Will Eno finished writing Middletown in 2010; it
premiered at the Vineyard Theatre off-Broadway
that fall, and then opened at Steppenwolf
Theatre Company in Chicago the next year.

OUR The team at DalekoArts hasn’t tried this kind
of play before. Some might say it falls into an
MISSION “absurdist” genre — a play that uses disjointed
text and relationships to highlight the meaning
DalekoArts (DELL-uh-koh), an ensemble theatre (or meaninglessness) in being human. I don’t
company, works with professional artists to think Middletown lands there, exactly. Yes, you’ll
pursue impactful, live performance in our see exchanges between people today that seem
to be disconnected or ridiculous. But Eno wrote
community of New Prague, Minnesota and the
a play with a huge heart. It’s a script that uses
surrounding region. honest, plain language to talk about huge human
ideas and questions.
OUR VISION There is not, as we’ve discovered in rehearsal,
any lying in Middletown. People tell the truth.
Our purpose is to decentralize professional They say what comes to mind, or what they by WILL ENO
theatre in Minnesota by increasing engagement mean. They are working to communicate their directed by ANNE M. BYRD
and opportunity in New Prague and the inner life — their worries, fears, anticipation,
sorrow — without irony. They want to be heard
surrounding area. It is our dream that New
and understood, and to find connection. In the
Prague will be a known destination for quality
opening moment, you’ll hear the Public Speaker (IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE)
performing arts and arts education. describe life as “...this activity, this festivity, this
hope, this dream dreamt with open eyes...” PUBLIC SPEAKER/GREG/MAN Ben Thietje*
OUR STORY There appears to be joy and anticipation here. COP Tom Karki*
In some respects, this play is hard to describe MRS. SWANSON Amanda White*
DalekoArts was founded in 2012 by theatre (stop us in the lobby after the shoe and tell us JOHN DODGE Sean W. Byrd
artists Ben Thietje and Amanda White as a way if you agree). I asked the cast what themes and
to help decentralize professional theatre concepts stood out to them in the writing. Does MECHANIC Joe Swanson
in Minnesota. this play seem like it might pick up where Our LIBRARIAN/AUNT Kirby Bennett
Town leaves off? Do you talk about characters
New Prague was chosen as the company’s in the play, or ideas? One cast member said,
home due to the community’s extraordinary “[What comes to mind is] the balance of life and
interest in theatre, the regional growth and death, breath, memorial, the unknown, trees, and MALE TOURIST/MALE DOCTOR/
cairns, the sounds of words that may or may not GROUND CONTROL Patrick Kozicky*
development it has experienced in the last
carry meaning, seeing others as they are without TOUR GUIDE/WOMAN/ATTENDANT #2/
decade, its relative proximity to the Twin Cities, judgment, acceptance, curiosity.” (You may be INTERCOM/RADIO HOST Hannah Joyce-Hoven
and its close ties to the founders. thinking to yourself, “So where are the huge
human ideas?!”) Another actor said, “[It’s about] SWEETHEART Jillian Jacobson
“Daleko” — a Czech word meaning “far away” —
need. Searching for something, and not knowing FREELANCER/JANITOR/LANDSCAPER Mike Swan
reflects New Prague’s strong bohemian roots, you already have it.”
its spatial relationship to the cultural hub that
is the Twin Cities, and the ensemble’s desire to
Eno says, in more than one interview about
Middletown, that he set out to write a play with P RODU C T ION S TA F F
step back and examine the world from a new one birth and one death in it. In doing so, he STAGE MANAGER Samson Perry
point of view. wrote a hopeful play. A play about being alive.
It’s a play about what happens between birth ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Vincent Hannam
and death — the place in the middle. Eno SCENIC DESIGNER Sydney Achler
suggests that there may be more to being LIGHTING DESIGNER Phillip Uttech
DalekoArts is a proud member a human than we can understand as we go
of the Network of Ensemble through the experience of living a life. As the COSTUME DESIGNER Jenna Rose Graupmann
Theaters, a national coalition Doctor says in Act II: “One other thing is: you SOUND DESIGNER Peter Morrow
of ensemble theatre companies never know. So be forgiving, of yourself, of him,
of nature, everything.” PROPS DESIGNER Sarah Salisbury
and artists.
DalekoArts is a member of the Enjoy the show, and thanks for being part of
our “Middletown”. ORIGINAL SCORE FOR MIDDLETOWN Peter Morrow
Theatre Communications Group
(TCG), the national organization
for the American theatre. — AMANDA WHITE, Artistic Director
* denotes company member

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THE artists THE artists
BEN THIETJE (public speaker/greg/man) SEAN W. BYRD (john dodge) AUDREY JOHNSON JILLIAN JACOBSON (sweetheart)
Ben has been working as a professional theatre Sean is excited to return to DalekoArts for season (female tourist/female doctor/ This is Jillian’s second production with
artist and educator in the Twin Cities for six, having recently directed Stones in His Pockets cop radio/attendant) DalekoArts (Our Town). In the past, she has
the past fifteen years. He teaches and directs for season five and appearing in season one’s Audrey Johnson is beyond grateful to be worked with River Valley Theatre Company,
theatre at New Prague High School, and holds production of Almost, Maine. He has also been telling this beautiful story in her debut show Artistry, Chesterton Academy, Children’s
a degree in Theatre Arts from Minnesota State seen on stage with a variety of other Twin Cities with DalekoArts. Twin Cities credits include Theatre Company, Theatre Pro Rata, Holy
University, Mankato. In addition to being theatre companies since 1999. Most proudly, in Silent Sky and Urinetown with Lyric Arts and Trinity Theatre Circle, Cerulean River
a Daleko founding Artistic Director, he’s 2012, he appeared in Walking Shadow Theatre Persuasion with Aethem Theatre Company. Productions, MACMH, Guthrie Theater,
appeared in the company’s productions of The Company’s production of Compleat Female Training: BFA Musical Theatre - Webster Girl Friday Productions, Sabes Jewish Theater,
Odd Couple, Forever Plaid, Almost, Maine, Stage Beauty, which won the Ivey Award for Conservatory, MA Musical Theatre - Royal Mixed Precipitation, The Catalysts/MN Fringe,
Rancho Mirage, Little Shop of Horrors, Love Production Excellence. Sean is a full-time faculty Welsh College of Music and Drama. Thank you and Chameleon Theatre Circle. She dances
Letters, Urinetown, Stones in His Pockets, and member and director in the Department of times infinity to my family and friends who have with the Wild Rose Cloggers and is a senior at
The Rink, in addition to serving as director for Theatre at Normandale College in Bloomington, been there to support me always. Especially to Chesterton Academy. She’d like to give a special
the DA holiday productions. MN. Thanks for supporting live theatre in New Andrew and Cado. And may we all go out into thanks to God, mom, dad, siblings, Amanda,
Prague! Love to A, T, H and H. For more info: the world and truly see each other as often as Joshua, and David!
TOM KARKI (cop) seanwbyrd.com. we can. LOVE.
