Genre: Comedy
by Lynn Berg and Audrey Crabtree, directed by Audrey Crabtree

From the company that brought you the award-winning Bouffon Glass Menajoree comes a surreal, dark, comic look at one Minnesotan couple’s struggle to find companionship, sympathy, and the L-word. ...and the fear cracked open. incorporates film, puppetry, mask-work, animation, physical comedy and musical composition. Button up! The ‘Minnesota Nice’ is more bitter than the snowy winds that blow.

Featuring Lynn Berg, Becky Byers, Audrey Crabtree, and Gavin Starr Kendall. Live music by Sarah Engelke. Costumes by Karen Flood. Puppet design by Kate Brehm. Animation by Jonathan Kaplan. Film by Andy Ritchie. Lights by Ian W. Hill and Berit Johnson.

“Audrey Crabtree and Lynn Berg have crafted a fresh and witty telling of the making and unmaking of a love affair. The meta-theatrics slyly inform a production that explores just how surreal love can be.”
-City Pages, Minneapolis

“…and the fear cracked open. emerges intelligent and deliciously irreverent…”-Tammy Schulman, Pulse Minneapolis

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About the Company: Ten Directions

Ten Directions is a theatre and film creative team formed by artistic directors Lynn Berg and Audrey Crabtree. We tell stories that pose questions to our audiences, collaborating artists and ourselves. Focusing on engaging and entertaining our audiences, we choose the style, medium and artists to best tell these stories. We encourage spontaneity and creative use of resources throughout our process.

Open:   06/10/09
Close:   06/27/09

Wednesday, June 10 (8PM), Thursday June 18 (9:30PM), Sunday, June 21 (8PM), Saturday, June 27 (8PM)
Theater:   Brick Theater
Address:   575 Metropolitan Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
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Lynn Berg Puppeteer

Lynn Berg is an artistic director of Ten Directions and has written, and acted in the NYIT Award winning Bouffon Glass Menajoree, Saint Arlecchino, and the films “un Pote Nain (Midget Buddy)” and “Dirty Twin.” Lynn’s other credits include the Brick Theater's Every Play Ever Written, William Jennings Bryan in Third Lows Productions’ Penny Dreadful, the national tour and the Off-Broadway production of Tony N' Tina's Wedding, and a giant robot in Victor Varnado's "Roboto Supremo." Regionally he played Curly in Of Mice and Men, Charley in Charley's Aunt, and John in A Life in the Theater. He has a MFA in performance from the University of Louisville where he had LeCoq movement training and mask work and has studied improvisation with Armando Diaz and clown, bouffon and physical comedy with Sue Morrison, Giovanni Fusetti and David Shiner. Lynn is a novice apiarist.

Audrey Crabtree Director

Audrey Crabtree (Director) is an award-winning performer, writer, and director. She works with actors, improvisers, clowns, bouffons, burlesque performers, and performance artists, teaching, coaching and directing theatre for more than 17 years. She’s directed and performed with improv groups ComedySportz, The Brave New Workshop, The Bad Mamma Jammas, Jump Up and Run, The Young and the Weightless, Petersen Park and Disney California Adventure. She is currently directing My Name Is… at Ars Nova. She is Co-Artistic Director of Ten Directions, creators of more than 15 collaborative productions including Bouffon Glass Menajoree and Without Regret, Deenie Nast. She also wrote and performed with NPR, MN Public Radio, and performed in Comedy Central’s “Let’s Bowl.” She was a Collective: Unconscious Board Member for four years where she co-created 8 original ensemble works including the Drama Desk Award winning Charlie Victor Romeo. Audrey has studied clown and bouffon with Sue Morrison and Giovanni Fusetti, clown with Philippe Gaulier, and physical comedy with David Shiner and is a co-founder/director of the NY Clown Theatre Festival. Her students have performed on David Letterman, The Conan O’Brien Show, and Mad TV and are featured performers in cabarets, art museums and Spiegeltents around the world.

Gavin Starr Kendall (Will) is from Texas. His recent performances at the Brick include Kroff/Arno in Piper McKenzie’s The Granduncle Quadrilogy, Dern in Old Kent Road’s The Protestants, Orev in Piper McKenzie’s Babylon, Babylon, and Franz Bieberkopf in Old Kent Road Theater’s Death at Film Forum. Also in New York he’s been seen as James the Less in kef productions’ Corpus Christi, Ayatollah Khomeini in The Butane Group’s Operation AJAX, and Pylades/Mentor in red handle/Ontological’s Yellow Electras. Regionally he’s played Einstein in Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Len in Book of Days, Buzz in October, and Hugo in God's Man in Texas. He received his BFA from the University of Oklahoma, trained as a Journeyman at The Warehouse Theater under Jack Young and studied improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Gavin founded the puppet improv group Afternoon Playland who will also be playing in the Anti-Depressant Festival. He likes cats.

Becky Byers Terri

Becky Byers (Terri) has most recently been seen as Abigail Pierce, a gal with a plan, in Third Lows Productions’ serial, Penny Dreadful. Her previous performances include The Second Annual One-Minute Play Festival, Gretchen Elroy in Gemini Collisionworks’ Everything Must Go, Prime Asbury in Do What Now Media’s Bitch Macbeth and Bunny Baretta in The Wild, Wild Women of Wakky-Nunu. Becky’s other credits include performing with Malleable Dance Theater, Disney Cruise Line, Alleyway Theatre’s Pink Floyd’s The Wall, and various festivals and concerts throughout Philadelphia including performances at the Annenberg Theatre, The Glue Festival, and the Equality Forum. She is a graduate of The University of the Arts in Philadelphia with a B.F.A. in Jazz Dance Performance.

Sarah Malinda Engelke Pianist/Composer

Sarah Malinda Engelke (Pianist/Composer) has loved singing and playing piano since she was a little, little girl. She wrote one of the songs in …and the fear cracked open. when she was 9. Now she teaches, plays, sings, and writes in New York. She was the Pianist/Warrior in Banana Bag & Bodice’s Beowulf at The Public's Under the Radar Festival (CUNY Prelude) and Goat Knife Wife/Pianist in SANDWICH! THE MUSICAL! at The Ontological Hysterical. She’s been seen as Cronos in Third Lows Productions’ Penny Dreadful and Soloist in “Bang Your Head to Liszt” at Carnegie Hall. Sarah’s performing in A Sneaky Snake Productions’ Adventurequest and Gyda Arber's Suspicious Package 2, both also at the Antidepressant Festival. This August she’ll play Myra in Richard Foreman's George Bataille’s Bathrobe with Gemini Collisionworks. She plays in the band Supermajor. Love to Mom, Dad, Mothy, Jasmine, & Family.