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5th Anniversary Ensemble Member: Karen Saari

Karen Saari joins Delicious for the first time in our 5th Anniversary show March 7, 8, 14 and 15 at 7:30 pm at the Bartell Theatre. Go to to purchase advance tickets.

Karen Saari is a playwright whose In a Clearing was chosen for the 2015 Wisconsin Wrights New Play Festival. Her work was a semi-finalist for the Playwrights Revolution competition in Sacramento and IATI Theater’s Cimientos 2017 in NYC. In recent years, she’s been a frequent writer/performer with the Bricks Theatre’s That’s What She Said storytelling series. She wrote several one-acts for Mercury Players Blitz and for Mercury’s Short-shorts (plays in three pages or fewer) series. She’s been commissioned to pen comedic sketches for local business events. Her writing credits include the co-writing of a local live sitcom, Band for Life and a musical, Headset. She works by day as a marketing copywriter for Madison College. She founded Broken Dart Players, a comedy troupe that restages classic sitcoms, in 2014.

As a performer, Saari has acted with several companies in town. Her credits include Music Theatre of Madison’s (MTM) Bonnie and Clyde (Cumie Barrow) and Sound of Music (Elsa), Alley Stage’s The Odd Couple (Gwendolyn), Mercury Players’ original You’ve Ruined a Perfectly Good Mystery (Lady Bosom-Heaving), Madison Theatre Guild’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Sandy) and Strollers’ Cat’s Paw (Jessica Lyons) and Miss Firecracker Contest (Popeye). She’s also a working voiceover talent.

Karen Saari joins Delicious for the first time in our 5th Annivesary show May 7, 8, 14 and 15 at 7:30 pm at the Bartell Theatre. Go to to purchase advance tickets.

Delicious Creative Restrictions

Delicious Creative Inc. produces Are We Delicious? and other collaborative, creative projects, which may be performances, workshops or classes which culminate in a final, public performance.

Delicious projects have these common attributes:

  • Collaborative. Every participant has an equal opportunity in and responsibility for the final performance.
  • Simple Production. Projects are deliberately “poor”, focusing on writing and performing. No complex sets, costumes, props, special effects. Projects are creative risks, not financial risks.
  • Deliberate Crisis Experience. Projects have a shorter timeframe and fewer resources than similar projects with other organizations. Crisis focuses the mind and brings people together.
  • Final Public Performance. The Project is shared with the public on a pre-announced date.

These creative restrictions help to guide us when considering new shows and projects.

Current Delicious projects that abide by the four creative restrictions are:


Musical Heroes Prize Party

Our prize party is up over $1,400 for our Musical Heroes show at the Barrymore December 2nd.

Everyone at the show is eligible, you must be present to win.

Two drawings!

As of 11/22/2016. New prizes are coming in every day. Prize Party Partners donate their prizes.


Musical Heroes PRESS RELEASE, Nov. 2, 2016



November 2nd, 2016 (Madison, Wisconsin): Are We Delicious? Ensemble Theatre asks Madison residents to nominate their heroes for the upcoming Musical Heroes show at the Barrymore Theatre. These hero nominations will be collected and tabulated to serve as the inspiration for Delicious mini-musicals on December 2nd.

Link to the heroes survey:

Madisonians who nominate heroes will be entered in a drawing to receive 2 free tickets to the December 2nd show. Nominations deadline is Saturday, November 5th.

Beginning with the barest outline, a small group of Madison writer/actors and musicians will create mini-musicals in only 7 days culminating in a 90-minute show with a live backing band of Madison all-stars. Everyone writes, everyone acts, everyone sings and everyone jams in this whirlwind of Madison talent.

Are We Delicious? Musical Heroes is the 24th all-original Delicious production. Beginning in March 2012, Are We Delicious? has produced over 150 original short plays by over 100 Madison writer/performers. Musical Heroes is the fourth mini-musical-themed Delicious show, the previous being Musical Fantasy (May 2014), Musical Library (Sept. 2014), and Musical Rebellion (May 2015). The free soundtrack to Musical Rebellion is available at

The acting and singing ensemble includes Sam D. White, Joe Thompson, Jess Schuknecht, Dana Pellebon, Karen Moeller, Kelly Maxwell, Brad Knight, Whitney Derendinger, and Catherine Capellaro.

The musical ensemble includes Andrew Rohn, Ken Lonnquist, Dan Kennedy, Sean Michael Dargan, and Dave Adler.

Are We Delicious? Musical Heroes is designed and directed by Tony Trout and Sean Michael Dargan.

