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Are We Delicious? is Fresh • Local • Fun

Starting with a blank slate, a small group of Madison performers and writers create high-energy mini-plays in only 7 days. Are We Delicious? delivers fresh, original and 100% locally-grown entertainment.

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Kelly Maxwell and Matt Sloan“One of the most fun nights you can have in Madison” – critic Amanda Finn,

Are We Delicious? uses the finest ingredients: Madison entertainment professionals who know how to make a great show when the pressure is on.  The ensemble gathers a week before opening night with no preconceived notions, just the seed of an idea. Working together, they build an all-original show for each other, writing and rehearsing every day until the premiere. Everyone writes, everyone acts and no one can rest until the final curtain.

“Are We Delicious? ‘impresario’ Tony Trout wants audiences to know he’s placing his ensemble in a crisis situation on purpose. It’s a way, he says, of making great work. It’s also a lot of fun.” – critic Laura Jones –

Miranda Hawk and Doug ReedAre We Delicious? uses the finest ingredients: our writing/acting ensembles include professional actors, award-winning playwrights, YouTube stars, stand-up comedians, improv actors and lead musicians in well-known bands, all of them living and working in Madison. Delicious is made for Madison, by Madison in Madison. See what we can do.

"We believe we can make a great show in a week, or that people can. We want to be those people." – Tony Trout, founder – feature article


Using a recipe of creativity, camaraderie and hard work, Delicious has produced over 200 original short plays, musicals, mysteries, science fiction, drama, comedy, satire, absurdity, it all depends on the inspiration of the writers and talent of the performers as they bring these new stories to life.  Original and unpredictable, Delicious has something for everyone.

“Are We Delicious? Yes. Yes, we are.” – critic Lindsay Christians,




Upcoming/ Next show:


Murders!(s), a (mostly) true crime story

In a Bronx speakeasy in 1932, a group of down-on-their luck wheedlers take out a $2,000 life insurance policy on the biggest drunk in the bar. When an open tab doesn't kill the drunk, the group attempts more comically outrageous ways to punch their ticket out of the Depression.


Writer/Actors: Stacey Garbarski, Gina M. Goméz, Jaclyn June Johnson, Jessica Kennedy, and Christian Neuhaus

Director: David Pausch

Designers: Casem AbuLughod and Karen Saari (writing coaches), Laurie Everitt (costumes), Tom Steer (lights)

When: May 23, 24 & 25 and May 30, 31 & June 1 @ 7:30 pm

Where: The Winnebago, 2262 Winnebago St., Madison

Tickets: $15

Buy in advance: or call 608-661-9696

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Running time: 75 minutes with intermission


A Serpent's Tooth: the King Lear Musical

Are We Delicious? presents 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.

  • 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: or
    Running time: 90 minutes with intermission
  • Directed and designed by Tony Trout
  • 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


Notorious Damsels, the Cinderella Stories

Are We Delicious? explores three different versions of a classic narrative: the English Cinderella, or The Little Glass Slipper, the Slavic Vasilisa the Beautiful, and the Delicious Ensembles’ 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.

  • Writer/Actors: HJ Farr, Bree Prehn, Stacey Garbarski, Erica Hagen, KT Howard, Jennifer June Johnson, Heather Renken
  • Directed and designed by Malissa Petterson
  • Produced by Trevin Gay, Stage Manager: John Siewert
  • When: November 8, 9, 10 and 15, 16, 17 @ 7:30 pm
  • Where: Broom Street Theatre, 1119 Willy St., Madison
  • Tickets: or
  • Running time: 90 minutes with intermission

All for One! the Three Musketeers Musical

A musical adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' tale of swashbuckling and dastardly deeds as the Musketeers are drawn into the palace intrigue of King Louis XIII, Queen Anne, Cardinal Richelieu and Milady.

  • Writers: Kelly Maxwell, Doug Reed, Matt Sloan, Tony Trout
  • Actor/Singers: Karen Moeller, Elayne Juten, Adam Shelton, Doug Reed, Trevin Gay, Malissa Petterson
  • Composer/Musicians: Brandon Jensen, Claire Kannapell, Andrew Rohn, David Miller, Matthew Sanborn, Meghan Rose
  • Directed and designed by Tony Trout
  • Produced by Trevin Gay, Stage Manager: John Siewert
  • When: September 27, 28, 29 and October 4, 5, 6 @ 7:30 pm
  • Where: Broom Street Theatre, 1119 Willy St., Madison
  • Tickets: or
  • Running time: 90 minutes with intermission

Delicious Classic: SPRUNG!


Creativity is in full bloom as eight Madison performers write eight short plays for each other – staging, memorizing and premiering a night of theatre in a single week.

  • Writer/Actors: Bree Prehn, Stacey Garbarski, Desmond H. Hawkins, Ben Seidensticker, Matthew Korda, Elizabeth Barthen, Casem AbuLughod, and Samuel D. White
  • Directed and designed by Trevin Gay
  • Produced by John Siewert, Stage Manager: Malissa Petterson
  • When: April 27th and 28th @ 7:30 pm
  • Where: Broom Street Theatre, 1119 Willy St., Madison
  • Tickets: or
  • Running time: 90 minutes with intermission



Are We Delicious? Puss in Boots

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.

Ensemble: Casem AbuLughod, Erica Berman, William Bolz, Trevin Gay, Amber McReynolds, and David Pausch


Are We Delicious? Bacchae! the Dionysus Disco Musical

Ten great Madison writers and musicians join forces for Are We Delicious?'s first full-length music at Broom Street Theatre two weekends beginning in last September.

Acting Ensemble: Cat Capellaro, Elayne Juten, Brad Knight, Kelly Maxwell, and Karen Saari

Musical Ensemble: H.R. Britton, Annelies Howell, Brandon Jensen, Alivia Kleinfeldt, and Andrew Rohn