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The Realish Housewives of Waukee February 23 - 28

Contents From the President & CEO . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Welcome from Prairie Meadows . . . . . . . .4 The Realish Housewives of Waukee . . . . . The Realish Housewives of Waukee . . . . . Who’s Who in the Cast

April 12-17 Temple Theater · (800) 745-3000 Civic Center Ticket Office · Ticketmaster Locations

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Des Moines Performing Arts . . . . . . . . . . 10 Board of Directors and Staff Guest Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .



Dear friends, Welcome to the Temple Theater! Since opening in October 2002, the Temple Theater has become an important fixture in the live entertainment scene in Central Iowa and a cornerstone of the Western Gateway revitalization. It is undoubtedly one of the best small performance spaces in Des Moines. Des Moines Performing Arts is dedicated to bringing the finest in professional theater and entertainment to our area. We’re very grateful to Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino for supporting our programming. And we especially appreciate the support of our loyal Temple Comedy Series Season Ticket Holders. It’s the support of theater-goers like you that makes this intimate theater a continued success. Enjoy the show!

Jeff Chelesvig President & CEO Des Moines Performing Arts



Dear Temple Theater guests, Des Moines is alive with cultural events that rival those found in much larger cities across the nation. This is a result, in large part, to the outstanding offerings presented by Des Moines Performing Arts. Your support of this organization and the wonderful productions at the Temple Theater is a testament to the quality of offerings it provides to our community. Prairie Meadows is delighted to partner with Des Moines Performing Arts in bringing you the Prairie Meadows Temple Comedy Series and to contribute to the economic vitality and quality of life in Central Iowa. Along with our commitment to providing financial support to the arts, Prairie Meadows has given more than $1 billion through taxes, grants and charitable donations to the State of Iowa. More than half of that has remained right here in our community to promote economic development, agriculture, jobs and tourism. We look forward to another wonderful season, and we hope you enjoy the show. Sincerely,

Gary Palmer President /CEO Prairie Meadows



A Des Moines Performing Arts Theater Jeff Chelesvig, President & CEO

Written by

Kate James and Tim Sniffen Directed by

Eric Hoff Performed by

Katie Caussin Katy Carolina Collins Jackson Evans Emjoy Gavino Lori McClain Lindsey Pearlman Sound Design Katharine Horowitz Lighting Design John Kelly Scenic Design Theresa Akers Costume Design Mieka van der Ploeg Casting Beth Kligerman Production Stage Manager/ Company Manager William Collins Technical Director Aaron Heeter Tour Press Representation Allied Live Production Supervision TROIKA ENTERTAINMENT THE REALISH HOUSEWIVES: A Parody premiered at Hennepin Theatre Trust under the direction of Matt Miller Exclusive Tour Direction The Road Company




(in order of appearance)

Randy Bowen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jackson Evans Ravonka. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lori McClain Brooke. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lindsey Pearlman C.L.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Katy CarolinA Collins Gwen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Katie Caussin Desiree. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Emjoy Gavino UNDERSTUDIES Understudies never substitute for listed performers unless a specific announcement is made at the time of the performance

For C.L./Gwen/Desiree/Ravonka - Amy Young for Brooke - Emjoy Gavino for Randy Bowen - Joshua Davis THERE WILL BE ONE 15-MINUTE INTERMISSION All actors and stage managers are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the union for professional actors and stage managers. The use of any recording device, either audio or video, and the taking of photographs, either with or without flash, is strictly prohibited.

WHO’S WHO in the CAST KATIE CAUSSIN (Gwen) grew up in Springfield, VA and received her degree in Theater from Radford University. She started performing with The Second City as a member of the National Touring Company umpteen years ago, and has worked on buckets of shows with them since. In Chicago she has improvised at ComedySportz, iO Theater, and has performed at and teaches improvisation for The Annoyance Theater. She has also performed at the Magnet Theater in NYC and worked on the Onion Network’s “Special Report.” Follow Katie on Twitter @katiecaussin.

Stupid Fucking Bird (“Mash”). She has acted with Chicago Shakespeare, Steppenwolf, The Goodman, The Guthrie, Jeune Lune, and Vintage Theater Collective. She is an artistic associate with Sideshow Theatre, a stakeholder in the Backroom Shakespeare Project, and a cheerleader with the band Mucca Pazza. She graduated with a BFA from the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater Actor Training Program. Jackson Evans (Randy Bowen) is thrilled to be a part of this cast with these lovely and real ladies. Regional theater credits include work with Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Mercury Theater, Drury Lane Oakbrook, Marriott Theatre, Victory Gardens, About Face, Blank Theatre Company Los

Katy Carolina Collins (C.L.) is thrilled to be a part of this tour. Recent Chicago credits include: No More Sad Things (“Jessiee”), and


WHO’S WHO in the CAST marks his first production with The Second City and he couldn’t be more excited. Some of his recent credits include: The Blue Planet (Akvavit Theatre Company), Lear (Red Tape Theatre Company), The Duchess of Malfi (Strawdog Theatre Company), Heist Play (Ruckus Theater), Idomeneus (Sideshow Theatre Company), and A Christmas Carol (Berkshire Theatre Festival).

