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!
Posted in FoolProof, Fringe Festival, Minneapolis, Theater, Uncategorized

The Fringe Site is L-I-V-E!!!!!!

myfringe_boxheadNever did I imagine that I would be SO excited for a website to update… Until last week, when I wanted to check out my fringe show at www.fringefestival.orgonly to find that it wouldn’t be updated and “Alive” until July 1st. And Holy Moly – somehow we’ve reached July. Not sure how it happened, but I’m just going to go with it.

Anyway – to see our page on the site, check this out. I’ve been having a lot of fun at rehearsals, I just wish our director wasn’t such a *Jerk* all the time. Just kidding Mr. Director! If he was such a Jerk, we definitely would not be having some of the best rehearsals I’ve been to in quite some time. We do a lot of work with the characters outside of the text of the script and I really love that. That’s usually the work I have to do on my own when trying to find my character, but by being able to work with the other characters at the same time, it’s bringing a sense of unity. It also helps me feel less crazy, as now I’m not the only one pretending to be someone else… 

Besides the Fringe site, We also have a page for The Aspect Lab. There, hopefully in the coming weeks you will be able to see a trailer for the show. I’ll also see if everyone’s ok with me doing some documentation of rehearsals so that I can share them here.

Finally – I know the biggest question on your mind is- “OMG – When and Where Can I see your show???” Please, stress no more:


by Anthony Rydbergmapdata
Directed by Nathan Wagner
Featuring Mark Benzel, Lisa Bol,
and Anthony Rydberg
Image Design by Danielle Siver
Minneapolis Theatre Garage
711 Franklin Ave.
Saturday, Aug. 1, 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 2, 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug 4, 5:30 p.m.
Friday, Aug 7, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Aug 8, 8:30 p.m.
Posted in 20% Theatre Company, Minneapolis, Perfect Pie, Theater

Coverage Alert!!!

More Pie, Please!

Perfect Pie

I am excited to announce that our show as well as 20% got a Fabulous write up in the Minneapolis – St. Paul Magazine!!!!

Here’s a taste:

This month, 20% Theatre Company Twin Cities is doing a show called Perfect Pie by prominent Canadian playwright Judith Thompson. Written by a woman and starring four female actors, the play suits the company’s mission perfectly—and that mission is to help provide employment for women in the theater arts.

After reading in 2002 that women hold only 20 percent of professional theater jobs, write a mere 16 percent of professionally produced plays, only 17 percent of which are directed by women, company founders Claire Avitabile and Blythe Davis decided they wanted a bigger piece of the theatrical pie. And so, in 2006, 20% Theatre Company Twin Cities was formed as a sister branch to the original 20% in New York City and the secondary one in Chicago.

To read the full article – Click HERE.

Posted in Fashion, Fringe Festival, Minneapolis, News Clip

Someone from Vita.MN Thought I Was Fashionable!


Fashion: Fringe wearThe Avon Dress

Fortunately no one wore any actual fringe at the Fringe Festival closing party at First Avenue.

Lisa Bol 24, project manager, actress 

What are you wearing? A New York & Company headband, Avon handkerchief dress, Liz Claiborne purse, Target shoes.

Describe your personal style: I like clothes that “work” for and with me.

Best Fringe show you saw: I would have to say “War of the Worlds: The Musical” (as I was in it) and “Mortem Capiendum.”

What adds drama to your outfits? Usually my personality. Also, great shoes and accessories.

Posted in Fringe Festival, Minneapolis, Theater

Well, I Finally Got Sucked Into The Fringe…


Watch Out Minneapolis...
Watch Out Minneapolis…

So by this point in the summer, I felt that the opportunity to be involved in the Fringe had passed me by. 

But I was wrong.

Oh so very, very wrong.

My darling friend and Prince Charming happened to show intrest in an audition on that I had also noticed and shown intrest in.  After 40min in rush hour traffic, two wrong turns in Coon Rapids, some CRAZY costume action – and we were invited into the cast of:

War of the Worlds: The Musical.


It should be fun.  I get to tap dance and wear a silly costume. AND We are performing at the old Gutherie Lab space in the warehouse district of Minneapolis on the following dates:

July 31st @ 10pm

Aug 3rd @ 5:30pm

Aug 6th @ 10pm

Aug7th @ 7pm

Aug 8th @ 8:30pm

For all kinds of crazy information, visit: