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Jan082019

Press Release: Are We Delicious? explores family impact of dementia in A Serpent’s Tooth: the King Lear Musical

MADISON, January 8, 2019: Are We Delicious?, a Madison performance ensemble best known for creating and bringing brand new theatrical productions to audiences in only 7 days, is taking on The Bard. Their newest collaboration explores the impact of dementia on an elderly man and his family in a musical version of the classic Shakespearean tragedy of King Lear with original songs inspired by the music of The Smiths and The Cure, as well as dances created and performed by Kanopy Dance.

In this imaginative retelling, a family in the 1980s deals with the declining health of their father, who hallucinates that he and his family are characters in a classic play. As his daughters discuss the best way to care for him, Lear misinterprets his children’s intentions, affections and end-of-life decisions as the murderous and cruel actions of Goneril and Regan in the Shakespeare’s original tragedy.

Character intentions and emotions are expressed in original music and dance, as we step into the deteriorating mind of Lear. Playing in the spirit of The Smiths and The Cure with jangly guitars and throbbing baselines, characters step forward to sing songs in a fight to control Lear’s life and legacy.

Dances choreographed and performed by members of Kanopy Dance demonstrate the final dimension of Lear’s imagination. The dancers will serve as “the Lewy Bodies”, a positive manifestation of Lear’s divine right as King as well as the dread disease that is undermining his real-life mental abilities, acting out the Storm and other crucial moments in the plot. Outside the imagined construct of this world-premiere adaptation, Dementia with Lewy Bodies is a medical diagnosis of dementia which includes symptoms such as impaired cognition, poor memory, visual hallucinations, and stiff and slow movements.

Dance, music, and theatre combine to shed new light on an age-old tragedy.

A Serpent’s Tooth: the King Lear Musical
When: January 24-25-26-30-31 and February 1-2, at 7:30 pm with a special matinee January 27 at 4 pm
Where: Drury Stage of the Bartell Theater (upstairs), 113 E. Mifflin Street, Madison
Price: $25 general, $20 seniors/students
Tickets:
http://arewedelicious.com/tickets or http://bartelltheatre.org/
Running time: 90 minutes with intermission
Press contact: Tony Trout (tonytrout@sbcglobal.net)

Ensemble includes:

Writer/Actors: William Bolz, Karen Moeller, Robert A. Goderich, Sarah Streich, and Catherine Capellaro

Composer/Musicians: Sean Michael Dargan, Alivia Kleinfeldt, Tim Anderson, and Andrew Rohn

Choreographer/Dancers: Robert Cleary, Maya Finman-Palmer, Sarah Nathan, and Fiona King

 

Directed and Designed by Tony Trout and musical director Sean Michael Dargan and produced by Trevin Gay

ENSEMBLE BIOS

Playwright/Actors:

William Bolz is a graduate of the UW, earning a Master of Fine Arts Degree in acting. Recently, he spent a summer performing at American Players Theatre, appearing in King Lear and The Comedy of Errors. He has also acted with most of the Madison area theatre groups, notably Forward Theater, 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".

Karen Moeller​ has acted onstage for Forward Theater, CTM, Four Seasons, MTM, Mercury, Strollers, Broom Street, and many other theater companies. She is the Artistic Associate for Forward Theater, and works extensively as a commercial and voiceover actress. Thank you for supporting local theater and the wonderful adventure that is Are We Delicious.

Robert A. Goderich is a veteran of the Madison acting community. You may recognize Robert from some of the companies he has worked for:  CCT, CTM, Madison Opera, Four Seasons Theatre, MTM, MPT, Skylight Music Theatre, just to name a few.  Previous roles include: Pirelli in Sweeney Todd  with Madison Opera, San Francisco Opera (cover) and Skylight Music Theatre, Featured Ensemble in Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Musical with CCT,  Beppe in I Pagliacci, First Priest/First Armored Man in The Magic Flute, Spalanzani in The Tales of Hoffmann with Madison Opera; Sir Bedevere in Spamalot, Nicely Nicely Johnson in Guys N Dolls, Bellamy in The Fantasticks, The Waiter in She Loves Me, Migaldi in Evita, John Miss Saigon, Grantier/Bambatabois in Les Miserables with Four Seasons Theatre; Mary Sunshine in CHICAGO, Bela Zangler in Crazy For You, and Bealde Bamford with MPT, and/or Albin/Zaza in La Cage with MTM.

