In 1930s New England, a young Yale grad wants to run away with the man he loves. The only obstacle in the way of him following his bliss: his conservative parents need to believe he has found a bride before he can claim his large trust fund. He devises a plan to hire a call girl to pose as his wife at a formal dinner party at his parent’s Connecticut estate….but the night does not go according to plan. There are many secrets and lies at this Estate of Affairs.
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Savanna has made a career in the Twin Cities as a lead singer in bands Old Soul, The Midnight Mo Experience, and Savanna and the Saviors. Prior to music, she was heavily involved in theater on the east coast and performed in such roles as Judas in Godspell, Lady Guinevere in Camelot, and Chris Gorman in Rumors. She has appeared in both film and television and was notably one of the final three actors on Starz and Encores limited series, "Looking for Stars" in 2005. Savanna has her Bachelor's degree in History from Hamline University. She was highlighted as a resident artist and vocalist in Visit Saint Paul's Official Visitors Guide as well as been featured on the "List of Lists" and "Best ofs" for Citypages and the (former) VitaMN publications. Savanna currently lives at home with her dreamy husband, Nathaniel, their two small children, August (19 months) and Alma (6 months); and their dog, Boone. Savanna is making her Minnesota Fringe debut and directorial debut with this original piece. She would love to thank her spectacular cast and crew, and Nate for watching their rambunctious children night after night while she goes off and has the time of her life. She owes you one.
Ali DanielsViney Duvray
Ali Daniels is a graduate of the BFA Musical Theatre program at University of WI- Stevens Point. She is a theatre, film, and commercial actor who has performed with Yellow Tree Theatre (The Diary of Anne Frank as Anne Frank), Open Window Theatre (The Potting Shed as Anne Callifer), Old Log Theatre (The Reluctant Dragon as Peter, Jack and the Beanstalk as Harper/Harpi), Actor's Theatre of MN (Awesome 80's Prom as Heather Winters) as well as countless other theatre companies in the Twin Cities. She's also worked extensively in films such as Area of Conflict (as Lilya) and Edge of Insanity with Scout-Taylor Compton (as Mackenzie). She's currently touring around Minnesota with Daytripper Theatre's production of Alice in Wonderland (as Alice) and will be starring as Dani in the upcoming sci-fi TV series MXC: The Invention of Tomorrow. Find out more at www.alidaniels.actor.
Grant HooyerWalt Cooley
Grant Hooyer is originally from Sioux Falls, SD. He graduated from Augustana College with B.A.'s in Psychology and Theatre. He moved to the Twin Cities in 2013, and has since performed with companies such as Theatre in the Round, Artistry, Sheep Theatre Company, Cromulent Shakespeare, and Lyric Arts. This is Grant's second performance in a Fringe show. You may have caught him in 2015's 'Craigslist: Not A Musical' in which he played a mad dentist, a big bologna troubadour, and Rick Allen, the one-armed drummer from Def Leppard.
John HaynesMortimer Cooley
John Haynes is an actor, writer, director, and instructor in the Twin Cities. He was part of the Brave New Workshop Comedy Theater as a writer, actor, and for six years was the Director of their training Center The Brave New Institute. In addition John has been on stage with Mystery Café Comedy Dinner Theater, Stevie Ray’s Improv, Yellow Tree Theater, and The Actors Theater of Minnesota. John has also taken his improv skills to the stages of many comedy festivals nationally. John is currently one of the artistic directors at The Actors Theater of Minnesota and has directed several shows including, Bye Bye Liver The Twin Cities Drinking Play, Flanagan’s Wake, Guys on Ice, My First Time, Bob’s Holiday Office Party, and Miracle on Christmas Lake. He is the Director of The Creative Institute at the Actors Theater of Minnesota. John spent nearly 7 years working as a talent agent for the Non Union Talent Service also known as NUTS and was in charge of new talent recruitment and development. He is presently represented by Wehmann as an on camera and voiceover talent. John has taken his training and skills into corporate America through using theater/improv techniques to train employees to be more creative and innovative.
Lois EstellBeverly Cooley
Lois Estell moved to the twin cities from Orange City, IA where she was actively involved in the local theatre community. Having graduated from Northwestern College in Orange City with a double major in Music Ministry and Theatre, Lois was given numerous opportunities to direct, act and design for shows in and around Orange City. Her favorite show to direct was "Mary Poppins" for the annual Orange City Tulip Festival and her favorite roles have been: Jo March in "Little Women," Lucy in "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," and Jean in "Dead Man's Cell Phone."
Robb Krueger is an actor, playwright, composer and lyricist. He has appeared most recently with Classical Actors Ensemble playing multiple roles in The Roaring Girl and with Little Lifeboats as Hades in Sing To Me Now. His play Room Enough premiered at the Phoenix Theater in June 2018. In his spare time he collapses.
Laura AndersonAssistant Producer
Originally from New Hampshire, Laura worked on set designs and spent many years as a "stage mom." She is making her Minnesota Fringe Festival debut and is thrilled to work with this brilliantly talented cast. Laura lives with her wonderful husband, Allen. She is a loving mother and grandmother.
Samson PerryAssistant Producer
Samson is a local stage manager, director, and playwright. He is currently a resident stage manager at Lyric Arts, and has most recently lent his talents to productions throughout the cities with Sheep Theater, Daleko Arts, and Walking Shadow Theatre Company. In addition to stage managing, Samson also has the pleasure of working with the students at Elk River High School for their One Act Competition and summer theatre program.
Niamh MeeCostume Designer
Niamh Mee is delighted to be making her Minnesota Fringe Festival debut. This is one of the three shows that she has been a part of this summer. Next year, she will be a freshman in high school. Niamh would like to thank her mom, Alisa, for encouraging her to sew and craft from a young age and Savanna for letting her be part of this incredible show.