ONE Performance: Friday, December 2nd @ 8 pm

Where: The Barrymore Theatre, 2090 Atwood Avenue, Madison

Admission: $16 advance, $18 day-of-show

Running time: 90 minutes including intermission

Advance tickets:

Inquiries: 608-293-4999

Are We Delicious? is produced by Delicious Creative Inc., a non-profit organized and operated exclusively 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. Tax-deductible donations can be made to Delicious Creative Inc., c/o Tony Trout, 1422 Fremont Ave., Madison WI 53704.


Sam D. White has been crafting theater as an actor, director, and playwright for more than 40 years. He studied theater at Edgewood College and "cut his teeth" during three summers with the Wisconsin Shakespeare Festival in Platteville in the early ‘80s. His local credits include work with Madison’s Forward Theater, the Madison Ballet, CTM, UW Theater, MATC Theater, TAPIT/new works and the former Madison Repertory Theatre. Sam is a founder of Forward Theater and currently serves on its Advisory Company.  With Forward Theater, he appeared in their first production, a staged reading of All About Eve. He’s also acted in several monologue festivals and 2014 main-stage play, From Up Here. He’s performed in Milwaukee with In Tandem and Milwaukee Chamber theaters, as well as with the former Theater Tesseract. He's also worked with most every community theater group in Madison, including Madison Theatre Guild, Strollers and Mercury theaters. In addition to more than 200 stage productions, Sam has appeared in commercials, short movies, films and industrials. He appeared as George in the original web series Battleground, shot on location in Madison in 2011. As a playwright, his plays Oatesland and Coyote Moon won the 2011 and 2013 Wisconsin Wrights New Play awards. Oatesland received a staged reading as part of Forward's New Play Development Series in 2012. Since then, both plays have received further development and production. His monologues Beer and Bad Librarian were featured in two of Forward's monologue festivals. He has served as the artistic director of Madison Theatre Guild, and is a long-time member and former president of Madison’s Playwright’s Ink. Sam received the Silver Medal in the “Local Actor” category of Madison Magazine’s Best of Madison 2015. This is his second Are We Delicious?.

Joe Thompson has appeared on Madison stages countless times (plus one if you are counting Musical Heroes). He made his theatrical debut at the age of 9 with the Racine Theater Guild and thanks his mom and dad for always remembering to take him home after rehearsal. He is a member of Madison’s sketch comedy troupe The Prom Committee, a longtime ComedySportz actlete, and the host of Duck Soup Cinema at the Overture Center. He has traveled extensively all over southeastern Wisconsin and his IQ is at least as high as his age. He is the proud husband of three and the lucky husband of one. This is his first Are We Delicious?.

Jess Schuknecht graduated from UW-Madison in 1999 with a degree in Theatre and Drama, has appeared for numerous theater companies in town, including Forward Theater, CTM, Strollers, and The Bricks amongst others. He became a member of improv mainstay ComedySportz-Madison in 1999, before leaving to co-found Atlas Improv Co. in 2003. He has served as a performer, teacher, and co-artistic director with Atlas. Hugger extraordinaire. This is his fifth Are We Delicious?.

Dana Pellebon is an actor, director and producer based out of Madison, WI. She has worked with a variety of community theater troupes in the Madison area. She performed in and produced the Madison based Caburlesque troupe, Foxy Veronica's Peach Pies. She produced three shows for the New York International Fringe Festival. She started her own production company, Madison Theater Collective, which has produced various theatrical productions in Madison. Some of her favorite acting roles include Bethany in The Velvet Sky, Vivianne in Pulp and Melpomene in Xanadu. This is her fourth Are We Delicious?.

Karen Moeller ​has acted onstage for Forward Theater, CTM, Four Seasons, MTM, Mercury, Strollers, and many other theater companies. She is the Artistic Associate for Forward Theater, and also works as a commercial and voiceover actress. This is her sixth Are We Delicious?.

Kelly Maxwell has been working with Are We Delicious? since its inception and also serves as the company's graphic artist.  She was the writer/director of Held: A Musical Fantasy and Playscapes at Broom Street Theater.   Kelly has acted with Mercury Players Theatre, OUT!Cast, Broom Street Theater, and Forward Theater Company, she performs improvised comedy with the Monkey Business Institute, and sings with local indie rock band The Fauxtons. This is her twelfth Are We Delicious?.

Brad Knight is Creative Director for the award-winning Madison improv troupe Monkey Business Insitute.  When he's not performing, teaching, training or philosophizing about improv, you might find him reading, camping, hanging out with his dog Turtle, or geeking out with some games. He loves this Are We Delicious stuff! This is his seventh Are We Delicious?.

