just one week before opening night.

With its unique collaborative and creative process, Are We Delicious? makes each person an author, everyone writing scenes that are stitched together with feedback sessions, rewrites and rehearsals. It’s a mad dash to opening night as scripts are written, costumes sewn and lines learned in only 7 days. Packed with wit, wisdom and a lot of performance anxiety, it’s always fresh and a little dangerous, but when it comes together, a wonder to behold.

Although they haven’t yet written a word, Puss in Boots will be an adult comedy, not appropriate for children. At all.


  • Writer/Actors: Casem AbuLughod, Erica Berman, William Bolz, Trevin Gay, Amber McReynolds, and David Pausch
  • Directors: Tony Trout and Matt Sloan
  • Designers: Erin Baal (set), Laurie Everitt (costumes & props), Phil Koenig (lights)
  • When: January 18-19-20 and 25-26-27 @ 7:30 pm, with a matinee January 27 @ 4 pm
  • Where: Bartell Theatre, 113 E. Mifflin St., Madison
  • Age appropriate for: 18 and up
  • Tickets: $20 adult, $18 students and seniors
  • Buy in advance: or call 608-661-9696
  • Running time: 90 minutes with intermission

Are We Delicious? is an ensemble of Madison writer/performers who write, rehearse and perform an original one-hour show in a seven days. Everyone writes, everyone acts, and no one can rest until the final curtain. Visit


4-sentence stories for January Adaptation

The ensemble nominated old stories for the basis of our January Adaptation show. One of these stories will serve as the spine of our musical.


Rumpelstiltskin: Every day in order to avoid execution while held captive by the King, the Miller’s Daughter (let’s call her Milly) gave a bribe to a Goblin to spin straw into gold, thus perpetuating her Father’s lie that she possessed this skill. Then one day, Milly had nothing left to offer the Goblin so she promised him her first-born Son.  Because of that, when Milly married the King (messed up, right?) and had a Son, the Goblin came for the baby and when she pleaded with him he agreed to give up his claim if she could guess his name within three days. After that, Milly spied on the Goblin and surprised him by revealing that his name was Rumpelstiltskin, which allowed her to keep her Son and watch the Goblin throw a temper tantrum.


John Henry: Every day John Henry would hammer steel all day without getting tired. Then one day a man brought a steam engine and said it could drive steel faster than any man. Because of that John Henry challenged the man to a contest, saying he could drive more steel than that steam engine. After that, John Henry drove more steel than that steam shovel, drove so much his hammer burned with flame. Drove so much steel so hard and so fast that his heart broke. Drove so much steel John Henry died. 


Emperor's New Clothes: Every day the Emperor would dress in his finest attire for all to admire and praise.Then one day a pair of swindlers posing as tailors offered to make the finest coture collection the emperor would ever dawn, which of course could only be appreciated by those with the keenest taste and highest intelligence. Because of that the emperor wears garments of vanity and sheer non-existence on a parade throughout the village only to be called out be an unassuming young lad.After that the emperor was ridiculed and revealed that his narcissistic tendencies made him prey to a couple of charlatans.


Beowulf: Every day Beowulf was heroic for the Geats.Then one day Hrothgar, king of the Danes, asked Beowulf to defeat Grendel, a terrible creature who was terrorizing the Danes. Because Beowulf defeated Grendel, Grendel's Mother attacked the Danes and Beowulf defeated her as well. After that, Beowulf became the king of the Geats for fifty years, defeated a dragon as well and died of his wounds.

Abraham & Isaac: Every day Abraham would listen to the word of God. Then one day God told Abraham to sacrifice his son, Isaac (or was it Ishmael?). Because of this lack of clarity, both sons ended up spawning two sides of the Semetic people who couldn't agree on anything except for good food. After that, Donald Trump declared that it was indeed Isaac.

Stagger Lee: Every day Stagger Lee would go drinking at the Bill Curtis Saloon.Then one Christmas night, Billy Lyons stole his hat. Stagger Lee shot and killed Billy. After that, Stagger Lee was tried and convicted and sent to prison. 

Puss and Boots: Every day a young man works in his father's mill. Then one day, the father dies and leaves the young man cat, who can talk, but mostly just begs and begs for a pair of boots, which the young man finally gives him. Because of that, Puss and Boots swashbuckles through the countryside, ingratiating himself to the king, outwitting a magic ogre and introducing the princess to the Marquis of Carabase, who is actually just the young man who is, at the moment, nude. After that the young man marries the princess, and Puss and Boots is a very spoiled royal cat

Sheherazade: Every day the Sultan jealously murdered a newly-wedded wife because he feared she would be unfaithful. Then one day, he married Scheherazade, who told a story so intriguing the Sultan wouldn't kill her on their wedding night because he'd miss the end of the story. Because of that, Scheherazade told 1,001 stories on 1,001 consecutive nights: riddles, romances, and adventures. After that, the Sultan's heart grew and softened and he became a wise, just and benevolent ruler.

The New Mother: Every day, two children named Blue-Eyes and Turkey lived happily together with their mother and baby sibling in a house in the woods, waiting for their father to come home from sea. Then one day, the two children met in the woods a strange girl who promised to show them a little man and woman in a box, if only the children would be naughty at home. Because of that, Blue-Eyes and Turkey acted increasingly naughty (but never naughty enough for the strange girl), even though their mother threatened to send a new mother to replace her. After that, the children acted their very naughtiest , and while the strange girl broke her promise, the new mother did arrive, with glass eyes and a wooden tail.