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Qaddafi's Cook- Online Play Reading
Ross Alternative Works
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Qaddafi's Cook- Online Play Reading
Ross Alternative Works (RAW) of Ross Valley Players presents an online reading of Qaddafis Cook by Lance S. Belville & Carlos Ambrosi and Directed by Lynn Lohr for two performances only. Director Lohr and Playwright Belville were the team behind RAWs 2019 successful full production, Scott and Zelda, The Beautiful Fools. Each performance of Qaddafis Cook will be followed by a talk-back where the audience can engage with the director and members of the team via chat. Free admission. Donations appreciated.

Friday, October 23, 2020 at 7 p.m. (House opens at 6:30 p.m.) followed by talk back with Director Lynn Lohr and Technical Director Thomas Berger.
Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 2 p.m. (House opens at 1:30 p.m.) followed by talk back with Actor Alvaro Flores, Director Lynn Lohr, Sound Designer Composer Adrian Paredes, and Technical Director Thomas Berger.

Registrants will receive instructions and a link to the performance prior to the house opening.
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Two Mexican chefs, a follower of Ayahuasca, and a Jack Daniels disciple, caught in the tailspin of Libyan dictator, Muammar Qaddafi, the worlds bloodiest foodie and designer of the Lockerbie crash. Is it the culinary big time or high stakes espionage? Youll taste the tyrant and smell the fear of his people.  Based on mostly true events and premiered at Hotel California in Baja, where the authors first met, critics from San Diego and New York City Fringe appearances raved,  "Intense and charming...an immersive experience that beautifully connects food, passion, and power, and a powerful piece of theatre.

Carlos Ambrosi recounted his experiences as a diplomatic chef to seasoned playwright Lance Belville and together they decided to tell this story of cooking for the devil. Sous chef Fredy, played by Guadalajara native and London-trained actor Alvaro Flores, recreates onstage the favorite dishes. Fusion is a food and cultural style all its own, but what happens in a world that is violently isolating?

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About Alvaro Flores
Alvaro Flores is a London based actor/musician and Voice Over artist of Mexican origin. He trained in London at the Italia Conti Academy (BA Acting) and the Royal Academy of Music (PgDip Musical Theatre Performance). Theatre: Day of the Living / #WeAreArrested (Royal Shakespeare Company); Wig Out (Royal Court Theatre); The Time of Our Lies (Park Theatre), etc. Musical theatre: ClubMex (Hope Mill Theatre); Madagascar Live (International tour); Nine; The Beggars Opera; Fidel the Musical; NINE; Sweeney Todd, etc.  Film/TV: Rambo: Last Blood; The Last Bite; Las Reglas de la Ruina. Alvaro is Artistic Director of Teatro Medicina-Medicina Theatre. For more, follow @alvarofloresnet

About Lynn Lohr
Director Lynn Lohr spent 15 years in the professional theater in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where with playwright Lance Belville, she founded the History Theatre, dedicated to doing all new work based on social issues, history and folklore. As an actor, director and producer, she oversaw its growth to its present 599 seat home as an Equity theatre and received awards from the Twin Cities Drama Critics Circle including for Best New Production.

About Lance S. Belville
Playwright Lance S. Belville has had more than 100 productions of 50 plays (five off-off-Broadway). His plays have toured to 30 states. He received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Playwriting, travel awards from the British Council and the Croatian National Theatre, and a Kudos Award for Best New Play from the Twin Cities Drama Critic Circle. He was the founding playwright of St. Pauls History Theatre. Holding a degree in Cinema from USC, Belville won a Silver Medal Award for a documentary from the New York City International Film Festival.

About Carlos Ambrosi
Co-Author Carlos Ambrosi, has more than 19 years experience in hospitality. He began his career as a chef and then executive chef moving on to hotel management. He is a strategic leader for organizing operational and administrative functions. And a researcher for shamanism, comparative mythology and zen buddism.
About Sound Designer/Composer Adrian Paredes

Composer Adrian Paredes is a multidisciplinary artist trained under the system of the Royal College of Music in Mexico; researcher and permanent art student, as a self-taught artist. Music, performing/scenic arts (in the format of happening): dance, acting, plastic and visual intervention, live coding and synthesis, videomapping and light/sound installations. #Oxium #AnimAlikA #Plektos #Hormik #Taktile

About Thomas Berger
Thomas Berger most recently was Technical Director for Lance Belvilles Midwest tour of Atlanta Burning Shermans Shadows. In almost 20 years of professional theatre, Tom fulfilled sequentially the roles of Designer, Stage Manager, Technical Director, Tour Director, and then Managing Director of Minnesota's History Theatre, contributing to its growth to a 500+ seat Equity theatre now in its 42nd season of doing new scripts based on real stories. Tom was a part of more than 50 world premiere productions for History Theatre in the first phase of his career and is thrilled to be immersed into his next independent theatre career.

About Ross Alternative Works of Ross Valley Players
Ross Valley Alternative Works (RAW) is dedicated to the staging and production of original, provocative and exciting new works by Bay Area playwrights. We tap into the vast pool of local creative theatre artists to provide high quality technical and production values. This approach has brought visibility and acclaim to those who might never have had the opportunity otherwise. Each season, RAW presents a full-length production, which may include two-act plays or short works selected for quality and originality. A moderated discussion with the writers follows each program, encouraging constructive feedback, criticism and ideas to the benefit of writers and audience alike.


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