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Location + schedule

Minneapolis Theatre Garage
711 W Franklin Ave.

DateTimeMy FringeAccess
Thursday 8/57:00 p.m.  
Sunday 8/84:00 p.m.  
Wednesday 8/118:30 p.m.  
Thursday 8/125:30 p.m.  
Saturday 8/142:30 p.m.  
About the show

For ages 12+
Comedy, Drama,

Created by Grathwol & Kennedy
From Austin, TX

Overall rating

Pheidippides, the hero, awakens with no memory in a parroting world run by the opinion shop, TRUTH. Guided by Duck, his conscience, Pheidippides battles reason and unreason for the words that define his meaning.

Picked as Citypages 20 "Intriguing Options" of the 2010 Minnesota Fringe Festival Link text

Patrick Budde
Role: Duck
Born in Ohio, raised in Minneapolis, and a theatre student in Chicago, Patrick is jazzed to be making his Fringe debut with Indifferent. He would love to toss a frisbee with you after the show.

Ryan Colbert
Role: Pheidippides

Ryan Colbert, 18, is a native to Minneapolis, MN. He recently graduated from the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists and, in the fall, will begin working towards his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of MN. This is Ryan’s first time participating in the Fringe Festival as more than a spectator and he is so very happy to be apart of such a warm, vibrant community. Spaghetti, Spaghetti, Spaghetti.

Matthew Grathwol
Role: Writer/Director
This is Matthew Grathwol's third consecutive year in the Minnesota Fringe Festival, having previously performed in My Hovercraft Is Full Of Eels and Thin Mint. He is thrilled, horrified, and anxious to have written Indifferent, and to have had the opportunity to direct. This coming fall Matthew will be at CalArts, where he will be studying in their acting conservatory. And for reading this, giving time, and showing interest in Indifferent, Matthew thanks you.

Sadie Lancrete
Role: Mona
Sadie is a painfully recent graduate of Southwest High School, and “Indifferent” is her first push into the harsh reality that is non-high-school theater. She likes it. Sadie enjoys projectile singing, punning in excess, and being the only girl in this show. In the fall, she will be attending Lawrence University in WI, where she will study Theater and possibly Arson.

Jesse Lavercombe
Role: Assistant Director
Jesse LaVercombe (Assistant Director) is a recent graduate of Southwest High School, where he acted in 14 productions, co-directed The Wizard of Oz on the main stage, and directed Macbeth in the black box. This is his first Fringe Festival experience and is thrilled to be working with Matthew and a fantastic cast on this project. In the fall he will start at the National Theatre School in Montreal in the acting conservatory.

Eric Linnes-Bagley
Role: Doctor
Eric Linnes-Bagley is a music education major at UW-Madison. He has been doing long form improv for two years, and is grateful to be acting again. As a fringe festival virgin, he hopes you will all be gentle with him.

User reviews

Blew Me Away
by Amelia Bolstad Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Indifferent is proof that no one should ever underestimate young artists. Going in, I hardly knew what to expect, but what I experienced was one of the most powerful shows I've seen in a long time. A mix of brilliant writing, high-energy acting, and a bit of magic that can't be defined, Indifferent was definitely the best show I've seen at the Fringe. I'm usually not a big fan of existentialism, but this show was incredibly accessible. The climax, with the addition of a cello, had me close to tears. If I had to pick one word to describe Indifferent, it would be phenomenal.

Knocked Out!
by christian davis Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
A carnval of ideas, a roller coaster cast; the finest ensemble of players I have had the pleasure of watching in any Fringe Festival production I've ever attended, engaging my mind, my heart, and my funny bone. Here's a playwright to be watched and a cast to be brought back --PLEASE!-- again and again. The Guthrie, New York, Chicago: we have met your next wave.

Break a leg,

Christain Davis

utterly incomprehensible
by mark browning milner Follow this reviewer
Rating 1 kitty
i have absolutely no idea whatsoever what this was about, they might as well have been speaking swahili without subtitles for all the sense it made to me. absurdism without a strong philosophical backbone is just, well, absurd. one kitty for the complete and unquestioning commitment the young cast made to this nonsense.

Great acting
by Lance Zarimba Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Great acting and very talented writing for one so young. I can't wait to see what these young writers will come up with next.

What is Truth?
by Mark Caron Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Exactly. Loved this! I found this to be well written, very well performed, and also well directed - including lots of body movement and action. Fast paced, and definitely held my interest. In addition to "philosophy", I also recognized NLP principles. But don't let the philosophy description scare you away - it's not heavy theory talk -just things we've all thought about/struggled with to some degree. That's my truth anyway - yours will differ!

NOT Indifferent to Indifferent
by Jim Grathwol Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Indifferent is a high speed chase down the philosophical halls of existentialism, absurdism, behaviorism, and deconstructionism, tipping over chairs, skipping and grunting along the way! A suprisingly strong opus from a gifted troupe of young actors, writers, directors. The cast drives the script with the "pedal to the metal" with the "high-anxiety" lead played by Ryan Colbert behind the wheel. Colbert's performance is back-lit by his insouciant side-kick "Duck" in the passenger seat played by Patrick Budde. Eric "Doctor" Linnes-Bagle and Sadie "Mona" Lancrete, offer strong performances that feature a suprising range of facial,sub-vocal and physical expression, including "arm-licking good" conditioning exercises to embrace the truth. The climax - OK I won't ruin it but...."picture, if you will, a study in contrast to the certainty and meaning of death (or life)in an uncertain world." Philosophy was never this fun when I went to school!

by Deborah Torraine Follow this reviewer
Rating 2 kitties
Ryan Colbert, plays Pheidippides (a very present actor; well done)in this rather sophomoric, high energy but sincere attempt at esoteric theater. Which is why I went to see this work. Great PR photo. Got me into the theater.

