Theatre Associates of Stillwater Presents

A Six Play Buffet

Six Playwrights with Six Short Plays

Larry Ripp Waitin' on the Ole 6B
Jon Skaalen Josephine's Amazing Dreamboat
Phil Morton Hank and Rita
Don Cosgrove An Audience Nightmare
David O'Sullivan Mr. Smottle Acquires a Smaller Hat
Bob Yates London Seo Agency

Read about the 6 plays & casts and, if needed, playwright bios.

Performed at Northern Vineyards Winery
223 North Main Street, Stillwater, Minnesota.

June 16-18, 2006
Friday-Saturday-Sunday at 7:30 pm.

Evening of all six plays only $15.00 for Adults - $10.00 for Students
and patrons of ASL interpreting or Audio Description.

Tickets available at Northern Vineyards Winery, and by mail

Please call 651-439-0993 for reservations.

Audio Description logo.    American Sign Language logo.

The Sunday performance will be ASL-interpreted for patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing, and audio described for patrons who are blind or of low vision - IF requests are received by June 9. The performance space is wheelchair-accessible.


About the Plays

In late March, three community meetings were held to explore 'doing local theatre' in the Stillwater area. Six local playwrights suddenly appeared and submitted original plays of not longer than 20 minutes. This show is the end result.

Mindless Mirth Productions

Waitin' On The Ole 6B

by Larry Ripp

Rain, friendship, and onions collide to take you on an unforgettable roller coaster ride of little league betting and over priced hot dogs.

Barry...Larry Ripp
Carla...Rose Johnson

Director...Larry Ripp

Ole Olson Onstage

Josephine's Amazing Dreamboat

by Jon Skaalen

Three women sitting around talking, as overheard, or imagined, by a guy sitting around listening.

Juliette...Juliette Silvers
Sam...Sam Jasmine
Josephine...Abby, Samís dog

Director...Jon Skaalen

Silly Putty Productions

Hank and Rita

by Philip Morton

Romeo and Juliet this ain't.

picture of woman and man in a car.
Romeo and Juliet they ain't! Karen Sells and Tyler Morris portray two people in a heap of trouble in the play "Hank and Rita" being performed in A Six Play Buffet.

Hank...Tyler Morris
Rita...Karen Sills

Director...Philip Morton

Prime Time Players

An Audience Nightmare

by Don Cosgrove

Told through dimensions of dreams within nightmares, actors deal with their personal terrors about forgetting lines and public failure.

Frank...Frank Mitchell
Rose...Rose Johnson
Art...Art Walsh
Melodee...Melodee Bahr
Tom...Tom Joyal
Music...David Emerson

Director...Don Cosgrove


Mr. Smottle Acquires a Smaller Hat

by David O'Sullivan

Mr.Smottle has returned with little time to take care of some unfinished business.

Smottle...David O'Sullivan
Martha...Anita O'Sullivan
Sonya...Meryl McGauvran
Angels...Marijke O'Sullivan, Ned OíSullivan

Director...David O'Sullivan


by Bob Yates

A restaurant patron realizes that her waiter is the returned Jesus Christ and that he has special plans for her.

woman sitting at a table, man standing with plate.
Jesus (Howard Lieberman) waits on Maude (Madeline Graham) in Bob Yates' play "Divinity".

Maude...Madeline Graham
Jesus Christ...Howard Lieberman

Director...Howard Lieberman

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Playwright Bios

David O'Sullivan is native Irish and has been in the Twin Cities for 20 years. He has appeared at Lakeshore Players and Na Fianna Irish Theatre and has had plays produced in Chicago, Rockford, and the Twin Cities.

Larry Ripp is a former radio announcer who has been acting in and around the Twin Cities for over 25 years. His production company Mindless Mirth Productions has toured successfully with a number of his one-act plays of which Waitin' On The Ole 6B is the latest.

Philip Morton is the only soldier in recorded memory to be awarded the Good Conduct Medal on the same day he was court-martialed for insubordination. But thatís too long ago to remember. A veteran Twin Cities actor, he has recently written and directed several scandalous shows at the Fringe Festival.

Jon Skaalen moved to Big Pink in Stillwater to write (instead of just attend) plays. A volunteer for state and national community theatre associations, he works for VSA arts of Minnesota to make arts accessible for people with disabilities. Talk with him about community theatre right here in River City.

Bob Yates is a Twin Cities radio personality and writer, twice recipient of the $25,000 IFP-MN / McKnight Foundation Screenwriting Fellowship as well as Writers Guild of America (East) Foundation Fellowship.

Don Cosgrove is an actor, acting instructor, writer and director with wide-ranging experience in motion pictures (Rachel River, Blood Hook), stage plays, TV dramas, commercials (a record 144 in one day) and non-broadcast industrials. He is a founder of Prime Time Players, a theater by and for seniors that does age-blind casting. His teaching credits include the Guthrie Theater and The Talent Center (see The Talent Center - Don Cosgrove Voiceovers Media Acting Auditioning). Thus, he brings drama and comedy performance and direction perspectives from both sides of the mic, camera and footlights.

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The performances and restroom are on the main floor of Northern Vineyards Winery and are wheelchair-accessible. UPON REQUEST BY JUNE 9, the Sunday, June 18 performance at 7:30 will be Audio Described by Ken Moses for patrons who are blind or of low vision and ASL-interpreted by Elizabeth Bonderson for patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing. PLEASE make your request as soon as possible. A discount to $10 will be available to each user of these services and for one companion. Please specify the accommodation needed when you call or write.

History of Performances

The June performances will be the 13th in a series that began in December 2003. Hosts for the performances have included St. Croix Antiquarian Bookseller, which has a small stage, backdrop, and movable bookshelves; Stillwater National Guard Armory, which has a basketball court that will seat an audience of more than 400; ArtRageous Pottery Studio, which has accommodated nearly 100; and Northern Vineyards Winery, which is a working cooperative winery crushing grapes, fermenting the juice, and bottling a wide variety of wines. The seating capacity of the Winery varies from month to month, depending the activities and amount of wine bottled.

Theatre Associates of Stillwater

Theatre Associates is a small not-for-profit group dedicated to bringing theatre performances back to Historic Downtown Stillwater. Volunteers are invited to join the efforts by helping publicize performances, finding plays that will fit in relatively small venues, and participating in various ways. We can be contacted at our reservations line, 651-439-0993, and by email.
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