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UNZIPPED, written and directed by Mark R. Trost, debuts this October in the Twin Cities on both sides of the river. Trost, the author of three books, turns his talents toward the stage with an unorthodox look at men in relationships. UNZIPPED is an unprecedented look into the privates of men: private thoughts, private conversations, private fears, private desires, private joys.

UNZIPPED is dark, edgy, intense, and funny as hell.

“UNZIPPED” does not include inappropriate content but does contain adult language.




Cast Program

Mark A. McCarthy (MEN 1) is very excited to be returning to the stage after a nearly (4) year hiatus.  He feels very blessed to work with such an extraordinary cast, but most importantly, having been privileged to work with the talented and creative playwright of this amazing piece of script, Mr. Mark Trost.  Mark’s previous stage performances could be seen in Ohio for (20+) years which include Stanley Kowalski in Streetcar Named Desire, Clifford Bradshaw in Cabaret, Matt in The Fantasticks, Seymour Krelborn in Little Shop of Horrors, and many others.  In 2013, Mark made his Minnesota debut as Charles Condomine in Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit at RVTC.  Mark would like to thank The Man Upstairs, his incredible friends in the great state of Minnesota, and anyone that ran lines with him.  Live the Experience!

Alicia Britton (WOMEN) has enjoyed working with Frank Theatre: A Good Person of Setzuan (Old Woman/Ensemble) and Green T Productions: Rootabaga Pigeons (Red Balloons), Kaidan (Bird Woman) and Tales from Roshamon (Plague Woman). Ronnette in the Artistry’s production of Little Shop of Horrors. She music directed Beauty and the Beast for the Youth Performance Company and was the 2016-2017 music director for Project Success. She is currently working on her first play, a one woman show.

Mark R. Trost (MEN 2) is an author, a playwright, an essayist, an editor, a humorist, a communications consultant, a sage, and a smartass. His career weaves through marketing, political speeches, ghostwriting, and editing. From 2007-2011 Trost’s written a literary blog that attracted more than a million hits. Soon his work was in print and now sits on over 100,000 Kindles, Nooks, and bookshelves. 3 books:




and 2 frightening stalkers later, Trost finds himself the author of the new play “UNZIPPED” and back on a stage.


Scott Gilbert (Assistant Director / Lights) has directed locally for Chameleon Theatre (The AntiChrist Cometh and We Gather Together) and 5 productions for the Minnesota Fringe Festival. He moved to MN from Arizona in 1995 and has worked in various positions at theatre in the Round for over 20 years. In 2012, he founded Segue Productions with the belief that theatre should lead to conversations about current events and experiences we as individuals are facing in our lives. He enjoys the process of working with new plays and playwrights and is excited to join the Unzipped team.

With Gratitude.

There are those who’ve invested in UNZIPPED. I offer my sincere gratitude.

  • Alex Huss
  • Anne Kritzmire
  • Barbara Collins
  • Becky Sarwate
  • Bill Dyer
  • Brian Hicks
  • Brian Miyakusu
  • Cheri Nielsen
  • Cori Krebs
  • Dan Levie
  • Dan Swanson
  • Dawn Sibert
  • Deanna Olson
  • Debora Buckley
  • Deborah Linder
  • Derek Schmidt
  • Donna Hansen
  • Ellen Wolaner
  • Fred S Bull
  • Grant Snyder
  • Jane Antilla
  • Janey Wood Belde
  • JC Ditzel
  • Joe Johnston
  • Jonathan Thompson
  • Joseph Povolo
  • Joseph Snyder
  • Joseph Surratt
  • Juli Chapeau
  • Julie Schwartz
  • Kelli Tatum
  • Kris Gurda
  • Kristen Peek
  • Laurie Behr
  • Lisa Freeman
  • Lisa Munson Thomas
  • Lisa Swisher
  • Lynda Ferguson
  • Marjorie Griffing
  • Mark Goss
  • Mary Holden
  • Mary Jo Galvin
  • Mike Reid
  • Paul Hunder
  • Pete Newburg
  • Robin Wolaner
  • Roger Rubin
  • Sandy McCarthy
  • Sarah Tracy
  • Stephanie Cole
  • Stephanie Walker Huss
  • Susan Beaubaire
  • Terre Heiser
  • Tom and Becky Ryan
  • Vanessa Hammack
  • Wendy Sims