Comedy Murder-Mystery Dinner Theater in Minnesota

Meet the Cast

“Alma Murder – A Killer Class Reunion”

 

Shanan Custer

(Diane Benson-Jensen) Shanan is a writer, actor, teaching artist and director as well as an improviser. A veteran of the Brave New Workshop, Shanan is 1/2 of 2 Sugars, Room for Cream (alongside Carolyn Pool), which won an Ivey Award for Best Ensemble in 2013 and Sometimes There’s Wine, which opened Park Square Theatre’s 2018-2019 season. Other original work includes: Mick Sterling Presents: At Christmas and a 2018 MN Fringe favorite Not Fair, My Lady. She has performed with History Theatre, Frank Theater, Theatre Pro Rata, Comedy Suitcase, Mu Performing Arts and has directed productions at Theatre in the Round and Artistry of Bloomington Center for the Arts. Shanan is also an improviser with the Theater of Public Policy and part of the Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society. Visit Shanan via Twitter @ShananCuster, at www.2sugarsshow.com, Facebook and LinkedIn… when she remembers her password.

Tim Dybevik 

(Principal Larry Blake) Tim is an actor and improviser who can be seen on many stages in the Twin Cities. He’s appeared at HUGE Theatre, The Brave New Workshop and The Chanhassen Dinner Theatre. Tim has also done several scripted shows with Actors Theater of Minnesota. He’s also appeared as Master of Ceremonies for several events around the Metro including; Minnesota Boychoir, the St. Paul Winter Carnival and the Minnesota State Fair.  As a new cast member to the Mystery Café, he’s excited to perform with this talented group of actors!

 

Adam Fielitz 

(Jack Jensen) Adam is excited to be returning for his 7th season at The Mystery Cafe. Adam has been acting in Minneapolis for over 20 years in theater, film, and improv. He volunteers at Catholic Charities teaching improv classes and is half of the improv duo Police Cop Detective PI. When Adam isn’t working his day job as a corporate trainer, you can also see him at Actors Theater of Minnesota, in local films and commercials, and presenting workshops to local businesses and organizations. Originally from Chicago, Adam enjoys cooking, woodworking, and listening to vinyl. What Adam doesn’t like is slow drivers in the left lane…unless there’s only one lane…then he’s more understanding.

 

Katherine Kupiecki 

(Ruth Bellweather) Kathy has been working with the Mystery Cafe since 2005. Recent notable performances include Romeo & Juliet at Park Square Theatre, and as one of the Real-ish Housewives of Edina in the hit Hennepin Theatre Trust collaboration with Second City of Chicago. A Twin Cites-based theatre, film and voice actor, Katherine has performed lead roles in two recent Ivey Award winning productions: 2012’s all-female Julius Caesar (Mark Antony) with Theatre Unbound, and 2015’s Gabriel (Jeanne Becquet) with Walking Shadow Theatre Company. She has also performed with Penumbra, Old Log, Theatre Pro Rata, Gremlin and Actors Theatre of MN.

 

Gene Larche

(Burt/Mr. Birch) Gene has worked with Mystery Cafe since the last millennium, and with many theaters including Frank Theater and the Brave New Workshop. He has worked in commercials and feature films and most recently can be seen beating up on Woody Harrelson in “Wilson,” directed the 2017 Southwest Summer Theatre production of Urinetown the Musical.

 

 

Brittany Oberstadt

(Patina Munson) Brittany is thrilled to be making her debut with the Mystery Cafe! She was most recently seen onstage at St. Croix Off Broadway Dinner Theatre as Betty Jean in “The Marvelous Wonderettes” and Officer Billie Dwyer in “Unnecessary Farce.”  She spends her summers entertaining St. Paul Saints fans as the Ushertainer, Dawn Under. During the day she can be found running the show at a software company in Minneapolis.

 

 

John Zeiler 

(Stanley Papenfuss) John is thrilled to be coming back to the stage after a brief hiatus to Kansas City with his beautiful wife and daughter. They couldn’t stay away, as Minnesota was truly home. John has been seen across the Twin Cities’ stages dancing, acting, and singing his way through life. When he isn’t acting, working his big kid corporate job, or showering his family with love, you can find him geeking it up with a good comic book and/or board game in hand. This is John’s first adventure with the Mystery Café, he is ecstatic to jump in and perform with this wild and incredibly talented group. Check out John’s latest project, Jarnsaxa Rising (https://jarnsaxarising.com), an audio-drama that brings you into a dystopian future where Norse Gods settle their disputes while hidden amongst the general populace (warned you-he’s a real geek).

 

“I’ll Be Homicidal For Christmas”

Wini Froelich

(Tilly, Sheila, Bibi LaRaine) Wini has been working for the Mystery Cafe for 9 years performing in several productions such as The Svensano’s, Murder by Chicken and her all time favorite Let’s Kill The Boss. Wini also works as an actress and program associate at Mill City Museum for the MN Historical Society. So yes, she can be seen traipsing through downtown on seriously hot summer days in an 1880’s costume complete with corset delivering content about women’s work and architecture. She is grateful to her beautiful progeny Collan and Bronwyn for always supporting their mom.

 

 

Dave Gangler 

(Marty DuBois) This is Dave’s sixth year performing with Mystery Café, and he loves every minute of it! You might have seen him in “Murder By Murder” or “Let’s Kill the Boss,”  “Death Throws a Curveball,” or possibly “The eX-Feds”. He has performed with many area theaters including Park Square Theatre, Torch Theater, Jungle Theater, Walking Shadow Theatre, Theatre Pro Rata, Pioneer Place, Theatre L’Homme Dieu, and Paul Bunyan Playhouse. Prior to moving to Minneapolis, Dave lived in Los Angeles and appeared on the TV shows Angel, Freaks and Geeks, and The Andy Dick Show.

 

 

Michael Lee 

(Albee Humphrey/Barry the security guard) Michael has been seen in Brave New Workshop’s Flanagan’s Wake, Actors Theatre: Guys on Ice, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding, We Gotta Bingo! Yellow Tree Theatre: The Pavilion, Dancing at Lughnasa, On Golden Pond, A Hunting Shack Christmas; Artistry Theatre: Blithe Spirit, A Few Good Men; Guthrie Theater: As You Like It; Classical Actor’s Ensemble: Merchant of Venice; Old Log Theatre: Leaving Iowa; Paul Bunyan Playhouse: The Underpants, Boeing Boeing, Picasso at the Lapin Agile; Pioneer Place Theatre: Arsenic and Old Lace, The Foreigner, Dogg’s Hamlet/Cahoot’s Macbeth; Children’s Theatre Company: The Diviners, Once Upon a Forest, Grimm Tales, Lyle the Crocodile, Theatre de la Jeune Lune: The Kitchen, Park Square Theatre: St. Joan, Equus, Fashion

 

Ann Lees 

(Frankie) Ann is a long time Mystery Cafe vet. I mean, a LONG time. Academy Award nominated actor Tim Roth has said Ann is the greatest actress he’s ever had the pleasure of working with (completely unverified). In the Summer, she performs as “Miss Adventure,” one of the Ushertainers for the St. Paul Saints.

 

 

Dan Rooney 

(The Magnificent Marcellus/Bernie Bridges) Dan has performed in over 50 Mystery Cafe Productions since 1994. His other theater credits include Chanhassen Dinner Theater, Old Log Theatre, Brave New Workshop, Hennepin Stages, Paul Bunyan Playhouse, and a national tour with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

 

 

“Death Throws a Curveball”

Dave Gangler 

(Mountain McMillan) This is Dave’s fifth year performing with Mystery Café, and he loves every minute of it! You might have seen him in “Murder By Murder” or “Let’s Kill the Boss,” “I’ll be Homicidal for Christmas” or possibly “The eX-Feds”. He has performed with many area theaters including Park Square Theatre, Torch Theater, Jungle Theater, Walking Shadow Theatre, Theatre Pro Rata, Pioneer Place, Theatre L’Homme Dieu, and Paul Bunyan Playhouse. Prior to moving to Minneapolis, Dave lived in Los Angeles and appeared on the TV shows Angel, Freaks and Geeks, and The Andy Dick Show.

 

 

Alisa Gingerich

(Vivian Zwilling) Alisa is honored to be returning to Mystery Café and taking the field with this team. Alisa previously appeared as Agent Daisy Summer in Mystery Café’s Ex-Feds. Prior to that she was sporting cinna-buns in her role as Princess Leia for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Death Star for the 2015 MN Fringe Festival. Alisa has performed with the Theater People web series and Gremlin Theatre, Theatre Pro Rata, Shakespeare & Co and Theatre in the Round. She sends an embarrassingly large amount of love to her saint of a husband, Dustin and her three tiny humans, Henry, Jo and the vivacious Vivian for letting her out of the house to play.

 

 

Brian Kelly 

(Whittemore) Brian has been performing with Mystery Cafe since 1994. In 2016 he took over as owner and artistic director. For Mystery Cafe he has co-written “The eX-Feds,” “Death Throws a Curveball,” “Alma Murder – A Killer Class Reunion,” and “I’ll be Homicidal for Christmas.” His monkeyshines have also been seen in Triple Espresso, Tony & Tina’s Wedding, ComedySportz, and numerous TV & Radio commercials (yes, including the donor spot). Brian served as Entertainment Director for the St. Paul Saints from 2013-2018 and continues to perform as an on-field master of ceremonies.

 

 

Michael Lee 

(Phillip Zwilling/Sweetums) Michael has been seen in Brave New Workshop’s Flanagan’s Wake, Actors Theatre: Guys on Ice, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding, We Gotta Bingo! Yellow Tree Theatre: The Pavilion, Dancing at Lughnasa, On Golden Pond, A Hunting Shack Christmas; Artistry Theatre: Blithe Spirit, A Few Good Men; Guthrie Theater: As You Like It; Classical Actor’s Ensemble: Merchant of Venice; Old Log Theatre: Leaving Iowa; Paul Bunyan Playhouse: The Underpants, Boeing Boeing, Picasso at the Lapin Agile; Pioneer Place Theatre: Arsenic and Old Lace, The Foreigner, Dogg’s Hamlet/Cahoot’s Macbeth; Children’s Theatre Company: The Diviners, Once Upon a Forest, Grimm Tales, Lyle the Crocodile, Theatre de la Jeune Lune: The Kitchen, Park Square Theatre: St. Joan, Equus, Fashion

 

Ann Lees 

(Minnie Zwilling-Gunderson) Ann is a long time Mystery Cafe vet. I mean, a LONG time. Academy Award nominated actor Tim Roth has said Ann is the greatest actress he’s ever had the pleasure of working with (completely unverified). In the Summer, she performs as “Miss Adventure,” one of the Ushertainers for the St. Paul Saints.

 

 

Dan Rooney 

(Skip Gunderson) Dan has performed in over 50 Mystery Cafe Productions since 1994. His other theater credits include Chanhassen Dinner Theater, Old Log Theatre, Brave New Workshop, Hennepin Stages, Paul Bunyan Playhouse, and a national tour with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus