SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE: Five actors perform five shows for five times the fun. Join us for an evening of short plays presented by TROMPE L'OEIL featuring a potpourri of comedy, drama and a dollop of surrealism.
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Rob Ward is an actor, improviser, mover, and deviser and has been performing in the Twin Cities since 2013. Selected performances include Alice in Wonderland with Daytrippers Dinner Theatre, Alfred Hitchcock Presents: The Second Verdict with Vintage Players, Full Metal Rabbit with Beta Fish Productions, The Last Bombardment with Oncoming Productions, Black Death the Musical with Apostasia Productions, The Goodbye Project with Upright Egg, History of the Devil with Shadow Horse Theater, Flanagan's Wake with Actors Theater MN, Dance with the Devil with Erin Sheppard Presents, and Clocked with Guittar Productions. Rob is also an improviser who has appeared in Off Book and is a founding member of the long form improv troupe Reservoir Frogs. In addition to theatre, Rob has appeared in the short film Rob Super, the music video for Ringo by Atmosphere, and in several episodes of the award winning FunWitFunny Show. Rob co-hosts the Of Mooks & Monsters RPG gaming podcast.
Emily Garst is a recent transplant to the Twin Cities. A graduate of Luther College, she is an Iowa native whose latest credits include work with the Orchard Theater Collective, the Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company, and Lakeshore Players Theatre. Emily is delighted to make her first appearance at the Minnesota Fringe Festival.
Phil is a recent graduate from the University of MN, Duluth with a degree in Acting. His favorite productions he has worked on include Red Light Winter, Much Ado About Nothing, and Our Town. Phil has never performed at the Fringe Festival before, but he is looking forward to being a part of the Fringe community.
Ready to play with the cool kids in her first Fringe show, Tinne's performances this decade include "Isla Tuliro" with Pangea World Theater and Theatro del Pueblo; "Hamlet", Park Square Theater; "The Comedy of Errors", Classical Actors Ensemble; "The Awakening", Savage Umbrella; "No Expiration Date: Sexuality and Aging", Pangea World Theater, "Archival Revival", Freshwater Theater; "The House of Bernarda Alba", Pangea World and Theartro del Pueblo. Training: National Shakespeare Conservatory.
"Andrew Rosdail is an actor, playwright, and occasional director who has been living in Minneapolis for the last five or six years (he can't always quite remember when he got here). In that time, he has appeared in a number of shows across the Twin Cities. He most recently appeared in a production of the Red Box at the Phipps (which isn't in the Twin Cities, but close enough). At the time of writing this bio, he doesn't know what his next project will be, but he hopes it will be something really cool. Andrew is the founder of the World Crime League, a small production company responsible for such shows as Writer's Block. (featured in 2016's Fringe Festival), the Dead of Winter Double Feature (a co-production with New Endeavors), and the World Crime League's F**ked-Up Xmas Special."
Tim ColbyActor / Props
Tim is proud to be part of another great Kevin Bowen created production. Tim's artistic talents created the set pieces used in "Bits & Bobs: An Evening of Short Plays."
James Michael ZappaDirector
James Michael Zappa is thrilled to return to this years Minnesota Fringe Festival! Last seen at Fringe in the 2016 production of "The Non-Producers", James also wrote and produced "Sanctuary" in 2014 and "Screams in the Dark" in 2009, which he also directed. Recently, James directed as part of Lakeshore's 10 Minute Play Festival. James has appeared on stage at Theatre in the Round, Lakeshore Players, and Phipps Center for the Arts.
M. Scott TaulmanWriter/Director
M. Scott is a Twin-Cities based Actor/Massage Therapist/Stay-At-Home Dad with a passion for good documentaries and ice-cream. Scott has tread the stages of such local theater companies as Girl Friday Productions, The Old Log, Flying Pig Theatre, The Minnesota Shakespeare Project, Cerulean Productions, The Paul Bunyan Playhouse and The Minnesota Jewish Theater. Some of Scott's out of state credits include performing at American Players Theater, The Madison Rep, The Festival Theater of Oxford Mississippi, The Chamber Theater of Milwaukee, Saint Croix Festival Theater and Bridgework Theater of Goshen Indiana. He can be seen in the soon to be released Indie film Anthony Lost and Found and a few other locally shot indie movies. Scott is thrilled to be back at the Minnesota Fringe Festival with this group of very talented and fun people ...
Kevin Bowen is a playwright and songwriter living in Eagan, Minnesota. He also works as a professional graphic designer at Bowen Design (www.kevinbowendesign.com), which he started and has operated since 1995. He is a member of the Playwright’s Center and the Minnesota Association of Songwriters where he is currently serving as their Treasurer. His plays and musicals have been produced and staged throughout Minnesota. This is his seventh original Minnesota Fringe Festival play. Previous Fringe Festival plays included: "Playwrights on a Train" in 2017, co-written & co-produced with James Lundy, "The Non-Producers" in 2016, "The Oracle" in 2015, co-written & co-produced with Lynn Bowen & Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha, "Flushing New York" in 2014, co-written & co-produced with Lynn Bowen,"The Forger's Apprentice" in 2013, co-written & co-produced with Mark Forgy, and "The Red Tureen" (musical) in 2009, a Pioneer Press "Must See" show and the 6th most popular play (based on tickets sold) out of 162 shows, co-written & co-produced with James Lundy. Including other non-Fringe productions, this marks his tenth stage production in nine years. Kevin is thrilled to be part of this amazing team: Directors James Michael Zappa & M. Scott Taulman, Stage Manager Abi Carlson, our talented cast: Rob Ward, Tinne Rosenmeier, Phil Hoelscher, Emily Garst, Andrew Rosdail, Tim Colby as well as our composer Martha Davis. And of course, the wonderful folks at The Minnesota Fringe Festival. None of this would be possible without the boundless support of his wonderful wife Lynn and their two children, Erinn and Christopher. For more information about any of these completed plays or the new works, please email Kevin at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Abi CarlsonStage Manager/Sound Design/Light Design
Abi going to be a junior at the University of Wisconsin River Falls. She is studying agriculture and stage and screen arts. She has been a part of 9 productions at River Falls. Abi has sound designed, assistant stage managed, and will be light designing this year. This will be her third production stage managing. She is excited to participate in her first Minnesota Fringe Festival! Abi would like to thank her family, friends, the cast, and directors for a wonderful experience.
Sage BackerActor / Stage Hand
Sage is very excited to be part of "Bits and Bobs: An Evening of Short Plays"! This is her first time being with the Minnesota Fringe Festival and is eager to learn everything she can. Sage is a recent graduate of Augustana University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in theatre. She is ready to kick start her career in theatre in the beautiful Twin Cities! If you would like to see her tech work, feel free to visit her website at https://sabacker14.wixsite.com/mysite .
When she is not composing, Martha Davis is a sought after piano and composition teacher in Eagan, Minnesota with numerous award winning students. She also works at Macalester College as Department Coordinator for the Department of German and Russian Studies. In 2013, Martha composed the music for "The Forger's Apprentice" written by Mark Forgy and Kevin Bowen. In the summer of 2011, Martha created the entire score for the full-length remount of "The Red Tureen," adding additional music that was not in the original 2009 Minnesota Fringe Festival version with music by Kevin Bowen. The show, performed by The Eat Street Players had a successful run in June 2011. When she is not working she is playing with her seven year old and four year old grandsons, Jack and Jason, three year old granddaughter Elayna, and new 7 month old granddaughter Samantha.
Eva GemloIntimacy Choreographer
A mention about our show by Matthew A. Everett: