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Reviews for: TITUS: Sweet Water, Silent Walks
Cast and Crew
Adrian Lopez-Balbontin (He/Him/His)Director and Adaptor
Adrian Lopez-Balbontin is the Founding Artistic Director of The BAND Group. TITUS: Sweet Water, Silent Walks marks the company's second production, with one for November, 2018 and another in March, 2019--to be announced during this year's Fringe Festival. Adrian has directed productions in the Twin Cities Metro area at Red Eye Theater, Lyric Arts, and Bryant Lake Bowl. Prior to moving to Minneapolis his directing work was seen in Chicago and various theaters in California. Adrian's primary focus is running The BAND Group but he also freelances as a director when available. TITUS marks Adrian's 4th adaptation of a classical play and 1st by Shakespeare. He reveres living and dead playwrights but feels the latter had their time and their work can be updated. Find out more about Adrian at Adrianbalbontin.com and The BAND Group at Theband.group to see what the company has coming up, to follow on social media, to see what nonprofits they've worked with in the past, and to contact if you have a cause we should explore. B-eyond A-cceptance, N-o D-iscrimination
Julia Amundson (She/Her/Hers)Chorus
Julia Amundson graduated from the University of North Dakota with a B.A. in Theatre Arts, and studied musical theatre under Jeff Whiting in New York City. Her favorite roles include Kristine in A Chorus Line and Agnes in I Do! I Do!. Julia is very excited to join this talented and dedicated team, and she would like to thank The BAND Group for telling this poignant story.
Chloé Bell (She/Her/Hers)Marcus Andronicus
Chloé Bell is so excited to be joining The BAND Group, and to be making her Minnesota Fringe debut! She is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota / Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program; where she played Medea in Argonautika, Yelena in Uncle Vanya, Beth in A Lie of the Mind, and the title role in Henry VI, Part 3. Her regional credits include work with the Playwrights’ Center, BARd Shakespeare, Wldrnss Theatre, Kentucky Shakespeare, and the Walden Theatre Conservatory. She holds a great passion for Shakespeare (as well as tackling those male roles) and she’s thrilled to be working on such a complex and meaningful show. You can find more info about Chloé on her website http://www.chloebellactor.com.
Patrick Patrick Kloeckner-Walters (He/Him/His)Mutius Andronicus
Patrick Kloeckner-Walters is extremely excited to be doing his first show in four years. After graduating with his B.F.A in Musical Theatre from the University of North Dakota, he took time off to complete his Masters of Education degree at St. Mary’s University. His favorite roles include Paul in A Chorus Line, and co-creating and performing in My Generation at the Region 5 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Additionally, Mr. Kloeckner-Walters has creating theatre with his elementary students and written and directed anti-bullying plays presented to and performed by students. He is excited to be a part of a show that shines light on such an important issue as his goal is to help change the world through theater.
Kaitlyn Larsen (She/Her/Hers)Stage Manager
Kaitlyn Larsen is the resident stage manager for The BAND Group and company member. This is only her second theatre gig, her first being this summer’s production of TART. She's especially passionate about working with Cornerstone because of her own experiences with sexual assault. She hopes that victims and allies will feel heard when they see TITUS, and understand that they aren't alone and that help is out there.
Troy Lowry Jr. (He/Him/His)Quintus Andronicus
Troy Lowry, Jr. is proud to be in The BAND Group's performance of TITUS: Sweet Water, Silent Walks. He has recently finished his third acting course with Remedios Creative, allowing him to feel refreshed and ready to hit the stage again. His recent credits include Rocky in God Girl (with Northfield Arts Guild) and Teague in What They Don’t Know (at the Phoenix Theater). In his free-time outside of theatre, Troy enjoys expanding his mind through many different avenues; may it be musical instruments, pen to paper, physical activity, or any new experience he can get his hands on. If you see Troy around after the show or in the city, send a "Hello!" or a little wave his way. He appreciates you and everything you've done to support theatre and the arts.
Jolie Meshbesher (She/Her/Hers)Tamora
Jolie Meshbesher has the joy of a very diverse career. All of her life, she zig zagged from ballet to theatre, then to modern dance, back to ballet, and is thrilled to be returning to theatre with her favorite: Shakespeare. She holds a B.F.A. in Classical Acting from the Hartt School (pttp), a certificate from The Ailey School, and a Masters in Acupuncture from Northwestern Health Sciences University. Some of Ms. Meshbesher’s favorite roles include Lady Macbeth (Artists Shakespeare Festival), Ariel in The Tempest (CalibanCo Theatre), The Laundress in The Trial and Mathilde in Requiem for the Dead (both at Red Eye), Carabosse in Sleeping Beauty (St. Paul City Ballet), and creating the title role in The Little Match Girl for Ballet of the Dolls. Currently, she is a company member at Continental Ballet Company, where she recently played the role of the Stepmother in Cinderella. When not performing, Jolie enjoys her husband and three young children, preparing for the acupuncture boards, and aerial Lyra.