Sarah C. Streich entered the world of Madison theater 10 years ago, under the direction of Tony Trout, as Annie Wilson in Apartment 3A with Strollers Theatre at the Bartell. Since then, she has enjoyed working with multiple local companies, including MTG, StageQ, OUT!Cast, MTM, Four Seasons Theatre, and Children's Theater of Madison. Some of her favorite roles include Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady (FST, also directed by Tony Trout,) The Wicked Witch of the West in Wizard of Oz (CTM,) and Mera in Held: A Musical Fantasy (Broom Street Theater,) which began as an original piece written for Are We Delicious: Musical Fantasy. Sarah has participated in several Are We Delicious? productions. Most recently, she played the roles of Thomas Jefferson in 1776, directed by Jen Uphoff Gray, and the jazz legend Anita O'Day in a new play by Erica Berman, When the Music Stops: The Anita O'Day Story

Originally from the Chicago area, she studied acting at both Illinois State University and the College of DuPage, and it was at the latter that she received the John Belushi Memorial Scholarship.

 

Catherine Capellaro is arts and culture editor at Isthmus and vocalist/trumpeter for disco sensations VO5. Together with composer Andrew Rohn, she has created more than 10 original musical comedies on subjects ranging from temp workers to evolution and creationism. Walmartopia, Capellaro and Rohn's dystopian comedy about Walmart taking over the world has been produced multiple times in Madison and around the country and played for more than 100 performances Off Broadway in New York City. 

 

Composer/Musicians:

Sean Michael Dargan writes songs like Lyle Lovett and Elvis Costello playing scrabble with Aimee Mann at a Gin Blossoms show; stylish and tall, he is a melodious singer, and a nefarious guitar player. 

Alivia Kleinfeldt is a bassist, vocalist, songwriter, and performer that got her start in a rock band with her best friend in 8th grade. In those short 7 years since, Kleinfeldt has written and recorded music for several albums and performed hundreds of shows in local bands like Modern Mod, Dash Hounds, and Squarewave, and is no stranger to the stages of the Majestic, Barrymore, and Overture Center. Kleinfeldt has also recently begun trying her hand at scoring, starting with some independent film. In addition to writing, Kleinfeldt has appeared in the orchestra pit for several musicals, including Spamalot, on double bass and bass guitar.

Tim Anderson grew up in Madison and has been playing and singing in local and Minneapolis indie rock bands for the past several years. He records music under the name Able Baker and recently has been playing in Combat Naps. His thoughtful songwriting and guitar work sometimes get compared to Modest Mouse and Elliott Smith which makes him very happy.

Andrew Rohn got his start in Madison theater at Broom St. Theater in 1990, working with the inimitable Joel Gersmann. He wrote the music for Joel's The Grant and My Fair Arab, where he met his wife Catherine. The two of them went on to write the musicals Temp Slave (now Temps, The Musical), Walmartopia and In the Beginning. Walmartopia ran Off-Broadway for four months in 2007. They also wrote many short musicals over the years for Mercury Players Blitz festivals.  His music was featured in Doug Reed's Lamentable Tragedie of Scott Walker and Nottingham and his compositions have been used by Apple and The Onion, among others. He accompanies local improv troupe Monkey Business Institute on keyboard, and he also leads local disco supergroup V05 and the critically acclaimed but very obscure emo-folk (?) duo The Passersby, with Matthew Sanborn. Andrew has written and performed in all seven previous Delicious music shows.

