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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - September 26, 2003
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Isadoora Theatre Company Announces Cast of Fall Show

Isadoora Theatre Company, a small, creative theatre company in Door County, is getting ready for its long-awaited fall performance. With much of the work still ahead of them, the board members of ITC are happy to announce the cast of their upcoming show: English Zoo Flies. A series of three one-act plays, English Zoo Flies will be utilizing a small, but worthy cast. Those talented individuals include: Jim Lautenbach, Elena Keir and Mark Moede, directors are Ben Meyer and Sheila Sabrey-Saperstein. Together these individuals will be presenting theatrical works that take the audience through three different interpretations of relationships.

"I am overjoyed to see English Zoo Flies on stage after conceiving the idea over eight months ago," said co-director Meyer. "I have happily plotted a course in pursuit of artistic risk while maintaining and building an audience."

Using a grant given to them from the Peninsula Arts Association and the Wisconsin Arts Board, Isadoora will be kicking off the 2003-2004 season with English Zoo Flies, an exotic trilogy of one-act plays: English Made Simple by David Ives, Zoo Story by Edward Albee and Time Flies by David Ives. This production opens at Peninsula Art School, Fish Creek October 10 and 11, then travels to Ephraim Town Hall on October 12 and finishes at Third Avenue Playhouse, Sturgeon Bay October 17 –19.

"English Zoo Flies is a compilation of plays that construct different ideas of human relationships," said co-director Meyer. "For this show, it is important that the actors are diverse on stage; this cast has shown that they are very capable of achieving this."

Jim Lautenbach, a Door County native has appeared in shows all over the county and Green Bay. He was last seen as Jason in The Benevolent Women’s Craft Society, and has had major roles at Door Shakespeare, Third Avenue Playhouse and Door Off Broadway. Last year, Lautenbach was part of Isadoora’s production of The Fantasticks and All in the Timing.

Jim Lautenbach
Elena Keir
Mark Moede

The other two actors in English Zoo Flies are making their debut with Isadoora. Elena Keir, 18 is from Door County and is passionate about theatre having performed around the peninsula. Mark Moede has been active in the theatre in many different states and countries as well as in Door County; here he and his wife have founded Theatre M, a seasonal theatre in Jacksonport. He has a degree in acting and directing from Montclair State University and attended The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.

Directors Ben Meyer and Sheila Sabrey-Saperstein are part of Isadoora’s board. Meyer, artistic director of Isadoora since its inception, has taken on several roles in Isadoora productions most recently in The Fantasticks and last spring he co-wrote and directed the patriotic hit Living Up To Memorial Day. Sabrey-Saperstein has a long resume of professional acting and directing in the Chicago area and various Shakespeare Festivals across the county. Before moving to Door County with her husband in 1996, she was a professor of theatre and music at Northwestern University where she acted, directed and taught for 12 years. Now with Isadoora, Sabrey-Saperstein has been assistant director for All in the Timing and mentor for Lonestar & Laundry and Bourbon.

Isadoora’s season continues in 2004 with Stephen Sondheim’s musical revue Side by Side by Sondheim in February. In May, the company will present David Mamet’s much acclaimed Sexual Perversity in Chicago. Wrapping up the 2003-2004 season the weekend of Memorial Day the Isadoora troupe will reprise their original work Living Up to Memorial Day.

The mission of Isadoora Theatre Company is to celebrate theatre through its basic elements of movement, music, story and thought. Isadoora Theatre seeks to educate the community by providing theatrical experiences of intellectual integrity fulfilled by open self-examination and artistic risk.

Isadoora Theatre is proud to be a community-based theatre mainstay and pledges to use theatre as a vehicle to encourage the acceptance of diversity by performing works that promote thought and dialogue with its audience. Isadoora hopes to fulfill its mission by producing an annual season of theatre and offering workshops to community members.

For more information on Isadoora Theatre Company contact them via e-mail at or mail to P.O. Box 635, Baileys Harbor, WI 54202.

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