The Visitor

A comedy parodying tribalism and its effects on our two-party system.

Well, it's official.... We are not alone.
Visitors from beyond our world have arrived, and they would like to have a conversation with our "leaders."
To deal with the crisis, the heads of two opposing political parties are forced into a difficult negotiation.
The stakes of this negotiation: the fate of humanity.
Can they get along? Will we make it?

General/All Ages
60 mins
Comedy, Theatre
Mercury Cafe
2199 California St, Denver, CO 80205

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Are You a Believer?

Written by:
Ryan C. Balfour
Directed by: Hunter LaRocca

The Visitor: Ashley David
Blue: Astilia Chokanu-Wenholz
Red: Ryan Balfour
Blue's Guard: Kaylee Hawkins
Red's Guard: Rafael Soto

Ashley David

Ashley David is an interdisciplinary artist who combines techniques and traditions from ethnography, theatre, community arts, poetry, film and digital media, visual arts, and scholarship to explore questions about mutual and reciprocal community-making. Poetry, prose, and project-based work have been featured widely, and she has performed and installed pieces across the U.S. and overseas. Ashley landed in Denver via med-evac in February and is thrilled to be solidly among the living and performing with Believer’s Theatre for Denver Fringe Festival.    

Astilia Chokanu-Wenholz 
Astilia Chokanu-Wenholz studied at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic arts where shortly after she did two Off-Broadway shows. This is her first Denver Show since moving back from New York and is so excited to be apart of this incredibly witty and funny show! As an experienced theater actor, she is also frequently involved in film acting and has three other projects going on. She is currently seeking representation with an acting agency and is ready to see what else is out there!

Kaylee Hawkins
Kaylee is so grateful for the opportunity to be working on this production. She was most recently in a production of "How I Learned to Drive" with Twilight Theatre Company in Portland, and "Christmas at Pemberly" at Olympia Little Theatre. Kaylee graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with her BFA in Acting and Directing in 2019. Kaylee would like to thank the incredible cast, crew and playwright; as well as her loving parents, family and friends who have always been incredibly dedicated to the pursuit of her craft. She would also like to give a special thanks to her partner Samuel. Most of all, she would like to thank her beloved pup, Oatmeal Biscuit. 

Rafael Soto
Rafael is a student at the Community College of Denver currently majoring in music. His most recent productions were as G in the play "12 Ophelias" and Gertrude and Claudius/Polonius/Shakespeare in "15 Minute Hamlet". Rafael is absolutely thrilled to be a part of this production and is excited to perform at his first Fringe Festival. Rafael would like to thank Hunter and Ryan for giving him the opportunity to be a part of this production, he would also like to thank his friends and family for their endless support throughout his career as an actor.

Ryan C. Balfour
Ryan has just done theatre when and wherever possible, and from San Diego California to Pocatello Idaho, "let's just do a show!" has always been his mantra. After studying at Palomar College, Ryan produced several plays as a founding member of Plain View Theatre Co. Long time actor, first time playwright, Ryan is hoping to see what he's learned from years of breaking down the words of brilliant playwrights. 

Hunter LaRocca 
Hunter finished his Theatre Arts major by beginning his own theatre company. As a founding member of Plain View Theatre, Hunter co-produced seven plays along with Ryan Balfour. He continued his professional development by moving to New York City and attending an acting conservatory studying the Meisner Technique at William Esper Studio. Now, he’s founded Believer's Theatre to further his commitment to using theatre as a vehicle to affect change and creating a reproducible sustainable employee-owned non-profit theatre model.

Set Designer:
Jason LaRocca
Sound Designer: Sean Kruse

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Mercury Cafe

2199 California St, Denver, CO 80205

Entrance: The main entrance for the Ballroom venue is on the southeast side of the building off of California St.; attendees may also use the entrance on 22nd St. 

Parking: There is a large paid parking lot just across California St. and street parking

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Admission: You must show your ticket confirmation or purchase a ticket at the venue; all seating is general admission, audiences will wait in a queue before entry to the show