Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Who is The Uninvited Company?

Rachel Teagle, Class of 2008, is a Theater major from Saratoga, California. An avid playwright, director, actor, and smartass, Rachel hopes to make a living telling stories. She is one of the co-directors of the Uninvited Company this season and looks forward to bringing good theater to the good people of Northfield. In high school, she captained the National Champion 4H Avian Bowl team, and knows more about chickens than a human being ever should.

Director, Moon Over Buffalo; Ann Deever, Co-Set Designer, All My Sons; Lady Bracknell, The Importance of Being Earnest;

Hal Edmonson, Class of 2009, is a Religion major from Madison, WI, and co-director of the Uninvited Company. While Hal's work has primarily been on the technical side, he has also been known to take the stage on occasion, and has worked in a major capacity on nearly 20 productions over the last six years. Favorite credits include Joe Keller in "All My Sons", Directing "All About Al" for ETB, and being a frequent Stage Manager for the Carleton Players. He is also the Managing Director for the Uninvited Company this season. While keenly aware of the unemployable future that awaits him with a B.A in Religion, he hopes to pursue graduate study in the field after Carleton. Hal is known for his peculiar fascination with koalas, and at last count owns 24 stuffed representations of them. He is also capable of standing on one foot for two consecutive hours.

Assistant Director, The Importance of Being Earnest; Joe Keller, All My Sons; Richard, Moon Over Buffalo.

Karen Borchert, Class of 2008, is a Biology major who spends all of her free time doing Theater. Karen considers herself a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to her role in Theater. Having had her hand is most everything, what she loves most is supporting directors, whether it be in the role of Stage Manager, AD, or Producer. In her earlier days she once built a car with square wheels that functioned as a timing device for the birdman competition on Easter Island, done in limerick.

Director, Importance of Being Ernest; Lydia Lubey, Lighting Designer, All My Sons; Soldier, Moon Over Buffalo.

Someone once said that by the time Ben Egerman turned 18, he had already stolen 500 cars and slept with 1000 men. This was highly inaccurate. Had this observer known their facts better, they would have said that Ben Egerman is a History major in the class of 2008 from Weston, MA. He enjoys all aspects of theater and has been involved in productions in many different roles while at Carleton. He is fascinated by the interplay of tragedy and comedy and wonders how anyone can think of the two as separate. He has written or co-written 4 one-act comedies, all of which end with death, and dozens of shorter scenes and sketches. He likes ice cream, but only some flavors. He identifies very strongly with penguins, but ardently believes that they are all wearing tiny tuxedos. And he has definitely not stolen 500 cars.

Co-Director, All My Sons; Mr. Lane, The Importance of Being Earnest; Paul, Moon Over Buffalo.

Bethany Schimmel, Class of 2009, is an English Major from Tulsa, Oklahoma. She used to think that Martha's Vineyard was a Martha Stewart themepark. It lost its appeal when she found out the truth.

Gwendolyn Fairfax, The Importance of Being Earnest; Roz, Moon Over Buffalo.

Jenny Gibbins, Class of '07, is a former English major who no longer knows who she is if she cannot anymore define herself by the fact that she studies obscure 18th-century seduction novels and has a far-above-average ability to pronounce Middle English. You can spot her as an obvious theater person by her attraction to melodramatic situations (which is why she likes girls, despite any common sense she can claim). Although her fondness for knitting may make her seem sweet and maternal, she sometimes steals things. Fiber artist or common thief? You decide.

Kate Keller, All My Sons

Emily Ruff, Class of 2009, is a Chemistry major from Mendota Heights. She can speak Chinese, German, and French, and is a twin. A WONDERtwin.

Sue Bayliss, All My Sons; Ms. Prism, The Importance of Being Earnest; Charlotte, Moon Over Buffalo.

Alex Fisher, Class of 2010, from Evanston, Illinois has no idea what he's majoring in yet. When not executing his technical wizardry, Alex enjoys canoeing and has been on trips everywhere from northern Minnesota to Hudson Bay. He once shot a man in Reno just to watch him die.

Frank Lubey, All My Sons; Algernon Montcrieff, The Importance of Being Earnest; Set Designer, Moon Over Buffalo.

