Archive June 2006
A Six Play Buffet
Six Playwrights with Six Short Plays
Divinity - Bob Yates
Hank and Rita - Phil Morton
Waitin' on the Ole 6B - Larry Ripp
An Audience Nightmare - Don Cosgrove
Josephine's Amazing Dreamboat - Jon Skaalen
Mr. Smottle Acquires a Smaller Hat - David O'Sullivan
Performed at Northern Vineyards Winery
Northern Vineyards Winery, 223 North Main Street, Stillwater, Minnesota.
Time: 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.
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.
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.
Waitin' On The Ole 6B
Mindless Mirth Productions
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.
Josephine's Amazing Dreamboat
Ole Olson Onstage
by Jon Skaalen
Three women sitting around talking, as overheard, or imagined, by a guy sitting around listening.
Josephine...Abby, Sam’s dog
Hank and Rita
Silly Putty Productions
by Philip Morton
Romeo and Juliet this ain't.
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.
An Audience Nightmare
Prime Time Players
by Don Cosgrove
Told through dimensions of dreams within nightmares, actors deal with their personal terrors about forgetting lines and public failure.
Mr. Smottle Acquires a Smaller Hat
by David O'Sullivan
Mr.Smottle has returned with little time to take care of some unfinished business.
Angels...Marijke O'Sullivan, Ned 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.
Jesus (Howard Lieberman) waits on Maude (Madeline Graham) in Bob Yates' play Divinity
Jesus Christ...Howard Lieberman
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 that’s 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.
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.