Posted in Live Action Set, The Happy Show, Uncategorized

Opening Night…

It’s Opening Night Day! In just a few short hours, Live Action Set The Happy Show opens at the Bedlam Theater and I’m pretty excited. We previewed last night to a 25 person house and the overall reaction was really positive. This is a show like none other I’ve been in before and I’m really enjoying it because of that.

It’s not your typical night of theater. You won’t walk into a proscenium setting, find your seat, get comfortable and pray that your butt won’t go numb, kind of show. It’s been dubbed a “Choose Your Own Adventure” type of show. You might see spaces in the Bedlam that you never knew existed. You might not.  You might get to style some one’s hair. You might not. There are a lot of things that will happen during this show that you might not see which is why it’s a great show to come back to. There aren’t many performances in town that really want to see twice – unless you are Knee High Theater‘s performance of Brief Encounter. But that’s a whole other story.

In summary, for either $20 or $25 (depending on the performance you attend) you will get an adult beverage, Dinner, and a show like you’ve never seen before. I really hope you’ll join me for it. And if you do – be sure to stay after and grab a drink with me so we can catch up.

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Back At It.

So, it’s March. Theatrically speaking, things have been a bit slow lately. I’ve been to quite a few auditions, but nothing’s been the right fit for me. Alternatively, I may not have been the right fit for those things either.  One really nice thing about not being involved in rehearsals though, is getting to actually go out and see theater. In the first two months of this year, I’ve seen at least 10 shows. One of those being Walking Shadow’s Mojo –  It was honestly one of the best productions I’ve seen in Minneapolis in a very long time. Other memorable shows included Mel Brooks’ The Young Frankenstein  and TRP’s Burial At Thebes.

Some recent side projects that I worked on have become available to the public – including the music video in which I drenched myself in corn syrup blood. I Am One was completed in the middle of February and still creeps me out, in good ways. Besides that, I worked on an in-office email campaign video with ‘Kreisle Productions’. I hope to have that online shortly as well. As one of my coworkers said “You can go from normal to crazy really quickly.” True story.

Back around the time we shot I Am One, I got the opportunity to work with Three Volts as an extra on a series of mini commercials for Chex Mix Crazy Party Crashing Ideas. It was a really fun night and they turned out really well. I definitely hope to work with them again in the future.

In other news, February was a month of Travel – the first few days were spent in Chicago with Mom and Grandma to celebrate Mom getting closer to 50. Last week I decided to see what it was like to be a snow bird and made my way down to Tucson, AZ to visit Grace at grad school. Good times were had and pictures will be posted soonish.

Hopefully I will have news of a new production soon and updates will follow suit!

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What do you mean, tomorrow’s December???

I’m not sure how it happened, but over the course of the last two months I managed to shoot a music video, shoot a trailer for .Faust, shoot some web-only commercials for Chex Mix, rehearse for the dinner theater show, work on a film in Lake City, visit the beautiful city of Lanesboro and the Commonweal Theater, open the dinner theater show, host Thanksgiving and officially roll over the annual odometer. If anyone has seen October or November, tell them I missed them, Please?

Now that Let’s Scrap Christmas is up and running, I’m really hoping to get some updates on this a here blog – let you know how the process was and about our fantastic audiences and such. In the meantime, I have to share the .faust trailer with you. It was such a great shoot and I hope to work with them again. I’m still eagerly awaiting clips from the music video – in which I played a Zombie-Goth-Bride. I don’t know if I ever actually got all of the corn syrup blood out of my belly button or not, but here’s hoping.  Following that filming, I got to work with My Town Pictures in Lake City on their upcoming feature-length film Shy, in which I play the leading lady’s uptight roommate. We had a really great time on the set for that one.

Moving back to my staged world, rehearsals for Let’s Scrap Christmas began in late October. The premise of the show is a weekend family gathering before Christmas, only this year is the first gathering without Granny Lorretta. I play Darby, Lorretta’s 3rd granddaughter, and let me tell you – she’s got quite a lot on her plate. I won’t tell you what it all is, because I don’t want to ruin the surprise for those of you that might make it to the show.

This past Thursday, the entire Capan clan made it to my apartment for one of the best Thanksgivings I can remember. Then that following night, a portion of them made it to the preview of Let’s Scrap Christmas. My favorite moments where when I would hear my Grandma laughing at something, as that was the signal that her hearing aids were on and she was enjoying the show.

Now that we’ve opened, we’re on a crazy schedule with 32 show is December, with Monday nights typically being our only night off… Which means no Glee or excessive indulgences in adult beverages for Lisa until New Year’s Eve. All I ask is that you bear with me in the coming month. And let me know if you’re coming to Coon Rapids for the show – I might be able to slip in one drink on a rare occasion here or there.