Max Herzl-Betz, Class of 2008, is a Physics major from lovely Elmira, NY. When not howling at the moon or defending humanity from horrors defying description, Max spends a great deal of time thinking of excellent and thought provoking themes for Carleton's premier bring-your-own-sketch stage CHELSEA 11:17 (resurrected and copyrighted by Ben and Rachel, all rights reserved). He is also an actor/light hanger-upper/migrant set builder, the combination of which once made him exceedingly afraid of being trapped in Arena's catwalks forever. Now fully recovered, he can finally resume his normal life of reading, shooting things, and being paranoid about tree squids.

Jim Bayliss, All My Sons; George, Moon Over Buffalo.

Russell O'Connell, Class of 2008, is a Psychology Major from Hingham, MA. He has been involved in theater since high school, mostly as an actor, and has had several major roles in many different plays. Although he masquerades as a 21-year-old boy, he is actually a 1532-year-old Vampire. Also, he is the God of Time. Also, he is totally NOT a compulsive liar.

George Deever, Co-Set Designer, All My Sons; Jack Worthing, The Importance of Being Earnest.

Laura Roberts, class of 2010, is a potential Russian major/French concentrator from Marinette, WI. For a high school English video, she dressed up as Walt Whitman and had an affair with Allen Ginsberg. Her interests include peanut butter, trashy romance novels, and Taco Bell's cheesy gordita crunch. Laura swears she’s not a robot.

Costume Coordinator, All My Sons, Importance of Being Earnest; Ethel, Moon Over Buffalo.

Joe Knoedler,
is a biology major from the class of 2009. He may also pursue a concentration in neuroscience if the faculty ever gets around to approving it. He grew up in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, a town most noted for its abundance of bratwurst and proximity to a major toilet manufacturer. Since playing a winged monkey in "The Wizard of Oz" in sixth grade, Joe has been driven to participate in theater by an irresistible force that he does not fully comprehend, although he understands scientists are racing towards a cure. He is also an avid classical pianist and enjoys hiking, canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, and other water-related activities. Joe has noticed that many other bios on this page contain many outlandish and exaggerated statements. His experiences as part of a junta in a small third-world country taught him not to indulge in such things.

Howard, Moon Over Buffalo.

Although Robert Kennedy lives in the Lyman Lakes, eats small aquatic insects, and frequently is found lounging on lily pads, he is not an amphibian. He is, however, a chemistry major, which mostly consists of stirring together two chemicals and hoping that they explode. He hopes to apply this advanced scientific knowledge to his chosen career, beach bum.Robert has been under the thrall of theater since high school, and has played such important roles as: The Techie Under the Stage Who Runs the Projector (his first role), and more recently as Sound Guru, and sometimes he shows up in musicals and sings a bit. He likes building things... Big things. Tall things... Dinosaurs? Can you build dinosaurs? Robert is also a member of the Class of 2009, to the consternation of one and all.

Merriman, The Importance of Being Earnest.

Jared Evans, Class of 2010, is a potential English Major from Cedar Hills, Utah. A comic book junkie, Jared has decided to take a summer off from crime fighting to work with the Uninvited Company. He spent most of High School wanting to act, but didn't get up the nerve until his senior year. Since then he has acted in as many plays as directors will let him. When asked how he began his career as an actor/superhero (and not the other way around), Evans related an anecdote from his early childhood. After being chased around the playground by some of the "older kids", he ran to a tree to seek shelter. Upon discovering that he was unable to climb trees, he did the only thing he could. He pulled up his shirt with both hands, and yelled, "Care Bear Stare!" Needless to say, his pursuers were stunned.

Chris Kellar, All My Sons; Rev. Canon Chasuble, The Importance of Being Earnest.

Hannah Crawford, Class of 2009, is an English major from Rochester, Minnesota. She did set design and backstage work in high school, and now at Carleton has done lights, sound, and other tech stuff on a variety of shows. She hopes to double major in Defense Against the Dark Arts.

Amanda Plump is a Romance Languages major from the class of 2009. She is quite the world traveler as she spent her winter term in Mexico and will be going to both Madrid and Mali this coming year. She is currently vacillating between becoming a translator for the United Nations, a college professor, and cat lady. Amanda has a great aversion to thank you notes and people who walk really slowly right in front of her but a great love for black coffee and conceptual hilarity. Though she was in several musicals in high school, UNCO will be her Carleton theater debut.

