Producer / Writer / Obi-Wan Kenobi
Dave is thrilled to write, produce, and perform in The Tragedy of Obi-Wan Kenobi, his first production for the Minnesota Fringe Festival. Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, he also wrote Star Teckla and The Y Files, for the Trans-Iowa Canal Company. As a musician, he has composed music for several Fringe productions, including The Forgotten Angle and Dancing with Death, and performs with several bands in the Twin Cities. He is currently working with Beth Kinderman on Hero's Journey, a concept album about Joseph Campbell's hero cycle.
Paul von Stoetzel
Paul von Stoetzel is a member of Shadow Horse Theatre, and has directed over 40 short films/music videos and as many plays in the Twin Cities area, including his feature documentary, SNUFF: a documentary about killing on camera, which has won numerous awards, while also receiving major North American distribution, as did his second documentary, Scrap. He is proud to return directing for Fringe Festival with his two shows, The Tragedy of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Blackbeard's Revenge.
Matthew Englund is ecstatic to be a part of this year's Fringe Festival with such and amazing cast and crew! Matthew studied Theatre at the University of Minnesota Moorhead. Most recently was in A Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical with Minneapolis Musical Theatre and was a part of Gilligan's Island: A Tropical Musical at last years Fringe Festival! Up next, Matthew will be a part of Ex Gays: Not a Straight Remount with Savage Umbrella!
Heather Jo Raiter
Elora has been acting onstage for ten years now, spending four of those years studying theatre at St. Catherine University. However, she has been a fan of the galaxy far, far away since she could say "Papa! Papa! Stah Waws!". Princess Leia was one of her first role models, and she couldn't be more excited to portray this iconic General alongside an incredibly talented cast/crew for this year's Fringe. She would like to thank her family, friends, cohorts, and enemies for their continual support of live performance.
Rest in beautiful moonlight, Carrie Fisher.
When we asked local entertainer Smokey Throbinson for a bio for this section, we discovered he had decided on a method acting approach to Chewbacca and would only deliver his bio in character. Here is his quote verbatum: Muuuawwwhhhhh Muah MRRRRRRUUUUUAAAAAA RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR UuuuUUUurrrrrr MMMMM MMMMRRRRRRRRAAAAAAAAAA muaw ruuuuuaghhhhhh muuuuuuurrrrrrr UUUUUUUUUUUUUUURRRRRRRRRHHHHHH. (It was at this point Smokey appeared to get upset and storm off the set. The last we heard of him he thought to be constructing a tree fort down by the Mississippi river.) Find him on facebook and instagram!
Nathan was born in the 11th week that The Empire Strikes Back was in theaters. He fell in love with Star Wars and ultimately the walkers at a young age. Until he can operate an AT-AT, he will continue performing comedy as a member of Fearless Comedy Productions, with the award winning Wise Fools at Minnesota Renaissance Festival, and on his own in whatever capacity his fickle nature desires.
Alyssa Rae is a local actor and Star Wars fan. At Minnesota State University, Mankato she appeared in To Kill A Mockingbird, The Haunting of Hill House, and a masterclass production of Romeo & Juliet. This is her second year appearing in the MN Fringe Festival after last year's SmashHammer: The Heavy Metal Musical. May the Force be with you!
Voice of Darth Vader / voice of the Dianoga
Matt Kessen is a writer, actor, dramaturg, and French cabaret chanteuse who has recently worked with Comedy Suitcase, Fearless Comedy Productions, Ghoulish Delights, Green T Productions, and all kinds of folks like that. His solo show, Reverend Matt’s Monster Science, has appeared throughout the Twin Cities, including at the Encyclopedia Show, the Science Museum of Minnesota, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. This is the fifth specific and distinct roar he has had cause to develop for a show and he is over the moon about it.
Darth Vader / Anakin Skywalker
A proper Joe-of-all-trades. Recent stage work spans: Four years as a company member with the Gilbert and Sullivan Very Light Opera Company; Joining the international repertory of Shit-Faced Shakespeare; a self-produced Fringe play; and various work around the city onstage including at The Guthrie, The Southern, and The Ordway. Joe is most satisfied lending his body, mind, and soul to the creative process.
Matt is a member of SAG/AFTRA and the founder, co-owner, and artistic director of Shadow Horse Theatre, the producers of A Drinking Game-Minnesota. He has over 100 film, TV, and theatre credits. His B.A. in Theatre is from the University of Alabama. Minnesota Fringe Festival Credits: 2010: Sex, Soap, Torture, Weather, 2011: Once Upon A CSI, 2012: Tales From A Twisted Universe, 2013: Theatre 101 & Grimm For Kids. 2014: The Jungle Book 2015: Melancholy London, 2016: So Bright the Night & 2017 this show and Waiting For Gygax. Onstage STAR WARS credits: Darth Vader-A New Hope: A Drinking Game-Minnesota, Yoda, Wampa, & Boba Fett-Empire Strikes Back-A Drinking Game-Minnesota, Jabba the Hutt, Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious, and Admiral Ackbar-Return of the Jedi: A Drinking Game-Minnesota, and Darthius the King of Deathstark-Dark Lord of the Sith in HAMLUKE produced by Dana's Boys.