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The Emmy’s Ain’t Got Nothin’ On Us

Simple_Ivey_Ticket_normalI won’t lie – I basically began counting down to the Ivey’s when the Fringe Festival ended. OK, that’s a lie. I actually bought my dress for the big night in mid-July…. So I’ve been looking forward to it for roughly two months, and you have to believe that this past Monday, September 21st, I was past the point of being reasonably excited. Picture small child riding through Toys-R-Us on a miniature horse who’s saddlebags are filled with gummy peach rings and lollipops; then believe that I would have kicked that kid’s level of excitement down the stairs.

Which would now explain why my manager suggested I leave an hour early to get ready…

After a quick jaunt home to Glamorize, I was back on the bus headed downtown and found myself having a fantastic conversation with a fellow glamorized gal, Carla Waldemar. She too was on her way to the Ivey’s and we were able to share our theatrical backgrounds and our picks for the evening.

Upon arrival, I headed into Rock Bottom Brewery to meet up with my mattpartner in crime – Matt Spring. 2009 marked our 3rd annual attending of the Ivey’s and our group had tripled. 2007 was just the two of us. 2008 we added Brent and Amber. 2009 was out of control – Jason, Nick, Brant, Katie J, Max, Nate, Danielle, Mark comprised our posse. It was sort of “Four Humors meets The Aspect Lab” affair. Ideally this meeting will lead to ‘Four Aspects and an Ivey’. Eh? Eh?

Before I knew it, and by that I mean 1/2 a plate of fries and a Jack and Coke later, it was time to walk the red carpet. FoolpThe Humors made it past the paid Fans/Photographers first and Nate, Mark, Danielle and I were caught second. Due to the volume of our group and in best attempts to keep us seated together, we were about three rows from the back of the State Theater. This was still close enough to enjoy how intoxicated one of the first presenters was. As well as how amazing all of the performers were. Something I really enjoyed this year, which I’m certain was planned, was how there were multiple instances ofIvey award winners that happened to ‘coincedently’ be performing. Which I understand is one way of ensuring the winner is in attendance of the event.

For those of you not as familiar with the Ivey’s, please allow me to shed some insight on their philosophy of how to host an Award ceremony.

Unlike typical award ceremonies – your Oscar’s, Emmy’s, Grammy’s, and so on, where you have set categories for awards and each award that goes sethout has Nominees. All of those things – except the physical award – are missing from the Ivey’s. The ONLY set awards are the Life Time achievement award and the Emerging Artist award. Everything else, is kind of random. Best ensemble, Best Company, Best Production, and so on. The kicker is, because there are no nominees, no one really knows who the awards are going to. Which leads to awkward moments where people have to accept awards for other people who were too sick to come and saying things like “I wish I hadn’t told my mom not to come.” It would break my heart to not be able to share a moment like that with my family.

OK, I’m stepping down from my Ivey Soap Box, so that I can share now about the After Party. The past two years it was norahosted at the IDS crystal court and hosted by Mission. I LOVED this because it’s a beautiful location AND my friend is a manager there which means – Lisa Got Hooked UP. This year, the after party was hosted by The Capitol Grill and held in the hallway of the Lasalle Plaza. The mini bars were over priced and no one felt the need to alert Rock Bottom that there would be over 1,000 people hanging out that evening, so they were tremendously understaffed.

To end my Negative Nancy rants, I have to say, my absolute favorite part nathanSof this whole event is having the opportunity to reunite with so many friends that sometimes I only get to see once a year. I was able to see my Jackson folks – Karen, Allen, Nathan, Seth, and Nora – who all are so beautiful, I cannot handle being with them for too long. OK, that’s a lie, I could be around them forever. They’re amazing.

Overall, the evening was wonderful – even with all of my complaints, nothing beats getting dressed up, having drinks, matt2dancing, and having the opportunity to catch up with old friends and spend quality time with new ones. I guess my final beef is with my partner in crime and the fact that he a.) didn’t pass the flask and b.) bailed early. Let it be known, I won’t be as forgiving next year, Spring.



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Post Fringe Post

Wow, it appears that I fell off the Blog-Wagon immediately after the Fringe Festival closed. Subsequently, that is also when my post-fringe hangover began. 


I’m happy to report, that after a trip to Washington DC to visit my friend Cindy, 6 or so auditions, 1 casting, a weekend wedding at Breezy Point, and a run in with the plague, I’m Back! I’ve been quite busy during the five weeks since Foolproof closed, I have also almost finished unpacking, though I’m certain Chris would tell you otherwise.

