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Press Contact: Ben Thietje 612-810-5111


DalekoArts to present full season of professional theatre in summer of 2013

NOVEMBER 28th, 2012 – A town with a population of only 7,500 might not seem like the best place for a professional theatre company to set up shop. New Prague, however, is not your typical town. Already sporting two community theatres, New Prague is about to become home to a professional company, as well: DalekoArts. The company, headed up by New Prague home-towner Ben Thietje and his wife Amanda White, will produce an inaugural season of three shows this coming summer from June to September. The company will reside in New Prague, but utilize an ensemble of professional actors and designers from the Twin Cities. “My growing up here was a big reason that we chose New Prague,” explained Thietje. “I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing this community’s love and commitment to the arts firsthand. The people of this area support the arts as if they lived in a place five times its size. From an artist’s perspective, New Prague is a really unique place to be”. An artist’s perspective is one the pair knows well. Thietje and White have over thirty years of professional theatre experience between them. Aside from directing theatre in the New Prague school system for the past decade, Thietje has also produced over a dozen shows in the Twin Cities, as well as acted at professional theatres such as The Old Log and Park Square. White has worked as an actor, director, and producer in both Chicago and New York, and is the new Managing Director at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis. Daleko – a Czech word meaning “far away” – was chosen to reflect New Prague’s strong bohemian roots, its spatial relationship to the Twin Cities, and the company’s desire to step back and examine the world from a different point of view. “New theatre companies are popping up every year in Minneapolis and St. Paul,” said White. “The region is an incredible place to experience and work in the arts. But theatre seems to be just a part of life in New Prague. We hope to become an integral part of the community – and we hope that the community will eventually feel like DalekoArts belongs to them.” Individual tickets won’t be on sale until May 1st, but people can purchase season subscriptions right now at Thietje and White will be holding several informational “get-togethers” between now and summer 2013 to help introduce DalekoArts to the community. More information can be found on their website. “We’ll chat about our plans, answer questions, and just generally spend some time talking about the upcoming season,” said Thietje. “We’re really excited; this feels like coming home.” ###

(Fact Sheet on Page 2)

Amanda White Co-Artistic Director

Ben Thietje Co-Artistic Director

602 7th St NE, New Prague, MN 56071


FACT SHEET WHO: WHAT: WHERE: WHEN: DalekoArts; Ben Thietje and Amanda White An ensemble-based professional theatre company for New Prague, Minnesota and surrounding south metro communities New Prague, Minnesota Summer, 2013 The Odd Couple by Neil Simon • June 7th through June 16th

Forever Plaid by Stuart Ross • July 11th through July 21st

Proof by David Auburn • HOW MUCH: August 23rd through September 1st

$12 - $15 (subject to change) Individual tickets on sale May 1st, 2013 Season Subscriptions on sale now via website Discounts: - 10% off Season Subscription - 15% off groups of 10 or more