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Glen DawsonDet. Heck Bills
It's Fringe, 2018, and Glen L. Dawson is thrilled to be returning to New Endeavor's production of The Buttslasher! There's a "number two" joke in there somewhere, but you can write it yourself! A veteran of the Fringe, this is Glen's third year, and he couldn't be more excited! From mainstage shows playing Prof. Harold Hill in Morris Park Players' The Music Man, to having his hand stuck in a toilet in The Lakeshore Players' Coriolis Effect, Heck Bills remains one of Glen's most cherished characters. Glen returned to the stage in 2016, having taken a 13-year hiatus, and re-launched his career with his first role in the Fringe Festival. Since then, it's been a cavalcade of performances, each with talented, industrious individuals, who have reinvigorated his passion for the theater. This group at New Endeavors is no exception, and he hopes you all thoroughly enjoy the show! And watch your butts. . .cuz we will be!
Kendra AlauraJoanna Finlayson
Originally from small town Wisconsin, Kendra received her arts education through years performing on stage and off. Raised by theatrical parents, she began her life on stage at the age of two and continued her passion for acting into adulthood. She has been involved in short films, commercials, music videos, and theatrical productions in and around the Twin Cities area for the last six years.
Tyus BeesonDet. Eric Balls
Tyus is thrilled to be joining the cast of New Endeavors Used Play: The Buttslasher . Prior to working with New Endeavors, Tyus has worked with companies such as Sidekick Theatre, Lyric Arts, Chameleon Theatre Circle, Mission Theatre Co., Sioux Empire Theatre, Prairie Repertory Theatre, and The World Crime League. Tyus is also excited to be joining GTC Dramatic Dialogues for their fall tour.
Kendall KentGenevieve Bills
Kendall Kent is thrilled to be working with New Endeavors for the first time. Previously she has worked at The History Theatre, Old Log Theater, Children’s Theatre Company, 20% Theatre Company, Chain Reaction Theatre, BARd Shakespeare, and more. Most recently, she was seen in Sex, War, and Syphilis with Theatre Unbound and Raw Sugar. She attended St. Paul Conservatory for the Performing Artists before graduating from the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theatre BFA Actor Training Program. This fall Kendall will be joining the cast of Hooded or Being Black for Dummies at Mixed Blood Theatre. To stay in touch, please visit kendallkent.com.
Joy RakerdChief Karen Bently
Hey Fringe goers! Joy has been working in the Twin Cities for more years than she cares to admit. Some of the theaters include Chanhassen Dinner Theater, The Old Log, The Bryant Lake Bowl, and the Plymouth Playhouse. Also, Joy appeared in the original production of Hey City Theater’s Tony and Tina’s Wedding. She’s been seen numerous times at Park Square Theater but is most proud of her 9 year run as Mrs. Frank in Diary of Anne Frank and Amanda in The Glass Menagerie. Oh, she’s also the mother of the writer of this production! *member of Actor's Equity
Varghese AlexanderDet. Heart
Varghese Alexander (Alex) is an actor, writer and a producer who has been performing in MN Fringe since 2014. He is excited to be back on stage with this enthusiasstic cast & crew of The Buttslasher. You can also see him in BollyProv: NOT a Dance Drama! and is the producer of The Moirologist.
Harry LanttoJerry Sensor/Officer
Harry Lantto returns to a wonderful group of people to perform a show he can't stop snickering at! He has spent the last year working offstage and onstage with shows like Spamalot, Madagascar Jr, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. This is his 2nd appearance at Fringe and he hopes to have many more in the future. Thank you and we hope you laugh your butt off!
Andy Rakerd is a Minneapolis actor and playwright. His previously produced works include Love and Persuasion (2015), The Surgeon (2017), and The Buttslasher (2017). He also performs regularly as a company member for The Murder Mystery Company. He would like to thank Geoff Conklin and New Endeavors for doing him the honor of producing his work, and he'd like to thank his friends and family for their undying support
Taylor JedlinskiSound Designer/Director
Taylor is thrilled to be part of the Minnesota Fringe Festival and The Buttslasher for the second year in a row. She graduated from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO with a BFA in Directing and a BFA in Technical Theatre/Design. Taylor has worked in many aspects of the theatrical process, but especially loves sound design and directing. Some previous shows Taylor has directed include: The Most Massive Woman Wins, Frog Loves Christy, and the 2017 version of The Buttslasher. Some of her favorite sound designs include: Columbinus, A New Brain, Year of Bad Men, and The Surgeon. Taylor would like to thank Geoff Conklin, Andy Rakerd, and New Endeavors Productions for making this show and her involvement with it possible. Happy Fringe to all!
Gaia Dill-D'AscoliStage Manager
Gaea is a multi-hyphenate teaching artist from the Twin Cities. Her possible descriptors include stage manager, stilt walker, carpenter, photographer, writer, and puppeteer. She recently completed her Master’s Degree in Arts and Cultural Management so she can earn a living while staying in the arts. Her work can be found at DragonsLLC.com and GaeaDD.com.
Geoffrey is thrilled to take the helm of "The Buttslasher" this year. His previous directing credits include "Leaves of Glass" at the Duluth Play Ground, "Love and Persuasion" at the 2015 Minnesota Fringe and "The Surgeon" with the World Crime League. He has also worked at the Guthrie Theater(directing intern) and Theater Latté Da (Assistant Director)
Tom RingbergFight Choreography
Tom Ringberg is a Fight/Stunt Choreographer in the Twin Cities area. He graduated from Augsburg University with a degree in Theatre with a focus in performance, directing, and Stage Combat. Tom works in both the Theatre and film industry in the Twin Cities. He recently worked on the SAG film ‘The Harbinger’ and was the Stunt Coordinator for ‘When the Rain Comes’ that win the 48 hour film project. Tom will be working with the Minnesota Opera as the Fight Captain and principal fighter for their production of ‘Silent Night’
The 2017 breakout hit returns this summer!
After a successful run in the 2017 Fringe Festival at the Ritz Studio Theater, New Endeavors is moving The Buttslasher to the Ritz Theater Mainstage to get more butts in seats.
The Buttslasher is a neo-noir crime melodrama based on a true story. It follows Detective Heck Bills, a battle-weary hero cop in the crime hub of Stillwater, Minnesota. His town is soon terrorized by a series of mysterious butt slashings that leaves the Stillwater Police Department baffled. Detective Bills must solve this crime with a hotshot new partner, Eric Balls, all the while trying to heal his damaged relationship with his daughter, Genevieve, and his on-again-off-again romantic interest, Joanna Finlayson. As he tries to solve this mystery, he can only be sure of one thing; this case is a real pain in the rear.
The Buttslasher was nominated for Best Original/New Work for the 2017 BroadwayWorld Minneapolis awards, and it played to critical acclaim and sold-out houses. This summer, at the Ritz Theater Mainstage, danger rears its ugly head once again.