“Murders!(s), a (mostly) true crime story”
May 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
An event every day that begins at 7:30pm, repeating until May 25, 2019
This Event: May be of interest to the LGBTQ community
Are We Delicious? presents “Murder!(s) – a (mostly) true crime story”
In the swamps of New Jersey, 1932, a group of down-on-their luck speakeasy denizens 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.
Starting with the barest outline, everyone in the Are We Delicious? ensemble writes scenes that are stitched together into a complete comic play in only one week. It’s a mad dash to opening night as scripts are written, costumes sewn and lines learned. Packed with wit, pratfalls and a lot of performance anxiety, Delicious is always fresh and a little dangerous, but when it comes together, a wonder to behold.
Are We Delicious? promises a fun night of theatre at the new Winnebago performance space on Winnebago Street (the former site of The Sons of Norway).
Writer/Actors: Stacey Garbarski, Gina M. Gomez, Jaclyn June Johnson, Jessica Kennedy, Denzel Taylor, and Sam D. White
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
Buy in advance: http://arewedelicious.com/tickets or call 608-661-9696
Running time: 75 minutes with intermission
Are We Delicious? is an ensemble of Madison writer/performers who write, rehearse and perform an original one-hour show in a seven days. Everyone writes, everyone acts, and no one can rest until the final curtain. Visit arewedelicious.com
WRITING AND ACTING ENSEMBLE:
Stacey Garbarski is a 2016 graduate from Edgewood College with her degree in Theatre Performance. She has worked with many wonderful theatres in Wisconsin (Are We Delicious?, Ground Up, Broom Street Theater, Majestic Theatre-Madison, Strollers Theatre, Mercury Players Theatre, Series 125, StageQ Inc, and many more) as well as New York Fringe Festival, which lead to a review of her performance in the New York Times. She was the first student from Edgewood College to advance to finals and win an award at the Kennedy Center Theatre Festival; Irene Ryan Competition (2015.) She recently won a Bartie Award for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy for her performance as Berenger (Rhinoceros). This is her 11th Delicious.
Gina M. Gomez is Wisconsin native with more than 20 years of theatrical experience. She’s performed professionally in the Midwest, as well as New York City and Boston. She recently moved back to Madison from Minneapolis where she’s written and performed with various companies including Freshwater Theater, Little LifeBoats Theater, Playwrights Center, and CLIMB among others. Since coming back to Madison, she has worked with Mercury Players, MTG, Strollers, Stage Q, Theatre Lila, Broom Street, and various other companies. This is her first staged Are We Delicious? and she couldn’t be more excited to work with such a talented bunch. Many thanks to you for supporting local theater arts.
Jaclyn June Johnson is an Actor, Director, Playwright, Costume Designer and Teaching Artist. Johnson has worked across the state (St. Croix Festival Theatre, Milwaukee Fringe Festival, Children’s Theatre Madison) and across the country (Creede Repertory, Riverside Shakespeare Festival, Chicago’s UTG Improv Theatre, Riverside Theatre). Audiences may have seen her work onstage locally with Broom Street Theatre, StageQ, or CTM. Johnson holds a BA in Theatre from Cornell College. Johnson wishes to thank: her family, husband and cats for their encouragement and love; and you for your support to the arts and specifically to the uniquely healing community of theatre.
Jessica Kennedy is passionate about theatre education as well as performance, she has taught improvisational theatre through the Waukesha Civic Theatre, served as a Young Company Coach for CTM, and is a proud teaching artist/performer with Whoopensocker, a Theatre LILA and UW School of Education collaboration. Her recent on stage credits include Ensemble in Charlotte’s Web (CTM), and Eurydice in Eurydice (UW Waukesha).
Denzel Taylor is thrilled to create and perform with Are We Delicious? as he caps off his first professional year in theater since graduating from UW-Madison. Prior to this occasion, Denzel has debuted his theater career with several Madison based productions, including the Madison Shakespeare Company’s Taming of the Shrew, Children’s Theater of Madison’s Willy Wonka, and Theater Lila’s Romeo and Juliet. Beyond his stage presence, Denzel has engaged in several teaching services such as Theater Lila’s Lab360 high school residency and his own personal training. Striving for clarity, intention, and shared experiences everyday in his art and life, Denzel prays to soon continue his career outside of Madison for even larger audiences.
Sam D. White has been doing theater in the Madison Area for more than 40 years. He has worked as an actor and director with just about every theater company in the city. This show marks Sam’s fourth production with the Delicious franchise. His next gig with be as Sir John Falstaff in Madison Shakespeare Company’s production of The Merry Wives of Windsor in July. After which he will appear in Forward Theater Company’s production of To Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday by Sarah Ruhl in November. Sam is one of the founders of Forward Theater, and currently serves on the Forward’s Advisory Company.
David Pausch (director) is a Madison-based theatre artist. His most recent directing credits include: Young Playwrights Festival (Children’s Theater of Madison), The Best Man (Madison Theatre Guild), The Drawer Boy (Strollers Theater), August: Osage County (Mercury Players Theater), Someone’s Gotta Do It Monologue Festival (Forward Theater Company), Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Strollers Theater), Coyote Moon (Mercury Players Theater), Out of the Fire–The Banned Books Monologues (Forward Theater Company), Throwback Thursday: Truce or Consequences (Broken Dart Players), Oatesland (Bricks Theatre) and The Odd Couple (Alley Stage).
Suzan Kurry (stage manager) has had the pleasure of acting/writing, stage managing, and directing for Delicious.
Casem AbuLughod is a Madison based performer. He improvises with the Monkey Business Institute most weekends. He has acted with multiple Madison-based companies including Strollers, Mercury Players, Whoopensocker, and several previous Delicious casts. He has directed several pieces and earned his Masters in Applied Theatre from the City University of New York. Favorite roles include Friar John in 11 Variations on Friar John’s Failure, Froggy in The Foreigner, and Musa in A Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo.
Karen Saari’s In a Clearing celebrated its professional world premiere via Magnetic Theatre Company in Asheville, NC in Aug. 2018 and was a semi-finalist for the 2018 Eugene O’Neill Playwriting Conference. In a Clearing was a 2015 Wisconsin Wrights New Play Festival winner, was awarded a PlayLab at the 2017 Last Frontier Theatre Conference and has received readings and development via Playwrights Center and Madison, Wisc.’s Workshop Stage. In a Clearing also helped Saari advance to finalist for the 2017 ATHE Award for Excellence in Playwriting. Karen is a graduate of Northern Michigan University, and is a marketing copywriter, voice talent, actor and mother of two. She’s also a member of Playwrights Center.