Existential intensity
by Anna Amyx Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Good experimental theater plus cello. Sometimes funny, often philosophical. Possibly worth seeing just to look at Pheidippides with no shirt on. :-) Complicated subject matter explored with a simple set and only four actors.

A little hysterical?
by Igor Blokhintsev Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
Seems too hysterical - high pitch. Definitely wanted to explore what is the truth. What is the truth? Continue loking for.
Igor Blokhintsev

Fabulous performance!
by Laura Hinton Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I truly enjoyed this performance! The cast had so much energy! It made me really think. All of the cast members did a great job.

A break down of absurdism
by Andrew Watkins Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
A very well thought out and well performed show. The script feels very much like a break down of the absurdist philosophy. If you're not familiar with the genre and ideas behind it you'll find this an excellent place to familiarize yourself with them in an all around accessible way. Major kudos to the young actors; they have bright futures ahead of them.

Intellectually stimulating
by Suzi Gard Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This is a must see.

First of all, the script is phenomenal. Major kudos to the young writers who so eloquently touch on such thought-provoking subjects as certainty, uncertainty, and what we believe to be true in our own realities. There memorable lines stick with you as you exit the theater and are bound to cause thoughtful conversation between you and your Fringe buddies.

And then...there are the performers. It's hard to believe that these actors are just out of high school. Their skill belongs to performers well beyond their years. The characters are very well developed and the delivery of the lines was so precise, so powerful, and thoroughly passionate. I was highly impressed by each of the actors.

If you're interested in theatre of the absurd, (or if you just want to see a good show) be sure to put this one on your calendar.

by Kit Cahill Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Good twist on THE Truth.

Full Metal Dug It!
by Chad Smith Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I had the great pleasure of stumbling upon this show with barely a thread of expectation. What I encountered is beyond description in it's emotional depth and power. What you may encounter, if you dare, is an emotionally volatile roller coster ride through Reality-ville. A poignant pilgrimage to truth.

Hilarious and Heartbreaking
by Emma Palmer Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Indifferent at the MN Fringe Fest was honest-to-god one of the most intellectual, dreamy, funny, and all around impressive shows I've seen. The script was like a threesome between Tom Stoppard, Christopher Durang, and Edward Albee. Every actor in this show was fully committed to his or her performance, and the end result causes the climax of the show to be all the more heartbreaking. These guys are really going somewhere and I can't wait to see where that somewhere is.

A Remarkable Show
by Chloe Waryan Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
One of the most thought-provoking shows of the Fringe thus far. The script finds a happy medium between the abundance of existentialism and hilarious character development. The acting does not disappoint either! The actors do wonders creating this semi dream-world. A wonderful experience; don't miss it!!

Slings and Arrows of Outrageous Fortune
by Lars Lee Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
In this show a young man grapples with questions concerning his purpose; meaning in life. It provokes a large number of emotions as well as asking all too familiar questions that we fight with ourselves everyday. Matt Grathwol has beautifully captured the dialogue of his inner-conscience. It's a play that needs to be seen.

Get Your Philosophy Goggles On!
by Alex Christensen Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
It is a rare show that carries me out of the theatre on those loveliest wings of reflection. Indifferent, if you can keep up, asks profound questions about life,death, love, and rationality through such a subtle, poignant flow of theatrical genius, that you don't have time to process it until fade-to-black. And then you sit there, wondering, until it occurs to you that you should clap, very hard, for a show that has just made your evening rather memorable.

Sartre slips on a banana peel
by Barry Kleeeee Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Deeper than an oil well. Gushing with slapstick.
Deep. Funny. Deep. Funny.
Well-written. Well-timed. Thoughtful and thought-provoking. Energetic acting keeps the story moving.

Thoughtful and Enjoyable!
by Alexis Wilcock Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This show’s philosophical script is well-portrayed. Its concepts come alive with the wit, humor, and subtle quirks of these skilled performers. The young actors radiate the kind of tangible energy that differentiates live theatre from other art forms, taking the audience on an interesting and enjoyable ride. A delightful piece!

Great start to the 2010 Fringe!
by Paul Budde Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The acting is very expressive, forceful and tight across the four actor ensemble. The script is humorous and thoughtful, with quick dialog. And combined, the play leaves you thinking about choices we make daily as to how we live our lives. Defintiely worth seeing this year!

Young talent shines!
by Barb Nicol Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
You won't be indifferent about "Indifferent"! The writing is thoughtful, thought-provoking and deeper than most lakes I fish. The acting is inspired, energetic and full of feeling. This play will make you laugh, might make you cry and definitely make you think. The lines and ideas hang with you as you leave the theater - as do visions of the four incredible actors, acting their hearts out. Go and have a great hour!

The deep questions of life unveiled
by Light Bear Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Superb performance by this young cast. Deep, insightful and funny dialogue. I want to see it again!

Bold, Brash, Young- Existentialism!
by Constance Haugen Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
With laughs! These kids takes the audience on an absurdist roller-coaster ride. The show encapsulates that period of young adulthood when the realization of personal responsibility clashes with a sense powerlessness over a contradictory world run by dogmatic madmen.
The performances were all strong and sincere.