Ed Chavez (Extra Extra/Lorenzo)
Ed Chavez is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles. In L.A., he appeared as Cupid in The Eight, Frank Charles in Flyin’ West, and the title role in Tartuffe. Recent NM credits include: Nicky in The Gavones Of Philadelphia, Captain Hook in Peter Pan, and most recently as Dromio of Ephesus in The Comedy Of Errors.
Evie Coffing (Candy)
Growing up around artists, musicians and performers, Evelyn’s love for the arts slowly grew into her career choice. Having worked most of the last few years in film, she is thrilled to be back with Foul Play Cafe. She got her first start with Foul Play when she was 17, and is so glad to be back in live theatre with this wonderful cast and fantastic team! Her eternal thanks to her friends and family that give her love, support and strength every day.
Eddie Dethlefs (Granite)
Eddie made his debut in A Chorus of Disapproval in 1989. He was last seen at Albuquerque Little Theatre in Mary Poppins. Recently he has been in The Importance of Being Earnest, South Pacific, And Then There Were None, Little Shop of Horrors, and Auntie Mame. He has acted in and directed a number of shows for Foul Play Café such as Elaine Whales and the Mummy of King Khufu, and Murder at Café Noir.
Heather Donovan (Sophie Cline)
Heather has been acting since age 4, and made her Albuquerque debut as Theodora in The Haunting of Hill House at Aux Dog Theatre Nob Hill . Since then, she has been seen around Albuquerque in several productions, including Picnic (The Adobe), 12 Angry Jurors and Love, Loss & What I Wore (The AuxDog). Murder on the Trail is Heather’s fifth production at Foul Play Café, having performed in Arsenic & Old Spice, Divorcing the Mob, Spirits of Suspicion, & Noir Point Blank. Most recently, Heather played Dr. Lyssa Dent Hughes in The Vortex’s production of An American Daughter and Connie Dayton in The Adobe’s Come Blow Your Horn. Heather would like to thank her parents for consistently showing her support in all her endeavors.
Rebecca Kennerly (Sophie Cline)
If there’s one thing Rebecca loves it’s sleep. If there’s two things Rebecca loves it’s sleep and her family. But, if there’s three things Rebecca loves, it’s sleep, her family and acting… which is why Rebecca is so thrilled to be reprising her role as Sophie Cline. When she’s not running Cline’s Taste of New Mexico (Your own oasis in the desert!) Rebecca can be seen hosting quizzes for Geeks Who Drink at Palmer Brewery and O’Niell’s Pub, or teaching our future leaders at Bellehaven Elementary School. Rebecca would like to thank her husband Paul, and daughters, Alexis and Anya, for their love and support.
Dave McDowell (Granite Hardrock)
Dave McDowell has performed in An American Daughter, The Day They Shot John Lennon, Man Of La Mancha, The Merchant Of Venice, The Lion In Winter, Hamlet, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, King John, Othello, Romeo And Juliet, Measure For Measure, The Crucible, A Man For All Seasons and many productions of Mystery Café and Foul Play Café here in New Mexico. Roles in California include Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Lament for Arthur Cleary, Reckless, The Rivals and The Good Person of Szechuan at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. He has also performed in The Elephant Man, Oedipus Rex, Frankenstein – A Comedy, The Taming of the Shrew, Angels Fall, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Fortune and Men’s Eyes and Chicago. Television and movie roles include In Plain Sight, The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea, A Life Worth Living, Foaming At The Mouth TV, Swing Vote, Diane of the Canyon, Before You Go and Black-eyed Dog. In San Francisco he was a co-founder, writer, director and actor with Armitage Shanks, an arts and performing co-op.
Nichole Otero (Candy)
Nicole began her love of the arts as a child, singing opera at hotels in Las Vegas. Since, she has become an international model and professional actor. While currently learning another language and working on a country music album in Los Angeles, Nichole is more than thrilled to finally be given the opportunity to join a cast with Foul Play. She would like to thank, not only the performers, but the brilliance and patience from Director Warren, the talent and beauty from our Production Coordinator Courtney, all the amazing ideas from our AD Jason, and without the wonderful heart of our Stage Manager Jodi, we’d be all over the place!. You all have done such incredible work with every one of us. Without the group as a whole, it just wouldn’t have been the same. The experience of working with such beautiful people has been more rewarding than she could have ever imagined!
Casey Powers (Extra Extra/Lorenzo)
Casey Powers was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has a degree in film from the University of New Mexico and he spends all of his spare time writing and acting in local independent productions. When he is not on set or stage he is busy fighting off hordes of small children as a substitute teacher for Los Lunas schools.
Warren Asa Wilgus (Director/Co-owner)
Warren Asa Wilgus is an all-around theatre junkie and now the new co-owner of Foul Play Cafe with his beautiful wife Courtney Wilgus. He has worked as a contracted theatrical producer, director, actor, designer, educator and stage manager for over for 15 years. He has taught creative production courses for Albuquerque Little Theatre (Albuquerque, NM), Stage One Theatre (Rio Rancho, NM) and VSA North 4th Arts Center (Albuquerque, NM). Warren studied at the Portland Actor’s Conservatory (Portland, OR) and was founder of Desert Rose Theatre (Los Angeles, CA). He has served as Executive Director for New Day Children’s Theatre (Collierville, TN), President for Albuquerque Little Theatre (Albuquerque, NM) and President of Stage One Theatre (Rio Rancho, NM). He has a resume ranging from Shakespeare to Musical Theatre. Favorite shows include The Mikado (Pooh-Bah) Shrek the Musical (Co-Director), Lend Me a Tenor (Max), A Funny Thing Happened… (Hero), etc. When not busy in the theatre Warren works in sales and marketing for residential service companies.
Jason Wiley (Assistant Director)
Jason Wiley is the assistant director for Murder on the Trail. This is his first experience in a directing capacity and is thankful for the opportunity. He has acted in several Foul Play Cafe productions and looks forward to continued involvement.
Jodi Benavides (Stage Manager)
Jodi Benavides is a senior at UNM, majoring in theatre and working part time. She has been involved in theatre since her freshman year of high school and hopes to go into professional acting after college. This is her first show outside of school and she is so excited to be a part of Foul Play Cafe.
Courtney Wilgus (Production Coordinator and Co-owner)