The Fresh Five

January 8 - 23, 2010 @ Bedlam Theatre, Minneapolis
By five fresh playwrights
Directed by five emerging directors

Project Coordinator - Claire Avitabile
Directors - Ellen Apel, Amber WR Miller, Nicole Wilder, Leah Adcock-Starr
& Lindsey Cacich
Stage Manager - Marie Strampe
Assistant Stage Manager - Sheena Thompson
Lighting Design - Ariel Pinkerton
Costume Design - Renata Shaffer-Gottschalk
Sound Design - Claire Avitabile
Set Design - Jenna Lory
Graphic Design - Blythe M. Davis
ASL Interpreters - Tarra Grammenos & David Evans


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The Plays

10:00, Bistro Caprice

By Ruth Virkus (local playwright)
Directed by Ellen Apel
Featuring: Cynthia Uhrich, Jen Tuder & Megan Engeseth

The physical manifestation of Lydia's midlife crisis is submerged in the sink - a $300 wine stained silk blouse. Topless and trapped in a public restroom, she can't embrace her future until she finds cover in the present.

Kids Play

By Kathleen Warnock
Directed by Amber WR Miller
Featuring: Courtney Miner & Valarie Falken

Kids Play shines a brief but beautiful light on the musings of two young sisters playing in the backyard, contemplating adolescence, growing old, and the existence of Santa Claus.

Artichoke Hearts

By Anthony Neuman (local playwright)
Directed by Nicole Wilder
Featuring: Anthony Neuman, Lacey Piotter, Shannon Troy Jones, Candace Stimpson & Samantha Midler

Justin, a transgender man and avid blogger of his own dating misadventures, is caught off-guard by Cynthia, a lesbian bartender who likes him just the way he is...or isn't...

Perfect Match

By Rachael Brogan Flanery (local playwright)
Directed by Leah Adcock-Starr
Featuring: Nick Nelson & Ali Rose Dachis

It's hard to describe this play without giving away the creepy twist… Set in a Cuban-fusion restaurant, Perfect Match is a blind-date gone horribly, horribly wrong.

Pedestrian Casualty: Bronx, USA

By Nina Mansfield
Directed by Lindsey Cacich
Featuring: Sarah Broude, Derrail Hughes, Indira Addington, John Egan, Kathryn Fumie, Valarie Falken, Ernest Briggs & Aaron Konigsmark

Inspired by the playwright's experiences as a NYC public school teacher, Pedestrian Casualty brings to light some of the issues that are prevalent in urban education. Ms. K, a school teacher in the city, crashes her car and accidentally kills DeShawn – one of her own students, though she doesn't recognize him because he never comes to class.