Minnesota Fringe Festival 2011

My Fringe

The Trunk

Siege Perilous Films

Directed by James Buffington

Producer's website

Comedy, Satire, Sci-fi/Mystery/Horror

Contains Adult language, Loud noises/gunshots

For ages 16+

Trunk Title

If answering an ad that promises to pay $5,000 for three hours to watch a large trunk sounds too good to be true, than you are smarter then these protagonists. It begs the question: What's in the trunk?


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Poster & Postcard design by Scott Lindberg of Siege Perilous Films and Sllab Modern

Poster & Postcard photos by James Buffington of Siege Perilous Films


Siege Perilous Films is an independent motion picture production company with roots in Minneapolis, MN, and members throughout the United States.

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Josef Buchel
Role: Kevin

Joshua Fazeli
Role: Dobbs

Kira Walters
Role: Riley

Katie Starks
Role: Ellen

Ryan Howell
Role: Billy

Jack Rice
Role: Ross

Heather Jo Raiter
Role: Weeks

Megan Howell
Role: Stage Manager

Scott Lindberg
Role: Title/Poster Design

Farrah Buffington
Role: Producer

James Buffington
Role: Writer/Director

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A collection of creeps and losers
by Fringivitis Vulgaris Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
A player, his coworker date, his geektastic roomie, and his steady hookup meet in a posh apartment. The titular trunk is a fine MacGuffin, fraught with risk and reward. The villain of the piece is a vile adolescent who serves as a mirror to show them how feeble they are. Hard to keep disbelief suspended, particularly when the characters permit others to continue behaving badly. Some good chuckles and some amusing local details.

Well Done
by Liz Blank Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
This was interesting, well written and produced.

Laughed the whole time
by sarah havlicek Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I went to this show with my mother and we never stopped laughing. This show was definitely a comedy. I enjoyed every second, and have told all of my friends to go see it. I would recommend to anybody looking for a laugh. Favorite show I have seen so far.

Clever premise
by Heather Baldwin Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
A guy brings a date home, only to discover that his roommate and a giant trunk are occupying the apartment for the evening, and he also receives an unexpected visit from the other woman he's been secretly seeing. The four of them have to babysit this trunk, and they contemplate what to do about it and what is inside (which is revealed in the show). Part farce, part mystery, this is a really fun and original Fringe show with a strong cast.

Hysterically Brilliant!
by Rick McAllister Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This production was hysterically BRILLIANT! It started out slow, but quickly picked up the pace and the suspense of what or who was in the "Trunk". I thought the plot, writing and story line was very well done. An excellent job by the cast and crew. Ryan Howell was fantastic in the role of Billy, what a great role.

Get out to see this show before it's gone!

A trunk full of fun!
by hilary james Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I haven't laughed so hard in months! This show was just delightful and hilarious. While the acting level varied, it did not take away from the spark and energy that came through. GO SEE IT!

Get locked up in it!
by re gurgitate Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
If you have an opening on Sunday, go see the last show! The story of the trunk and it's contents kept me entertained the whole time. The acting ability varied significantly so loss of one kitty.

Long 50 Minutes
by Levi Morris Follow this reviewer
Rating 1 kitty
I would like to apologize to the cast and crew before reviewing. I know how much work goes into a show, and your work did not go unnoticed.

That being said, the writing was predictable, shallow, and poorly constructed. Adults bickering like middle schoolers about IQ's is not funny. The characters were flat, painful stereotypes, and not believable. To call this a satire is an excuse for poor writing. Satire's are commentaries on something, and this lacked any real thinking. From the moment the boy left the trunk the ending was predictable.

One kitty because I think the actors are better than this (having seen one perform before), and for cute underwear. But the underwear shouldn't have been the most exciting part of the show for me. :(

Nomination for most charasmatic cast.
by Andy andylechner@hotmail.com Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The Trunk starts with a very simple primese and focuses on the relationship between characters, and the actors do an excellent job bringing the audiance to invest in their prediciment. They're like the cast of West Wing and Lost in the each show's respective first season.

And even though someone who looks as young as Ryan Howell seems way to young to claim that anything led him to "become the person he is today," as his program bio states, he does a really good job delivering complex sentences very fast. The whole cast does, but I've seen so many Fring actors stumble over their lines that his performance was especially impressive.

