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By Apogee Theatre

Written by Martha Heyl

They're here, they're real, they're alive! Come, step into the side show and see the foremost, authentic female bearded lady in history! She walks the boundary of man and woman. Will she waver? Will she fall?

GLBT content, Historical content, Modern Dance, Physical theater/Clowning

World premiere, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer

Just so you know, this show has Adult language, Strobe lights, Loud noises/gunshots.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16 and up.

Saturday, 8/3 7:00 p.m.
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Monday, 8/5 5:30 p.m.
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Tuesday, 8/6 7:00 p.m.
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Thursday, 8/8 8:30 p.m.
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Saturday, 8/10 1:00 p.m.
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Audience reviews

Some Ups, Some Downs

By Calvin Williamson / August 12, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

I was at the last show. Was that the script? It was hardly a masterpiece on its own, but some of the lines HAD to be ad libs. If so, sloppy. If not, also sloppy.
Walter and Lola were likeable and well-acted, but severely underdeveloped.
The stage direction was strong and creative. Once or twice it got a bit chaotic, but it almost entirely visually interesting.
The music was generally a good addition, although the singing (across the board) wasn't up to par. On a related note, I couldn't get that bird song out of my head. So props, composer.
There's an interesting kernel of truth deeply embedded inside this script. That's great. Audience members were mercilessly beaten with it by the end. Mostly a strong performance, but the book needs work.

Hey, how's it goin?

By dylan ward / August 9, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

Stubble is a story about identity, tragedy, and reality. It involves the issues of family, mysogeny, being outcast, circuses, and the decadence of society. Considering that a young ensemble took it upon themselves to perform a show written by a young playwright, that was originally a much longer script, is absolutely extraordinary. Seriously, one would be amazed how many people would be proud of such a feat. Hanna Stebly's direction was telling in a storyteller's way: The flow was a strong torrent that led from one chapter of our tragic heroin's life to another. The mix of comedy and tragedy was as if both elements were one in the same. Above all, the performances where incredible!

It was powerful, ugly, and beautiful. Props to you all!

Edgy and thought provoking

By Greg Bernstein / August 9, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

Wow! Very interesting way to deliver an important message. Kudos to the troupe for making the subject entertaining yet thought provoking.

Edgy, ocassionally funny, a bit creepy sometimes, but well worth it!

A big hairy deal!

By Liz Palmer / August 9, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

Who would think that a trip to the circus would bring one into a deep questioning of gender roles and what it is to be scripted by societal pressures and expectations? Well, that is just what took place. Through intelligent humor, poignant writing, carefully orchestrated movement, well-placed musicality and committed actors, I came to truly care about this circus freak. Thank you for making such a play!

Fantastic show!

By Betsy Nelson / August 8, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

I went to see this show not knowing what to expect and having no expectations...my daughter had a friend in the show which is why we went. I so thoroughly enjoyed it...the acting, the costumes, the thought provoking content...all very riveting. So glad I got to see it!


By Jake Sullivan / August 8, 2013
This user has reviewed 3 shows

A show that earns its five stars quite easily. Stubble has the perfect mixture of entertainment, intelligence, and charisma to be appealing to a widespread audience. The clowning based physical comedy and absurd, over the top action are a great and clever front for such a well thought out concept, with an important message. Kudos to the cast.

Energetic and Earnest

By Robin Schow / August 7, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

Stubble is a fast-paced play that artfully delves into the meaning of gender. The direction is spectacular, and the performances are earnest and well executed.
Don't miss Stubble! Put this performance on your top five list of Fringe plays to see!


By Lindsay Zumbrunnen / August 7, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

What an awesome show! Very powerful and entertaining - this is a show not to be missed!


By Taylor Hall / August 6, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

Thank you to the cast and crew of Stubble.
Stubble is breathtaking. this piece of theatre shatters the audiences impressions of what is normal. This is the type of theatre that needs to be made, and i am so glad it exists. It is a very comforting piece of art that is very relatable to any person who has ever felt like an outcast or even just a little offbeat. It teaches, but acknowledges it still has more to learn. Stubble is beautifully crafted by a stellar creative team and outstanding performances. Three words to describe stubble? Thoughtful, bizarre, and human. Don't miss it.

A Must

By Maria Perez / August 6, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

If you are looking to have fun and at the same time leave feeling that you were touched by the message of the show, this is one that you can't miss! A cast that has great energy and talent, and a script with a lot of potential.


By Joshua Klapperick / August 5, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

After seeing both the trailer and preview, I was still uncertain of what to expect coming into this show. What I saw was a brilliantly performed dark comedy. The young cast performed the singing-and-movement heavy show superbly, keeping me enthralled throughout. The subtext was strongly present but when dealing with such a hot issue like gender, sometimes presently strongly is necessary. I would love to go see it again and recommend finding a way to get to this show!

Pleasantly Surprised

By Bryce Thompson / August 4, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

I walked in not really knowing what to expect, but right out of the gate I was glad I had. This show possesses a great balance of visual spectacle, great acting, beautiful stage/movement work, poignancy, and humor. Certainly recommended.


By Jamal Newton / August 4, 2013
This user has reviewed 2 shows

I found this show to be quite entertaining. It wasn't quite polished, but it was a very interesting concept. The actors were very invested in what they were doing and the show had some brilliant creative staging. Thanks to the cast for all their hard work!


By Sam Howell / August 4, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show was extremely entertaining and well written. I enjoyed it completely. And the ending gave me chills. Twice. I am honestly thinking about seeing it again just for that moment. Amazing. Definitely see this one while it's here.

Interesting but uneven

By Andrew Troth / August 11, 2013
This user has reviewed 28 shows

Interesting but ultimately unsatisfying script; some wonderfully skillful and nuanced performances, but too much shouting and deliberate obnoxiousness for my taste.

It got Bly

By L.j. Johnson / August 9, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

Director, Hannah Steblay, took a mediocre script and covered it in whimsy and magic. Overall I was inspired by how theater can be conjured from dust and a dream. The story could have been a bit more original, as I was excited to see a story about a bearded lady. This show is worth a watch due to the larger than life cast, and the ambition to awaken the spectator in all of us.

Young, Ambitious-but lacked connection

By Scott Gilbert / August 9, 2013
This user has reviewed 16 shows

I love Hannah Steblay's work. I respect many of the young performers in this show.

I was lost in the muddiness of the story and the continued clowning took away the emotional connections that I would start to engage with. The story of Lola's life got interrupted and lost in the chaos.

There were some great Physical and Visual moments and I especially like the opening sequence.

I was also disturbed by one actor who hit the proscenium wall repeatedly with a sharp object. The disrespect for the space, pulled me out of the piece again.


By Liza Michaeli / August 8, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

Dark, bleak, unbearable, undeniably grotesque, and masterful, masterful in every single way. From the acting, to the music, to the dancing, screaming, laughing and revealing, you will be brought to the verge of enlightenment. You will be made to think, ponder, ruminate, confront. There's no room here for banal platitudes. There's room only for laughter, truth, and the invaluable insight you will gain into yourself. See this, and you will not regret it. And be prepared to stomach something strangely, wickedly, spectacularly beautiful.

A Must-See

By River J. / August 8, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

Everyone should see this show. It was not only visually stunning, from costumes to choreography to actor movement and everything in-between, but it was incredibly emotional. To me it felt an accurate representation of what it feels like to live knowing that you are expected to go down one path (to look a certain way, to have your life follow a particular course) when you maybe don't want that path. The story is fast-paced and over-the-top, so it can be a little difficult to become personally invested in them, in the way one normally does with stories. However, it does lend easily to empathy. Everyone can benefit from seeing this show.

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By Ryan L. / August 8, 2013
This user has reviewed 3 shows

This show really pulls you in the minute it starts! The talented cast and very clever direction engages the audience in both exciting and sometimes uncomfortable ways. You really feel apart of this twisted circus act! A ride you don't want to miss!

1 person found this review helpful

Very Enjoyable

By Josh G / August 7, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

Actors were excellent, as were the outlandish cool costumes and the various musical clips. A very interesting show and it was a nice length of run time. That was my first time in the illusion theatre, such a great place!

Angles and beards

By Collin Knopp-Schwyn / August 7, 2013
This user has reviewed 9 shows

"Stubble" approaches its ideas from a lot of different angles, some of which are successful. Many more of them might not be, except this is a show so brimming with young energy that one can't help but appreciate. The characters in this show, Audrey Anderson's Lola and Jordon Johnson's Walter, were likable but underdeveloped, which hurt a big moment near the show's end which would have benefited from stronger characterization. Still, this is a fun show that's also sad and it's a feat in pulling together so many styles and techniques of presentation.