Angeles, and First Stage Milwaukee. TV: “Chicago PD” and “Sirens.” He is a graduate of the School at Steppenwolf and Northwestern University and a teacher with Black Box Acting Studio. EMJOY GAVINO (Desiree) Chicago credits: Steppenwolf (Drunken City), Victory Gardens (Failure: A Love Story), Paramount (Hair), Broadway Playhouse (Working), Lookingglass (Arabian Nights), Goodman (Christmas Carol), Court (The Good Book, Wait Until Dark, Iphigenia), Northlight (4000 Miles), Remy Bumppo (Fallen Angels, Love and Information, Seascape). Regional credits: ReAct (The Violet Hour, Into the Woods), Village (Searching 4 Y). Film/TV: “Chicago Fire,” “Mob Doctor,” “Boss,” “Empire.” Emjoy founded The Chicago Inclusion Project and is a teaching artist with Barrel of Monkeys. She is represented by Stewart Talent.

Amy Young (u/s C.L./Gwen/Desiree/Ravonka) is completely delighted to be a part of this tour. Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, she graduated with a degree in Theatre from Northwestern University. She originated the role of Kaci Lynn in It Came From Kentucky at the Annoyance Theater and frequently performs with Harold team Stag at iO Chicago. Amy is a proud graduate of The Second City Conservatory. She writes and directs video shorts with her sketch team, That Just Happened.

Lori McClain (Ravonka) was born in Toledo, OH and received her BFA in Acting from Wright State University. She performed with The Second City Touring Company, and in 2004 her touring company performed for the USO in Iraq. Improv credits: Sirens, ComedySportz, Whose Chorus Line Is It Anyway? and The Improvised Sondheim Project. Among favorite scripted roles: ”Xena Warrior Princess” in Xena Live! and as “Patti Blagojevich” in Rod Blagojevich Superstar for The Second City. She is also a voice-over actor and jazz vocalist.

Kate James (Writer) is a Chicago-based comedy writer and improvisor. Second City projects include writing for The Second City Guide to the Opera, and The Art of Falling, with The Second City and Hubbard Street Dance. She is a founding member of the sketch comedy group Schadenfreude. The group had a self-titled radio show for two years on Chicago Public Radio (WBEZ). Kate has appeared on “Shameless” (Showtime), “Playing House” (USA) and in a viral video where she plays a very drunk Cubs fan. Tim Sniffen (Writer) hails from Bayville, NY on the north shore of Long Island... so he knows a thing or two about the wealthy housewife lifestyle. Tim has written and performed with The Second City since 2007, and worked with Kate James on The Second City Guide to the Opera, a show with far less wine throwing. Follow Tim on Twitter at @MisterSniffen and enjoy the show!

Lindsey Pearlman (Brooke) is a Chicago native. Favorite past productions include Never The Bridesmaid with Polarity Theatre (Jeff Award - Actress in a Principal Role), The Mousetrap with Northlight Theatre (Time Out Magazine Theatre Award Nominee - Best Supporting Actress), Trevor with A Red Orchid Theatre, and many, many more. You can often catch Lindsey on your television, selling things like appliances, cellphone plans, and beer. Feel free to visit her at

Eric Hoff (Director) is a director and producer of new plays and musicals. He directed the soldout run of Hit The Wall at Steppenwolf Garage, which transferred to Barrow Street Theatre OffBroadway. He is an Artistic Associate at About Face Theatre, where he directed WHAT’S THE T? and produced The Woyzeck Project. He has

Joshua Davis (u/s Randy Bowen/ Assistant Stage Manager) is an MFA recipient in acting from Brandeis University in Boston. He was the Associate Artistic Director of The Ruckus Theater in Chicago until he recently stepped down. This


WHO’S WHO in the CAST MA), Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival (Provincetown, MA), and many others. A graduate of the University of Iowa, Katharine also teaches sound design workshops to students and young professionals.

developed new work with Playwrights Horizons, Clubbed Thumb, New York Theatre Workshop, Steppenwolf, American Theatre Company, Goodman, Pig Iron, Humana Festival of New American Plays, and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. He is the creator and producer of REVIVAL, which has entertained thousands on the Pritzker Pavilion Stage in downtown Chicago’s Millennium Park.

