Eden Prairie Players

Live Theater in Eden Prairie

Steve Martin - WASP  

Steve Martin is an American actor, comedian, writer, playwright, producer, musician and composer. Martin was born in Waco, Texas, and raised in Southern California, where his early influences were working at Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm and working magic and comedy acts at these and other smaller venues in the area. His ascent to fame picked up when he became a writer for the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and later became a frequent guest on The Tonight Show. In the 1970s, Martin performed his offbeat, absurdist comedy routines before packed houses on national tours. Since the 1980s, having branched away from stand-up comedy, he has become a successful actor, playwright, pianist, banjo player, and juggler, eventually earning EmmyGrammy, and American Comedy awards.

Winnie Holzman - Post-Its (Notes on a Marriage)

Winnie Holzman is an American dramatist, screenwriter and poet.  She created the ABC television series My So-Called Life, which earned her an Emmy Award nomination for writing in 1995. She also wrote episodes of The Wonder Yearsthirtysomething and Once and Again.  Holzman studied English and Creative Writing at Princeton University and graduated with a Masters in Musical Theatre Writing from New York University in 1984. Her teachers at NYU included Stephen SondheimHal PrinceArthur LaurentsBetty ComdenAdolph Green, and Leonard Bernstein.  Holzman made her Broadway debut in 2003 when she wrote the book for the Stephen Schwartz musical Wicked, based on the novel of the same name by Gregory Maguire. She won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical.

Paul Dooley- Post-Its (Notes on a Marriage)

Paul Dooley was one of the writers on the Children's TV show The Electric Company and early in his acting career appeared in commercials. Besides appearing in many movies, including most notably Popeye and Breaking Away, Dooley has also appeared as a variety of recurrent characters on numerous television shows, including My So-Called LifeDream OnGrace Under FireCurb Your EnthusiasmALF  and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.  He guest starred in other primetime shows like Sabrina, the Teenage WitchThe Golden Girls, and Desperate Housewives. In 2000, he was nominated for an Emmy Award for his role as an eccentric judge on The Practice.  One of his most famous roles was in 1984's Sixteen Candles in which he played the understanding father of the character played by Molly Ringwald.

Tom Deiker - Mornin', Son a' Mine

Tom Deiker graduated from Louisiana State University with a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology, has served as administrator of psychiatric hospitals in LouisianaNew Mexico, and Iowa. His 60+ articles, essays, short fiction and poetry have appeared in several dozen publications, including American Psychologist, Animal Behaviour, Cimarron Review, Galaxy, Newsweek, and The Plain Dealer Magazine. Of his 47 plays, 24 have received 31 stagings by theatres in California, Iowa, KentuckyMinnesotaNebraska, New York, North Carolina, and Vermont.

Stacey Lane - Storms, Sheets, and Show Tunes

Lane’s plays have been seen at over one-hundred theatres from coast to coast in the U.S., as well as in Canada, England, and Australia and are published with Playscripts, Inc., Smith and Kraus, Manhattan Theatre Source, San Luis Obispo Little Theatre, and Scene4 Magazine.  She is the recipient of a Helene Wurlitzer Foundation playwriting fellowship, a “Charlie Award”, and a nominee for “Outstanding Playwriting for a New Script of a Play or Book of a Musical” at the Midtown International Theatre Festival.  Special thanks to the Eden Prairie Players and you, the audience, for supporting new work! 

Tom Moran - Back to Normal

Tom Moran grew up in Massachusetts and moved to Fairbanks, Alaska in 2001 for a newspaper reporting job. He just completed his Creative Writing MFA at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he was the only student in the program concentrating on drama. His short plays have been produced in Alaska, Indiana, New York, California, Ohio, and Washington state, and he's currently working on getting his first full-length production. He's delighted to be produced in the town which spawned one of his favorite things in the universe, Mystery Science Theatre 3000. 

Ryan Gage - For One Day

Gage is currently a Social Studies teacher in his 3rd year at Billings Senior High School in Montana. He began writing plays in 2006 under the guidance of D. Paul Schafer who he teamed up with to write his first play "La Mano del Diablo" which inspired a full-length play called "To Each His Own". Since then, he has had 5 of his own plays produced in Billings, most recently April 2010 at the Venture Theatre Wet Ink Play festival. The festival matches writers, directors, and actors to produce 6 brand new one-act plays in a span of 24 hours, from writing, to rehearsing, to performing for the audience. He recently began his acting career performing as Uncle Hobart in "Ramona Quimby" and recently as Nikos in "Big Love" by Charles Mee. He has also been an assistant director for Romeo and Juliet at Billings Senior High and is hoping to expand into directing plays at Venture Theatre.