A sensory dance of moods

By Harvey Manfranchensenden / August 6, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

"Stubble" takes what could be a standard feminist theme of social constructionism and, with incredibly energetic flourishes, becomes a musical fever dream, an almost cinematic montage of dances and choreographed rituals. It eschews concrete linearity to become truly unique, flying above expected theatrical boundaries in mood, atmosphere, and impeccable design--closer to Powell and Pressburger than a Fringe Fest drama. These stylistic flourishes are centered around the assured presence of Audrey Anderson, whose face mirrors the director's expressionism. Style and performance transcend the words, and the conclusion is oddly akin to a haunting movie close-up, getting under your skin instead of pounding you over the head with a social message.

1 person found this review helpful


By Rachel Howard / August 6, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

Overall, this is a stunning production. The atmosphere of the circus is fun and clever in the first part of the show, the highlight of which are the clownish antics of the ensemble that will leave you laughing. The biggest issue with the show was the less-than-perfect singing. It was not needed and took away from what was a mainly wonderful production. The best moment of the show are the final moments when smart use of words, movement and music bring the show to a beautiful, poignant ending. This is a very good production that will hit home with anyone who has ever thought about breaking the mold.


By Samantha Klapperick / August 5, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

I originally went to see this just to support my friend, I went into it not knowing what to think.

The beginning made me laugh so hard, I cant even explain. Then I got slightly confused on where it was going, like they had to cut out some major parts. Then its like it all hit me at once, feels. This play is so much deeper than I thought.
How do you know who you are?
How do you know why youre that way?
Why are you what you are?
Why do I have to pick a label?
And it just blew me away how Heyl got that into it without directly throwing it in your face. I also love how it was presented through a circus theme, not one youd expect for that message. I absolutely loved it. Go see it. Now. Watch it. Laugh. Think. Be merry.

1 person found this review helpful


By Miles Kramer / August 4, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

A very excellent play. Thoroughly enjoyable. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys good theatre. Hopefully, it will shock you into thinking.

1 person found this review helpful

very very good.

By Alex Choi / August 4, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

Stubble is a wonderfully written and performed show. I enjoyed every funny moment, i enjoyed every sad moment, all the moments of this play were very much enjoyable. The acting along with the interesting roles paired extremely well together, and i will be back to see it again .

1 person found this review helpful


By Chris Rowe / August 4, 2013
This user has reviewed 3 shows

I was sadly unimpressed. I came in wanting to like this and just couldn't. There were moments that could have been something special but were not clean and clear enough to land.

The show wraps up with an aggressive and unsubtle reminder that THIS PLAY HAS SUBTEXT.
Not worth it...

2 people found this review helpful


By Lilly Schwartzberg / August 10, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

Amazing show that made you laugh, jump, and cry. It was beautifully done and I think a must see.

Needs Work

By Paul Mattes / August 9, 2013
This user has reviewed 13 shows

The show had several good moments, but for the most part, it came across as under-developed and under-rehearsed.

I can see the show that it wanted to be, which was entirely worthwhile, but it isn't there yet.

A night at the Circus!

By Connor Bohne / August 9, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

Wonderfully done production. The juxtaposition of the minimalist set with lavish (albeit decayed) costumes caught in a whirlwind of activity by the ensemble style cast truly elicits the idea that life IS a circus. Amidst the clamor we follow our protagonist through all the twists and turns, tightropes and hoops that a life in (and out) of the circus can muster.

A Beautiful Story

By Elan Nelson / August 8, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

"Stubble" is a phenomenal show for two reasons: It features superb acting and showcases a fearlessly powerful message. I was unsure of exactly what to expect coming into this show, but not only was I pleasantly surprised with the amazing talent of the entire cast, I was absolutely enthralled by the poignant and personal content contained in the message of the show. Needless to say, I was blown away and - did I mention? - a bit teary when exiting the theater tonight. I highly recommend a visit to Illusion Theater for the final performance of "Stubble"!

Fascinating story

By Adia Morris / August 8, 2013
This user has reviewed 7 shows

Great concept for a show and a pretty fascinating script. Hannah Steblay and the cast capture the carnival atmosphere perfectly, and Audrey Anderson is, as always, delightful on stage.

1 person found this review helpful

Provocatively Moving

By Daniel Reynolds / August 7, 2013
This user has reviewed 2 shows

This show exists in strange space. It's somewhere between caricature, and poignant drama. One moment the antics of the ensemble have you in stitches, the next; a chord is struck and you find yourself going, 'wait, did that really just happen? Why did I laugh at that? That's terrible...(etc)'. In its exploration of gender identity and by extension the societal standards of 'freak' and 'normal' the final question left on the stage is crisp, "Who do you perform for?"

