Bartell Theatre Foundation: Are We Delicious? produces show to benefit Bartell Theatre Foundation


Tony Trout, Impresario

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Sarah Hoover, Bartell Theatre Foundation


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Madison, Wisc. – October 31, 2012: ARE WE DELICIOUS? ENSEMBLE THEATRE



Are We Delicious? and The Bartell Theatre Foundation: When our powers combine, we are SUPER SHOW!

Are We Delicious? is Madison’s freshest theatre company, conceiving, writing, rehearsing and performing a 90-minute show in one week. Are We Delicious? is dedicated to quick, delicious fare made from local ingredients and presented in a tasteful atmosphere.

Now the Delicious team is inviting the resident companies of the Bartell Theatre to add their own delightful ingredients. Madison Theatre Guild, Mercury Players Theatre, StageQ and StrollersTheatre are all sending two performers to join the Ensemble cast for two nights of tasty original comedy.

All proceeds from Are We Delicious? Bartell Benefit go to support the funky little theatre that could.

Are We Delicious? Bartell Benefit is the fifth edition of Are We Delicious?, and the first hosted by the Bartell Theatre Foundation. This project is the result of Tony’s proposal to the “Great Idea!” program of the Bartell Theatre Foundation, which encourages new and creative projects supporting live local theatre at the Bartell.

Are We Delicious? Bartell Benefit premieres Friday, November 16, 2012 at 8 pm on the Drury Stage of the Bartell Theatre at 113 E. Mifflin Street, Madison, WI 53703. The show will have its second and final performance the next day at 8pm at the same venue.

There are three ticketing levels, with amounts over $16 being a tax-deductible donation to the Bartell Theatre Foundation.

Atten d’ @ $16 – enjoy the show

Maitre d’ @$32 – enjoy the show and receive an AWD?/Bartell Commemorative Button

Chef @$75 – enjoy the show, the button, and wear the SASH OF POWER all night and any night thereafter!

Tickets can be purchased at the Bartell Box Office 45 minutes before curtain, or reserved at 608-661-9696 x1, or online at

Impresario Tony Trout says about the show: “Are We Delicious? has been so fortunate to work with all four Bartell participating theatre companies on individual shows this year, and now we’re super excited to join forces with all four at once! It’s such a great opportunity to have fun and give back to the Bartell theatre where we all do our best work. With a cast of sixteen local Madison theatre all-stars, it’s sure to be a high-energy, rollicking show. It’s great when you can support one of Madison’s essential cultural institutions and have fun at the same time.”

Sarah Hoover, MD of the Bartell, says: “AWD? Is a great example of what happens when people love theater, and we’re delighted that they love us back!”

Our Ensemble (you may click on links to read their featured reviews):

Sam White has been a fixture of Madison theatre for over 35 years as an actor, director and playwright. He has appeared with Madison Rep, Forward Theatre, UW Theatre, Strollers, Madison Theatre Guild, Mercury Players, his alma mater, Edgewood College and many others. He was recently a featured actor in the Hulu series Battleground. He is also the author of the plays Oatesland and Gorilla Tactics.

Dana Pellebon most recently acted in Strollers production of The Good Doctor. Dana is also a noted director and producer plays for Mercury and Broom Street, including Audrey Seiler, Where Are You? and Z-Town, the Zombie Musical.

Christian Neuhaus is the co-author of You’ve Ruined a Perfectly Good Mystery!, and is an influential critic for . Christian has also performed in old-time radio comedies and dramas with Radio Active, where he has played The Shadow and other iconic roles.

Rob Matsushita has had plays performed in Madison, Wisconsin, Chicago and New York City.

Matsushita has also written and acted for the web series Chad Vader with Blame Society Productions (he plays the constantly-abused Lloyd), and other film credits include Massacre: The Musical and Wasted Youth with co-director Will Gartside (currently in post-production). He’s written and self published two comic mystery novels, Knock Knock and Soccer Moms. He also writes and directs the darkly comic web series Chapel. Visit his website: .

Kelly Maxwell sings with Madison’s third favorite band, VO5, and rocks the acoustic guitar for local indie-folk supergroup Little Red Wolf. She plays a hideously disfigured arch-nemesis in the web series Chapel.

Craig Johnson’s roles include Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, the Man in Blue Room, and both Marat and Sade in two separate productions of Marat/Sade. He is best known for playing Weird Jimmy in the internet series Chad Vader: Day Shift Manager. He is also a member of Monkey Business Institute improve comedy troupe.

Katy Conley is the creator of Queer Shorts for StageQ, which was recently voted best performance in the Isthmus Annual Manual. She directed Sappho in Love for StageQ and recently appeared in That’s What She Said with The Bricks Theatre.

Catherine Capellaro is the co-creator of the Off-Broadway sensation Walmartopia and the cult classic Temp Slave. She and Andrew Rohn have created more than 10 original musical comedies, most recently In the Beginning which grew out of a benefit for the Bartell Theatre Foundation entitled Blasphemy: An Unholy Trinity of Musicals. They have appeared on CNN, Al Jazeera, and in hundreds of print and online articles featuring their Off-Broadway hit Walmartopia.

Also appearing for Bartell Theatre resident companies:

Strollers Theatre: John Siewart and Liz Angle

StageQ: Tara Ayres and Mark Albright

Mercury Players Theatre: Colin Woolston and Bill Bolz

Madison Theatre Guild: Boye Nagle and Suzan Kurry

Tony Trout (impresario) directed last summer’s A Little Night Music and last year’s My Fair Lady for Four Seasons Theatre, as well as The Good Doctor, Uncle Vanya and four other full productions for Strollers in their last seven seasons. Tony has acted, directed and written for Mercury’s Blitz on five occasions.

Martinique Barthel (stage manager) is a vagabond stage manager, actor and director. Some favorite projects include: Observe the Sons of Ulster (Strollers), The Faculty Room (Mercury Players), Hamlet (Strollers), Mercury Rising (Mercury Players), and Into The Woods (MTG).