by Mathew Goldstein
directed by Robert Dorfman
August 13 - 28, 2022
Young and idealistic, Kevin works for Top-Down Strategies, a PR firm he hopes will launch his career. When the company takes on the world's most controversial clients, he’s faced with the dilemma of "doing the right thing." This provocative satire on business and politics explores honesty, equity, and the state of being human in the world today. A world premiere production of a play first presented in our New-Play Reading Festival this past March.
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Lynda J. Dahl (Rebecca) is absolutely delighted to be making her Six Points Theater debut in Groupthink. Her recent performances include True West at St. Croix Festival Theatre and Theatre Pro Rata’s Convent of Pleasure as part of the Minnesota Fringe Festival. Other performances include Death of a Salesman with St. Croix Festival, The Bucket List of Booze Club with Freshwater Theatre and When We Were Young and Unafraid with Persistent Theatre Productions. Film credits include features Faerie and Twin Cities.
Pedro Juan Fonseca (David) debuted at Six Points Theater in the New-Play Reading Festival's production of Groupthink. He has performed at the Guthrie Theater, Park Square Theatre, and has appeared in commercials for Anytime Fitness and Cenex gas stations during Super Bowl LV. His recent theater work was in Montreal, playing the Emperor Montezuma on tour throughout Canada and the U.S. He’s danced in West Side Story, romanced in Shakespeare in Love, and pranced Off-Broadway in A Christmas Carol.
Joanna Harmon (Elaine/Stevens) returns to Six Points Theater after appearing in the New-Play Reading Festival's production of Groupthink and before that, The Chanukah Guest and The History of Invulnerability. She’s worked across the country as an actor, teacher, director, and producer with many companies including the Guthrie Theater, Children’s Theatre Company, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, and Cirque du Soleil.
Damian Leverett (Kevin) is excited to be back on the Six Points Theater stage, after appearing in the New-Play Reading Festival's production of Groupthink and before that, The Last Schwartz. He’s acted with the Guthrie Theater, Yellow Tree Theater, the Bucket Brigade, and many more. He’s a theater educator for Hand in Hand Christian Montessori and a co-founder of The Orchard Theater Collective.
John Middleton (Mark) is delighted to be making his first appearance with Six Points Theater. He’s performed with companies throughout the Twin Cities including Theater Latté Da, Jungle Theater, Frank Theatre, Gremlin Theatre, Torch Theater, Girl Friday Productions, Sandbox Theatre, Carlyle Brown and Company, Theatre Pro Rata and Park Square Theatre. As a writer, his plays have been performed at Lyric Arts Main Street Stage, the Paul Bunyan Playhouse, Thirst, the Minnesota Fringe Festival and Torch Theater.
Robert Dorfman (Director) is an actor and director who's worked in theater and film across the country. At Six Points Theater he appeared in Via Dolorosa and We Are the Levinsons. He was Festival Director for the New-Play Reading Festival and directed the production of Groupthink. He also directed Operation: Immigration, Oh my God! and the world premiere of Shul. Other credits include Guthrie Theater (The Tempest, Playing with Fire, Sense and Sensibility, Indecent, Choir Boy, Freud’s Last Session, Uncle Vanya), Dark & Stormy Productions (And So It Goes, The Hothouse), Children’s Theatre Company (Balloonacy), Classic Stage Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwright’s Horizons, The Public Theater, and Broadway (The Lion King, Social Security). Film credits include Fool’s Fire and It Could Happen to You.
Michael Hoover (Scenic Design) returns to Six Points Theater after designing Two Jews Walk Into A War...,The People's Violin, Promise of America, O my God!, Shul, Actually, The Last Schwartz, Natasha and the Coat, Collected Stories, We Are the Levinsons, The Whipping Man, Dai (enough), Bad Jews, and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, among others. Michael has designed for Guthrie Theater, Theater Latté Da, History Theatre, Torch Theatre, Girl Friday Productions, and Yellow Tree Theatre. Most recently, he was the Lead Scenic Artist at the Guthrie Theater.
Barb Portinga (Costume Design) is excited to be back at Six Points Theater, most recently having worked on Significant Other and many other Six Points Theater plays. Barb has been the costume designer for both Anoka-Ramsey Community College and Minneapolis Community and Technical College for more than two decades. She's also the proprietor for Portable Costumes.