Great show!

By Autumn Jean / August 7, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

This was my first experience attending a Fringe show and what a great production! Every second of the performance held my attention - I was thoroughly enraptured!

Left Me Stunned

By Kyle Nobles / August 7, 2013
This user has reviewed 2 shows

This show is visually stunning, and is presented in creative ways that you may not expect. This alone would make this show worth a view, but when you add a strong, poignant, and relevant message to it, Stubble becomes a show that moves beyond theatre and movement eye candy into a thought provoking, self reflective experience.

Having read some of the other reviews of this show, I wold say they are getting caught up in the details. This show may not be subtle about the message it is sending, but the way it is presented will leave you stunned if you are willing to be open and receptive to it.

I would advise those on the fence about joining the Stubble experience to go and see this outstanding ensemble production, you won't regret it.

Outstanding Ensemble!

By Erik Anderson / August 6, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

A very curious subject, well written and beautifully staged by Ms. Steblay. She is a director with a core group of great young actors. SEE THIS SHOW!

1 person found this review helpful


By Coco Banks / August 6, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

Everyone go see this show. It is funny, creative and a little weird and freaky (in a good way). The cast was fantastic and energetic and I enjoyed every single minute of it!!

Where do I begin?

By Natalie Adams / August 5, 2013
This user has reviewed 20 shows

This show had a ton of potential. A ton. And while I was thoroughly excited to see this show, especially after the Fringe for All, I left disappointed. I feel like the story got lost after several drafts. The ensemble took over the show to the point I didn't get to know/care about Lola or Walter. There were several plot points that I didn't get: why the long baby bit in the beginning, script of life/how life should go, why did the nun speak like a southern gospel woman, and I had no idea of how anyone felt towards anyone. There were several beautiful moments of movement that weren't deserved/earned. I think the show could be brilliant, it just needs more time to focus the story and work shop it more.

Very young, very energetic

By Warren Bowles / August 4, 2013
This user has reviewed 29 shows

Apogee Theatre is very young, very energetic, and very 'earnest'. They obviously enjoy performing a great deal. It appeared to me to be an amateur company greatly influenced by "Pippin" and Godspell." If you're seeing twenty or more shows you might want to put this on your list.

1 person found this review helpful

Go see Stubble!

By Michaela Johnson / August 4, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

Stubble is timely, fresh, and energetic. The leads and ensemble are incredibly strong: their performance is both hilarious and thought-provoking. You'll be entertained, but not always comfortable. Don't miss it!

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By Brooke Hart / August 3, 2013
This user has reviewed 13 shows

This show is a must-see, and I'm not just saying that because I know the star and the director! Wonderful script, great acting by everyone, fantastic costumes. It is funny and heartwarming and also a bit uncomfortable in the sense that it is hard to see someone who is being discriminated against for who they are. Everyone will want to see this show!


Background information + more

"Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages! Gather 'round, gather 'round! You won't find a show like this anywhere else in the world and you certainly don't want to miss it." - The Ringleader

"STUBBLE" is a seven-year in the making dark-comedy written by Martha Heyl and directed by Hannah Steblay.

"STUBBLE" follows the life of a young bearded woman, Lola, as she attempts to leave the circus and a life of performance to start a “normal” life as a “woman” (or what she thinks a woman should be) by shaving her beard (a very masculine trait). However, she ends up finding that she’s left one sideshow for another, one that has its own set of constraints and expectations and is just as wild and freaky as the world she left. 

You're going to see clowns (complete with pies in the face), acrobatics, dance, slapstick, a multitude of music and musicians, and much, much more!

"Stubble" at the Minnesota Fringe Festival: Freaking awesome 

“Gender identity is heavily-trod territory in Fringeland, but Stubble makes it seem fresh with over-the-top theatricality. The show’s energy starts high and keeps rising, until the show reaches a surprisingly gripping and resonant climax. As well as superb ensemble work, Stubble boasts some of the best art direction I’ve ever seen in a Fringe show.”  - Jay Gabler, Twin Cities Daily Planet

Cast + crew bios

Audrey Anderson


Audrey Anderson is thrilled to be part of her first Fringe production. She is going to be a senior at South High School, and began acting with Hannah Steblay's Youth Shakespeare Company in second grade. Most recently, Audrey played Juliet in Cromulent Shakespeare Company's production of "Romeo and Juliet" and is eager to begin her first production with The Children's Theatre Company this fall playing the Goose in their production of "Charlotte's Web". Audrey's inner freak is brought forth when doing contortion and aerial circus with Xelias Aerial Arts. She hopes this production helps you bring your freak within to life!

