John Cooper is a computer programming genius who starts working on a project to deconstruct human intelligence using a map of the human genome.
John becomes increasingly disillusioned and severely depressed as he begins to question any possible meaning of human thoughts and emotions that can be replicated on computer software.
On the verge of a mental breakdown, he meets Emily—a shy, bohemian novelist that is unable to find emotional sustenance outside of the world of her own writing.
This is the story of two lost souls searching for a shadow of love in an increasingly alienating modern world.
Selected scenes from the staged reading of Connected at The Minneapolis Theatre Garage as part of Cromulent Shakespeare Company's Mid-Winter Repertory:
Bill Cooper (PSYCHIATRIST, RON) has been involved in the video, television, and film business in the Twin Cities for 25 years--primarily as an actor. Bill is also a producer / director and coaches actors. Most recently, he directed the locally produced feature film, Hunting Buddies.
Clarence Wethern (JOHN) is one the hardest working, most versatile actors in the local film and theater scene. His recent projects have ranged from Shakepeare to children's theater to the Comedy Sportz improv group. Clarence can next be seen in Theatre Pro Rata's upcoming production of The Spanish Tragegy.
Bethany Ford (EMILY) has worked with quite a few theatre companies since moving to the Twin Cities in 2005 - most recently, Park Square Theatre and The Minnesota Jewish Theatre. Her recent film work includes Prodigal, with Lost Coin Productions, and TH3M! with Xjure Productions.
Sam Landman (MITCH) is a local film and theater veteran, recently named Best Supporting Actor by Lavender Magazine for his role of Cherea in Walking Shadow's production of Caligula.
Paul von Stoetzel (Co-Director) Paul von Stoetzel has written/directed numerous films and plays in the Twin Cities area, including the award winning short H.P. Lovecraft adaptation, “Asleep in the Deep”, and “Von Convex” which won several awards and was nominated Best of Fest for the Minneapolis 48 Hour Film Festival.
Dave Ash (Co-Director, Writer) has written, directed, and played a lead role in four short films that have played at local, national, and international film festivals. In the fall of 2008, Dave released his first feature film, Love: A Documentary.
Currenty in pre-production with filming slated to begin in May, 2010, and the official release in Spring, 2011.