 

Choreographer/Dancers:

Robert Cleary is Co-Director of Kanopy School (modern, choreography, improvisation, repertory faculty) and has been dancing since 1982 when he started with the Minnesota Ballet and Minnesota Dance Theatre. He trained under Frank Bourman, David Voss, Loyce Houlton, Bonnie Mathis and Tisha Von Burpee. In 1990, he earned a BA from the University of Minnesota in Dance and Choreography; and, a BA in History, 19th Century Europe. In NYC, he trained at the School of American Ballet and in Susan Klein-Releasing Technique. He has worked with, and performed for, modern and post-modern performers: Bebe Miller, Bill T. Jones, Danny Ezralow, Paula Mann, Carolyn Brown, Susan McGuire, and Maria Cheng. He has taught ballet and modern dance for Mankato Ballet, Ballet Minnesota, Delange Studio. Mr. Cleary was dance faculty at Oure Idrætshøjskole, Denmark. He toured his choreography and performed throughout Denmark; and was a soloist in Nini Theilade's Ballet Schubert, created originally for Massine's Ballet Russe. Mr. Cleary served as Guest Faculty at South West Texas State. He annually performs as guest soloist in the Nutcracker for Ballet Minnesota. Cleary has performed as a guest artist/soloist with Wendy Hambidge in Portland, OR. He has danced with Smartdance, Wisconsin Dance Ensemble, Connolly Dance, and KirOga Theater. He has shared awards with Kanopy (‘96-to date) from: Wisconsin Arts Board, CitiARTs, Civic Center Fdtn, Dane County Cultural Affairs; Pleasant T. Rowland Fdtn, Overture Fdtn, Madison Arts Commission and Madison Community Fdtn. Mr Cleary regularly creates choreography for Kanopy Dance Company as well as other regional companies and artists. His End Times…Ebullient Machine received critical acclaim by audiences and dance critics in Madison and Minneapolis. He received rave reviews for his performance as Beethoven in Ballet Minnesota’s production of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, (2008.) and as the High Brahmin in La Bayadere.

Maya Finman-Palmer has been dancing with Kanopy since she was 5. She is a member of  Kanopy Company 2 and also performs with Kanopy Dance Company, where she is devoting much of her time and energy. Through Kanopy, she has worked with guest artists Martin Løfsnes, Sandra Kaufman, Miki Orihara, Pascal Rioult, Steve Wasson, Corinne Soum, and others. For the past two summers Maya attended the Alvin Ailey summer pre-professional intensive dance program in New York. Her plan is to continue her training and pursue her dream of a career in dance.

Sarah Nathan has loved movement and dance since she could walk, and has been training at Kanopy for 11 years. She has been a member of Kanopy2 for four years. She is honored to be working under Robert and Lisa, as well as studying with other master artists such as Martin Løfsnes, Sandra Kaufmann, Miki Orihara, and Colin Connor. Nathan is a senior at West High School, where she enjoys studying psychology, biology, and journalism. Sarah was recently accepted into the Hartt Conservatory of Dance and will begin next year.

Fiona King is a freshman at the Wisconsin Virtual Academy. In addition to dance, she spends her free time practicing music, singing, and writing. She has performed for Steve Wasson and Corinne Soum direcotors of Theatre l’Ange Fou, in The Letter. She is a member of Kanopy2, Kanopy Dance Company’s second company.

 

Production Staff

Trevin Gay is the Production Director for Are We Delicious? and a teaching artist for Whoopensocker, Forward Theatre and Arts+Literature Laboratory. He is the owner/operator of Core Energy Massage Therapy. His healing arts work combined with his performing arts work creates his unique perspective on the human condition, that which he continually strives to illuminate in his professional pursuits. He has directed and performed internationally in England, Germany, France and Wales and stateside in Kansas City, Denver, Madison, and Chicago. Trevin was the final Artistic Director for the Madison Repertory Theater before its closing in 2009 and continues to provide arts administration support when possible. Madison audiences may have seen him onstage in Puss in Boots (Are We Delicious?), A Christmas Carol (CTM), An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein (The Bricks Theater) SylviaThe MisanthropeYou Can’t Take It With You (Strollers) or Compleat Female Stage Beauty (Mercury Players). He has directed in Madison with Four Seasons Theater (upcoming - Souvenir, December 2018), Madison Repertory Theatre and Are We Delicious? He holds an MFA from Naropa University in conjunction with the London International School of Performing Arts.