Timothy Daly


Timothy found his love of acting after his first theatre performance of Disney’s Aladdin in which he played The Genie in Kinder Care. Later, after studying theatre at Hamline University, Timothy took time off from acting to pursue his dream of paying off his student debt. After failing miserably and accepting the horrible fate of being enslaved by the cost of education, Timothy said "f*** it" and returned to the stage as Mercutio in Cromulent Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet. Some of Timothy’s other credits include; Into the Woods, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Jesus Christ Superstar and Uranus. His dream role is to play Frankie Muniz in the made-for-TV movie, Childhood Fame Made Me A Whack-Job.

Jordon Johnson


Jordon Johnson is a Twin Cities actor and active member of the community. He has a tendency towards Shakespeare and other classics, but has resolved to work with more original scripts including this latest production, STUBBLE. He is an ENFP and enjoys mid shelf wines, old cars and dumpster diving at Half Price Books after hours.

Ryan James Coble


Ryan is grateful and happy and thankful and all that, to be a part of Fringe once again and to be surrounded by such a talented group of artists! He has appeared on various stages and with production companies locally including: Cromulent Shakespeare, Theatre in the Round, Lyric Arts, The Flower Shop Project, Tedious Brief productions, The Seasons Dinner Theatre, and Metropolitan State University to name a few. A huge thank you to Hannah Steblay, for giving him another place to play and learn and grow. His life is constantly changing for the better. Enjoy the show!

Alexander Gerchak


Alexander Gerchak is a recent graduate of Hamline University, leaving with a B.A. in Theatre and Political Science. Alexander has performed in numerous productions over the years, both professional and academic, and will be making his Minnesota Fringe debut in Stubble.

Leah Liberman


Leah Liberman is excited to be a part of Martha Heyl's lovely creation. She has been doing theater since she was very small. Now she is older, is still doing theater, and has gotten a tiny bit taller. In the past, she has worked with Blank Slate Theatre, Cromulent Shakespeare Company, and the Jewish Community Center. She graduated from Saint Paul Conservatory for the Performing Arts, and is now studying massage at Centerpoint. Leah's inner freak is really her whole state of being, because the very essence of her soul is utterly bizarre.

Charliey Libra


A 2012 graduate of Roseville Area High School, (RAHS,) Charliey relocated to Mankato to pursue a degree in theatre. This past Spring he ended his Freshman year by portraying 'Billy' in 'The Goat or Who is Sylvia.' During his time at Roseville he appeared in several shows including, (but not limited to:) 'The Skin of Our Teeth,' 'Urinetown,' and 'Much Ado About Nothing.' Charliey made his Fringe debut along side the RAHS faculty in the ever-beloved Summer classic, 'Nineteen Cows Leaving Beirut,' as 'Horny Teen.' During his final year at RAHS, Charliey appeared in the first annual Minnesota State Thespian Show-- 'Laramie Project' as a multitude of characters. Hopefully, Stubble will not be Charliey's last theatrical endeavor, however, should the fates deny him, he intends to spend the rest of his life baking.

Stephanie Johnson


Stephanie is a student at Hamline University, starting her third year in the fall. She fell in love with Stubble with her first reading of the script, and is extremely excited to finally see Martha's work up on the stage. Working with this cast has truly been a blessing and a learning experience. Thanks to all who have supported this show, and we hope you enjoy!

Michael Bloom


Michael Bloom, last seen as Benvolio in Cromulent Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, is thrilled to participate in his first Fringe excursion. He feels incredibly grateful to have been provided the opportunity to work with such driven and creative minds. Thank you all for being part of our freak show, enjoy. ;-P

“Beneath this mask there is an idea... and ideas are bulletproof.”

Cat Potts


Cat Potts is a bit of an odd bird. She had a dream about you last week. You should ask her about it.

Ellen Geis


Ellen has been doing theater since she was 5 years old, when she forced her neighbors to put on a living room production of "The Wizard of Oz" . More recently some of Ellen's favorite roles have been Alice in "Alice in Wonderland" at River City Theatre Company, the Blue Fairy in "Pinocchio" at Blank Slate Theatre, and the Nurse in "Romeo and Juliet" at Youth Shakespeare Company. In the upcoming fall she will be a senior at Nova Classical Academy and is eager to spread her feet outside of Minnesota. Ellen's inner freak manifests itself in her love for black-capped chickadees, blueberries, silence, and an old VHS tape titled "Enough Already!"

