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The Unit Collective

EWOCs Do It in 10 Minutes

Location + schedule

U of M Rarig Center Arena
330 21st Av S, Second Floor

DateTimeMy FringeAccess
Friday 8/610:00 p.m.  
Sunday 8/87:00 p.m.  
Wednesday 8/118:30 p.m.  
Thursday 8/1210:00 p.m.  
Friday 8/137:00 p.m.  
About the show

Contains Adult language, Loud noises/gunshots
For ages 16+
Comedy, Drama, Multicultural

Created by The Unit Collective

Overall rating



Split between two bills (please see below for bill schedule), witness a collection of the best 10-minute plays by nine local EWOCs from The Unit Collective's monthly series, Mpls Madness. These works explore politics, relationships, personal enlightenment and, of course, midget porn star fantasies.

Featuring works by May Lee-Yang, Indira Addington, Jessica Huang, Anton Jones, Joe Luis Cedillo, Reginald Edmund, Eric 'Pogi' Sumangil, Saymoukda 'Mooks' Vongsay and Pulitzer Prize Finalist Kristoffer Diaz.

AUGUST 6 at 10pm & AUGUST 12 at 10pm:
The Last Time We Got Together by Joe Luis Cedillo
DESCRIPTION UNAVAILABLE
Yellowtail Sashimi by Saymoukda Vongsay
Twin sisters are at odds over sexuality, race, and asianphilia - the superficial appreciation and exotification of all things Asian.
The Hourglass by Jessica Huang
The beginning of time, language and love brought to you in 10 minutes or less.
Three by Kristoffer Diaz
The revolution has begun. By accident.
The Halls Have Eyes by Anton Jones
Two surveillance specialists look, watch, and stare at the drama unfolding on camera at the Paisley Palisades Apartment Complex.

AUGUST 8 at 7pm, AUGUST 11th at 8:30pm, & AUGUST 13th at 7pm:
Modern Village by Eric "Pogi" Sumangil
Nothing brings neighbors together like a urinary tract infection.
Modern Village was based on the following video:

Catch-23 by Indira Addington
Aren't we all a little bit racist?
Apartment 2301 by Reginald Edmund
DESCRIPTION UNAVAILABLE
Comfort Food by May Lee -Yang
In a hospital room, a mother and daughter bicker over boiled chicken, each other, and the things that cannot be spoken.

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Indira Addington
Role: Ensemble/Playwright

Rachel Austin
Role: Ensemble

Heidi Berg
Role: Ensemble
Heidi Berg is a Twin Cities actor who has worked with Pangea World Theater, Red Eye Theater, Illusion Theater, Live Action Set, Theatre Unbound, Green T Productions and many others. Heidi collaborates regularly with the Unit Collective on their monthly Madness event and she can also be seen this Fringe Festival season in "CSI: Ben McGinley".

Quintin Brown
Role: Ensemble
Quintin has been performing for about seven years, but this is his first ever Fringe show. He feels blessed and excited to be working amongst a diverse group of artists. His leisure activities include bowling, rollerblading, reading, etc.

Sandy Ci'Moua
Role: Ensemble

Dylan Fresco
Role: Ensemble

Adam Gyrion
Role: Ensemble

Jamie Macpherson
Role: Ensemble

Seth Patterson
Role: Ensemble

Eliza Rasheed
Role: N/A
Eliza Rasheed is a Maldivian-Taiwanese actor, dancer, writer, and teacher based in the Twin Cities. She has worked at different communities, schools, and theaters including: Exposed Brick Theater, Penumbra Theatre, Pillsbury House Theatre, Pangea World Theater, District 7, and Saint Paul Central Senior High School. Eliza is a 2006-07 The Playwrights' Center Jerome Foundation Many Voices recipient. Currently a Masters of Arts in Teaching Candidate at Hamline University, Eliza is committed to use performance arts as a vehicle to promote diversity and build communities.

Ki Seung Rhee
Role: Director of Bill A

Michael Terrell Brown
Role: Ensemble
Michael is excited to be in his first fringe production. He has worked with CLIMB, steppingstone and performed in a staged reading of Blacktop Sky at Penumbra Theatre.

Harry Waters Jr.
Role: Director of Bill B
Harry Waters Jr. is thrilled to be a part of the EWOC's and encourages all who attend to support them during the year. Waters is on faculty at Macalester College teaching acting, directing, several culturallly specific courses and directs one show per year. This fall CABARET is going to be offered on the Mainstage. Next fall he will be directing WAITING FOR GIOVANNI , a dream play about James Baldwin at the NCTC in San Francisco.

