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Chapter 13 Productions

Down Devil's Backbone

Location + schedule

Theatre in the Round
245 Cedar Ave.

DateTimeMy FringeAccess
Thursday 8/510:00 p.m.  
Sunday 8/88:30 p.m.  
Tuesday 8/107:00 p.m.  
Saturday 8/142:30 p.m.  
Sunday 8/157:00 p.m.  
About the show

Contains Violence, Adult language

From Anderson, IN

Overall rating

The story of a man and the women in his life as he stood at the cross roads of honor and desire. For some men, a home, a wife and a life are not enough. In every man, is a beast. escapes.

Dan Flahive
Role: Pleasant Hawkins
Dan Flahive enjoys theater, as both audience member and actor. Among his favorite roles he counts Prospero in The Tempest, Brother Reily in Southern Baptist Sissies, Walter Gold in Twilight of the Golds, Fenris Ulf in Narnia and the Narrator in Reefer Madness. Many thanks go to my first theater " the After Dinner Players of Houston, Texas " for training and introduction. I give a big shout out to Pam and Megan back home and thank God for the opportunity to be here.

Ann Pearson
Role: Helen Hawkins
Ann Pearson is the Science National Subject Area Specialist for the public online high schools run by Insight Schools. She teaches Biology online and, in addition to acting, she enjoys long-distance bike riding, reading, quilting, hiking, and serving as chief chauffeur and cheering section for her three children as they pursue their many interests including drama, music, soccer, and karate.

Cassie Pearson
Role: Mary Stucker
Cassie Pearson is a sophomore at Chippewa Falls High School. She enjoys singing and acting and has performed in a variety of school and community plays. Over the summer, she acted in the Chippewa Valley Renaissance Faire for the first time (and loved it!).

Michael Connell
Role: Carly Wilson
Michael Connell is a senior at Chippewa Falls High School. His interests include Science and English. Passtimes include reading and growing pumpkins. After high school, he plans on attending UW-Madison or joining the Navy.

Lot Turner
Role: Director
Lot Turner is a writer, actor and director from Anderson, Indiana. down devil's backbone is his first presentation at the Minnesota Fringe. His other plays include a stage adaptation of Frankenstein and The Mason's Ring.

User reviews

Oh, the drama!
by Jen Zalar Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
In a festival where comedy sells, I was glad to see something serious.

The script was generally well-written. The acting great in some spots (the lead male was fantastic), but not so hot in others.

I find it unbelievable that this production, while not a 5 kitty show, got none from some reviewers.

I rounded up my 3 1/2 kitties because the writer/director called me adorable after the show, and like any performer, I respond well to flattery.

by Jamie Chilvers Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Glad I ignored the first two reviews here.

Down Devil's Backbone
by Karen Lee Rosar Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Great drama and dialog. It was easy to become invested in the multi-layered conflicts. Each actor was able to bring you into their truth.

Tennessee Williams would be impressed
by George Rosar Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I go to all (and by that I mean all) of the Guthrie performances and recently went to Streetcar and this performance touched me more than Streetcar and was the best Fringe performance I've been to so far this year.

I would highly recommend seeing this particular if you are into drama.

Maybe this was not weird enough for some.

by dave harris Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
I think there is a place for everything in the Fringe and that, really is the point of it. To use expressions such as 'out-of-their league,' with regards to an alternative arts festival is ridiculous.

I simply cannot understand why people even want to post 0 star reviews and why they are given the power an voice to be able to do so. If you really care about a shows stuggles, validity and their income then speak to them directly not in this cowardly, passive-aggressive manner which we seem to be so well known for.

Not the best show I've seen- but that's the beauty of the Fringe! Don't be discouraged, I hope you continue to grow and learn...

by Scott Gilbert Follow this reviewer
Rating 0 kitties
I am going to have to agree with the previous reviewer on this one. The play was physically painful to me, but I think to the actors as well. The group is a long way from home and I am not sure they should have taken the journey.

If this show is going to be done again (and I am not sure it should be) the writer/director needs to work with a playwright that can assist with plot, arc and dialogue material. It also needs a director who as some distance from the work and can get the actors to unfold there arms and do more than sit in the chair. I think they might have talent, but unfortunatly none of it was evident.

I hope they enjoy their time in the TC Area and that they catch some other shows and enjoy the fringe experience.

Sympathy for Everyone
by Nicole Devereaux Follow this reviewer
Rating 0 kitties
This show makes me wish the MN Fringe was juried, not only for the sake of the audience, but for the production company as well. This young group is simply not in the same league as, nor is it ready for, the MN Fringe. I am sad that this group traveled so far on what will surely be a money-losing endeavor.

The earnest cast certainly tried their best, but they lacked expert direction and suffered from a meandering, unfocused script. It seemed more like a work-in-progress than a proven production that was worthy of tour.

I hope that our visitors will take advantage of the many successful, talented actors & productions that are playing in the Fringe by seeing, talking to, and being inspired by their performances.