Alex Moronge (He/Him/His)Aaron
Alex Moronge is a recent graduate from Coon Rapids High School and its acclaimed theatre program; where he played such roles as Albert in Bye Bye Birdie, Bobby in Girl Crazy, and the pastry chef in The Drowsy Chaperone. During this time, he won the Arion Award for music, two Hennepin Theatre Trust Spotlight Awards for Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role, and was a finalist for the 2017-2018 Spotlight Triple Threat Award. Mr. Moronge will continue his studies this fall at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. This is his first experience of professional theatre and he is beyond excited to be a part of the Fringe Festival.
Ben Murphy (He/Him/His)Chiron
TITUS: Sweet Water, Silent Walks is Ben’s first production with The BAND Group, as well as his first production at the Minnesota Fringe Festival. Born and raised in Minneapolis, he graduated from Southwest High School in 2016, and he’s now pursuing a B.F.A. in Acting at Boston University’s School of Theatre. Recent roles include the Ghost of Robert F. Kennedy in Particularly in the Heartland and Dudard in Rhinoceros. He’d like to thank Cat Brindisi, Margaret Berg, Nathan Knoll, José Fresco, Jerry Elsbernd, Michael Hanley, McCaela Donovan, Mark Cohen, Paula Langton, Elaine Vaan Hogue, Yo-El Cassel, Madeleine Harvey, and, of course, Mom, Dad, Becca, and Alana. You can find him on Instagram @begeeem.
Kelly Nelson (She/Her/Hers)Marcus Andronicus
Kelly is honored to be a part of The BAND Group's production of Titus. She was most recently seen in town as June in Theatre Coup d'Etat's production of Marisol. Classically trained in theatre arts and dance performance at Minnesota State University of Moorhead, Kelly has been lucky to have worked for numerous companies around the Twin Cities in the last several years; including the Guthrie Theater, Theatre Coup d'Etat, Artistry, Theatre in the Round, Fox in a Box Productions, WAR theatre, Candid Theatre, Shadow Horse Theatre, and many more. She would love to thank everyone in her life that continues to inspire her to breathe life into each character of every production. Enjoy the show!
Todd O'Dowd (He/Him/His)Saturninus
Todd O’Dowd is thrilled to be working with The BAND Group again after playing Orgon in the company’s acclaimed production of TART earlier this summer. Since completing his studies at Hamline University, he has worked steadily throughout the area as an actor, singer, director, and stage manager; with recent credits including Theatre in the Round, SteppingStone Theatre, Red Eye Theater, Continental Ballet Company, nimbus, Bedlam Theatre, Actors Theater of Minnesota, Unicorn Theatre, Patrick’s Cabaret, The Open Space, the Bryant-Lake Bowl, the Playwrights’ Center, the Minnesota Fringe Festival, the Oratorio Society of Minnesota, and the Minnesota Orchestra. In addition to being an Artistic Associate of The BAND Group, Mr. O’Dowd is also a company member of The Haunted Basement.
Jackie O'Neil (She/Her/Hers)Lavinia/Choreographer & Co-Director
Jackie graduated from the University of North Dakota with degrees in Musical Theater Performance, Communications, and Dance Choreography. Wearing multiple hats as a member of the creative team as well as a performer, Jackie feels blessed with this opportunity to grow professionally and personally. “Thank you for speaking up for yourself and for those who are struggling to find their own voice.”
Shae Palic (She/Her/Hers)Titus Andronicus/Intimacy Captain
Shae Palic is happy to be joining The BAND Group as Titus in this production of TITUS: Sweet Water, Silent Walks. She is an alumna of both the Actor Training Program at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts and the University of Minnesota / Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program. Most recently, she has worked at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, the Guthrie Theater, Park Square Theatre, and the PCPA Theatrefest. Find out more at http://shaepalic.com.
Beth Ann Powers (She/Her, They/Them)Young Lucius
Beth Ann Powers is a playwright, performer, and theatre artist based in the Twin Cities. An alum of the Theatre Arts program at the University of Minnesota, she the co-founder and artistic director of the production company Slap Happy Studios; for whom they created the web series Love in Idleness. As a playwright, Beth Ann’s work has been presented by the University of Minnesota, The Playwrights Center’, Phoenix Theater, Theatre Unbound, Raw Sugar, and Little Lifeboats. They have also performed around the Twin Cities with such companies as 20% Theater Company, Wildwood Theater, and Classical Actors Ensemble. Beth Ann’s latest work Frigid will be performed in September as part of Savage Umbrella's Night Of New Works Festival.
Matt Saxe (He/Him/His)Martius Andronicus
Matt Saxe is the founder of Shadow Horse Theatre; for whom he has worked on American Midget, Crazyface, The History of the Devil, A Kind of Love Story, and Phaedra. He is also the producer and director of “A Drinking Game - Minnesota”; now in its sixth year of monthly performances. Other local credits include Arcadia (Chameleon Theatre Circle), Macbeth (Theatre Coup d’Etat), Peter and Alice and Hauptmann (Candid Theatre Company), The Foreigner (Lyric Arts), and many others. His film and television credits include Jarhead, Pearl Harbor, The Bold and the Beautiful, and the Universal Studios Hollywood-Special Effects Stages Show. An alum of the theatre program of the University of Alabama, Mr. Saxe has appeared annually in the Minnesota Fringe since 2010, and will also be seen in this year’s production of An Odyssey Backwards and in Heels.