John Kelly (Lighting Designer) is a lighting designer in Chicago who was worked with companies including Victory Gardens, The Hypocrites, About Face, Theatre Wit, The Ruffians, The Neofuturists, The Ruckus, Strawdog Theatre, Lifeline Theatre, Stage773 and Underscore Theatre. He is an ensemble member with Strawdog Theatre where he will be designing Love and a Major Organ, The Long Christmas Ride Home, In a Word, Robinhood and Maid Merrian and D.O.A. this season.

William Collins (Production Stage Manager/ Company Manager) is very excited to join this production of The Realish Housewives: A Parody. William is a freelance stage manager in Chicago where his credits include work with Redmoon Theater (The Cabinet, Sink.Sank.Sunk), Drury Lane Oakbrook, Paramount Theatre (My Fair Lady), The Chicago Humanities Festival, About Face Theatre, First Folio, Windy City Playhouse and The Goodman Theatre (Other Desert Cities) and the Chicago premier of Unspeakable: A Dramatic Fantasia at the Broadway Playhouse. William has also spent five seasons stage managing for Peninsula Players Theatre in Door County, Wisconsin.

Theresa Akers (Scenic Design) is an interdisciplinary performance designer focusing on building new and interesting multimedia compositions applying sound, light, and spatial storytelling elements in immersive collaborations. She has designed productions with theatre powerhouses Bedlam for Hire, Mu Performing Arts, Freshwater Theatre, Workhaus Collective, and Hennepin Theatre Trust. A graduate of NYU’s Gallatin Program for Spatial Psychology and Visual Design, she is excited to bring her interdisciplinary work in building the world for The Realish Housewives: A Parody.

AARON HEETER (Technical Director) is pleased to join the company of The Realish Housewives: A Parody. TV/ Film credits include “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “The Steve Harvey Show,” “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “The Other Woman,” “Hostages,” and “Money Monster.” Chicago theatre: Wicked, The Cherry Orchard (Steppenwolf), The Dresser, Winesburg Ohio, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Altar Boyz. Aaron has had the distinct pleasure of meeting four US Presidents. Love to Dowagiac (doe-wah-jack) and

Mieka van der Ploeg (Costume Designer) has designed costumes for a variety of Chicago theaters, including The Hypocrites, About Face Theatre, Theater Wit, Griffin Theatre, Next Theatre, The Building Stage, the House Theatre, Albany Park Theater Project, Dog and Pony Theatre, RedTwist Theatre, Pegasus Players, the side project, and Filament Theatre Ensemble. Further credits include wig and make-up work at The Lyric Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, and the Goodman Theatre.

Katharine Horowitz (Sound Design) is a theatrical sound designer based in the Twin Cities, MN. With a focus on layered effects and soundscapes, Katharine has designed criticallyacclaimed and award-winning shows for Mixed Blood Theatre, Pillsbury House Theatre, Penumbra Theatre, and Park Square Theatre in the Twin Cities, Great River Shakespeare Festival, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre (Wellfleet,

ALLIED LIVE (Marketing and Press) is a full-service marketing and advertising agency representing Broadway shows, national tours, performing arts institutions and experiential entertainment entities. Current clients include: The Book of


WHO’S WHO in the CAST Mormon, Kinky Boots, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Elf, MAMMA MIA!, Motown The Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Once, and Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Upcoming tours include Hamilton, An American in Paris, Something Rotten! and School of Rock.

itself on delivering top quality productions to audiences worldwide. Please visit us at www. _________________________________________

TROIKA ENTERTAINMENT (Production Supervision) has been the innovator in touring musical theater productions for over two decades, producing shows throughout North, Central, and South America, Europe and Asia. Additionally, the company is experienced in casino and leisure markets having produced for the Wynn, Caesars, Grand Casino, Hilton, Eldorado and Harrah’s. Current and upcoming productions include 42nd Street, An American in Paris, Annie, Cheers, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Love Never Dies, The Wizard of Oz, and Wine Lovers. With strong ties to the Broadway community, TROIKA prides

Production Supervision TROIKA ENTERTAINMENT

Staff _________________________________________

Tour Marketing and Publicity Allied Live Laura Matalon Mary Alyce Blum

Marya K. Peters Jacqueline Smith

Social Media Manager Alex Cadice Website Design Greg Mulvey General Manager Brian Loevner

March 1-6 | Des Moines Civic Center · (800) 745-3000 · Civic Center Ticket Office · Ticketmaster Locations

