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       August 24, 2014     



          Contact: Holly Feldman, Director of Development and Public Relations

          (920) 854-6117x105




Door County's American Folklore Theatre brings The Bachelors to the Door Community Auditorium


The follow up to Guys On Ice returns after a seven-year hiatus


American Folklore Theatre embarks on its fifth fall season in partnership with the Door Community Auditorium with the return of The Bachelors


This follow-up to Guys On Ice, by Fred Alley and James Kaplan, celebrates the realm of bachelorhood through the lens of Stew and John, hapless bumblers in search of love in Madison, Wisconsin. 


Hoping to capitalize on the success and popularity of Guys On Ice, Alley and Kaplan sorted through ideas for a follow-up to their hit ice fishing musical. The two were inspired by their time living as roommates in Berkeley, California and decided to explore the world of two more grown men confined to a small space. 


"We spent the better part of a year talking about all the strange and funny things that go on when men live together," stated composer and writer James Kaplan.  "We talked about doing the dishes, how to make coffee when there are no more filters, and the mysterious science experiments you would find in the refrigerator.


"With Bachelors, we thought it would be more interesting if we introduced a woman into the 'guys' world," Kaplan continued. "When it came time to write the show, we did it in about sixty days."


The Bachelors premiered at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre's Stackner Cabaret in 2001 and hasn't played in Door County since 2007. 


"The Bachelors has never appeared on our summer stage in Peninsula State Park. Rather, this musical got its start, and has played to rave reviews, on various indoor stages across the state, including Milwaukee and Madison," said AFT Artistic Director Jeffrey Herbst. 


AFT company members Doug Mancheski and Chad Luberger will play the roles of Stew and John, respectively. Joining these AFT veterans as Kate will be Corrie Beula-Kovacs. Corrie returns to AFT after eleven years performing across the country and in New York. 


The Bachelors features a performance schedule that is Packer Game Friendly. The show opens Friday, August 29th and runs through October 18th. The complete schedule can be viewed at www.FolkloreTheatre.com or by calling the box office at 920-854-6117. Tickets are $27.00 for adults and $13 for children 12 and under.


Tickets are on sale now in the AFT box office at the Green Gables shops in north Ephraim, via phone at (920) 854-6117, and online at www.FolkloreTheatre.com. 


Logos and photos available in other formats and sizes upon request: hfeldman@folkloretheatre.com     

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Mancheski, Doug - Headshot
Doug Mancheski
Luberger, Chad - Headshot
Chad Luberger
Beula-Kovacs, Corrie - Headshot
Corrie Beula-Kovacs