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I Make No Promises, But Someone's Probably Going to Die

Comedy /

By Trusty Paper Ship

Written by Annie Scott Riley

A dark, absurd comedy about coping with chaos and a Giant Eyeball by Annie Scott Riley. Starring: Dave Gangler, Joanna Harmon, John Middleton, Adia Morris, Heather Stone & Clarence Wethern. Director: Rob Goudy.

Sci-fi/Mystery/Horror

World premiere, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer, Actors' Equity participants, Includes artists of color

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 12 and up.

Thursday, 8/1 8:30 p.m.
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Saturday, 8/3 8:30 p.m.
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Monday, 8/5 8:30 p.m.
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Friday, 8/9 4:00 p.m.
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Saturday, 8/10 10:00 p.m.
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Illusion Theater

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Audience reviews

Awesome

By Paul Keeler / August 11, 2013
This user has reviewed 3 shows

A wonderful little absurdist take on how we view the ideas of morality and life. If you like dark comedy, go see this.

Funny and absurd, a bit lightweight

By Gabe Heller / August 10, 2013
This user has reviewed 27 shows

A remarkable effort from a first-time fringe producer, this show features an excellent cast acting well and a solid script easily comparable to anything Scrimshaw has done recently. Having said that, it skirts perhaps a little too easily around a number of potentially profound issues and as such seemed a little lightweight to me. I thoroughly enjoyed it nonetheless.

Surreal dark comedy

By Scott Pakudaitis / August 10, 2013
This user has reviewed 40 shows

With a strong cast and a quirky script, this wound up being a wonderfully absurd hour of theater.

Good and Odd

By Mark Long / August 9, 2013
This user has reviewed 37 shows

A very enjoyable oddball, dark comedy.

Good fun

By Daniel Pinkerton / August 8, 2013
This user has reviewed 18 shows

An extraordinarily talented ensemble cast, smart direction by Rob Goudy, and a funny script. I laughed a lot. However, there was a lot of repetition (for example, did John Middleton's hobby have to be explained THREE times?). For that reason, and that reason alone, I gave this very enjoyable show 4 stars instead of 5.

Good light fun

By Paul Mattes / August 7, 2013
This user has reviewed 13 shows

There are many laugh-out-loud moments in this show. The writing is often very clever, and the performances are generally solid. And the overall premise works and doesn't get old.

Some rough spots were a character who suddenly goes over-the-top in an unconvincing and superfluous way, and a few too many therapy jokes. And the overall message of the play, which should have been uplifting (even in a cynical, self-mocking and back-handed way -- this is a comedy after all) ended up a little hollow.

But if you are a fan of deadpan humor, this show is well worth the time.

All-star cast!

By Max Wojtanowicz / August 7, 2013
This user has reviewed 17 shows

The whole cast is enthralling, but I definitely can't stop laughing at John Middleton's deadpan face, and Adia Morris is so good that whenever she left the stage I wished she'd come back. Bravo, y'all!

1 person found this review helpful

Best Show of the Fringe for Me!

By Jack Silverman / August 6, 2013
This user has reviewed 10 shows

Hands down, best show I've seen. Loved the story, the simple set was great. Casting was impeccable everyone worked together well. I especially want to call out Joanna Harmon I think she has star quality ahead in her career. This is a show not to miss.

1 person found this review helpful

Entertaining, dark and well-written

By Kelli Theiler / August 6, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

Annie and her cast and crew produced a highly entertaining and fastastical play about a pretty depressing topic. I loved the commentary on life and death and the dynamics of human interaction.

Great job you guys!

1 person found this review helpful

Absurdly Awesome

By Grant Henderson / August 6, 2013
This user has reviewed 2 shows

With a cast like this, they could read the phonebook and I'd probably still be entertained. Add to that Annie Riley's fantastic script, and you get the makings of a top notch Fringe show. Biting, dark, and yet, hopeful all at the same time, you'll kick yourself if you don't catch this show.

1 person found this review helpful

very bizarre and fun.

By Robyn Hendrix / August 5, 2013
This user has reviewed 9 shows

Great cast, very funny show. The warden is surprisingly hilarious. First bit was a bit slow to get into but totally worth the wait for the laughs later. Ridiculously odd premise.

1 person found this review helpful

Absurd, brillant, a great time!

By Natalie Adams / August 5, 2013
This user has reviewed 20 shows

This is a must see! All around brilliant show!

1 person found this review helpful

Dark, original, great cast

By Matilda ZombieQueen / August 4, 2013
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Very well developed, original concept. Very well executed by cast and crew. This show feels more cohesive and polished than many Fringe offerings (not a slam on Fringe offerings at all, it's the nature of the lovely beast).

1 person found this review helpful

The two thirds is great

By Warren Bowles / August 4, 2013
This user has reviewed 29 shows

Hard to review because this is a very talented cast who seem to be having a great time up there but I did not like the script. It is a dark, bizarre comedy but we know where it's going LONG before it gets there. So the two thirds is great and the last tedious. If you're seeing twenty or more shows I'd say put this on your list.

Bizarre And Wonderful!

By Edwin Strout / August 4, 2013
This user has reviewed 17 shows

Great writing, a superb cast, and excellent direction! What more can you ask for?!

Strange and surreal things are afoot in this play, but you just glide right along with it, and can't wait for more, and where things are going to end up.

If you have a very strange idea for a play, then hire this cast and director, and you will have a hit on your hands!

1 person found this review helpful

Unexpected surprise

By Brooke Hart / August 3, 2013
This user has reviewed 13 shows

When I read that this show was about a giant eyeball, I knew that it wasn't for me. But someone in line highly recommended it, and he seemed to be someone who would like what I like, so I went for it, and it was SUPERB!! Excellent script, wonderful acting. This show is a real winner!

1 person found this review helpful

awesomely absurd!

By Nichole Nicholson / August 2, 2013
This user has reviewed 11 shows

This show manages dark humor in all the best ways, succeeding in being both extraordinarily funny and thoughtful. Well-played, self-aware absurdism with great actors. A+!

1 person found this review helpful

Laughter promised

By Richard Jackson / August 2, 2013
This user has reviewed 55 shows

A very strong cast powers through this thoughtful, absurdly funny play. It seems a disservice to single out a performer given that the actors were uniformly strong. But if you're a fan of John Middleton's work, this show is not to be missed. This could be 5 star, but the script needs trimming. Some sections simply go on too long. Balancing the various serious life philosophies with so much humor is a difficult task, but the script mostly succeeds.

1 person found this review helpful

Existential angst

By Larry Bieza / August 2, 2013
This user has reviewed 19 shows

They had my attention from the beginning, revealing three characters in a waiting room making the ultimate decision about whether to end their lives. The absurdist tone created an interesting spin, and had me hanging on very word. Unfortunately, by the time the 4th wall was broken, the story had devolved into a rather conventional tale with a lot of meaningless window dressing. Perhaps the Giant Eyeball was a metaphor for fringe reviewers? A winning cast lifts my rating to 3 stars.

1 person found this review helpful

Dark, absurdist comedy

By Naomi Kritzer / August 1, 2013
This user has reviewed 15 shows

I have been going back and forth between a 3-star and 4-star rating. It was well-performed, well-scripted, and often funny, and there were a lot of things I liked and yet I found myself feeling a little hostile toward the play by the end, possibly because I didn't really like any of the characters. (I don't think you're supposed to like them, mind you.)

I took my children to this one (ages 9 and 12). During the show, I regretted having brought them because the subject material was so dark, and also I thought the 9-year-old was probably finding this one tedious. But when the lights came up, she said, "That was GREAT." So YMMV.

2 people found this review helpful

Unexpected delight

By Laurie Fournier / August 11, 2013
This user has reviewed 4 shows

The entire play makes no sense, and that is a wonderful thing. Alternating between dark and absurd (and both at times), it goes in directions that are truly surprising. This was truly our favorite of the day.

Great Show

By Jordan Thompson / August 10, 2013
This user has reviewed 34 shows

Great performance; slightly dark but very fun script and stellar acting. The ending felt a little abrupt, but overall, I'd definitely recommend this show.

Excellent

By Jim Loeffler / August 10, 2013
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Outstanding script that I hope generates future productions. Expert acting by all. Director Rob Goudy did a fantastic directing job. Timing was superb and there was considerable depth of characterization. Definitely one of the best productions this year

1 person found this review helpful

GO SEE THIS!

By Hope Cervantes / August 9, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show is smart, witty, and hilarious! The cast has impeccable comedic timing while shifting to some unexpected thought provoking material. Adia Morris shines as the sweet and sincere yogi while Dave Gangler's warden made me laugh so hard, my sides hurt! Joanna, John, and Clarence are also outstanding as the trio in the waiting room. All around this cast is solid and extremely talented. Only two chances left, so go see it. You will have a great time...I promise!

1 person found this review helpful

Ridiculous. Awesome.

By Eleanor Kaufman / August 8, 2013
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Absurd, hilarious and oddly touching. Also, horrifying. I suppose that’s what you get when you write a comedy about seeking a way to commit suicide through a giant eyeball that kills when you look at it. The pace was quick, the actors fantastic. Go see it!

1 person found this review helpful

Happy Fringe Fun!

By Shanan Custer / August 7, 2013
This user has reviewed 2 shows

I had the best time watching this show! I want to read the script--so unique and quirky and funny. And I want to put the entire cast in my pocket and keep them forever! Terrifying, I know, but it's how I feel!

1 person found this review helpful

Must See!

By Scott Gilbert / August 7, 2013
This user has reviewed 16 shows

Great piece by very talented group of actors.

Wanted to see the eyeball

By Barbara Scott / August 6, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

Annie Scott's I make No Promises is absolutely astonishing . A unique premise, that most of us couldn't come up with, and still, dark as it is, amazingly funny. The cast was perfect--performing her off-the-wall thoughts as though they were everyday and normal. Just loved it. Can't believe it could do anything but win.

Barbara Scott

1 person found this review helpful

Great, Dark Fun

By Julie Ann Nevill / August 6, 2013
This user has reviewed 10 shows

An extremely talented cast very deftly handles this truly dark comedy. The dark subject matter is written and performed in such a way that you can't help but laugh....even if you feel "guilty" for doing it. :) See this show!

1 person found this review helpful

Wonderfully Dark and Twisted

By Jacquie Engelmayer / August 6, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

Great show - awesome cast. I couldn't believe I was laughing at such disturbing ideas. Loved it!

1 person found this review helpful

Great story and performances

By Mark Webb / August 5, 2013
This user has reviewed 48 shows

22 shows in, and this is clearly my favorite so far. The stellar cast plays off one another beautifully, and the twisted script is both hilarious and intriguing. The second half seemed to have a lot of filler to take up the time slot, but that was the only distraction. Highly recommended!

1 person found this review helpful

Best of Fringe! (so far!)

By Kathleen Murphy / August 5, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

You never know what you'll get with Fringe shows, and for me, this is the best of what I've seen so far this year (out of 5 seen). It was well written, well cast, performed superbly by all, and while a bit dark, I thought it was hilarious. I also thought it had a clever little snap at the very end. Great entertainment. Well done!

1 person found this review helpful

Light, But Provoking

By Carolyn and Keith Dehnbostel / August 4, 2013
This user has reviewed 5 shows

This skit was unusual and funny.
It challenged the way the audience may think about right or wrong.
Great character development and execution...

1 person found this review helpful

Why didn't I like this more? No idea.

By Eric Salo / August 4, 2013
This user has reviewed 56 shows

This show has a solid cast, a solid crew and a nicely quirky script. It's exactly the sort of thing that's perfect for Fringe. But somehow the total ended up being less than the sum of the parts. What can I say, it just didn't work for me. That said, the very full audience I was in loved it so what do I know. And the bit with John Middleton's character Doug is not to be missed. So, recommended still.

1 person found this review helpful

Blew me away

By Chris Rowe / August 4, 2013
This user has reviewed 3 shows

I've never laughed so hard about a puppy dying in my life!

This show is more than jus a shock and awe dark comedy. This show was a beautiful mix of heavy subject matters, impeccable comedic timing and a wonderful play with the audience.

Biggest surprise was the warden role. I assumed at the beginning it was a simple storytelling device.... I was WAY off! One of the funniest characters in the whole show!

1 person found this review helpful

The literal fourth wall

By Adam Boutz / August 3, 2013
This user has reviewed 2 shows

The show is equal parts absurd, philosophical, funny, and dark without becoming overly stupid, moribund, frivolous, or morbid. That is a bold way to make a show, but the cast pulls it off in style.

1 person found this review helpful

beautifully dark humor

By Peter Wannemacher / August 2, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

Rock solid performances. If quirky and humorously dark story telling with a philosophical lining is not your thing...you'll probably still like this show. I challenge you to not laugh at what you might normally find disturbing.

1 person found this review helpful

Starts strong, gets philosophical

By Dan Hendricks / August 2, 2013
This user has reviewed 5 shows

I liked the premise and the acting was very good. The first half of the show was great. Then, it got very philosophical-wordy-gobbledy-gook and slowed. And some pieces (like an audience poll with no follow through) just didn't fit and dragged it. Still worth seeing, but writing at end could be stronger.