Tom is absolutely tickled to return for his sixth MIKE SWAN (freelancer/janitor/landscaper)
season at DalekoArts. On the DA stage, he has JOE SWANSON (mechanic) PATRICK KOZICKY Mike is thrilled to return to DalekoArts for
performed in The Odd Couple (Roy), Forever Joe is excited to make his Daleko debut in (male tourist/male doctor/ground control) Middletown, having previously appeared in
Plaid (Smudge), Rancho Mirage (Charlie), Little Middletown! He received his BFA in Theatre Patrick is delighted to be working with Our Town and The Shape of Things. Other
Shop of Horrors (voice of Audrey II), Urinetown Performance from the University of Central DalekoArts again. He has performed with DA credits include Idiot’s Delight with Girl Friday
(Officer Lockstock), and The Rink (Lino/ Florida in 2003. Previous theatre credits include in A Chris Smith Carol, Adventures in Mating, Productions, Wit (2017 Ivey Award for
Papa Antonelli). A graduate of the University Doubt with Artistry, Phoenix with Anchor Another Main Street Holiday, Our Town, Main Emotional Impact), and All My Sons with
of MN-Duluth, he has performed numerous Theatre Collective, Turn Signals with Freshwater Street Holiday, The Philadelphia Story, and The Artistry, The Awakening with Savage Umbrella,
theater and opera roles across the country. Tom Theatre, Birth of Venus with 20% Theatre Odd Couple. He directed their production of The Drawer Boy with Theatre in the Round, and
would like to thank his friends and family for Company, among others. Thanks to Rancho Mirage. Previously, he has performed two seasons with the Commonweal Theatre
their constant love and support; especially his his wife for her support, and to DalekoArts for with the Children’s Theatre Company, Walking Company. In addition to acting, Mike is a tour
wife, Chris and his awesome son, Deven! this opportunity. Shadow Theatre Company, Park Square manager for The National Theatre for Children,
Theatre, Theatre Unbound, The Mechanical likes riding his bike, and petting your dog. Up
AMANDA WHITE (mrs. swanson) KIRBY BENNETT (librarian/aunt) Division, Theatre in the Round Players, Youth next, Mike will be appearing in the area premiere
Amanda is honored to join this company of Kirby Bennett is delighted to be making Performance Company, and The New Theatre of My Barking Dog with Market Garden Theatre.
Middletown. You might have seen her on the her debut at DalekoArts. She has been seen Group. Patrick would like to thank DalekoArts
DalekoArts stage as "Amanda" in The Complete regionally at numerous theaters including Frank for inviting him into their family. He also thanks ANNE M. BYRD (director)
Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), "Angel" Theatre, Old Log Theatre, Jungle Theater, you for buying a ticket and supporting local art. Anne is delighted to return to DalekoArts after
in The Rink, "The Stage Manager" in Our Town, Park Square Theatre, Paul Bunyan Playhouse, Last but not least, he thanks Dan for making the having directed Almost, Maine and Wait Until
"Dorothy Holiday" in the Main Street Holiday Commonweal Theatre Company, History best stir fry ever. See Dan for recipe. Dark, and appearing in Our Town. Additional
series, "Tracy Lord" in The Philadelphia Story, Theatre, and many others. Representative directing credits around the Twin Cities
"Pam Caldwell" in Rancho Mirage, "Catherine" work includes Park Square: The Diary of Anne HANNAH JOYCE-HOVEN include productions for the Old Log Theatre,
in Proof, or "Miranda" in Adventures in Mating. Frank, The Left Hand Singing, The Triumph of (tour guide/woman/attendant #2/ the Minnesota Jewish Theatre, Lyric Arts,
intercom/radio host)
She's also directed work on several DA stages: Love, Noises Off!, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, and Yellow Tree Theatre, including the Ivey
Hannah is thrilled to be performing again with
Our Town, Little Shop of Horrors, Barefoot in the The Women; Jungle Theater: Noises Off!, Blithe Award-recognized The 39 Steps. Anne is also a
DalekoArts after a few season hiatus. Her first
Park, and The Odd Couple. In addition to being Spirit; Frank Theatre: Good Person of Setzuan, faculty member in the Department of Theatre
production with DalekoArts was Rancho Mirage
a founding Artistic Director at DalekoArts, Love and Information; Commonweal Theatre: at Normandale Community College, where she
(Diane). When she isn’t performing, Hannah is
Amanda is a member of the theatre performance Sylvia; History Theatre: Peace Crimes. Kirby is was recently named as an Outstanding Educator
supporting playwrights and the development of
faculty at Normandale Community College. She the Artistic Director of Girl Friday Productions, for the state of Minnesota.
