Dumpster Flower

Written by: Malissa Petterson & Directed by: Malissa Petterson

Playing: March 25 - April 15, 2017

Dumpster Flower PosterThe Nova Nilla Theatre Collective begins load-in for a bizarre (and atrocious) adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with imminent failure on the horizon.
As with all tech weeks, there are the usual hang-ups – until most of the actors walk.

With the artistic director and his staff on the chopping block, the technicians make a last-ditch effort to save their jobs and their interpersonal relationships. The show goes on.

A fully immersive experience, Dumpster Flower weaves together our love affair with theatre and our theatrical love affairs.

HeatherJane Farr
Elliott Puckette
EmmaJane DeWeese
Stacey Garbarski
John Siewert
Heather Renken
Alyssa Stowe
Rachel Stetenfeld
Desmond Hawkins
Nick Kaprelian

With the technical skills of:
Taylor Kokinos
Loryn Jonelis
Viktor Petterson
Kip Price

This show contains brief nudity, adult language, and adult situations, as well as the use of a fog machine and herbal cigarettes. Viewer discretion is advised.


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Cast Bios:

Heather Jane Farr (Mac)
Heather Jane Farr (Mac) went to Musical Theatre College (in Canada) and has acted for over two decades in over 60 different productions. Favorite roles include Lolly in The Undertow, Eden in The 800th Annual Salvation Swing-Off, Nameless in Bite the Apple, Luisa in The Fantasticks, and Anne Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank. Many thanks to Jess, Luv, Sandra, and KT for their rigging help, sling-borrowing, and general badass inspiration; “Never give up on your stupid dreams.” And, as always, all the love to the spouse, KIP!

Stacey Garbarski (Izzy)
Stacey Garbarski (Izzy) is making her “official” BST debut! She appeared as The Virtues in the NYC Fringe Festival remount of “The 800th Annual Salvation Swing Off” and a 2 woman show “Women in White”…but “Dumpster Flower” is her first BST production. She recently appeared as Jean in Mercury Players Theatre’s “August Osage County” and can be seen in “Die, Mommie, Die!” this summer. A huge thank you to Malissa for rewriting this brilliant piece to incorporate her broken ankle, the cast and crew for their patience, and Zach for daily love and support as she endeavored two beastly productions in tandem. Oh, and she thanks her mom and dad for birthing her and letting her major in theatre. Enjoy the show!

Elliott Puckette (Becky G.)
Elliott Puckette directed Macbeth (Young Shakespeare Players), assistant directed August: Osage County (Mercury Players Theater), directing a scene in Love/Sick (Madison College), and is producing and performing in Love’s Labour’s Lost (ALATT). Shakespeare and shenanigans are what she’s all about, so thanks to Malissa for making her a part of this production despite all the odds.

EmmaJane DeWeese (Becky M.)
EmmaJane DeWeese (Becky M) is thrilled to be back at Broom Street after playing Taylor in last August’s Black & White. She is a senior at West High and will be studying musical theatre in college (no, she doesn’t know where yet). She’d like to thank her incredibly supportive mom and dad and promises to pay Kate back for all the noodles some day.

John Siewert (Sammy)
John Siewert (Sammy) is a software tester by day, and is a theatrical jack (or John)-of-all-trades by night. Most recently, he directed his own writing in Queer Shorts 2.1: Queer Love for StageQ. Next up, he is directing Perfect Arrangement for StageQ, which opens the week after this show closes. Yes, he does go non-stop. Hugs to his friends. Love to his mom and sister. Chest thump to Malissa.

Heather Renken (Marnie)
Heather was last seen onstage at BST as Dorothy in Sweet William by Doug Reed. Heather has appeared in various plays since her first involvement with Broom Street in 2002 including Malissa’s Petterson’s Bite the Apple and A Matter of Legacy. She is on the Board of Directors Of Delicious Inc and the Kathy Rasmussen Women’s Theatre of which she is a founder. Heather is also an Artistic Associate for Encore Studios for the Performing Arts. She is very proud to be in another Malissa Petterson play and thanks the cast and crew for all of their kindness and outstanding work.

Alyssa Stowe (Chick)
Alyssa is elated to be working with Malissa Petterson and the Broom Street crew once more. She has worked with Petterson in her last two shows, The 800th Annual Salvation Swing-Off as Sukey in both the original and Fringe, and Bite the Apple as Mercy. Alyssa is currently at UW, studying theatre and art, where she has worked on several shows including stage managing Twelfth Night and The Importance of Being Ernest,and in ensemble of Legally Blonde: The Musical. Alyssa would like to thank Malissa for her constant support and encouragement. Thank you, Moo, without you I’d have no career.

Rachel Stetenfeld (Suzette)
While receiving a B.A. in Literature and Philosophy from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Rachel also loved exploringthe university’s world of theater and dance. Theater credits include Rabbit Hole, Guys and Dolls, Triangle Factory Fire Project, and all the cliché musicals you can imagine. She’s a yoga and dance teacher here in Madison, and is grateful for this opportunity to greet the Madison stage!

Desmond Hawkins (Eliot)
This is Desmond’s third appearance at Broom Street after attending the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point for acting. He has previously worked with Music Theatre of Madison, Delicious Ensemble, Madison Theatre Guild, Krass Theatre, StageQ, and Mercury Players Theatre, & has had training in both theatrical clowning and improv comedy. Desmond is also on Broom Street Theatre’s Board of Directors, and is enjoying the start of his career in the Madison theatre scene. You can contact him directly at desmond@bstonline.org.

Nick Kaprelian (Paul)
Nick Kaprelian is excited to return to Broom Street theater in this dynamic and fun piece! He has been active in the Madison theater scene for the last 11 years and has had the pleasure of working with many companies/artist. Most recent roles include Pa Joad in The Grapes of Wrath, Karl/Steve in Clybourne Park and Corpse Bride in Bone Dance.

Loryn Jonelis (Choreography)

Taylor Kokinos (Lights and Stage Management)
Taylor Kokinos likes lights.

Viktor Petterson (Set design and sound design) does the sound and loves his wife and vice versa.

Malissa Petterson (Playwright, Director, Properties, and Costumes)
Malissa Petterson is a brain-of-all-trades who has a tendency to do too many shows at once. She spends her days at Encore Studio for the Performing Arts where she is an artistic associate, and her evenings with Are We Delicious? as their production stage manager. She serves on the board here at Broom Street Theater. Malissa would like to thank her husband Viktor for his unfailing love and support, for dealing with her impossible schedule, and for reminding her to update her iOS. Malissa likes teapots, hates prejudice, and loves a well-times fart (oh, and also her husband).