Dennis Curley sings the music of John Denver!
"Calypso" ... "Back Home Again" ... "Annie's Song" ... "Rocky Mountain High" ... "Sunshine On My Shoulders" ... "Take Me Home, Country Roads" ... "Leaving On A Jet Plane" ... "Thank God I'm A Country Boy" ... the list of John Denver's hits goes on and on. Get ready to hear all of these and more!
Come share an evening of truly unforgettable music with vocalist Dennis Curley and an incredible lineup of players and singers: Tony Wirth and Leo Lenander from Blazing Saddles, Lisi Wright from The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra, and Natalie Nowytski from Orkestar Bez Ime. NINE SHOWS ONLY; this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you won't want to miss!
At the Bryant-Lake Bowl; April 25-May 11, 2013!
810 West Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Our Fourth Season!
Table Salt is extremely proud to announce our new season! First up, in February of 2013: After the Apple, an evening of short plays by prominent local women playwrights, directed by prominent local women directors. Then, in April of 2013: Country Roads, featuring Dennis Curley and a top-notch local band performing the music of John Denver!
"Only two shows, eh? Does that mean you're all kicking back and resting on your laurels this season?"
Hardly! In fact, we are all so busy these days we decided that in order to continue to bring you the top-quality shows you have become accustomed to seeing from us, we would focus our energy on only two original productions this year. But what great productions they are going to be!
You can read more about After the Apple and Country Roads by clicking the tabs above. We are so proud of the roster of talent we have managed to line up writers, directors, and performers alike. These shows will surprise and delight you!
Meanwhile, we will continue to be busy with other artistic pursuits, and you are welcome to join us at those as well. Over the holidays, Jim Robinson will be performing in At Christmas, an evening of music and sketches also featuring Mick Sterling and his band, Michelle Cassioppi, and Shanan Custer. We will continue to produce our game show, Brain Game, at various locations starting with a short run at the Bryant-Lake Bowl on Mondays in January of 2013. And our improv group, "Your Parents' Friends," will also be seen performing around town this season, featuring Rachael, Jim, Dennis, Josh Will, and a raft of guest artists! Keep up with the latest info on all of these performances and more by checking back here often, or following our Facebook page.
As always, we are so grateful for your continued support. We are extremely excited about this new season, and we hope to see you all at the theater!
After the Apple
Brand-new short plays by prominent local women playwrights!
After the Apple is a collection of nine short plays by local playwrights Anne Byrd, Shanan Custer, Rachael Brogan Flanery, Beth Gilleland, Polly Grose, Christina Ham, Julie Grover McArdle, Jen Scott, and Aamera Siddiqui.
At the helm are acclaimed directors Martha Pettee, Maggie Scanlan and Maggie K. Sotos.
Running the gamut from gut-bustingly funny to sweetly touching to disturbingly thought-provoking, these nine short pieces promise to make for an unforgettable evening.
At the Playwrights' Center, February 7-23, 2013!
2301 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Meet the Playwrights!
Anne Byrd is a faculty member of the Department of Theatre at Normandale Community College, where she teaches performance. Recent directing credits include the regional premiere of A Report on the Banality of Love at the Minnesota Jewish Theatre and Steel Magnolias for Yellow Tree Theatre. Upcoming directing projects include The Women of Lockerbie at Normandale and Sylvia at Yellow Tree Theatre. Her first full-length play, Known But to God, was produced at Normandale this Fall and was recognized for production excellence with an invitation to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival this past January.
Shanan Custer, perhaps best known for her long association with Brave New Workshop, was recently seen in her original hit show 2 Sugars, Room for Cream (created with Carolyn Pool) at the New Century Theater with Hennepin Theater Trust. Other credits include Joking Envelope's Nightmare Without Pants at the 2012 MN Fringe Festival, Mick Sterling Presents At Christmas (co-written with Jim Robinson), Frank Theater's presentation of Standing on Ceremony, Shadowplay Theatre's I Hate Hamlet, Theater Mu's Four Destinies, Park Square Theatre's Dead Man's Cell Phone, and History Theatre's Dudley: Rigged for Laughter. Other original works include Pride and Plot of Pointlessness (also with Jim Robinson) and From Here to Maternity (with Joshua Scrimshaw).
Rachael Brogan Flanery is a co-founder and executive producer at Table Salt Productions (hi Jim and Dennis!). She has a B.A. in theater from the University of Iowa and an M.F.A. in Playwriting from UCLA's School of Theater, Film & Television. Her plays have been produced in Aspen, Iowa City, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Prescott AZ, and New York. Notable works include Nest (Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference Finalist; Princess Grace Award Semi-Finalist; Reverie Theater Next Generation Playwright's Contest Semi-Finalist; Stage Spirit Award), At the Bottom of Sterling Lake (Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference Semi-Finalist; NYC Summer Play Festival Third Round Selection), and One Ring Too Many (George Burns and Gracie Allen Comedy Fellowship). Rachael earned her second George Burns and Gracie Allen Comedy Fellowship for performing her one-woman show Ginger as part of UCLA's New Works Festival, and was also a recipient of the Marianne Murphy Women & Philanthropy Award. Rachael and her one act play Wolves are featured in the documentary of the same name, directed and produced by Bulgarian director Martin Kisslov. Her play Trilogy, a Play in Two Parts is published by JAC Publishing and can be purchased online at JAC Publishing or Amazon.com (credited as Rachael Brogan). She is inspired by and proud to be a part of this collection of lovely, local artists. And finally, Casey and Thomas, you are the best!
Beth Gilleland is an alumna of the Playwrights' Center and an Artistic Associate at the Illusion Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has written and performed for American Public Radio's Good Evening with Noah Adams, The First House on the Right, NPR's All Things Considered, and BBC Scotland via the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She has been a featured voice talent and writer on MPR and appeared on The Morning Show with Dale Connelly and Jim Ed Poole in the "Worldly Goods" series, as well as voicing "Incredible Betty" in the radio series of the same name. Ms. Gilleland was a Peer Advisor in the University of Minnesota Theater Arts department, and was twice honored with the Jayne Enroth Best Actress Award, as well as the Charles Nichols Service Award. She is a past recipient of a Jerome Study/Travel Grant, a Minnesota State Arts Board Career Opportunity Grant, and a residency at The Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Arts in Red Wing, Minnesota. Beth has recently been working with the Pillsbury House Chicago Avenue Project and the Minnesota History Center (Global Hotdish family variety show and Then Now Wow), and she is happy to be with such good company at the Table Salt table.
Polly Grose has written and published five books. Thomas Janney, Hannah, and Phineas and His Cousins are about her Quaker ancestors and their journey over the course of two hundred years from Cheshire, England to Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 2008, Polly published a memoir entitled A London Scrapbook. To celebrate the Guthrie Theater's 50th Anniversary in 2103, Polly has selected and compiled essays from major players in all the major disciplines whose talents and work are the true fabric of the theater, as well as from community leaders who provide support (Guthrie Theater: The First Fifty Years). The book is available in the Guthrie shop. Polly has written two plays: A London Concerto, delving into experiences of her life in London, and Butterfly Tattoos, focusing on the sexual exploitation of young girls. And now we have On the Bus with Willie and Blanche.
Christina Ham's plays have been developed both nationally and internationally with the Center Theater Group, Goodman Theater, Guthrie Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Penumbra Theatre, Off-Broadway at the SPF Summer Play Festival, SteppingStone Theatre, and the Tokyo International Arts Festival, among others. Christina is the recipient of a McKnight Advancement Grant and Jerome Fellowship from the Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis, the Marianne Murphy Women & Philanthropy Award in Playwriting, and a 2006 MacDowell Residency. She is a two-time nominee for the Cherry Lane Theatre Mentorship Program, a nominee for the L. Arnold Weissberger Award, and was nominated for the Center Theater Group's Richard E. Sherwood Award for Distinguished Emerging Theater Artist. She has received commissions from the Guthrie Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and Red Eye Theater, among others. Her feature-length screenplay Booker was a finalist for Tribeca Film Institute's All Access program. Her plays are published by Dramatic Publishing, Heinemann, PlayScripts, Inc., and Smith and Kraus. A graduate of the University of Southern California and UCLA's M.F.A. Playwriting program, Christina is a Core Writer of the Playwrights' Center and a member playwright of the Workhaus Collective and the Dramatists Guild of America.
Julie Grover McArdle is honored to be part of After the Apple. Julie is an actress turned court reporter, so she went from saying other people's words to writing them down. It was a wonderful experience to write down her "own" words with this play. She is grateful to Table Salt for believing in her and keeping her connected to the theater world. She dedicates her play to her hubby and son.
Jen Scott is thrilled to be working with Table Salt again! She's a Twin Cities-based theater artist: recent stage credits include Walking Shadow Theater Company, HUGE Theater, Hennepin Theater Trust, Red Eye Theater, and others. She also writes, produces, directs, teaches, and whatever else she can get her hands on: too many details are available at octoberdandy.com.
Aamera Siddiqui's experiences as a global nomad in 4 countries and 3 continents have led her to a life as a writer-performer. For the past 13 years, she has been a professional actor in Minneapolis, Saint Paul. In 2005, Siddiqui was awarded a one-year Fellowship with the Naked Stages Program, during which time she co-created a performance art piece titled Draw Two Circles which was featured in 2006 at the Women's Playwright's International Conference in Jakarta, Indonesia. Aamera has been writing customized educational plays that address issues of inclusion, cultural competency and school climate since 2004. From 2006-2008 she was a resident with the Playwrights' Center's Many Voices Program. She has written two full-length plays: CHUP and ABCD: A Work in Progress. Aamera Siddiqui was a featured playwright at the Asian American Conference in 2008.
Meet the Directors!
Martha Pettee is managing partner and creative director for Story Stick Marketing, a 3-year-old agency she leads with her partner, husband and collaborator, Michael. This is Martha's debut as a director for art's sake and she is honored and grateful to help bring the words and ideas of women playwrights to life. She has written and directed video and live productions too numerous to count for clients such as Honeywell, HealthPartners, Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery, Target, and others.
Maggie Scanlan is a St. Paul-born-and-bred Theatre director, designer, educator and performer. Directing credits include How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel, 2 years of Smackdown (a 24-hour play festival), and the upcoming The Judge's Wife by Caryl Churchill (Theatre Unbound); Peer Gynt (University of Minnesota); The Starvation Project (Red Eye's Works in Progress series); The Artery (The Soap Factory); The Three Sisters, Old Times, The Balcony, and Measure for Measure (Nightpath Theatre); One for the Road and The Crystal Spider by Mme Rachilde (Mixed Precipitation's Colonial Warehouse series). Design credits include sets for Nightpath, Table Salt, YAI's and Theatre Unbound; and costumes for Freshwater Theater, Red Eye and Nightpath. She taught at the University of Minnesota and at the University of St. Thomas. She adapted "Bystander Power," a book that explored the agency of witnesses of bullying, into The Bully Project, which toured St. Paul Catholic schools. Her performing credits include Red Eye, Table Salt, The History Theater, Mixed Precipitation and Theatre L'Homme Dieu, as well as 5 years as a company member with the British/American company TheatreExchange. She is Artistic Director of Nightpath Theatre, a company dedicated to producing "classics with an edge," which will be producing a touring production of Our Town in 2013. Maggie hopes to be attending graduate school in the fall of 2013.
Maggie K. Sotos is thrilled to make her Table Salt Productions debut. A 2009 graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College, Maggie has been an Open Eye Figure Theatre puppeteer, a ComedySportz actlete, a performer and MC for Freshwater Theatre, an Above-the-Line-Entertainment film racer, The Theatre of Public Policy improviser and a founding member of Walrus Improv Comedy. Her highly acclaimed original show, TROY! The Musical, sold out five houses at this year's MN Fringe festival and enjoyed a successful remount at the Bryant Lake Bowl. She has an incredibly supportive family, beautiful fiancée, and a dog who is above average.