Program

PROGRAM


THE unUSUAL

  • CLOSER will have a 15-minute INDOOR ONLY intermission (you will get locked out if you go out)

  • Take the pre-show playlist home with Spotify

  • Share, Like, Review... basically, do ALL the things to promote OPEN DOOR REP before and after the show!

THE USUAL

  • Turn off all cell phones & electronic devices, please.

  • No photo or video during the show

  • We ask you kindly to zip it. It’s an intimate space and we can hear everything!

  • Learn about the CAST & CREW, and our FAVORITE people below

While you wait...donate!

STARRING

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ALICE

EMILY DAVIS is thrilled for her debut with Open Door Rep. Favorite local theater credits include Magenta in The Rocky Horror Show (KataKlysmic Productions), Kristine in A Chorus Line (Des Moines Playhouse), Carol in Oleanna (Tallgrass Theater Company), and director of Hedwig and the Angry Inch (KataKlysmic Productions). 

 
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ANNA

MEGAN HELMERS is a Cloris Award-winning artist who has worked with theatres across Central Iowa. Megan’s work as a Director/Choreographer includes Des Moines Young Artists’ Theatre’s Bring it On (Cloris Award - Best Choreography, Cloris Nominations: Best Direction, Best Musical); The Des Moines Playhouse’s A Chorus Line (Cloris Nominations: Best Choreography, Best Musical); Noce’s Tick, Tick . . . Boom! (Cloris Nomination: Best Musical), Murder Ballad at Noce, and several productions with DMYAT, where she also serves on the Board of Directors. Most recently, she directed and choreographed Ordinary Days at Tallgrass Theatre. Megan’s recent choreography includes Elf and Billy Elliot at the Playhouse, and A Christmas Carol, Fun Home, and Company at Iowa Stage Theatre Company. Additional Cloris Award nominations for Best Choreography include Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Des Moines Playhouse), The Wizard of Oz (Kata Klysmic Productions) and School of Rock (DMYAT). Megan directed Lungs at Open Door Rep and is thrilled to return to Open Door again, this time as an actress. Though Megan has performed onstage in area musicals for many years, Closer is her first straight play since Of Mice and Men at the Des Moines Playhouse many years ago, and she is delighted to make her return with this all-star cast. Megan is the Director of Marketing and Public Relations at the Des Moines Symphony and teaches at the School of Classical Ballet and Dance. When she is not working on a show, Megan enjoys cooking, traveling, and dancing around the house with Charlie and their pets, Elliott Patrick Swayze Helmers-Reese and Jane.

 
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DAN

CHARLIE REESE has been on stages all across the DSM Metro including Tallgrass Theatre Company: Ordinary Days (Jason); Iowa Stage Theatre Company: Company (BobbyCloris Nomination). StageWest: Hand to God (Jason/Tyrone), Avenue Q (Princeton/Rod); Des Moines Community Playhouse: Young Frankenstein (Dr. Frankenstein, Cloris Award Winner), Spamalot the Musical (Dennis/Galahad), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Billy Bibbit), Legally Blonde (Emmett Forrest), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Jimmy); Des Moines Onstage: Tick, Tick… Boom! (Jonathan, Cloris Nomination), Murder Ballad (Michael), Cabaret (Clifford Bradshaw). He would like to thank his friends and family for their continued love and support, Open Door for offering challenging theater in Des Moines,  and especially his wife Megan for being an artistic inspiration.

 
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LARRY

JOSH VISNAPUU has been around the DSM theatre scene for a little over a decade now, with performances at Tallgrass Theatre, the Des Moines Playhouse, StageWest and others. He is very excited to partner with some of his closest friends and favorite collaborators on this project, one that has been brewing for some time. Many thanks to everyone involved and in the audience for your support. And a special thank you to his extraordinary wife, April, for literally everything. Future projects include spending every available moment with their adorable daughter, Maylene - aka Lil’ Miss, the cutest baby alive!

 
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DIRECTOR

MARNIE STRATE is thrilled to be directing again, having last directed Iphiginia in Orem at the Des Moines Social Club. Marnie is active in both theater and film, producing TV commercials by day and acting or directing by night. She was last seen on stage in Open Door Rep's inaugural play, Lungs. When she is not on stage or set, Marnie can often be found hosting trivia through Party Time Excellent at various pubs and events around the metro. Follow her on instagram @marniemaraschino if you like pictures of terriers and on twitter @marniestrate if you like lukewarm takes about politics and British royals.

 
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STAGE MANAGER

KYLE BOCHART has worked both onstage and backstage around town. Most recently he stage managed Billy Elliot for the Des Moines Playhouse and has worked on crews for Elf, Young Frankenstein, and many others. He also crewed professionally at the Kansas City Repertory Theater before coming to Des Moines. Onstage he's played Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit with DMYAT (favorite role to date), Sir Bedevere in Monty Python's Spamalot at the Playhouse, and Ewart Dunlop in their production of The Music Man. By day Kyle is a Quality Analyst for Wells Fargo, Music Director at Unity of Des Moines, Box Office Manager at Tallgrass Theatre Company, and a graduate of Simpson College. He can also be seen performing at various farmer's markets and coffee shops around town throughout the year with multiple instruments. 

 
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ASST. STAGE MANAGER

SARA BETH (BEE) WEINBERG: Acting credits-Des Moines Playhouse: Ragtime, Monty Python's Spamalot, and Disney's Beauty and the Beast (Babette, 2005); Epic Stage Productions: Caucus! The Musical (Kristin,2016). Production- Des Moines Playhouse: Billy Elliot (ASM), Catch Me If You Can (Props Master). Sarah Beth is a fourth-grade teacher at Crossroads Park Elementary in West Des Moines, and coaches IHSSA Large Group for Valley High School. She enjoys reading, knitting, and running.

 

SPECIAL THANKS

 

To Laura Jordan

For always wading through our thousands of ideas to pull together a show image that so perfectly conveys what we were ‘trying’ to say. And for being a true champion of local theater that we all aspire to be. 

To Nick Strickland

For being so insanely talented and so incredibly gracious to put together videos for our shows when we ask politely. Like the usual promo videos and every now and then, a porn chat room video ;)

To Drew aka sprawlingcharles

For the killer Spotify playlist. You are a master at capturing the mood & mystery of a show in musical form.


To YOU, who bought a ticket for tonight's show, donated a few bucks, enjoyed a drink and took a chance on a brand new, pop-up theatre company in Des Moines after seeing Facebook ads for weeks...thank YOU!!  

To everyone who offered to promote OPEN DOOR REP on your websites, podcasts, radio shows, morning TV shows or just plain shared us with friends...

You're the BEST and we thank you dearly!


To Maxwell, Karen, Joe, Mary, Charlie, Megan, Marnie, Nick, Lyndsy; the members of the first Round Table...
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for all your support...of our Mission, of our Artistic Vision and of our First & Future Shows. OPEN DOOR REP would not be on the map without your kindness, generosity, feedback and swift kicks to the ass!
— Josh & April