new plays through her work at the Playwrights’
is a graduate of Columbia University's Program for which she produced and performed in their
Center. She is also currently producing the SAMSON PERRY (stage manager)
in Arts Administration, MSU Mankato's acclaimed productions of Idiot’s Delight, The
annual playwright honoree tribute for the Samson is making his DalekoArts debut with
MFA in Theatre Performance, Truman State Matchmaker, Camino Real, Street Scene, The Skin
William Inge Theatre Festival. In her downtime, Middletown. He currently travels around the
University's Theatre Arts program, and the of Our Teeth, Our Town, and An Empty Plate in
she loves to sneak away to her favorite yoga Twin Cities theatre scene as a stage manager,
School at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. the Café du Grand Boeuf.
studio. Hannah is the proud mother of two director, and playwright. His recent credits
fierce and spirited daughters. She wants to thank include stage managing Superior Donuts, and
her big-hearted husband, Matt, for making all of Plaid Tidings (Lyric Arts), The Good Boy and the
this possible. Kid (Sheep Theater), and We are the Levinsons

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THE artists OUR donors
(Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company). He also JENNA ROSE GRAUPMANN
directs and works with students at Elk River (costume designer) THANKS ALL OUR AMAZING DONORS
High School each winter, and attempts to fill in Jenna Rose Graupmann is thrilled to be working
the down time with his writing. FRIEND Ann Schoenbauer
Max Schott
Judy & Ted Nelson
Amy Newton
with DalekoArts for the first time! Her costumes up to $99 Clare & Donna Schumacher Brandon & Gina O'Connell $1,000–$4,999
have also graced the stages of Theatre in the Anonymous Jennifer Shepard Kathy O'Neill Anonymous
VINCENT HANNAM (assistant director) Round, 20% Theatre Company, Sheep Theater,
Susan Anderson
Vicki Anderson
Donna Simon Sean & Jamee O'Neill Mike & Bonnie Fullerton
Kathy & Renae Gage
Donald & Lisa Simon Scott & Jennifer Pierce
Vincent is thrilled to be a part of DalekoArts Chameleon Theatre Circle, Segue Productions, Eunice Anderson Debra Skluzacek Larry & Carol Pint Christine and Tom Karki
in memory of Lonnie Webb
for a third season! While the past two years and The Sabes Jewish Community Center. Margaret Anzelc Kailey Smith Todd & Mary Kay Proshek Franny Tuma
Brad & Deb Yopp
saw him onstage in Snowed Inn and Wait Until When she’s not designing for the theatre, Jenna Jason Ballweber Megan Smith
in memory of
Valerie Reiter
Kevin & Jacque Rhodes
Dark, he has enjoyed the chance to swap hats works as a political digital organizer and tailor.
Mary & Mark Bartusek
Jim & Jean Becker
Betty Jean Smith
Kim Snyder
and sit behind the table as Assistant Director. Alice & Massimo Ronconi $5,000–$9,999
You can check out her repertoire of creative Nancy Berger
Nancy Besse
Erik Stephenson in honor of Brad &
Other directing credits in Minnesota include endeavors at jennarosedesign.com. Roselyn & David Biermaier
Michael Stevens Armando Harlow Ronconi Kytyn Schoenbauer family
Terri Sticha Grif & Jenny Sadow
work with The National Theatre for Children, Sarah Bizek Julie Stroud Rita Sapp
the Commonweal Theatre Company, and the PETER MORROW (sound designer) Joe Bozic
Jane & George Brezina
Jeremy Sundheim
Dean & Laurie TeBrake
Debra Savage
Lanesboro Community Theater, where he Peter Morrow has been working as a composer Renee Brinkman Greg Trettel Robert & Tami Schmitz $10,000+
co-directed Almost, Maine with Tod Petersen. and sound designer for the last eleven years. He Debra & Scott Bryan Stefeni Tupy Vera Schoenecker Betty Jean Smith
Sean & Anne Byrd Sandra Vanden Einde Pete & Heather Schuller
Outside of the bold north, he taught high moved to the Twin Cities from Dublin, Ireland in Don & Judy Conn LuAnn Villwock Jim & Karla Schultz MARQUEE CLUB
school drama in his hometown of Kissimmee, August 2012. Since moving here, he has worked Andrew & Teresa Cooan Wesley Volkenant Dennis & Winnifred Simon $10+ per month
Mike & Katie DeGross Paul Von Stoetzel Will & Mary Jo Sivertson
Florida for a year and directed those kiddos with many companies, theaters, and artists, Laurie Dietz Alex & Kate Wagner Lucas Skjaret
Audrey & Bob Austin
in Holes and The Voice of the Turtle. He holds including New Native Theatre, Placebase, Artistry, Kristin Dohm Nina Warmboe Anthony Sofie Jean Bartusek
Robert Droddy Anna Weggel-Reed Ron & Kathy Sofie
a BFA in Theater from the University of Interact, Theatre Latte Da, Pillsbury House, Janeil Dropik Bill & Carolyn Wehrmacher Greg & Ginny Spurlock
Bill & Mary Kay Bergevin
Cary Coop
Central Florida. Pangea World Theatre, zAmya, Hiponymous, Steve & JeNean Erickson Dianne Weiers Marge Sticha Shelbi Eckman
Jonathan & Kayla Feld Lisa Widmer Diana Svobodny Beth & Jerry Geis
Threads, Ifrah Mansour, The Playwright Centre, Mike Fotis
SYDNEY ACHLER (scenic designer)
Mark Wiggins Rod & Shelly Tietz Andy Giesen
and Macalester College. In Dublin, he worked Jane Fox David B. Young Marsha & Tom Topka Donna Giesen
Syd is thrilled to be back in New Prague, Lizzie & Bobby Gardner Art Zaudtke Thanh and FrankiJo Tran
primarily with the company Brokentalkers, Eric & Lois Hyde
Maggie & Matthew Goldade JoAnn R. Zaun Mary & Jerry Walerius Mike & Terri Jacobson
Minnesota (Our Town, Stones in His Pockets, devising new works that have toured extensively. Sam Graber Judith & Dennis White Kallal family
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Peter is delighted to be back in New Prague for
Lisa Griebel
Mary Hanson-Busch
ADVOCATE Joe & Mary Widmer Christine & Tom Karki
(abridged), A Chris Smith Carol). She is an $100–$249 Dr. Mike & Kay Wilcox Vonnie McWilliams
his ninth Daleko show. Some upcoming shows Lisa Haugen
Anonymous Richard & Cathy Wornson Dr. Tim & Deb Miller
ensemble member with (re)discover theatre and include the Solo Emerging Artists Celebration
Linnea & Jim Hautman
Joan Anderson Dick & Mary Zweber Dave & Florence Minar
Janet Havlicek
resident scenic designer for DalekoArts’ 2017/18 at the Guthrie Theater, and Baskerville at Park Jon & Laura Hegge
Audrey & Bob Austin
Sean & Jamee O'Neill
Jean Bartusek Scott & Jennifer Pierce
season. Other recent designs: Big Love, Apple Square. He is also working on a solo album and an Sheryl Hennen
Jan Battles $250–$499 Valerie Reiter
Mary Higgins
Valley HS; Hamtown Races, Planet Ant Theatre; album with his band Bella Yaga. Patricia Hrabe
Joan Bohnsack Anonymous Lou Ring
Steve & Elaine Bruchman Bill Belkengren Grif & Jenny Sadow
Pluto was a Planet, Illinois Wesleyan University; Nick Huber
Renee Christianson Bill & Mary Kay Bergevin Jen & Greg Sayler
Patricia Jordan
Tarzan, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor SARAH SALISBURY (props designer) Elizabeth Kennedy Laliberte
Rev. Kevin Clinton
Cary Coop
Berglund Family
Marv & Kim Deutsch
Brad &
Kytyn Schoenbauer family
Dreamcoat, Crane River Theater. She received Sarah is overjoyed to be back for her fourth show Heather King
Chuck & Kate Croatt Mike & Terri Jacobson Pete & Heather Schuller
Dawn Knudsen-Dahm Rodney & Darlene Seurer
her BFA from Illinois Wesleyan University. with Daleko. Past credits include Stones in His Patrick Kozicky
Kathy Doyle Duane & Amy Jirik
Greg & Ginny Spurlock
Shelbi Eckman Murphy Family
sydneyachler.wix.com/scenicdesign Pockets, The Rink, and The Complete Works of Lenore Krava
Doug & Lori Faust Steve & Amy Nelson Marge Sticha
Jill Kufrin Marsha & Tom Topka
William Shakespeare (abridged). Sarah also props Brian Flanagan, Joann & Jim Petersen
PHILLIP UTTECH (lighting designer)
Sara Lasch in memory of his passion Dr. Mike & Kay Wilcox
Virgil & Deb Pint
for Illusion Theater, amongst other companies in Matthew Lasch Paul & Angie Frykman Jeff &
Phillip is a freelance designer & technician the Twin Cities. Sarah is also a stage manager for
Ryan Lee
Mark Long
Beth & Jerry Geis Traci Schoenbauer family BUSINESS FRIENDS
Andy Giesen Roy & Lori Seurer Palmer Welcome Auto
with an MFA in Lighting Design from Western such companies as Jagged Moves, Rhythmically Duayne & Dianne Malewicki Donna Giesen Rodney & Darlene Seurer Pool & Spa Patrol
Illinois University. After having a blast helping Speaking, Eclectic Edge Ensemble, and
Karen Meyer Werner & Kathy Giesen Pat & Margaret Sullivan Goldsmith Eye Care
Patti Molitor Cynthia Giles
raise money for a new roundabout, Phillip is Alternative Motion Project, as well as a freelance Isabel Nelson Mark Goodman & STAGE MANAGER FRIENDS OF FRIENDS
excited to be back for another lighting design Dan Norman Debra Buss
production manager and technician. Vickie Novak Daryl & Diane Goulson INDIVIDUAL SPONSORS
with DalekoArts! He has also had lighting Patricia O'Neill-Scheidt Bob & Barb Gullickson Anonymous Bruzek Funeral Home
Daisy Babione
designs with Animal Engine, the Minnesota Allison Olson Jill Gunderson-Gernes
in honor of Lizzie & Jennifer Geisler
New Prague
Chamber of Commerce
Marilyn Phillips
Vikings Halftime Show, and a Super Bowl event (tech director/carpenter) Ebonie Pittman
Bobby Gardner Pat Marxen
with Showcore. Trevor has been building theatre sets for the past Amy Prochaska
Anna & Marty Herrmann
Thomas Herrmann
Barb & Chuck Nickolay INDIVIDUAL
ten years, and has officially opened his own shop
Greg & Sally Rademacher
Teresa Hopke
Whitney Rhodes
Jim Scharback & Gail Weiner SHOW SPONSORS
Rachel Radermacher German Days, Inc.
Cynthia & Joe Hrabe Alecia & Josh Scharback
in NE Minneapolis called TMH Scenery! His Paul Reyburn
Eric & Lois Hyde in loving memory of
goal is to help small theatres share in some of the
Jerre Richter
Molly Roberts
Kallal family Tade R. Bug FOUNDATION
Mike Lagerquist Phil & Leanne Scheiber
advantages that larger theatres have such as stock Wendy Ruyle
Linda Maloney Joy Seema
Jim and Linda Lee
Christi Ryburn Amy “Aim Face” Surber
scenery and material recycling. This is Trevor’s Jill Schafer
Vonnie McWilliams
Chad & Kyle Wieskus
Family Foundation
Laura Meyer Renaissance
sixth production with DalekoArts. Matthew Schoenbauer
Dr. Tim & Deb Miller Charitable Foundation
Robb & Lynn Schoenbauer Swan Charitable Giving
Dave & Florence Minar

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