Tony Trout is the founder and impresario of Are We Delicious?, an ensemble of Madison performer/writers who conceive, write, rehearse and perform an original one-hour show in a single week.  The Delicious formula has been refined in over 30 full productions in 6+ years, student productions at Edgewood and MATC, a partnership with StageQ, and its own ensemble theatre class. Tony is Executive Director of Delicious Creative Inc. the 501(c)(3) non-profit that coordinates performances, classes and events using the Delicious formula. Tony is also a producer, director and actor with a BA in Theatre from the University of Iowa.  Previous projects include directing A Little Night Music and My Fair Lady for Four Seasons, directing Uncle VanyaApartment 3A and other shows for Strollers, and performing as George in Alley Stage's production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Bernard in Mercury's production of A Number.

Acknowledgements

This project is supported by Dane Arts with additional funds from the Endres Mfg. Company Foundation, The Evjue Foundation, Inc., charitable arm of The Capital Times, the W. Jerome Frautschi Foundation, and the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation. Additional funding is provided by The Joan L and Robert C Gilkison Family Foundation.

The Are We Delicious? 2018-2019 season is sponsored by WORT 89.9 FM community radio providing alternative music, news and public affairs to South Central Wisconsin.  Live streaming, program archives and podcasts are available at wortfm.org

Are We Delicious? is an ensemble of Madison actor/playwrights, composer/musicians and choreographer/dancers who work collaboratively to create a 90-minute show in only 7 days. Everyone writes, everyone acts, everyone sings and dances and no one can rest until the final curtain.

Are We Delicious? is produced by Delicious Creative Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to conduct charitable and educational activities related to collaborative performance art projects which prioritize creativity and empowerment, teamwork and cooperation, self-confidence, and expansion of individual creative potential within a supportive group experience.

Kanopy Dance Company presents new original dance, dance-theater, and historical modern dance masterworks, by its Artistic Directors, local, national and international choreographers, all linked by the desire to create thought-provoking and entertaining dance.  Kanopy Dance Theatre, Inc., is comprised of Kanopy Dance Company, Kanopy Company 2, Kanopy Academy, and Kanopy Studio. Residing for 42 years in downtown Madison, Wisconsin; and under the artistic direction of Robert E. Cleary and Lisa Thurrell since 1995; Kanopy Dance Company is a resident of the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, Wisconsin. Kanopy’s annual Season includes performances in its home theater at Overture, touring, outreach, and collaborative projects. Info: www.kanopydance.org

Kanopy Dance Company’s 42st Season titled “A Season of Festivals and Fetes” at the Overture Center for the Arts includes five distinct weekends: Celebrations!, Oct 19-21, 2018; Winter Fantasia Nov 30-Dec 2, 2018; Devils Night: Heavy Metal Dance, Feb 8-10 & 17-19, 2019; Springs Awakening, Apr 12-14, 2019; and Kanopy2’s Midsummers Eve May 11, 2019. Tickets available at overture.org or kanopydance.org.

 

Thursday
Nov292018

A Serpent's Tooth: the King Lear Musical - press release

Are We Delicious? presents A Serpent’s Tooth: the King Lear Musical

MADISON, November 28, 2018: Are We Delicious? is thrilled to announce a musical adaptation of the classic Shakespeare tragedy with original songs inspired by the music of The Smiths and The Cure, and with dances created and performed by Kanopy Dance.

Beginning with the original text and a one-page outline, the Delicious ensemble will write, rehearse and premiere their original, contemporary King Lear musical in only seven days. Are We Delicious? depends on the creativity, camaraderie and hard work of its local, multi-talented ensemble as they collaborate in a “deliberate crisis experience”, overcoming creative blocks and integrating different perspectives to create art that’s fresh, exciting and unexpected.

