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Reviews for: Meet The Medranos
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Ricki was raised in "Nordeast" Minneapolis where she graduated from the U of M with degrees in Theatre and French. After moving to San Diego and launching her debut play at Broadway Vista and Diversionary Theatres, she decided to return to her roots after a 40 year journey. Her Midwest premiere of Meet The Medranos was held at the very eclectic and heartwarming Bryant Lake Bowl this past May. Her first doctor's office in "Nordeast" is now Dangerous Man Brewery but her Grandparent's church is still across the street right down from the Ritz Theatre where Ricki saw the Sound of Music in 1965. She is very excited to have made it off the 675 producer wait-list for the Fringe. Her Whippet Sophie Girl hopes to make it on stage with her in future shows.
Carlie AbelAssistant to Ms. Douglas
Carlie is a recent graduate from Bethel University where she received a BA in Theatre Arts in 2017. Emphasizing in acting and directing. She recently performed in SUPERHERO at the Southern Theater in July of 2018. When she is not working or performing in a show, Carlie is a full time preschool teacher. She also enjoys reading, drawing and biking. Carlie is excited to join the Fringe festival after a 4 year break. Her last Fringe was in 2014 where she performed in Crime and Punishment, at the Soap Factory.
Loren SalterVocal Coach
Loren Salter is an awarded teacher, painter, writer, performer, director, set designer, dramatics coach and a self employed retired music educator with 34 years teaching experience. Salter, in his retirement, has organized and taught cabaret classes, written three books and earned a Doctor of Divinity, Credentials of Ministry, and is an ordained Reverend. Present: Teaches Voice, Acting, Audition Techniques, coaches cabaret performers, and is still performing. Accreditation: Masters in Music from California State University at Los Angeles, 5 Lifetime teaching credentials (Elementary through Junior College) and have been an adjunct faculty member on both Grossmont & Mesa Community Colleges, San Diego), Actor's Equity Member (now retired). Affiliation: American Choral Directors Association, Life Member, Lewis & Dare Summer Stock Theatrical Productions (Performed in 22 Productions) Honors: Two Nominations for teacher of the year, 1979 & 1983 (San Diego Unified Schools), 7 Disney Outstanding teacher Nominations, Two Freedom's Foundation At Valley Forge Medals for "Superior Achievement In & Contributions To The Arts," "Outstanding Choral Teacher of the Year" (2001) & "Outstanding Retired Music Educator" (2005), First Place at the International Youth & Music Festival, 1983, Vienna, Austria (with a Junior High Choir competed in the "High School Category" against 62 High Schools choral organizations from around the World), Directed over 40 Musicals, Artistic Director for 2 Non-Profit arts organizations (Loren Salter's California Youth Chorale & The American Rose Theatre, both in San Diego)
Nicole WilderArtist Collaborator
Nicole Wilder earned her MA in Directing and Women's Studies from Miami University (the one in Ohio) in 2008. She moved back to the Twin Cities, where she has been delighted to direct for such companies as 20% Theatre Company, Theatre Unbound, and Freshwater Theatre. Recently she directed Meet The Medranos at Bryant Lake Bowl and is currently directing Not Fair, My Lady for the Fringe 2018. Her most recent performance credit is with Wonderlust, playing Alice in 2016's production of In My Heart: The Adoption Play Project. When she's not making theatre, she sings with local bands Daisy & Hubert, Fred Savage and the Unbeatables, The Time Lords, and Maple & Beech (to name a few).
Laura HoranPublic Relations
Laura Horan is founder of Clearly Said Consulting, a digital and creative consulting company based in Minneapolis. With over 15 years of experience, she’s created content for corporations, non-profits, and small businesses. She’s helped launch mobile apps, redesigned websites, led social media campaigns, and organized unconventional marketing efforts. Her bold and inventive approach makes her work both effective and delightful. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Laura lives with her husband, dog and cats in Minneapolis.
Minnesota Woman Finds Biological Father on Game Show
Local playwright Ricki Douglas exposes family dysfunction through a witty and relatable true story about growing up “different” in Minnesota.
Before he walked out 60 years ago, Ricki Douglas’ father told his pregnant wife that if she delivered a boy, he’d make the child proud, but if she delivered a girl, he didn’t want to know her.
Despite that cruel rejection, Douglas, who grew up in Nordeast, never stopped wondering what happened to her mysterious father, a young Marine with Ecuadorian heritage.
It would take four decades and many surprising twists of fate for Douglas to complete her quest, which is the subject of “Meet the Medranos,” a one-woman play at the Fringe.
Douglas’ mom remarried and had five more children. She told Douglas to pretend her new stepdad was her birth father, and that they would never talk about her biological dad again. But Douglas looked and acted nothing like her blonde half-siblings. She never felt like she fit in, and she struggled under the pressure to keep the family secret.
When Douglas was in high school, she learned from her aunt that her birth father had once been a guest on the TV show “What’s My Line?”. It would take another 30 years before Douglas was able to track down a copy of that TV episode, and through that connection find out what happened to her father.
“Unless you’re adopted, it’s really hard to understand that longing and incompleteness a person has when they’re looking for answers to their past,” Douglas said. “I never expected to meet my dad, but I needed to know who he was and I knew there might be other children out there who I wanted to meet.”
Douglas, who now lives in Uptown with her Whippet, Sophie Girl, wrote and produced the two-act show, and is also its star. The play traces her family’s story from the 1950s to today,
and is told through several characters and costume changes, interspersed with a medley of original songs, and multiple references to Minnesota culture and the Nordeast neighborhood.
It’s full of laughter to balance the drama; both clever with wit and raw with vulnerability: sure to be a hit among anyone who’s ever struggled to find their true self.