DES MOINES PERFORMING ARTS BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND STAFF BOARD OF DIRECTORS OFFICERS Mary Kramer * Chair RET Ambassador Karen J. Lynn * Vice-Chair Athene USA Rosemary Parson * Treasurer EquiTrust Life Insurance Company Thomas E. Press * Secretary Midland’s Choice Thomas Brown * Past Chair Brown NationaLease

Christine Lauridsen Sand * Assets Chair Lauridsen Group Eric T. Crowell * Audit Chair UnityPoint Health – Des Moines John Craig * Finance Chair RET Sammons Financial Group

Robert Brownell Polk County Board of Supervisors

Patrick Mack RET John Deere Financial

Frank Cownie, Mayor City of Des Moines

Robert Mahaffey City of Des Moines

Michael Eberle, DVM Eberle Animal Hospital

Bob O’Hollearn RET Allied Insurance

Jon Garnaas Healthy Living Centers of America

Katie Patterson Happy Medium

Sheryl Grimm Community Leader

Dr. Andy McGuire * Nom/Gov Chair Iowa Democratic Party

Laure Guisinger Holmes Murphy & Associates


Terry Johnson Wells Fargo Wealth Management

Tom Ahart Des Moines Public Schools

Monica Kirgan Principal Financial Group

LEGAL COUNSEL Mike Kulik Davis Brown Law Firm *Indicates a member of the Executive Committee

STAFF ADMINISTRATION Jeff Chelesvig President & CEO Laura Sweet Vice President & COO Tricia Moore Human Resources Administrator Heidi Watkins Finance Director/Controller Bill McElrath Business Director Barbara Hanson Accountant Chris Browning Office Manager Vicky Barr Executive Assistant PRODUCTION AND BUILDING SERVICES Janet Albanese Director of Production and Building Services Production: Alan Dyer Technical Operations Manager/ Head Electrician

Nicholas Romano Stage Operations Manager/ Head Carpenter Greg Tracy Production Manager/Head Audio Jamie L. Stepp Production Supervisor Building Services: Earl Smith Building Services Manager Ly Ung Building Services Manager

Allison Ross Assistant Guest Services Manager

Karoline Myers Education Manager

House Managers: Kerry George Shirley Kleywegt * Doug Kouba Evonne Kouba Sharon Montgomery Cynde Pool * Shirley Ramirez Marion Singleton *Temple Theater House Managers

Julie Houghton Programming & Education Coordinator

MARKETING Barb Preuss Director of Marketing

Building Services Associates: Francisco Hernandez Paul Kemp Khom Mao Francisco Mora Irene Perez Hank Teav Dominick Ung

Matt Spangler Sr. Marketing Manager Jonathan Brendemuehl Communications Manager Greg Votava Digital Marketing Manager

DEVELOPMENT Brett Smith Research Specialist

Carina Woodward Marketing Manager

L. Carlson Donor Relations Coordinator

Brooke Vaske Marketing Intern

Dylan Stuck Development Intern

PROGRAMMING & EDUCATION Eric B. Olmscheid Director of Programming & Education

GUEST SERVICES Joel Cox Guest Services Manager

The backstage employees of Des Moines Performing Arts are represented by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Local 67.


Michelle McDonald School Programs Coordinator Sarah Bannon Community Programs Coordinator Janelle Ketcher Education Intern TICKET OFFICE Denise Smithson Green Ticket Office Director Brooke Bridenstine Ticket Office Staff Manager Jeff Waldschmitt Ticket Office Database Manager Kennedy Bollmeyer Ticket Office Manager Laura Arenson Customer Service Team Member Candace Bell Customer Service Team Member Chontel Berthelsen Group Sales Coordinator

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GUEST INFORMATION CAMERAS The use of cameras or any type of recording devices is prohibited.

SPECIAL SEATING NEEDS Seating is available for all performances for guests with special needs. Please call the Civic Center Ticket Office at (515) 246-2300.

CELL PHONES Please turn your cell phone off or set it to the silent mode. Please also refrain from text messaging and using your phone as a light source during the performance.

TRANSPORT WHEELCHAIR The Temple Theater has a wheelchair available to assist guests with mobility concerns. A House Manager may be contacted for access to this.

Emergency Exiting In case of an emergency, please leave through your nearest exit location.


LATE SEATING Late seating will be accommodated by House Staff at the earliest appropriate time. LISTENING DEVICES Listening devices are available at the bar. Headphones, earbuds are provided with these devices. Neck loops are available for guests who wear hearing aids with a T switch. You will be asked to leave a credit card or driver’s license until the unit is returned.

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