Hannah Steblay


Hannah Steblay is a freelance director and actor in the Twin Cities. As a director and educator, Hannah has worked for Youth Performance Company, The Children's Theatre Company, Lakeshore Players, River City Theatre Company, blank slate theatre, Cromulent Shakespeare Company, as well as Masquers Community Theatre. She founded and ran Youth Shakespeare Company for seven years, an organization that aimed to give Twin Cities youth the experience of performing Shakespeare. She is currently serving on the board for River City Theatre Company in Watertown, MN and works as the Artistic Director for Nova Classical Academy in St. Paul. Her acting credits include working for Theatre in the Round, The Strange Capers, The Peanut Butter Factory, 3AM Productions, River City Theatre Company, Classical Actors Ensemble, Cromulent Shakespeare Company, and Masquers Community Theater. Hannah has her B.A. from Hamline University with a focus on Theatre Arts.

Martha Heyl

Playwright, Producer

An actor, dancer, choreographer, director, filmmaker, sculptor and writer, Martha Heyl is a bit of a Jill-of-all-Trades when it comes to Theatre and the Arts. "Stubble" was originally a full-length show, her first, which was condensed to fit the Fringe. She has written seven one-acts, four of which were translated into German and performed in Sulingen, Germany in 2010.

Martha recently graduated from Hamline University with a B.A. in Theatre Arts and English (with a concentration in creative writing) and has performed in over 20 productions around the Twin Cities. Most recently, she played Lady Capulet in Cromulent Shakespeare Co.'s production of Romeo and Juliet.

She has had films featured at the ACTC Film Festival, and has won several awards for her short films at Hamline University. She is currently a film intern with Collide Theatrical Dance Co. and is working on launching What A Funny Bird Films, an independent production company focused on using media to increase the visibility of arts organizations.

Briana Zora Libby

Stage Manager

Briana Zora Libby (stage manager) is presently studying theatre at Hamline University, whatever that means, where she most recently stage managed Cabaret and their annual winter show, Under Construction. Other backstage credits include Theatre Unbound and Theatre in the Round. She occasionally dabbles in performance, both as an actress (Changes in Time, 20% Theatre; Metamorphoses, Hamline University; among others) and as a slam poet (Hamline University Poetry Slam CUPSI team 2013). Most notably, Briana has an unrivaled love of pizza of all kinds.

Andrew Brady

Music Composer/Performer

The work of composer/arranger Andrew Brady has been performed at various locations, from NYU’s Steinhardt School of Music to Saint Paul’s Cathedral in London. While he enjoys writing for choirs and small ensembles, his true musical home is on the stage. Previous theatrical designs have explored genres such as ‘20s Jazz, Experimental Rock, and much more. Along the way, he has learned to play whatever instrument the show has thrown at him – from a tankdrum, to a harmonium, to a seven-foot PVC pipe organ. Andrew is excited to be aboard the “Stubble” team, and looks forward to a live performance each night!

Sarah Sakry

Costume Design

Sarah Sakry has been creating costumes since she was 6 when she used staples and duck tape. Since she learned how to sew, her costumes have gotten much better and easier to wear. She really relates to the circus since she lives with three beautiful, loud, and wild children, a very fat cat, and an amazing husband.

Connor McEvoy

Props Design

Connor Matthew McEvoy studies Theater and English at Hamline University. He does lots of different jobs there but on the tech side has been Jeweler for The Oresetia, Twelfth Night, and Cabaret as well as props master for Metamorphoses. In his free time he makes boomerangs and paces habitually.

April Jopek

Assistant Stage Manager

April Jopek has studied English Literature at University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. She has stage managed productions with The Cromulent Shakespeare since 2004, including most recently Merry Wives of Windsor and Julius Caesar. She was the production manager for their production of Romeo and Juliet. She loves theatre of all kinds with an emphasis on Shakespeare.

Bailey Anderson


Bailey Anderson has trained in modern dance, African dance, Yoga. Since 2004, Bailey has been teaching modern dance and using her knowledge of multiple dance styles to choreograph and produce shows at various Twin Cities venues. She creates work inspired by personal experiences which leads into dialog both on and off stage. She is currently interested in exploring work that is process oriented and driven by the collective. By focusing on human experience, exploration, and improvisation to create movement, Bailey seeks to give agency to the movers. She will be attending the University of Colorado-Boulder this fall as a candidate for an MFA in Choreography.

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