Monthly Archives: July 2014

Bulls are Dangerous To Dance With

NBC posted this shot of bull dancing four days ago

NBC recently posted this shot of bull dancing

Here’s what Harris Stepp means when he talks about “bull dancing” in my new play, Dangerous To Dance With. Looks like a blast, eh?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6rQe0cWac4 (You have to see this to believe it!)

The show opens this Friday (July 18) at 6 pm at Off-Center Theatre 3rd floor @ Crown Center as part of the 2014 Kansas City Fringe Festival. There are six opportunities to catch a performance.

See Martin Tanner’s Facebook Event Page for more details and a link for purchasing tickets.

https://www.facebook.com/events/405649196240505/

 

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“Dangerous” Cast Video

Here’s the video we shot to introduce our fantastic cast and the characters they play in Dangerous To Dance With for our 2014 Kansas City Fringe Festival production. What a joy it has been to watch these incredibly talented actors bring my characters to life! I hope you’re able to make it to a performance. It’s not often you see a full-length play with a cast of this caliber for  $10 (with a $5 Fringe Button).

Meet Our “Dangerous” Cast

We’re having great fun preparing to present the World Premiere of my new play, Dangerous To Dance With, at the 2014 Kansas City Fringe Festival.q3704149

I’d like you to meet our dynamic cast:

VRWVictor Raider-Wexler* played recurring roles on television in Seinfeld, Everybody Loves Raymond, The King of Queens, and Two Guys and a Girl. Law and Order, Friends, House, Boston Legal, and Married With Children are a few of his many TV guest appearances. He appeared on Broadway in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Gypsy and on the big screen in Pursuit of Happyness and Minority Report. Locally, Victor has appeared with the Kansas City Actors’ Theatre (The Real Inspector Hound, The Mousetrap, The Seafarer, and Glengarry Glen Ross) and at the New Theatre Restaurant (Harvey). He plans to return to the New Theatre Restaurant this August in Murder Among Friends starring Morgan Fairchild.Jim Hopkins

Jim Hopkins* As a resident member of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Jim has displayed his talents in roles as diverse as Lennie in Of Mice and Men, Henry IV in Henry IV parts 1 and 2, Van Helsing in Dracula, and Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest. He has also appeared at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Great Plains Theatre, and on many other stages around the country.

Vincent Onofrio Monachino 4-2Vincent Monachino* has appeared as Big Jule in Guys and Dolls at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre and as the sheriff in Batboy at the Unicorn Theatre. He has also appeared locally at Starlight Theater, Quality Hill Playhouse, and American Heartland Theatre. He has three motion picture credits including Saving Grace B. Jones, written and directed by Connie Stevens.Kelsea McLean

Kelsea McLean was named “Best Local Actress” by the Pitch in 2012. She has appeared in Marvelous Wonderettes at the Maples Repertory Theatre and in Run For Your Wife at Great Plains Theatre. She has entertained local audiences with performances at the Living Room, The American Heartland Theatre, and TYA.

Coleman CrenshawColeman Crenshawscintillating acting talents are well known to local audiences for his work at the Coterie (Number the Stars, Bridge to Terabithia), the MET (The Seagull, The Kentucky Cycle, Rules for Widows, Enchanted April, Awake and Sing!), and for a variety of roles at The Fishtank, The Living Room, Melting Pot KC, and TYA.

*These actors are appearing courtesy of the Actors Equity Association.

The Director: Diane Bulan is a professional actor. She has appeared in numerous commercials, films and industrials, and is a member of SAG. She is also an acting coach, puppeteer, electrician and stage manager.

This is the third time Diane and I have worked together. She directed Death and the Publican in 2010 and was assistant director for Caldwell’s Bomb in 2011. Other recent directing credits: Cinderella Kids (Barn Players), St. Nicholas (Jughead Theatricals), scenes from Playboy of the Western World and Plough and the Stars for the Gaelic Revival at the Irish Center, 24-Hour Play Festivals (William Inge Center), readings of A Body of Water, Art, and Visions of Right (Martin Tanner Productions). Up next: Diane will direct Don’t Talk to the Actors, opening in September at Paradise Playhouse.

The Schedule: There are six opportunities to see Dangerous To Dance With during the 2014 Kansas City Fringe Festival at Off-Center Theatre on the 3rd floor at Crown Center:

6 pm Friday July 18

1:30 pm Saturday July 19

9 pm Sunday July 20

9 pm Tuesday July 22

9 pm Wednesday July 2

4 pm on Saturday July 26

Tickets are only $10 with a Fringe Button!

Hope to see you there!