Olivia Schierbeck-June (She/Her/Hers)Chorus
Olivia Schierbeck-Jones is thrilled to be making her Minnesota Fringe debut with The BAND Group. Some of her recent credits include Tricia in Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead (Loyola University), Madeline True in the Andrew Lippa version of The Wild Party (TASU Theatre Co.), Tribe Member in Hair (Children's Theatre Company’s TAT Program), and Spider in James and the Giant Peach (Yellow Tree Theatre). She is currently studying at Loyola University in Chicago completing her B.A. in theatre.
Anna Marie Schmidt (She/Her/Hers)Chorus
Anna Marie Schmidt is a theatre artist, dancer, educator, and spoken word poet living in Minneapolis. Upon graduating from New York University, she continued her performing arts education with Gibney Dance Center and the Upright Citizens Brigade. As an artist, Anna Marie is dedicated to creating work which explores raw vulnerability. During a hiatus due to injury, she focused her energy on poetry, and has been featured with WIP Artists, the Collective Sex, Err Mpls and video published by Button Poetry. Anna Marie most recently appeared as a scripted actor in HUGE Theater’s Off Book and featured dancer in new choreography by Alina Fatieieva. When she’s not writing or performing, her free time is spent cooking, spending time with friends, and teaching arts education across the Twin Cities.
Johnny Stang (He/Him/His)Bassianus
Johnny Stang is making his Minnesota Fringe debut with this production. Born and bred in St. Paul, he is a graduate of Cretin-Derham Hall and is currently pursuing his B.F.A. in Acting at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point; where he most recently played James Keller in their production of The Miracle Worker. Twin Cities audiences may remember him best as Horst in last summer’s acclaimed production of Bent presented by Geki Arts at the Bryant-Lake Bowl. This is Mr. Stang’s first production with The BAND Group.
Ben Swenson-Klatt (He/Him/His)Demetrius
Ben Swenson-Klatt is a dancer, actor, and performing artist based in the Twin Cities. They have recently performed and worked with The Moving Company, ARENA Dances, Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater, Leyya Mona Tawil, and Orchard Theater Collective. They have presented original work at the Center for Performing Arts, St. Olaf College, ACDA North-Central Conference, Future Interstates, and at Bearnstow in Mount Vernon, ME. Ben graduated from St. Olaf College with a B.A in Theatre and Dance and a concentration in Women’s and Gender Studies.
Kjer Whiting (He/Him/His)Lucius Andronicus
Kjer Whiting was last seen at the Minnesota Fringe Festival in the title role of last year’s production of Pope Joan: The First Transgender Pope. His recent roles include Schmendiman in Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Chameleon Theatre Circle) and Pernelle in TART (The BAND Group), as well as performances with Gadfly Theatre and Persistent Theatre Productions. Additionally, he is a company member of both Smartmouth Comedy Co. and The Haunted Basement. Following TITUS:..., Mr. Whiting will next be seen in the world premiere of American Nightmare: The Trials of Jeffrey Dahmer.
Chelsea Wren (She/Her/Hers)Costume Designer
Chelsea Wren is a local performer and designer, working in the Twin Cities performance community approaching 9 years. As a designer, she has worked with The World Crime League, and will be returning on her second production with Theatre Coup d'Etat this fall. Chelsea is honored to be returning for her second production with The BAND Group, and thrilled to be working with such a mission-driven organization. It has been a privilege to be a part of such a stunning ensemble piece, and as a survivor, it has been cathartic and uplifting to be able to participate in a production geared toward telling the story of and benefiting other survivors.
Freely Adapted from Titus Andronicus, Shakespeare's parable about the repercussions of revenge, the play regrames the action from the point of view of Titus' beloved daughter Lavinia, and the violent sexual assault that turns her into a victim without any way to communicate. While starting more or less as a "traditional" staging, TITUS: Sweet Water, Silent Walks devolves into a silent telling of the story; incorporating elements of dance, physical theatre, and more to echo the plight of Lavinia and other assault victims have with no one to turn to, and no voice to express themselves with.
*The BAND Group would like to let the audience of TITUS: Sweet Water, Silent Walks know that this production contains highly stylized depictions of violence and sexual violence. Please use caution if you may have a heightened sensitivity toward this subject matter.
As part of The BAND Group's mission of bringing awareness, exposure, and financial support to other nonprofit organizations, this production will be partnering with Cornerstone; whose ultimate goal is to reduces the prevalence of domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking. Learn more about Cornerstone at http://CornerstoneMN.org
By banding together with artists of all backgrounds to bring awareness and financial support to other nonprofit organizations, the Mission of The BAND Group is to help those that help others further the cause of a world that wants to move BeyondAcceptance and to one with No Discrimination. Learn more about the company at http://theBAND.group