Dietrich Poppen (Lighting Design) is designing lighting for Six Points Theater for the first time, having been technical director and scenic artist for many other productions over the years (Significant Other, Oh my God!, Actually, The Whipping Man, among others). He is the Lighting Director for The Fitzgerald Theater, and has worked as a lighting, scenic, and/or sound designer, as well as an actor for Theatre in the Round, Classical Actors Ensemble, the Commonweal Theatre Company, Lakeshore Players Theatre, and many others around the Twin Cities. He has also been lead scenic artist for Theater Latté Da (Sweeney Todd, Six Degrees of Separation, Five Points, Ragtime, C.) and a scenic artist for the Guthrie Theater.
Peter Morrow (Sound Design) is delighted to be at Six Points Theater. He's been working as a composer, sound and video designer for 16 years and has been based in the Twin Cities since moving from Ireland in 2012. Peter keeps busy designing and composing for many theater and dance companies, colleges and independent artists.
Tom Burgess (Projections Design) is pleased to be returning to Six Points Theater after working on Chanukah in the Dark. He's faculty and Technical Director for Normandale Community College. Locally, Tom's been a set designer and technical director for the Guthrie/BFA program and the Guthrie Experience programs where he worked on His Girl Friday, The Great Gatsby, and The Real Thing. He's also worked at Penumbra Theatre. Most recently, he's designed scenery for the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh’s Nat Turner in Jerusalem and designed and built the set for the film, Kitchen Dance Project.
Casey Williams (Properties Design) is thrilled to be working with Six Points Theater for the first time! She received her BFA from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Some recent productions include The Most Happy Fellow (Skylark Opera Theatre, St. Paul, Minn.), Don Giovanni (Lyric Opera of the North, Duluth, Minn.), Godspell (DalekoArts, New Prague, Minn.) and Seussical (Benilde-St. Margaret’s School, St. Louis Park, Minn.). She is also excited to be working as Normandale Community College's Theatre Season's Prop Master.
Jo Holcomb (Dramaturg) returns to Six Points Theater where she’s worked on Two Jews Walk Into A War…, The People's Violin, Promise of America, Operation: Immigration, Oh My God, and Shul. At the Guthrie Theater Jo was involved in more than 75 productions, including Indecent; Watch on the Rhine, and Native Gardens. She has also worked as a dramaturg at Ten Thousand Things Theater and Macalester College, and teaches in the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program and the O’Neill National Theater Institute.
Carl Schoenborn (Technical Director) returns to Six Points Theater excited to work with Robert and everyone else on Groupthink. A graduate of Saint Olaf College, he's made his home in the Twin Cities, working the last decade on the lighting staff at Children's Theatre Company. He's a founding member, actor, designer, and resident Technical Director for Gremlin Theatre in Saint Paul. A proud union member of both Actor's Equity and IATSE, he's busy acting, designing, and being a technician for theaters across the metro, as well as working with high school and college students to help train the next generation of theater artists.
Miranda Shunkwiler (Stage Manager) returns to Six Points Theater after working on the New-Play Reading Festival, Chanukah in the Dark, and The People's Violin. Born and raised in the Twin Cities, she has been blessed to be a part of the theater community, working with companies such as History Theatre, New Native Theatre, Stages Theatre Company, Minneapolis Musical Theatre, Classical Actors Ensemble, and many more.
Constance Brevell (ASM/Production Assistant) returns to Six Points Theater having worked on Two Jews Walk Into A War… Constance is a BIPOC Twin Cities based stage manager. She’s worked locally with The Wildwood Theatre, 20% Theatre Company, Gadfly Theatre Productions, Shadow Horse Theatre, the Guthrie Theater, and Theatre Elision, to name a few, and in Wisconsin, Phipps Center for the Arts and St. Croix Off Broadway Dinner Theatre, both in Hudson. She's also worked on a show at Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago. Constance holds a BA in Theatre Honors from Gustavus Adolphus College.
Mathew Goldstein (Playwright) made his theatrical debut with Six Points Theater's New-Play Reading Festival staged reading of Groupthink and is excited about being back for the play's world premiere production. A native Minnesotan, he currently works as a speechwriter in Washington, DC. His previous writing experience includes at a health care advocacy group and a public relations firm, on the Hillary for America campaign, and as an intern in the Obama White House speechwriting office. He holds a BA from the University of Southern California. A special thank you to Robert Dorfman for his guidance and support.