July 16, 2014

Dangerous To Dance With by KC Playwright Bill Rogers at KC Fringe Festival


Martin Tanner Productions presents veteran stage, screen, and
television actor Victor Raider-Wexler
(www.imdb.com/name/nm0706838/) in the world première of
Kansas City playwright Bill Rogers' new dark comedy at Off-Center
Theatre during this year's Kansas City Fringe Festival.

In Dangerous To Dance With, a paranoid playwright, a broken
acrobat, a porn star, a neurotic farmer, and a plumber, who may be
a hit man, meet in a secluded Missouri farmhouse. Together they
face one of life's most pressing questions: should they laugh or
should they die?

Dangerous To Dance With Cast:
-Victor Raider-Wexler* (HARRIS STEPP)
(www.imdb.com/name/nm0706838/) had recurring roles on
television in Seinfeld, Everybody Loves Raymond, The King of
Queens, and Two Guys and a Girl. Law and Order, Friends, House,
Boston Legal, and Married With Children are a few of his many TV
guest appearances. He appeared on Broadway in Ma Rainey's Black
Bottom and Gypsy and on the big screen in Pursuit of Happyness
and Minority Report. Victor has appeared with the Kansas City
Actors' Theatre (The Real Inspector Hound, The Mousetrap, The
Seafarer, and Glengarry Glen Ross) and at the New Theatre
Restaurant (Harvey). He plans to return to the New Theatre this
August in Murder Among Friends starring Morgan Fairchild.

-Jim Hopkins* (JOE) As a resident member of the Cincinnati
Shakespeare Company, Jim has displayed his talents in roles as
diverse as Lennie in Of Mice and Men, Henry IV in Henry IV parts 1
and 2, Van Helsing in Dracula, and Lady Bracknell in The
Importance of Being Earnest. He has also appeared at the
Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Great Plains Theatre, and on
many other stages around the country.

-Vincent Monachino* (IRWIN STRATEMEYER) has appeared as Big
Jule in Guys and Dolls at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre and as
the sheriff in Batboy at the Unicorn Theatre. He has also appeared
locally at Starlight Theater, Quality Hill Playhouse, and American
Heartland Theatre. He has three motion picture credits including
Saving Grace B. Jones, written and directed by Connie Stevens.

-Kelsea McLean (JILL) was named "Best Local Actress" by the Pitch in
2012. She has appeared in Marvelous Wonderettes at the Maples
Repertory Theatre and in Run For Your Wife at Great Plains Theatre.
She has entertained local audiences with performances at the Living
Room, The American Heartland Theatre, and TYA.

-Coleman Crenshaw's (NICK) scintillating acting talents are well
known to local audiences for his work at the Coterie (Number the
Stars, Bridge to Terabithia), the MET (The Seagull, The Kentucky
Cycle, Rules for Widows, Enchanted April, Awake and Sing!), and for
a variety of roles at The Fishtank, The Living Room, Melting Pot KC,
and TYA.

*These actors are appearing courtesy of the Actors Equity

The Director: Diane Bulan is a professional actor. She has appeared
in numerous commercials, films and industrials, and is a member of
SAG. She is also an acting coach, puppeteer, electrician and stage

This is the third time Diane has worked with Bill Rogers. She
directed Death and the Publican in 2010 and was assistant director
for Caldwell's Bomb in 2011. Other recent directing credits:
Cinderella Kids (Barn Players), St. Nicholas (Jughead Theatricals),
scenes from Playboy of the Western World and Plough and the Stars
for the Gaelic Revival at the Irish Center, 24-Hour Play Festivals
(William Inge Center), readings of A Body of Water, Art, and Visions
of Right (Martin Tanner Productions). Up next: Diane will direct
Don't Talk to the Actors, opening in September at Paradise

The Playwright: Five of Bill Rogers' plays have been produced in
Kansas City: Collisions (the highest rated show in KC during 2008
according to KCSTAGE Magazine), Broken Strings (Finalist in The
Beverly Hills Theatre Guild-Julie Harris Playwright Award
competition), Breaking the Trust (winner of Rockhurst University's
Plays in Progress Competition), Caldwell's Bomb (Audience Choice
Award winner at the 1st Playwriting Festival of the Missouri
Association of Community Theatres. The Dramatists Guild of
America included Caldwell's Bomb in its Friday Night Footlights Play
Reading Series in New York City in 2012), and Death and the

Bill wrote the book and lyrics for the new musical, Wild and Willful
Women. Kansas City musician Daniel Doss composed the music.
Wild and Willful Women won a place in Theatre Resources
Unlimited's TRU Voices Musicals Reading Series and was performed
by a Broadway cast in front of a full house at the Baruch Performing
Arts Center in New York City on January 13, 2014.

Bill is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America.

first came to life as a "Martin Tanner Tuesdays" staged reading (the
popular series produced for 3 years in Kansas City by MTP). Fully
produced plays include Agnes of God, My Name is Rachel Corrie (KC
Stage top show award), Lovers/Winners, Death Defying Acts and Bill
Rogers' Caldwell's Bomb. Now based in Los Angeles, MTP is
currently at work developing and producing Marcia Haseltine's
Saving Rose O'Neill.

The Schedule: There are six opportunities to see Dangerous To
Dance With during the 2014 Kansas City Fringe Festival at
Off-Center Theatre on the 3rd floor at Crown Center:
6 pm Friday July 18
1:30 pm Saturday July 19
9 pm Sunday July 20
9 pm Tuesday July 22
9 pm Wednesday July 23
4 pm on Saturday July 26

Tickets are only $10 with a Fringe Button!
For further information please visit: www.martintanner.com,
www.RogersBill.com and on Facebook at http://on.fb.me/1j6vzVw

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