All the way from Iowa
by Clark Smith Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
We drove four hours to see the Trunk. Ok, yes we had a family member in the cast. BUT it was really a funny performance. Family or not, we would see this show again. Our hats off to the producers and cast for thier clever performances.

Would You Open It?
by Kale Ganann Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
We weren't sutre what to expect - from the preview, it could have gone either way. I'm glad we took the chance - while we may have seen the twist a mile off, the ride getting there is side-splitting. Dysfunctional roommates, dysfunctional relationships, and more collide in an unlikely series of events that keep the laughter coming until the end. If you're looking for funny, you could do far worse than to find out what's in The Trunk.

The real deal
by Scott Litsheim Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This play was marvelously cast. The actors skillfully bring each character to life, joyfully hitting all the right comedic notes along the way. If you’re looking for a great hour of a outright fun, you can bank on this show.

Great cast and lots of laughs
by Christine Eshelman Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The cast was great, and the story was fun. You will spend a lot of time laughing and wondering what's in the box?!?

Clever and fun!
by joe mollen Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The cast is strong, the writing is great, and without giving anything away, the premise is clever and intriguing. I was laughing from start to finish!

Everyone Else Laughed Hard
by Mark Long Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
I'm giving this a 3 instead of a 2 because so many people laughed a lot. I didn't. I think there were a lot of friends and family in the audience (or maybe a lot of people starved for comedy).
The premise is good, and the actors are fine, but the writing is weak and inconsistent. Maybe it's my fault for not finding ANY reference to Facebook laugh-out-loud funny. Or, maybe I've seen too many other genuinely funny shows so far.

A trunk full of laughs
by Evelyn Blum Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
This was sweet, funny, good scripted humor. I am now a huge fan of Siege! The characters were fun from the beginning to the end.

Excellent payoff!
by Scott Pakudaitis Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I did not expect this to be a farce, and such an excellent one at that. With solid acting and a clever script, this show took me on a joyride of hilarity.

A solid show
by Will Weisert Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Solid acting, a strong script, and easily recognizable flawed characters provide a rewarding 50 minutes of entertainment, well worth the price of admission.

What's In The Box?
by David Rust Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Three friends, one newcomer, and a trunk big enough to hold ... what? A body? Thousands of dollars worth of cocaine? Only someone incredibly stupid, greedy, gullible, or some combination of the three would agree to babysit such a crate -unopened- for three hours for $5,000. But that's just what Dobbs does, just before his roommate comes home with his date for the evening.

What's in the trunk is important but no spoilers, here...

To watch the four people's personalities play off of one another, twist around the events this strange turn has given their lives, is just plain fun. This is solid acting by a brilliant ensemble cast in support of an excellent script.

Yes: you definitely want to see this one.

Well-cast and entertaining
by Piotr Evdokimov Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The script has a good sense of humor, and the cast really made it shine. If you are a *cool* parent, bring your high schoolers to this show and they will love you for it (or be really embarrassed). The feel of this show is somewhat sitcomy, but not in a bad way; I guarantee that you will laugh at least once.

Clever Premise
by Bruce Rehberg Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Another fun one as we discover what is in the mysterious trunk that is in the apartment because of a craigslist ad to watch the trunk for a few hours and receive $5,000. Mystery solved, relationships forever changed and even a bit of extra skin on display. A nice way to round out my Fringe day. Bravo!!!

All the performances were strong and consistent with their character. The roommates reminded me a bit of an updated Odd Couple. Local references were nice additions to the script. I'd love to see more "misadventures" of the two roommates.

Well written play with fun and twists. I recommend seeing this one.

by john zakelj Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Entertaining, sexy, maybe even thoughtful, and definitely more satisfying than a Hollywood movie.

Couldn't stop laughing!!!
by Lynn Johnson Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This show was hysterical from beginning to end. The writing was witty and well-paced. The cast was strong across the board (although the actor who played Dobbs deserves special praise). It was the most fun I have had in a fringe show... EVER!

The Trunk Delivers!
by Peter David Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
An interesting premise allows a talented cast to deliver constant comedy in this little gem.

The setup draws you in, and once the Trunk opens, hold on to your hat! I especially enjoyed the seldom used resurrection of the banned game of "7 Questions". A bold move, but it was executed flawlessly!

Put "The Trunk" on your Fringe dance card, you won't regret it!

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U of M Rarig Center Xperimental venue information
330 21st Ave. S, Lower Level

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