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Press Contact: Ben Thietje 612-810-5111


New Prague’s professional theatre company will open the first production of its inaugural season Friday

MAY 31st, 2013 – The set is up, the lights are hung, the actors are ready to go; New Prague is soon to be home to a professional theatre company. DalekoArts, the young company headed up by New Prague native Ben Thietje and his wife Amanda White, will open its inaugural season with Neil Simon's The Odd Couple this Friday, June 7th at 7:30pm at the New Prague Middle School. "I can't tell you how excited the cast and crew is for this," said Thietje. "Working outside of the Twin Cities isn't something they get to do all that often, so this is definitely an awesome experience. They're really looking forward to getting to know a new audience." The show is anchored by Minnesota stage veteran E.J. Subkoviak, who's appeared in theatres all over the Twin Cities including the Children's Theatre Company, Park Square Theatre, and The Jungle Theater. Subkoviak's "Oscar Madison" will play opposite Thietje's "Felix Ungar." The two have appeared on stage together several times in the past, and have been friends since college. "We work together very well," explained Thietje. "It's a joy to be able to work with someone you've known since you were a kid. It makes the whole thing that much more enjoyable." The show is being directed by DalekoArts co-Artistic Director, Amanda White, who recently finished her first year as the new Managing Director at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis. “This production is perfect chemistry," said White. "It’s a team of great comedic artists performing for a savvy and fun audience. The Odd Couple is a classic, and I like to think we’ve given it some fresh air. It will be a total delight to present it to the community—and it’s a great way to launch what we hope will be years of theatre-making history in New Prague.” DalekoArts’ first season is sponsored by Prairie Pond Winery. The first fifty patrons to order tickets to opening nights throughout the season will also receive an invitation to a post-show Opening Night Party hosted by Prairie Pond. "It's a fun way to thank our patrons, mingle a bit, and just celebrate the opening of a new show," said Thietje. "We feel very lucky to have a partner like Prairie Pond for this first season. It's a perfect place to grab a glass of wine with some friends before a show." Both Season Memberships and individual tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased by calling 952-314-9077 or visiting ###

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Amanda White Co-Artistic Director Ben Thietje Co-Artistic Director 602 7th St NE, New Prague, MN 56071 952-314-9077 |


FACT SHEET WHO: DalekoArts Written by Neil Simon Performed by Christine Karki, Tom Karki, Patrick Kozicky, Ryan Nelson, Erin Sheppard, E.J. Subkoviak, Brent Teclaw, and Ben Thietje Designed by Darren Hensel (sets), Matt McNabb (lighting), Stacey Palmer (costumes), Abbee Warmboe (props) Stage Managed by Mark Tietz Directed by Amanda White WHAT: WHERE: WHEN: DalekoArts presents its opening production of the 2013 inaugural season with a two-week engagement of Neil Simon’s famous play, The Odd Couple. New Prague Middle School – 721 Central Ave N, New Prague, MN 56071 SIX PERFORMANCES ONLY: June 7-16, 2013 § § § § § § HOW MUCH: Friday, June 7 @ 7:30 PM - post-show party at Prairie Pond for first 50 patrons Saturday, June 8 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, June 9 @ 2:00 PM Friday, June 14 @ 7:30 PM Saturday, June 15 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, June 16 @ 2:00 PM

$12 - $15 (subject to change) Discounts: - 10% off Season Subscription - 15% off groups of 10 or more

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