The King Lear ensemble includes recognizable performers from previous Are We Delicii, local theatre productions, local rock bands, and members of Kanopy Dance. The ensemble will include people who have done Delicious ten times as well as people who have never worked this way.

A Serpent’s Tooth: the King Lear Musical
When: January 24-25-26-30-31 and February 1-2, at 7:30 pm with a special matinee January 27 at 4 pm
Where: Drury Stage of the Bartell Theater (upstairs)
Price: $25 general, $20 seniors/students
Tickets:
http://arewedelicious.com/tickets or http://bartelltheatre.org/
Running time: 90 minutes with intermission
Press contact: Tony Trout (tonytrout@sbcglobal.net)

Directed and designed by Tony Trout with musical direction by Sean Michael Dargan
Produced by Trevin Gay

This project is supported by Dane Arts with additional funds from the Endres Mfg. Company Foundation, The Evjue Foundation, Inc., charitable arm of The Capital Times, the W. Jerome Frautschi Foundation, and the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation. Additional funding is provided by The Joan L and Robert C Gilkison Family Foundation.

The Are We Delicious? 2018-2019 season is sponsored by WORT 89.9 FM community radio providing alternative music, news and public affairs to South Central Wisconsin.  Live streaming, program archives and podcasts are available at wortfm.org

Are We Delicious? is produced by Delicious Creative Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to conduct charitable and educational activities related to collaborative performance art projects which prioritize creativity and empowerment, teamwork and cooperation, self-confidence, and expansion of individual creative potential within a supportive group experience.

Friday
Nov022018

Delicious Prize Party rules and extra ways to win

We give away over $100 in gift cards to local businesses and vouchers to local theatre performances at every performance of Are We Delicious?

HOW TO PLAY: Write your name on a slip of paper, drop the slip into the cup of the Prize Package you want to win. Drawings are held before the show and during intermission. You must be present to win.

Ways you can earn additional slips: 

  • Join our email mailing list* – choose all emails (~2/mo), or just show announcements (~4/yr)
  • Like AreWeDelicious on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram*
  • Sign up to be a volunteer – choose which activities you like to do
  • Take a selfie at the show and post it to social media
  • Donate to Delicious – every dollar earns a slip!
  • Buy something at the venue – a drink, a snack, a soundtrack CD from a past Delicious musical

 * if you’ve previously joined or followed, show us proof and earn a slip

Thursday
Nov012018

Notorious Damsels Ensemble Member – Heather Renken

Heather Renken joins Delicious for the 3rd 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 http://arewedelicious.com/tickets to reserve seats or http://arewedelicious.com/BST to purchase advance tickets ($11)

Heather Renken has a BA in Theatre from Butler University. She also serves as a board member for Delicious Creative, Inc. and The Kathie Rasmussen Women’s Theatre of which she is a co-founder. She is an Artistic Associate with Encore Studios for the Performing Arts as well as a  student improviser with Monkey Business Institute.She was last seen on the Broom Street stage as Ruth in Malissa Petterson's The Vapors. She is also a Foley artist for Erik Andrus' serial soap opera podcast Lust for Life. She thanks all of the strong women and woke men who inspire and support women.

Thursday
Nov012018

Notorious Damsels Ensemble Member – KT Howard

KT Howard 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 http://arewedelicious.com/tickets to reserve seats or http://arewedelicious.com/BST to purchase advance tickets ($11)

KT Howard is excited to join Notorious Damsels for the first time ever! It has been a couple years since she stretched her performance muscles, but she's enthusiastic to get back into the swing of thespian things. Her last foray into theater was a walk-on role for The Merry Widow during her year in New Zealand. Before that, she worked behind-the-scenes at a couple community theater productions in her hometown of Neenah. A writer by trade, KT can't wait for a whirlwind two weeks with Notorious Damsels!

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