Costume Coordinator, All My Sons, Importance of Being Earnest; Eileen, Moon Over Buffalo

Kristen Johnson is a potential English/Psychology double major from class of 2010. She
has been in theatre all her life in one capacity or another, including a few plays at Carleton. In terms of acting, She has portrayed everything from an obese aristocratic gentleman to an animated stuffed bear (d*mn typecasting). Growing up in dusty Lubbock, Texas, she has learned three things: 1) tumbleweeds make great christmas trees, 2) sex-ed is for sinners, and 3) never EVER pass someone on the street without smiling and waving at them.

Cecily Cardew, The Importance of Being Earnest

Arika Garg, Class of 2010, is a prospective English major from India. She grew up in Singapore where she fell in love with theater in her junior year of high school and has since been involved in theater in various capacities- acting, directing, designing and also stage-managing. The one thing she feels she must absolutely do in life is travel- while she has not seen as much of the world as she would have liked to yet, she is obsessed with devising (hopelessly unsuccessful) get-rich-quick schemes to help her fulfill her dreams of travelling.

Co-Director: All My Sons

Allison Koster, UNCO technical supervisor, serves as Lighting Designer and Assistant Technical Director for the Department of Theater & Dance at Carleton College. Allison holds an MFA in scenic and lighting design from the University of Idaho (Moscow), where twice her scenic design work advanced to the American College Theatre Festival’s national competition at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In 2003/04 she was Visiting Professor of Design and Technology in Theatre/Dance at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Allison’s freelance work in carpentry and props has been seen on such stages as Theatre de la Jeune Lune(Minneapolis), Idaho Theatre For Youth (Boise), Commonweal Theatre Company (Lanesboro,MN) and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival (Boulder).

Saturday, May 19, 2007

All My Sons

All My Sons
by Arthur Miller

Show Dates: July 5, 6, 7

The year is 1947 and Chris Keller is anticipating his marriage to Ann Deever, the former fiancée of his brother, Larry, who went missing in action during the war. His mother, however, is not willing to concede that her son is dead, and the allegations of war profiteering for which his father was acquitted still loom. Past, present and future intersect and violently clash with one another in this gripping tragedy of a thoroughly American family.

Directed by Ben Egerman and Arika Garg

Joe KellerHal Edmonson
Kate KellerJenny Gibbins
Chris KellerJared Evans
Ann DeeverRachel Teagle
George DeeverRussell O'Connell
Jim BaylissMax Herzl-Betz
Sue BaylissEmily Ruff
Frank LubeyAlex Fisher
Lydia LubeyKaren Borchert
Noah Schomburg

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance
of Being Earnest

by Oscar Wilde

Show Dates: July 19, 20, 21

A Trivial Comedy for Serious People
: Jack and Algernon, two wealthy young Englishmen, use the same pseudonym, "Ernest", in order to shirk responsibility whenever possible. Their double lives get turned upside down when they both fall in love with women using that name leading to a comedy of mistaken identities, romantic pursuits and meddling relations all the while satirizing the respectability of the English upper class.

Directed by Karen Borchert

John Worthing
Russell O'Connell
Algernon Moncrieff
Alex Fisher
Rev. Canon Chasuble
Jared Evans
MerrimanRobert Kennedy
LaneBen Egerman
Lady Bracknell
Rachel Teagle
Gwendolyn Fairfax
Bethany Schimmel
Cecily Cardew
Kristen Johnson
Miss Prism
Emily Ruff

Moon Over Buffalo

Moon Over Buffalo
by Ken Ludwig

Show Dates: August 16, 17, 18

A Backstage Farce of Ridiculous Proportions: Broadway could-have-beens George and Charlotte Hay run a small reperatory theater in Buffalo, New York. But when Frank Capra calls to offer them their big break, all hell breaks loose. A high spirited romp of mistaken identity, infidelity, intoxication, pratfalls, and delusions of grandeur.

Directed by Rachel Teagle

GeorgeMax Herzl-Betz
Emily Ruff
RozBethany Schimmel
PaulBen Egerman
HowardJoe Knoedler
Laura Roberts
RichardHal Edmonson
EileenAmanda Plump