April 13, 2016 (Madison, Wisconsin): Why do a single, absolutely insane, everything-in-one-week show, when you can do two at once? Are We Delicious? presents Double Delicious, their 22nd (and also 23rd) show written, rehearsed and premiered in a single week. Drawing at random, the two ensembles of Madison performer/writers will write short plays for each other to act. Working together in a deliberate crisis situation, the writer/actors will work for seven straight days to create two original shows packed full off…WHO KNOWS?, they don’t start writing until May 2nd.
Every Delicious is like a box of chocolates, and by that measure, Double Delicious will have two full layers of chewy goodness: Act 1 is an ensemble of Madison performers and comedians who join the show through try-outs. Act 2 is an invited ensemble of Delicious veterans lead by Matt Sloan and Kelly Maxwell, who have each written and acted over 10 times for Delicious.
The Act 1 try-outs are Tuesday, April 19th 6 to 9 pm at Broom Street Theater (1119 Willy Street) and Saturday, April 23rd 12:30 to 3:30 pm at the Wil-Mar Center (953 Jenifer Street). Complete audition info at the link below.
The Act 2 ensemble includes Matt Sloan, Kelly Maxwell, Jess Schuknecht, Doug Reed, Deborah Hearst, and Catherine Capellaro.
Double Delicious is designed, moderated and directed by Tony Trout, Dana Pellebon and Matt Sloan
4 Performances: May 9 & 10 and 16 & 17 (Mon/Tues) @ 7:30 pm
Where: Bartell Theatre, 113 E. Mifflin St., Madison
Admission: $18, cash only
Running time: two hours including intermission
Advance tickets: http://arewedelicious.com/
Audition/try-out info: http://arewedelicious.com/
Are We Delicious? is an ensemble of Madison writer/performers who conceive, write, rehearse and perform an original show of humor and heart in seven days. Everyone writes, everyone acts and no one can rest until the final curtain.
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 Busines Institute improv troupe. This is his thirteenth 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 at Broom Street Theater. Kelly has appeared in productions with Mercury Players Theatre, OUT!Cast, Broom Street Theater, and Forward Theater Company, performs improvised comedy with the Monkey Business Institute, and is active within the Madison local music scene.
Jess Schuknecht graduated from UW-Madison in 1999 with a degree in Theatre and Drama, has appeared for numerous theater companies in town, including CTM, Strollers, and The Bricks amongst others. He also performed in two of the four weeks of the first ever Are We Delicious? Festival in fall of 2014. Jess 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.
Doug Reed originally hails from Richmond, VA and graduated from Goshen College – where he still holds the school record for most skipped chapels. His debut novel, “Half”, was published in 2013, and is available at ENCPress.com. He’s also a playwright, an actor, and a director – frequently working at Broom Street Theater, where he’s authored such plays as Sweet William, The Nails, and The Lamentable Tragedie Of Scott Walker.
Deborah Hearst is a professional actor, theatre collaborator, writer, and storyteller. In Madison, she’s worked with Children’s Theater of Madison, Theatre Lila, Strollers, Are We Delicious?, Madison Theatre Guild, Mercury Players, and Bricks Theater. Her favorite local roles include Catherine in Rapture, Blister, Burn; Lavinia Goodell in Lavinia; and Kelly in Pain and the Itch. She has been seen on stage in and written for That’s What She Said: Head Noise and That’s What They Said: Firsts with Bricks Theater, as well as Are We Delicious?: SciFi and Are We Delicious?: Valentine’s.
Catherine Capellaro is a writer, editor, playwright, and vocalist/trumpeter for disco sensations VO5. Together with composer Andrew Rohn, Catherine has created more than 10 original musical comedies on subjects ranging from the plight of 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 her sixth Delicious performance.
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.
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 20 full productions in 4 years, student productions at Edgewood and MATC, a partnership with StageQ, and breaks new ground this 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.