User reviews

Mixed bag
by Emily Lesnick Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Some plays were amazing! Yellowtail sashimi and the Halls Have Eyes were incredibly acted and well written.

A new art form
by Rachel Nelson Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
These playwrights have given me a new appreciation for the 10-minute play: an art form analogous to the short story, only on stage. I saw Bill B, and the standout for me was May Lee-Yang's script Comfort Food. so. beautifully. written. so. beautifully. acted (by Sandy Ci'Moua and Eliza Rasheed)

potential
by Peter Park Follow this reviewer
Rating 2 kitties
There is potential here, but the performances I saw looked really tired and uninspired.

VERY IN YOUR FACE
by yang vang Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
This show definetly will get you talking. Very dramatic and powerful in its message. Not sure which Bill I saw, but it was worth it. It was very funny and in your face!!

Something for every Theatre goer
by Kelly Fallows Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I went to both Bill A and Bill B and was very satisfied leaving the theatre both nights. Each bill, respectively, features short plays by different playwrights. The bills were balanced with a mixture of light and humerous plays with plays that explored relationships of race and culture (what elee would you expect from a fringe show entitled EWOCs--emerging writers of color?). I felt uncomfortable, at times, when to me, the writing was getting too heavy handed regarding minority characters and their relationship to "whiteness", but I also think this was purposeful by the playwright--good theatre's supposed to make you feel something, whether it sits well with you or not, and I thought about these pieces and discussed them with my friends for some time after the show. Which earns the price of admission right there.

Also, the acting is fantastic in both bills.

Overall, this show is a fringe gem with a little something fore everyone.

Up and down.
by Allison Koster Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
Saw bill B, which consisted of four pieces. Two were strong (Apt 2301 and Catch-23), two were meh (Comfort Food and Modern Village).

Two great evenings of theatre
by John Prince Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I had the chance to check out both Billings (As it's broken up into a Set A and Set B) which I found to be rather innovative. I have to say that I was extremely impressed with this exciting new playwright collective. Ranging from Pulitzer Prize finalists to just beginning to write plays for the first time, this group of emerging writers of color was a freshing change to what we normally see at the fringe. These works are a mixed bag. But I have to say it's probably one of the better evenings of theatre that I've gotten to be a part of at the fringe. Bill B was in my personal opinion my favorite evening.

But Bill A has some real jewels to witness as well with such works from Kristoffer Diaz, and Jessica Huang, and Saymoukda Vongsay as stand out pieces. Loved it and bringing my friends with me again. Well worth seeing!!!

this play is a few plays
by Benjamin Egerman Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
this play is not one play but a few smaller plays. some of the plays were really good and some of them were also good but kind of a bit over the top if you ask me but whos asking me? and it was pretty good all in all four kitties the end.

“Set B” Gets a “C”
by August Berkshire Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
An earnest, likable cast isn’t enough to save scripts that are, for the most part, only somewhat interesting. Good moments here and there, though. Okay to fill a spot.

Interesting
by David Trudeau Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
to try and get a play to happen in a short time. We saw Bill A and three of the plays worked. "The Last Time We Got Together" never did get off the ground - none of the four of us who saw it together could tell what was going on - it seemed to be about grieving - but what? "The Hourglass" didn't say much other than "its all about the cosmos and time ... man." The other three plays were interesting and created some serious tension and resolution. I'd like to see the other grouping as well.

Provocative and fun
by Garry Geiken Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Who knew those cute little EWOCs (Emerging Writers of Color) could deliver a set of engaging, topical theater scenes. These works show the promise of an amazing group of playwrights.

In "THREE", the first piece of the evening, I enjoyed watching the cheefully deteriorating dynamic between the leaders of a seemingly stagnate revolution.

In "Yellowtail Sashimi", Seth Patterson's "asianophile" character was uncomfortably over the top. He seemed to be written as an amalgamation of a laundry list of unfortunate misconceptions and prejudices towards asians and asian culture. When we see the final moment, the relief is welcome, but we are hardly surprised.

"The Halls Have Eyes" is a fun premise, and the residents of Paisley Pallisades were a hoot. The madcap pace is appropriate, but led to moments where it was difficult to know where to focus.

"The Last Time We Got Together" explores a number of issues in greater depth through a monologue that openly reveals its sources. Heidi Berg's simple, honest delivery takes us through the author's struggle with loss, grief, and family dynamics.

Finally, "The Hourglass" was a stylistic departure, cleverly using sound, language fragments and raw emotion to cast a wonderful little spell. A great way to finish!

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