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Reviews for: Teenage Subterfuge
Cast and Crew
Jesse Richards is as surprised as anyone to find himself here, doing this, but he's all kinds of delighted to have such talented folks to do it with.
Robert EichingerWriter and Producer
Attended the U of I writers workshops as an undergrad in the mid-eighties. Got some grad credits at Hamline U. I co-wrote three musical comedies with Jerungdu. Wrote tons of poems, few stories, scripts, short plays. I create two new narrative photo shows a year out of my space in the Northrup King Building in Nordeast Minneapolis. Did a couple photo shows in NYC. Wife, kid, dog, two cats.
Christine DeZelar-Tiedman (Meg) is thrilled to be performing at Fringe for the first time since 2011. Recently, she has been seen with Columbia Heights Fine Arts Foundation (Steel Magnolias (M'Lynn), The Odd Couple-Female Version (Florence)), and has also performed with Cromulent Shakespeare Company, Lex-Ham Community Theater, and others. By day she is a metadata librarian at the University of Minnesota.
Lily Jones is Minneapolis born and raised. She has been a practicing artist for most of her life in some form or another. Most recently, she could be found working on Twelfth Night and Aristophanic comedy with the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program. Starting in the fall, she will be studying Greek and Roman history with a splash of Shakespeare.
Steve, a native to Detroit, Michigan, is excited and honored to have joined the cast of Teenage Subterfuge as his first ever Fringe Festival show! Having recently moved to the Twin Cities to found Asylum Theatre-Minnesota's First Public Theatre with his colleagues, Amber Lee Olivier and Danny Glass, he is thrilled to join such a well established and loudly praised theatrical community. His favorite stage credits include Papageno in Mozart's Magic Flute, Leaf Coneybear in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Wickersham 3/General Genghis Kahn Schmitz/Yertle the Turtle in Suessical. Special thanks to all of you who come out to support our artists!
“Teenage Subterfuge” is about Meg, a single mother, who tries to connect to her very sarcastic daughter, Molly. It is intense, humorous and a little weird. It touches on alcoholism, eating disorders, trust and communication. One actor plays all the male roles including the ex-husband, the teenage boyfriend, a liquor store clerk and a therapist in rehab.
Writing the play:
The piece started with my kid’s voice. My child is sharp tongued, smart and funny. I took their voice and created a character struggling with problems they have been touched by but never known personally. Next, I wrote that character a mother who could be played by my wife - an actress who can strongly emote on stage. She couldn’t take the part because of conflicts. I channeled the experiences of friends and family to create the conflicts.
Finding a director:
I approached Jesse Richards, an old work friend, to direct. He was instrumental in improving the script – I couldn’t have driven the character arcs, sharpened the dialogue or been as honest without him.
Meg – Christine DeZelar-Tiedman
Molly – Lily Jones
All the male characters – Steve Cox