So, I know the question that has been on everyone’s mind since August 10th: “What will you do next, Lisa?” Thank you for asking! Next weekend I’m going to work with a friend on a metal/goth/vampire music video shoot. This will be a whole new experience for me so I’m pretty excited. That and I get to wear a wedding dress from 1986 that’s been dyed black. What more could a girl as for?


The next big thing on my plate is a little something called Let’s Scrap Christmas! with Season’s Dinner theater in Coon Rapids. It’s going to begin rehearsing in Mid-October and the show will run from November 28th through December 31st. We’ll be doing 9 shows a week. I want everyone to know this, just so that I can A.) fully disclose how crazy I am – given that I will still be working my regular 40hrs a week. And B.) Apologize now, for any unreturned phone calls and/or my general disappearance from face of the earth – I promise that I’ll be free again in January. 🙂

I’ll post more info about the show as time progresses. Another round of thank yous to everyone that made it out to the Fringe this summer and I can’t wait to share this upcoming music video!

Posted in FoolProof, Fringe Festival, Minneapolis, Theater, Top 10

Don’t Miss These Shows at the MN Fringe!!!

I am happy to report that our opening weekend went exceptionally well! I have to fringe-logo_pagethank my mom, my aunts, my grandma, my coworkers, Grace, Sam, Ashley, Emily, Briana, Chris, Kathi, Ashleigh, and everyone else that was able to make it on Saturday – I really appreciated having you all there! We have a show tonight at 5:30 and I’m rather excited for it.

As I had mentioned in my last post, I wanted to provide a list of my own personal top 10  must sees of the Fringe Festival. I will blatantly admit, there’s a ton of bias within my choices. Many of these shows are being done by my friends and I want to support them because I know first hand how talented they really are. So in no particular order- 10 shows you MUST see at the Fringe Festival:


1. Foolproof  Of course this is going to be on my list. It’s my show. You should really see it because it’s really good.

2. Hogg and the Humors @ Intermedia Arts. This was  a REALLY fun and refreshing Fringe show. It was set up as sort of a late night Fringe Talk show, hosted by the adorably British Jimmy Hogg. They have guest Fringe stars and they interview them and throw in some improv and the worst script reading you’ve ever heard. It’s fantastic. Top it off with an 11 second dance party and you’ve got a definite winner with this.

3. Sideways Stories from Wayside School @ Rarig Thrust. Oh geez. The guys from Four Humors did it again. This is really clean, crisp, solid characters and great fun for the whole family. Go see it.

4. The Return of LICK! @ The Southern. Well, anyone who knows me knows that I’m a sucker for cute guys dancing in tight pants and shiny shirts. And by dancing, I really mean thrusting their pelvises. Pelvi? Either way – go see them. I actually laughed so hard I cried.

5. An Intimate Evening with Mike Fotis Part III @ Mixed Blood. Two words here: Talent Crush. I’m not ashamed to share it with the world, Only because I know the world also has a huge Talent Crush on him as well. This is a great way to end any day of Fringing.

6. The William Willams Effect @ The Southern. I adore Brian Columbus. I also know that this cast is incredibly talented. I am very much looking forward to seeing it this weekend.

7. Oops @ The Theater Garage. Jasmine and Colin were classmates of mine at the U of M. They are extraordinarily hard working and talented actors. They are also really funny people. I’m excited to see this on Thursday night.

8. Two Short Operas…. @ the Playwright’s Center. Stephen Houtz is a riot. I will see this show because he wrote it and I know how talented he is. That’s all I need. Also, He once loaned me a very special cookie cutter.  If you ask me, I might tell you about it.

9. Blue Ribbon Burlesque @ Rarig Proscenium. I missed this show last year and had heard so many amazing things about it that I’m really looking forward to seeing it on Saturday afternoon. As I have never seen a show of this nature, I’m excited to lose my Burlesque virginity.

10. The Finkles’ Theater Show @ Rarig Experimental Theater. I had the please of being introduced to these characters a while back at a Four Humors function. They’re fabulous. And Funny.  Please check out their trailer. It’s pretty great.


Well, That’s that. Let me know if you make it to any of these and let me know if I’ve missed your show – I’m going to try to get to as many as i can in the next 6 days. If you’re curious about other shows, Check out Fringe Famous – they review the Hell out of the Fringe.

Happy Fringing Everyone!!!

Posted in FoolProof, Fringe Festival, Minneapolis, News Clip, Theater

Our Preview Got Reviewed…

As you may recall from my previous post, last Monday we  performed a preview at the Minnesota Fringe For All at the Ritz theater. It turned out that local playwright and Blogger extraordinaire Matthew Everett was in attendance and taking notes. He graciously wrote up reviews/synopsis of each performance for the Twin Cities Daily Planet.  Our review went to the internet press yesterday and it delighted us to no end. We do want to reassure everyone – regarding what Matthew said “I have to admit I’m curious. Which I suppose is the point of the marketing strategy.” We left you hanging for a very good reason, and believe me, it’s definitely worth checking us out at the Fringe.

