Charlie Bethel is an actor/writer based in Minneapolis and has also
worked as a director, stage manager, producer, electrician, milliner, and properties
and set dressing artist. He has performed at Cincinnati Playhouse, Trinity Rep, many
Shakespeare Festivals across the US, Econo-Art Theater Company, Red Bones, Next
Theater Company, Apple Tree Theatre, The Jungle Theater, The Childrenís Theatre
Company, Trinity Ensemble, Cape May Stage, CalibanCo., Clay Center for the Arts and
Sciences, Southwest Shakespeare Company, and has both performed and taught at
the Esalen Institute, and for the Cherubs Program at Northwestern University.
Outside the theater, Charlie has been a writer for Red Farm Films, a filthy joke
generator for Innovisions Greeting Card Company, a seamanship instructor, a cook,
a gardener, a florist, and a surveyor of graveyards.
A native Southerner, Charlie is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts,
the South Carolina Governorís School, and he comes from a long line of talkers.
Charlie Bethel never met an epic he didn't like. A couple years ago,
he was telling audiences the story of Beowulf. This year, he steps on the Mythic Journeys
stage to unspool the yarn of an ancient and brave king, his wild-man friend and their battles
with the gods. With no costume or props except a couple chairs and a glass of
water, Bethel uses only his own formidable story-telling skills to make the tale of Gilgamesh come
alive in a riveting, rollicking and accessible staging. The way Bethel tells the tale makes
you realize anew why this saga has survived the millennia.
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