Whitney Derendinger is an actor, stage combat instructor, and teacher.  Originally from Missouri, Whitney toured with the Repertory Theatre of America (now Chesapeake Shakespeare) in 2002 and 2003 before moving to Chicago to continue working professionally in the theatre.  In 2009, Whitney came to Madison, earning his Master of Fine Arts in Acting in 2012.  Since then, he has worked as an actor and instructor with many local companies, including Forward Theatre, Theater LILA, Madison Theatre Guild, Children's Theater of Madison, Door Shakespeare and Strollers Theatre.  Recent local work includes Oberon/Theseus in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Theatre LILA/CTM), Stephano in The Tempest (Madison Theatre Guild), and Stevie in Good People (Forward Theatre).  Whitney currently teaches acting at UW-Madison and also works as a fight choreographer, movement coach, voice and dialect coach, and works with actors in audition prep. This is his second Are We Delicious?.

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.  This is her seventh Are We Delicious?.

Andrew Rohn got his start in Madison theater at Broom St. Theater in 1990, working with the inimitable Joel Gersman. 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", "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 (or maybe that's completely wrong) duo The Passersby. Andrew wrote and performed in both previous Delicious music shows. This is his fourth Are We Delicious?.

Ken Lonnquist began writing songs at seven, took up the guitar at twelve, and has performed professionally since his college days at UW-Madison. He won a national audition and traveled widely as “Minstrel for the Environment”, writing and performing for K-12  students about environmental concerns. A series of acclaimed recordings for adults and children followed. Recognition from Parents Choice, American Library Association, Booklist, Children’s Music Web, Parents Guide To Children’s Media and others solidified his reputation as a family writer and entertainer. His love for theater found an outlet as composer for Children’s Theater of Madison, where 15 productions of his full-scale musicals have been presented by CTM and other theater companies.  His “Old Befana” yuletide musical, sign-language videos and other special projects have widened his reach beyond his singer-songwriter status… but his charm and energy as a live performer remain the heart of his work.  This is his first Are We Delicious?.

Dan Kennedy currently works in the Madison area as a guitarist, singer, bassist, and songwriter.  As a solo performer and a member of various bands of almost every genre he has played just about every venue from the divey-est of dive bars to the Overture Center in Madison and the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee.  His career highlights include singing with America and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and making his solo performance debut at Summerfest in front of literally dozens of not-actively-disinterested fans.  Dan has played and sang on dozens of recordings, and his original songs have been covered by country, rock, folk, and funk bands. This is his first Are We Delicious?.  

Dave Adler is a musician and composer based in Madison. His clients include The Annoyance Theater, Apple, CNH Global, Richard Cheese, Children's Theater of Madison, Comedy Central (Upright Citizens Brigade), CUNA, Discovery Channel, Famous Footwear, The Gomers/Gomeroke/Kiddyoke, Google, The Green Bay Packers, HBO, ImprovOlympic, Freedy Johnston, Ken Lonnquist, The Love Monkeys, Madison Ballet, The MAMA's, Miller/Coors, MTV, NBC, Willy Porter, Joe Puerta, Rocky Rococo's, Second City, Steely Dane, Clyde Stubblefield, Troma Entertainment, Universal Pictures, The University of Wisconsin, UW Credit Union, UW Hospital, and Veridian Homes. He's a UW-Madison alum and has a Graduate Certificate in Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television from USC. His book/CD The Total Keyboard Player is published by Hal Leonard. This is his first Are We Delicious?.


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 show of short plays in a single week.  The Delicious formula has been refined in 24 full productions in 4-1/2 years, student productions at Edgewood and MATC, a partnership with StageQ, and broke new ground last spring with Am I Delicious? ensemble theatre class. Tony is also a producer, director and actor.  Recent projects include directing A Little Night Music and My Fair Lady for Four Seasons, and performing as George in Alley Stage's production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf.

Sean Michael Dargan's songs are 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. This is his third Are We Delicious?. 


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Sci-Fi Ensemble Member: Heather Jane Farr

Heather Jane Farr joins Delicious for the second time in Sci-Fi October 11, 12, 18 & 19 at 7:30 pm at the Bartell Theatre. Go to to purchase advance tickets.

Heather Jane Farr is enthralled to be in their second Delicious (the first being Deliciously Queer: Coming Out in association with StageQ). Heather is a bit of a theatre junkie, having recently finished assistant directing Bar Games (at Broom Street Theatre), performing in The 800th Annual Salvation Swing-Off (at the New York International Fringe Festival), and directing black & white (also at Broom Street Theatre) just over this past summer. Heather has enjoyed taking some belated Honeymoons with their newly-married spouse Kip, but is stoked to get back into the theatrical game!

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