Without futher adieu, our review:

1113“You eat the dinner your husband made you. It tastes like tree bark. You tell him it’s delicious.”

Giant Toddler Productions


by: Matthew Everett and found here on the tc Daily Planet site


Jake and Zelda, young newlyweds, hope moving into a new house ends the tension between them. But when Jake confides in his friend Martin how he plans to fix his marriage, the truth of their lives is revealed.

One of my favorite hosting moments of the evening was when Robin Gillette read the above description and injected after “Jake and Zelda, young newlyweds, hope moving into a new house ends the tension between them…”

“‘Cause that always works.”

Because of two of the actors – Lisa Bol and Mark Benzel, I really want this one to work out well. They’ve been very supportive of new work, most directly impacting me and my writing friends by helping out now and then with reading for our writing group. It’s immeasurably helpful to have actors reading the lines aloud as the script begins to take shape, and have an actor’s perspective on where the questions lie, what things might be missing, what things are confusing.

Mark and Lisa are teaming up with this production’s writer/actor Anthony Rydberg, and its director Nathan Wagner, to found a new theater company (I know, I know, another one, but c’mon, that’s part of what Fringe is for, too – a launching pad.)

“Aspect Lab Theatre is a company of artists dedicated to producing quality theatre in its most intimate form. It is Aspect Lab Theatre’s goal to provide a place where writers, directors, designers, and actors will drive each other to grow as artists. Most of all, the company strives to create an ensemble that engages in selfless dialogue with our audiences and our collaborators.”

As for their first outing, Foolproof, it’s hard to tell. The production clings so tightly to the big “secret” that lurks at the center of this story that it almost leaves too much room for speculation.

“Don’t tell my wife what I’m going to do.”

OK, I’ll bite.

It better not involve something as benign as a new addition to the house, or a balloon animal, or a new car, or a puppy.

But on the other hand, I’m sort of dreading anything dire like a whole “Crimes & Misdemeanors” spin on it (my mistress is inconvenient, let’s have her killed), or “I’ve had myself neutered,” or going the “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” route and just getting the former fling erased from his memory banks.

It can’t be any of those things. So what could it be, so that the audience doesn’t just feel like it’s had its chain yanked by some shaggy dog story?

They concluded just as the light was turning yellow. But I found myself wanting just a little more.

I have to admit I’m curious. Which I suppose is the point of the marketing strategy.

Only one way to find out…

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FFA – Not your kid’s Future Farmers of America

Being from northern Minnesota, the acronym FFA brings visions of livestock and grains to mind. Now officially a city girl, FFA now stands for Fringe For All. Each summer, a few weeks before the Fringe Festival begins, the Fringe hosts an evening of 30, 3 minute previews. This is to help Fringe Enthusiasts get a taste of what’s going to be on stage this summer and in some cases help them determine go or no for a show. Foolproof  previewed this Monday, July 20th to a packed house at the Ritz, along with 29 other companies.  I will follow up with my own Top 10 list of Fringe shows that I would recommend, but right now, I just wanted to get this preview out to every one.

Tony took the time to write a new script for our preview, as there really isn’t a perfect 3 minute scene that would make an audience member wet themselves in excitement over our show. Well, that’s not true, but if we performed that scene, it would sort of give away the show and then no one would need to come and see it. Without further adieu, here are Tony, Mark and I, and our preview of Foolproof.

Posted in Corpsing, FoolProof, Fringe Festival, Making Out, Minneapolis, Theater

Corpsing in the Basement

Mark has his Back to the camera - he's playing Martin. Tony is on the right. He is "Acting Real Hard" in this picture.

I realize that sounds morbidly dirty, but really, it was quite hilarious. Last night we attempted to do a full run of Foolproof and for a show that is supposed to have a run time of 55min, we definitely broke the bank. Granted, we reworked a few scenes and ran a couple multiple times, but the major speed bump in last night’s rehearsal process was corpsing. By Wikipedia’s definition, Corpsing is: a British theatrical slang term used to describe when an actor breaks character during a scene by laughing or causing another cast member to laugh.  It was an absolute gigggle fest. All and all it was  a pretty decent rehearsal.

And the corpsing continues...
And the corpsing continues...

 Making out Is Funny.

It turns out that making out for the first time with a friend, while in character, in front of people is not only moderately awkward, but also incredibly funny. It definitely had the feeling of a Junior High game of spin-the bottle.

I am really excited for people to see this show. Coming soon: Our trailer!