January 21, 2015 (Madison, Wisconsin): Using every entertainment tool at its disposal, Are We Delicious? will attempt to lift the curse on the city of Madison, surrounding communities and the entire state of Wisconsin on Friday, February 13th. Admitting they were caught completely unprepared for this spell of bad luck, local authorities have instructed the writers and performers of Are We Delicious? to explore and hopefully banish the hinky-ness that has descended on Madison.
If the Friday the 13th show is not completely successful in lifting the cloud from our fair city, Are We Delicious? is instructed to perform the show a second time on Valentine’s Day, February 14th.
Madison residents are encouraged to attend one of the two performances at The Frequency. In the meantime, residents are reminded to carry rabbit’s feet or other proven talismans as they go about their business.
The Superstition Ensemble includes: John Steeno, Matt Sloan, Dana Pellebon, Georgina McKee, Stacey Garbarski and William Bolz
Superstition is designed and directed by Tony Trout
Two Performances: Friday, February 13 and Saturday, February 14 at 6:30 pm
Where: The Frequency, 121 W. Main St, Madison
Admission: $12, cash only
Running time: one hour
Are We Delicious? is an ensemble of Madison writer/performers who conceive, write, rehearse and perform an original one-hour show of humor and heart in a single week. Everyone writes, everyone acts and no one can rest until the final curtain.
Are We Delicious? is dedicated to quick, delicious fare made from local ingredients and presented in a tasteful atmosphere. Delicious is performed cabaret-style, with time between pieces to socialize, order a drink or do whatever.
Impresario Tony Trout says about the show: “Everybody has superstitions. And everyone half-believes them. It’s incredible to me how this has persisted virtually unchallenged into the 21st century. We’ll have a good time exploring the absurdities and true spookiness of superstition.”
John Steeno was trained at the Second City Training Center in Chicago in improvisation and sketch writing. During his four years in Chicago, he wrote, produced, and performed in dozens of shows including Pizza Xtremeand Basically Awesome, in which he did all three. He also regularly performed longform improv with Bad Review, and has performed in the Chicago, Los Angeles, Toronto, and Green Bay improv festivals. John performed in several plays while in college, including parts as Hamlet, the Earl of Gloucester, and as the titular character in Charlie’s Aunt. John currently performs and teaches improvisation as a member of the Monkey Business Institute in Madison, WI. He would like to point out that he was able to use the word “titular” in his bio.
Matt Sloan is the co-owner of Blame Society Films and the co-creator of the Chad Vader web series. He is the voice of Darth Vader for Disney. On YouTube, he hosts the biweekly movie chat series Welcome to the Basement (with co-host Craig Johnson) and regularly embarrasses himself and others on the show Beer and Board Games. On stage, Matt has played the lead role in Macbeth, and various supporting roles in productions of Glengarry Glen Ross, Much Ado About Nothing and All in the Timing. He has over 20 years of improv experience and is currently a performer with the Monkey Business Institute improv troupe. This is his tenth 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.
Georgina McKee is excited and nervous to be among these fantastic people on this project…she hopes she is up to the task! While this is her first time writing material for the stage, Georgina has done her share of saying other people’s words under the lights. Some of her previous work includes: The Other Place, A Thousand Words and 44 Plays for 44 Presidents (Forward Theater Company) My Name Is Asher Lev (American Stage Theatre), Handle With Care and Venus in Fur (Stage Works Theatre), Sylvia and Mary’s Wedding (Next Act Theatre), Crimes of the Heart (Chamber Theatre), Twelfth Night (Optimist Theatre), Reasons To Be Pretty (Renaissance Theaterworks),Sunday In The Park With George (Skylight Music Theatre), The Apple Tree and Romantic Fools (In Tandem), A Christmas Carol (Milwaukee Rep). Annie (Fireside Dinner Theatre), Measure for Measure, Romeo and Juliet and The Matchmaker (American Players Theatre), The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus, Napoli Milionaria and Much Ado About Nothing (The Oregon Shakespeare Festival). Georgina grew up in Madison, is a proud member of the Advisory Company with Forward Theater Company and holds a BFA from Southern Oregon University in Ashland OR. She loves her dog Boba, who has been a constant companion and is indebted to her family…for too many things to list! Peace and Joy to each and every soul…
Stacey Garbarski is a Chicago suburb native. She has been living and attending school in Madison, WI since 2011. Stacey was recently a finalist in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Auditions at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (region 3) where she competed amongst several hundred talented artists and ranked within the top sixteen. She was the recipient of the 2015 “Dramatists Guild Award for Excellence in a performance from a new play or musical” awarded by The Kennedy Center. She is no stranger to the Madison community theatre scene. Her most notable work has been with StageQ Inc. and shows include: Christmas with the Crawfords (Christopher Crawford), 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche (Dale Prist) and Queer Shorts 9 (Nightingale). She was also featured in Conceal & Carry: Queers Exposed which was produced by Madison Narratives, Taming of the Shrew with Shakespeare on Clark in Chicago, Illinois and she will appear this spring in The Fantasticks produced by Stoughton Village Players. Stacey is a senior at Edgewood College where she has performed in Proof (Catherine), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Rosaline), Absurd Person Singular (Marion Brewster-Wright), The Arabian Nights (Perfect Love), Bye Bye Birdie (Mrs. Peterson) Our Town (ensemble) Antigone (ensemble) and in February she will appear in Little Women (Mrs. Moffett and Mrs. Kirke.) This is Stacey’s first time working on Are We Delicious?!
William Bolz has been involved with Are We Delicious?, many times, in many ways. He has written and acted in three 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. Look for him soon in the independent feature film The Tesla Factor. He offers thanks, love, and a blanket apology to his wife, Shannon.
Tony Trout is the impresario of Are We Delicious?, an ensemble of Madison actor/writers who conceive, write, rehearse and perform an original one-hour show of short plays in a single week. 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.