Cast Member Profile: OLIVER THRUN

Oliver Thrun  |  Author

Oliver Thrun received his BA Degree in Theatre/Dance from Minnesota State University, Mankato. His play, Adam of the Apes, will be produced this fall by Haberdasher Theatre as part of their current season and he will be playing Sasha in the Village Light Opera Group's production of Fiddler on the Roof in May. He is a resident actor/writer at Theater for the New City and a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.<...Continued

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Production History

ALMOST OLIVE JUICE:
A NIGHT OF SHORT PLAYS BY NORA VETTER
 | Open: 03/29/10 Close: 03/31/10 - Manhattan Theatre Source
ArtEffects Theatre Company presents "Almost Olive Juice", seven short plays with Cupids, Monsters, Writers, Actors, Lovers and Cheaters all searching for love, well...almost

The show line-up:

Details - A writer's characters come to life.
Vessel - Friends with benefits come to a crossroads.
It Takes All Kinds - Speed dating can be a nightmare.
Mr. Late - Two women chat in a hotel lobby. They have more in common then you'd think...
The Breakroom - Cupid knows best...?
Listen - Not the average she said/he said.
Anniversary Special - Buy the Cow.

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Adam of the Apes  | Open: 09/17/08 Close: 10/05/08 - Theater For The New City
The story of the Dawn of Man undergoes some comical revisions in "Adam of the Apes" when human twins are born into a community of chimpanzees. This farcical satire--which isn't for the kiddies--takes on topical debates such as Creationism, Evolution, and Women's Lib while the twins, Adam & Eve, grow up in a chimp society and actually introduce thinking into the previously "thought-less" rainforest.

Originally written at The Crucible for American Theater Workshop and making its Off-Off-Broadway debut at The Theater for the New City, "Adam of the Apes" is sure to leave audiences laughing in spite of themselves, with much to discuss and debate after the show.

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Inside Spragg's Shorts  | Open: 06/14/08 Close: 06/18/08 - Wings Theatre
Want to get inside Jen Spragg's shorts? No? Okay, well then how about just watching some one-acts penned by her? Slightly less intimate and doesn't require too much awkward eye contact. If you enjoy long walks on the beach, candlelit dinners and sensual massages, then the argument can be made that you can also enjoy artificial insemination, demonic teen love, and horribly bloody family vacations. Come and bring your friends! And your enemies! And your mildy inappropriate, older shemale crush! See you there!

1) "Not So Calm, But Still Totally Dead" - Directed by Christopher Simon

Funny the things we learn about ourselves sometimes....awful, horrible things.

Starring: Adeel Ahmed, Scott Morales, Erin Roberts and Aref Syed

2) "Wombsgiving" - Directed by Blake Bradford

Happy Thanksgiving. Never has a turkey baster seemed so intimate.

Starring: Mary Brown, Emily Ehlinger, Deborah Johnston, Oliver Thrun, Roland Uruci and Nora Vetter

3) "Apocalypse Earlier" - Directed by Tanya Fazal

It's the end of the world or something like it. It's the perfect time to get to know your neighbors.

Starring: Adeel Ahmed, Megan Delay, Mary Jane Gocher, Christine Grenier, Faith O'Gorman and Jere Williams

4) "Ladies and Gentlemen, the 2,746th President of the United States" - Directed by Glenn English

The presidents are dropping like flies and the fate of the country rests on one man in a hamster bubble.

Starring: Tanya Fazal, Chelsea Holland, Adam Kuruvilla Lelyveld, Scott Morales and Nick Santasier

5) "Big Bang Teary" - Directed by Christopher Burris

Fame! Glamour! Glitz!.....Physics?

Starring: Shura Alexandra, Graeme Humphrey, David Law and Aref Syed

6) "Daddy Issues" - Directed by Christopher Simon

Like Romeo and Juliet, but with more Wenkraks.

Starring: Erin E. Sullivan, Al Miro and Erin Roberts

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Wwss4: Four Your Shorts Only  | Open: 11/08/08 Close: 11/08/08 - Off Off Broadway Playhouse
Phare Play is at it again. Giving six writers a mere 12 hours to crank out a script. They don't get to pick their theme or even their actors. Heck, they're even forced to use a certain line. And then the directors and actors only get an afternoon to get fully blocked and offbook? Before they have to subject their work to audiences who not only are there to be amused but also to judge them in categories like "Hottest Cast" and "Best Use of Prop"?

Hell, yeah! And you know it's a ton of fun! One night only - two shows. You know you want to.

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Wwss5 - Phare Play's 21 Hour Play Festival  | Open: 03/28/09 Close: 03/28/09 - Beckmann Theater
Phare Play is back with its biannual short play festival.  21 hours to put together seven one acts for your viewing pleasure.  Here's how those 21 hours break down:

SEVEN CAFFEINATED WRITERS:
Bill Bria, Emily Ehlinger, Duncan Pflaster, Zach Rothman-Hicks, Oliver Thrun, Michael Weems and Spencer Wolf

Friday, March 27th: They meet at the Beckmann theatre in midtown at 10PM to get their themes, script guidelines and the headshots/resumes for the actors they have to write a play for. They go stock up on coffee/Red Bull and write all night and come back at 10 AM on Saturday morning with six copies of their completed scripts ready to go. There they meet up with -

SEVEN IMMENSELY CREATIVE DIRECTORS:
Kelly Barrett, Chris Bell, Nina Capone, Paul Falcetta, Randa Karambelas, Brooklyn Scalzo and Andy Travis

Who also show up at 10:00 AM on Saturday, March 28th at the Beckmann theatre. They are then handed a script and given about 30 - 45 minutes to caucus with their writer. Then about 11:00AM, the writers go home to sleep and the directors meet up with their -

THIRTY BRAVE AND ENERGIZED ACTORS:
Donella Alanwick, Melisa Breiner-Sanders, Micah Chartrand, Catherine Corbett, Chris Cramer, Emily Evans, Erin Fehr, Alec Head, Graeme Humphrey, Ben Klier, Jeff Kroh, Andrew Lazaroff, Derrick Marshall, Elizabeth May, Michael McKeogh, Lauren Meley, Kate O'Phalen, Blaine Pennington, Annie Pesch, Cara Picone, Gillian Riley, Eddie Rodriguez, Alicia St. Louis, Dani Suder, Alexia Terrell, Adia Tucker, Steve Unwin, Jere Williams and Danny Wiseman

Who then go out into the city with their directors and casts to rehearse for a good five hours or so. Just enough time for the actors to be fully blocked and off book.

Then there are two shows - one at 7PM and one at 9:30PM that very evening. There is also an audience vote for fun awards like Hottest Cast and Best Use of Prop. Come be a part of the fun!

 

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Wwss6  | Open: 10/17/09 Close: 10/17/09 - Beckmann Theatre @ American Theater Of A
Six writers have decided that they don't need to sleep and that they can IV line some caffeine to write a show in 12 hours : Joe Benincase, Gabriel Garcia, Duncan Pflaster, Oliver Thrun, Nora Vetter and Michael Weems.

Six directors are actually brave enough to lead a bunch of strangers and assemble a show on the fly: Kelly Barrett, Chris Bell, Gretchen Ferris, Graeme Humphrey, Ashley Marinaccio and Chris Simon.

Twenty-four actors are putting it on the line to see who can hold it together to be fully blocked and off book on a mere six hours of rehearsal : Stevie Aycock, Marian Brock, Melisa Breiner-Sanders, Mary Brown, Chris Cusano, Paul Falcetta, Tanya Fazal, Erin Fehr, Ben Klier, Jamie Lewis, Jeffery Martin, Samantha Mason, Kristen Kay Miller, Doua Moua, Natalie Neckyfarow, Faith O'Gorman, Jeffrey Parrillo, Cory Shoemake, Alexia Terrell, Aimee Todoroff, Thomas Wesson, Zak Wilson, Laura Yost and Jenny Zerke

You know you want to see this!  It's either going to be a train wreck or an unbelievable spectacle of fun!

There are two shows - one at 7PM and one at 9:30PM that very evening. There is also an audience vote for fun awards like Hottest Cast and Best Use of Prop.  Come root them on!
 

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