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Bons Tempos Theatre Company

(USA and Mexico)

Qaddafi's Cook

Date(s) & Time(s): Saturday May 23, 5:30 PM
Sunday May 24, 5:00 PM
Sunday May 24, 8:00 PM

Duration: 60 minutes without intermission
Location: Southside Theater

Ticket Information

Early Bird: $12
Advanced: $20
At the Door: $23 

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Production Credits

DirectorLynn Lohr
Performing ArtistLynn Lohr and Alvaro Flores


Funded in part byThe John Thaw Initiative of Actors Centre, London, with West End performances January 27-29, 2020. Bons Tempos also gratefully acknowledges the support of J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines.


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Work Sample


Qaddafi's Cook

Two Mexican chefs, a follower of Ayahuasca and a Jack Daniels disciple, caught in the tailspin of Libyan dictator, Muammar Qaddafi, the world’s bloodiest foodie and designer of the Lockerbie crash. Is it the culinary big time or high stakes espionage? You’ll taste the tyrant and smell the fear of his people in this two-hander. Inspired by true events and premiered at Hotel California in Baja, where the authors first met, critics from San Diego and New York City Fringe appearances raved, "Intense and immersive experience that beautifully connects food, passion, and power,” and “a powerful piece of theatre.”

Bons Tempos Theatre Company

Bons Tempos Theatre Company (BTTC), part of Belville Productions, continues that namesake playwright’s lifelong commitment to telling stories based on history, social issues and folklore. As co-artistic director of History Theatre, Belville’s plays were the foundation for its 42 (and counting) seasons. BTTC was originally created to produce Fringe Festival hits “Qaddafi’s Cook” and “Atlanta Burning, Sherman’s Shadows.” Its 2020 Fringe entrant is “The Cowboy and The Widow.” For SFIAF, BTTC collaborates with Flores’ Teatro Medicina-Theatre Medicine and Berger’s Masterpiece Media. 2020 London, UK performances of “Qaddafi’s Cook” were a co-production with Teatro Medicina, Medicine Theatre.


Lance S. Belville (Playwright)
Lance Belville has had more than 100 productions of 50 plays (five off-off-Broadway) with tours to 30 states. He received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Playwriting, travel awards from the British Council, the Croatian National Theatre, a Kudos Award for Best New Play Twin Cities Drama Critic Circle, and a Silver Award from the New York City International Film Festival. He was founding playwright and co-artistic director of Minnesota's History Theatre.

Carlos Ambrosi (Playwright)
With more than 20 years experience in hospitality, Carlos began his career as a chef and then executive and diplomatic chef moving on to hotel management. He is a strategic leader for organizing operational and administrative functions and a researcher for shamanism, comparative mythology and Zen Buddhism, living in Zihuatanejo.

Lynn Lohr (Performing Artist and Director)
Lynn Lohr spent 15 years in Minnesota’s professional theater, co-founding the History Theatre, growing it to a 597 seat Equity house by producing, directing, and acting in premieres on social issues, history and folklore. Lynn directed the 2016 NYC and San Diego Fringe hits “Qaddafi’s Cook," the 2018 Minnesota Fringe hit, “Atlanta Burning, Sherman’s Shadows,” and Ross Valley Players’ sold-out 2019 success, “Scott and Zelda, The Beautiful Fools,” all by Belville. She also directed critically acclaimed world premieres by Frank McCourt and Marisha Chamberlain.

Alvaro Flores (Performing Arist)
Alvaro Flores is a London based actor/musician and Voice Over artist of Mexican origin. He trained in London at the Italia Conti Academy and the Royal Academy of Music. Work includes Day of the Living/#WeAreArrested (Royal Shakespeare Company), Wig Out (Royal Court Theatre), ClubMex (Global Musicals), Rambo: Last Blood, etc. More info @alvarofloresnet

Adrian Paredes (Composer)
Adrian Paredes is a multidisciplinary artist trained under the system of the Royal College of Music in Mexico; researcher and permanent art student, as a self-taught artist. Music, performing/scenic arts (in the format of ‘happening’): dance, acting, plastic and visual intervention, live coding and synthesis, videomapping and light/sound installations. #Oxium #AnimAlikA #Plektos #Hormik #Taktile

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