When DalekoArts asked me
to direct this show, I said yes
because I loved the idea of
OUR getting funny, talented women
MISSION onstage playing roles that they
DalekoArts (DELL-uh-koh), an ensemble theatre typically don’t even get a chance
company, works with professional artists to
pursue impactful, live performance in our to audition for. Also, I knew there
community of New Prague, Minnesota and the would be funny props and I love
surrounding region.
funny props. Whether you’re a fan
OUR VISION of Shakespeare, or if you haven’t
Our purpose is to decentralize professional dealt with him since high school,
theatre in Minnesota by increasing engagement
and opportunity in New Prague and the we think there’s something in this
surrounding area. It is our dream that New
show for you. If you’re a scholar
Prague will be a known destination for quality
performing arts and arts education. of Shakespeare: good for you and
we are also very sorry.
DalekoArts was founded in 2012 by theatre Enjoy the show, directed by SHANAN CUSTER
artists Ben Thietje and Amanda White as a way
to help decentralize professional theatre
in Minnesota. — Shanan
New Prague was chosen as the company’s
home due to the community’s extraordinary
interest in theatre, the regional growth and
development it has experienced in the last AMANDA Amanda White*
decade, its relative proximity to the Twin Cities,
and its close ties to the founders. CHRIS
Christine Karki*

“Daleko” — a Czech word meaning “far away” — RITA Rita Boersma
reflects New Prague’s strong bohemian roots,
its spatial relationship to the cultural hub that
is the Twin Cities, and the ensemble’s desire to
step back and examine the world from a new P RODU C T ION S TA F F
point of view.

DalekoArts is a proud member of
the Network of Ensemble Theaters, a
national coalition of ensemble theatre SCENIC DESIGNER Sydney Achler
companies and artists.
DalekoArts is a member of the
Theatre Communications Group COSTUME DESIGNER Rhiannon Fiskradatz
(TCG), the national organization for
the American theatre.
This activity is made possible by the
voters of Minnesota through a grant
PROPS DESIGNER Sarah Salisbury
from the Prairie Lakes Regional
Arts Council, thanks to a legislative SCENIC PAINTER Ellie Ricci
appropriation from the Arts and
Cultural Heritage Fund.
* denotes company member
THE COMPLETE THE artists THE artists
WORKS OF WILLIAM CHRISTINE KARKI (chris) and this year’s bestselling show, Couple Fight III: videos (Joey Ryan & the Inks, produced by One Light
Christine is thrilled to be returning to the Weddings! Pretty pumped Daleko trusted her Collective), and youth theatre (Lakeshore Players).
DalekoArts stage after appearing in The Odd with a script. Additionally, she is an award-winning bead artist
Couple, Rancho Mirage, Little Shop of Horrors, and whose work can be seen at backstagecrafts.com.
in order of performance Urinetown, and directing Forever Plaid in previous
seasons. Chris has performed in theatres all over COURTNEY SCHMITZ (lighting designer) Rhiannon is excited to be working with both old
Courtney Schmitz earned her MFA in lighting friends and new collaborators on this production!
Minnesota, including Park Square Theatre, The
 Romeo and Juliet Great American History Theatre, Commonweal design from the University of Iowa in 2009. Since
Theatre Company, Actor’s Theater, Minneapolis relocating to Minneapolis in 2012, she has designed SARAH SALISBURY (props designer)
Musical Theatre, Troupe America, Hey City locally with Yellow Tree Theatre, Theatre Unbound, Sarah is thrilled to be back with Daleko. Other
 Titus Andronicus Workhaus Collective, Six Elements Theatre, Savage Daleko shows include The Rink and Stones in His
Theater, The Mystery Cafe, The Mechanical
Division, The Minnesota Festival Theatre, St. Umbrella, Lyric Arts, nimbus theatre, crash.dance Pockets. When not propping for other companies
 Timon of Athens Croix Festival Theatre, and others. Chris has also productions, SPARK theatre + dance, Open such as Walking Shadow Theater Company,
performed across the country in regional and Window Theater, 20% Theatre Company, Bucket Hennepin Theatre Trust, and Wonderlust
Brigade Theatre, Artistry, and Freshwater Theatre. Productions, Sarah is a co-founder and production
 Othello national tours. As an on-camera and voiceover
Additionally, she is an instructor at Inver Hills stage manager for the Haunted Basement, the
actress, Chris has been featured in local and national
commercials, and in 2010, she won a regional Community College and has been a Minnesota production manager for Illusion Theater, as well
 THE COMEDIES (A mashup of all 16): Fringe Festival technician for the past five years. as a stage manager for such companies as Raw
Emmy® for her work. Without question, Christine’s
All's Well That Ends Well, As You favorite roles are wife to Tom and mom to Deven, Previous designs with DalekoArts include Wait Sugar, Alternative Motion Project, Eclectic Edge
both of whom inspire her every day. Until Dark and Stones In His Pockets. Ensemble, and Rhythmically Speaking.
Like It, Comedy of Errors, Love's cargocollective.com/schmitzlighting
Labour's Lost, Measure for Measure, SHANAN CUSTER (director)
Merchant of Venice, Merry Wives of Amanda White is excited to join these wild women DAVID LOOSE (stage manager , assistant director) Shanan Custer is a veteran of the Brave New
Windsor, Midsummer Night's Dream, for the launch of DalekoArts Season 6! You might David Loose loves working with DalekoArts! Past Workshop, where she performed from the reign
have seen her previously on the DalekoArts stage DA shows: Our Town, Urinetown, The Shape of of Jesse Ventura to the Bush and Kerry election.
Much Ado about Nothing, Taming of Things, Wait Until Dark, and Little Shop of Horrors. A writer, actor, teaching artist, director, as well as
as "Angel" in The Rink, "The Stage Manager" in
the Shrew, Tempest, Twelfth Night, Our Town, "Tracy Lord" in The Philadelphia Story, He also directs and stage manages in the Twin an improviser, Shanan’s original work includes: 2
Two Gentlemen of Verona, Winter's Tale, "Pam Caldwell" in Rancho Mirage, "Catherine" in Cities, mainly with friends from Daleko! He is also Sugars, Room for Cream (with Carolyn Pool), which
Proof, or "Miranda" in Adventures in Mating. She's proud to be returning to his arts high school, the won an Ivey Award for Best Ensemble in 2013,
Cymbeline, Pericles Perpich Center for Arts Education, to direct a revue Mick Sterling Presents: At Christmas (with Jim
also directed Our Town, Little Shop of Horrors,
Barefoot in the Park, and The Odd Couple for of student devised work this fall. Robinson) and From Here to Maternity (with
 Macbeth DalekoArts. Outside the Prague Theatre, Amanda Joshua English Scrimshaw). As an actor, Shanan
was recently in Artistry’s production of Doubt, ERIC WEBSTER (sound designer) has performed with Park Square Theatre, History
Eric Webster is an actor, producer, playwright, Theatre, Frank Theater, Theatre Pro Rata, Comedy
 Julius Caesar directed by Daleko favorite Joshua James Campbell.
In addition to being a founding Artistic Director and sound designer. Other sound design credits Suitcase, Mu Performing Arts, The Mystery Cafe,
at DalekoArts, Amanda is a member of the Theatre include Deathtrap (Theatre in the Round), Frankie and The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society
 Antony and Cleopatra and Johnny at the Clair de Lune (Casting Spells as well as directed productions at Theatre in the
faculty at Normandale Community College,
where she is teaching in the Performance track and Productions), 2 Sugars, Room for Cream (Hennepin Round and Artistry. Shanan is also an improviser
 Two Noble Kinsmen directing in the NCC mainstage season. She has Theatre Trust), and Sometimes There’s Wine (playing with the Theater of Public Policy. Upcoming
trained at Columbia University's Program in Arts this October at DalekoArts). As an actor, Eric has projects include Sometimes There’s Wine (actor/
Administration, MSU Mankato, Truman State performed with Flying Foot Forum, Park Square writer) at DalekoArts this October.
 Troilus and Cressida
University, and the School at Steppenwolf Theatre Theatre, The Mystery Café, and Comedy Suitcase.
Company. Next up, you can see Amanda's epically His original radio show Shades Brigade SYDNEY ACHLER (scenic designer)
 THE HISTORIES (A mashup of all 10): (JackShade.com) plays at the Granite City Radio Sydney is a Chicago-based scenic designer and
nerdy return as "Dorothy Holiday" in A Chris Smith
Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2, Henry V, Carol, opening this December... This one's for Hour at Pioneer Place Theatre in St. Cloud. she’s delighted to be returning to New Prague for
Henry VI Part 1, Henry VI Part 2, Henry VI Alecia, who really should be up here instead. Currently, he is a co-creator and performer of the season! Recent design credits: For One, (re)
The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society discover theatre; Stones in His Pockets, Our Town,
Part 3, Henry VIII, King John, Richard II, podcast that performs at the James J. Hill Center in DalekoArts; Big Love, Apple Valley High School;
Richard III Rita has been performing and teaching improv downtown St. Paul (Ghoulishdelights.com). Hamtown Races, Planet Ant Theatre; Pluto was a
for over 15 years. She is a company member Planet, Illinois Wesleyan University; Tarzan,

with ComedySportz and can currently be seen RHIANNON FISKRADATZ (costume designer) Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,
Rhiannon Fiskradatz is a lifelong theatre artist who Crane River Theater. Paint credits: Not About
  performing weekly at HUGE Theater with Show
X and The Mess. This winter, she will direct and enjoys wearing many hats in the production process. Nightingales, Raven Theatre; Rent, Batavia Fine Arts
perform in the return of the improvised holiday She brings to her first opportunity with DalekoArts Centre; The Boys from Syracuse, IWU; The Shining,
favorite, Family Dinner. She has also managed to an extensive background costuming for a variety of Tosca, Minnesota Opera; Fiddler on the Roof,
memorize lines (and sometimes author them!) genres including the circus arts (Circus Juventas), The Phantom of the Opera, All My Sons, Artistry.
for several Minnesota Fringe shows including The interactive/horror (the Haunted Basement), She received her BFA in Theatre Design and
Bother, Dance with the Devil, In the Time of Spies, corporate entertainment (Enticing Entertainment), Technology from Illinois Wesleyan University.
puppetry (Mad Munchkin Productions), music sydneyachler.wix.com/scenicdesign

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