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Press Contact: Ben Thietje 612-810-5111


DalekoArts to present second full season of professional theatre in New Prague

JANUARY 13th, 2014 – Following a successful inaugural season last summer, DalekoArts will produce a second season of professional productions beginning in May of this year. The season will open with Broadway classic The Philadelphia Story and a new Steven Dietz play, Rancho Mirage, playing in rep. Both of those shows will then enjoy a one-week run at Theatre L’Homme Dieu in Alexandria, MN. The season will conclude with a one-month run of the musical classic Little Shop of Horrors during August and September. “We’re following last season’s formula to a T,” explained Co-Artistic Director Ben Thietje. “We’ve got a beautiful classic, a great new play, and a really fun musical. All the bases are covered.” The Philadelphia Story, by Philip Barry, tells the tale of Tracy Lord, a headstrong and spoiled heir on the verge of marrying a snoot when her ex-husband and a smitten reporter get in the way. The classic film version starred Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, and Jimmy Stewart. Rancho Mirage is a brand new comedy by acclaimed American playwright Steven Dietz. It follows three couples, long-time friends, who find themselves at a dinner party where everyone finally decides to tell the truth, and the fictions that hold their lives together are exposed. Little Shop of Horrors, written by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, is the musical story of Seymour, a down and out floral assistant who becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. The musical played on Broadway in the 1980s and was later made into a film directed by Frank Oz. The Philadelphia Story and Rancho Mirage will play in repertory from May 8th to June 8th – the shows will run simultaneously but on alternate evenings (e.g. patrons will be able to see one production on Friday, and the other production on Saturday). “Running the two plays at the same time will give our patrons great flexibility,” noted Thietje. “They’ll now have an entire month to catch the shows, as opposed to only two weekends.” DalekoArts will also enjoy a new venue this season. The company recently signed a lease to perform in a former auto garage on the south side of New Prague. Seating will accommodate 40-50 patrons, a much smaller space than the company’s previous home. “Our work is definitely cut out for us,” said Co-Artistic Director Amanda White. “But once we get everything into shape, it’s going to be a great place for a summer of exciting and intimate theatre. I love this chance our artists have to come into a space designed to serve industry or retail, and to transform it into a theatre. We hope our audiences are ready to go on an adventure with us, because we absolutely cannot wait!” Individual tickets for the 2014 season go on sale March 1st. Season Memberships and Daleko FlexPasses are on sale now. Season Memberships purchased in the month of January receive an extra 5% off.

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


FACT SHEET WHO: WHAT: WHERE: WHEN: DalekoArts An ensemble-based professional theatre company located in New Prague, Minnesota serving New Prague and surrounding south metro communities New Prague, Minnesota Spring/Summer, 2014 The Philadelphia Story • • May 8th through June 8th (New Prague) June 24th through June 29th (Alexandria)

Rancho Mirage • • May 9th through June 7th (New Prague) July 15th through July 20th (Alexandria)

Little Shop of Horrors • HOW MUCH: August 14th through September 14th

$15 - $18 (subject to change) Individual tickets on sale March 1st, 2014 Season Memberships on sale now via website Discounts: - 15% off with Season Membership thru January - 10% off with Season Membership starting February 1st - 15% off groups of 10 or more - Daleko FlexPasses available


Amanda White Co-Artistic Director

Ben Thietje Co-Artistic Director

602 7th St NE, New Prague, MN 56071 952-314-9077 |