Smart Accessible Comedy

By Christopher Garza / August 2, 2013
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Every performer was spot on and engaging the whole time. Perhaps it was the delightfully absurd/dark text but I just loved this show.

2 people found this review helpful

Interesting in a Weird Way...

By Gregory Ng / August 10, 2013
This user has reviewed 8 shows

I left this show feeling a little confused. It wasn't missing anything, the acting was good, it was very funny, but I agree with the "Why didn't I like this more?" review. I guess it just wasn't for me. I really don't know what to think of the show. It does have a dark message but I guess I didn't agree on the way it was delivered. The thought of a giant eyeball killing people just wasn't a storyline I liked. But despite that, I enjoyed it and it deserves the current overall 4 star rating , however I wouldn't see it again.

Acting beauty

By Christian Ricci / August 10, 2013
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Brilliant performances by people I've always really liked (Hamon, Middleton) and by people I've never seen (Morris). The script was absurd, which I like, and focused on the theme of mental fortitude. However, some elements didn't seem well developed to me.

Quirky, creepy fun

By Florence Brammer / August 9, 2013
This user has reviewed 56 shows

This great cast really runs with his very quirky, unusual script. A great slot for your downtown itinerary.

Great execution pun intended

By David Higgins / August 9, 2013
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Produced big laughs out of dark material. Opened up another dimension to theater we seldom get to see. A smart, dark, witty script with great direction and performances. Had no idea coming in and left very satisfied.

Must see show!

By Ross Lambert / August 8, 2013
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Very fun show. I loved the whole cast. Very talented. A must see.

1 person found this review helpful

Everything I could ask for

By Andrew Troth / August 7, 2013
This user has reviewed 28 shows

An incredibly smart, funny script that puts compelling characters in dramatic conflict with each other. Deft and purposeful breakage of the fourth wall. Honed, nuanced performances from some of my absolute favorite Twin Cities actors. This show is just about perfect. See it!

1 person found this review helpful

See This Show... Now!

By Dennis Steele / August 6, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

I Make No Promises, But Someone's Probably Going to Die deserves a better review than I can possibly give... but, I'll do my best. This Sci-Fi/Romantic Dark Dramedy manages to accomplish something that few pieces of writing rarely can... it successfully merges the absurd with the profound. The clever, smart dialogue combined with the very talented actors, make this unique story shine. Clarence Wethern and Joanna Harmon have great chemistry throughout the show. Annie Scott Riley's snappy dialogue is at times though-provoking, while maintaining a comedic through line. I think the show I was at on Monday night was a sell out, so if you're thinking about going, I would get tickets in advance. Happy Fringing!

1 person found this review helpful

Very Created

By Fan of Theater / August 6, 2013
This user has reviewed 9 shows

Never expected this. Well written. Very talented cast.

1 person found this review helpful

Wonderfully weird

By Sarajo Wentling / August 6, 2013
This user has reviewed 26 shows

Great acting by all, a dark and bizarre premise, and lots of laughs (some you'll feel guilty for) equal a great way to spend an hour at the Fringe.

1 person found this review helpful

Promise Me

By Kevin T. Houle / August 5, 2013
This user has reviewed 18 shows

Promise me you will see this show. The best direction, the best acting, and some of the best thought-provoking writing I've seen in quite some time. Annie Scott, Rob Goudy, and everyone in the cast, especially the inimitable John Middleton, give a master class in how to create and present theatre at its finest.

1 person found this review helpful

Well written

By Graeme Anfinson / August 5, 2013
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Very well written. Well acted too. A bit absurd, but not too abstract to not be able to pull any relevant meaning out of it. Recommended!

1 person found this review helpful

Through the GE looking glass

By Michael Fischbein / August 5, 2013
This user has reviewed 4 shows

A lot of Fringe shows work on the reality pivot; get you comfortable , lead you along, then find some way way to shatter the facade. Not all of them succeed, but this show delivers. If you can bear to listen to a man act airy and blithe about his secret inhumanity to animals, then the ending will seem just. Some missed opportunities, but well worth your time. The acting is superb.

1 person found this review helpful

Brilliant work

By Sam Sloan / August 4, 2013
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Quick witted, funny comedy with some very talented actors. A must see for lovers of absurd comedy.

1 person found this review helpful

Worth the lobby chaos

By Amy Bonifas / August 4, 2013
This user has reviewed 9 shows

Original. Dark and disturbing and hilarious. Very strong cast and except for some existential psychobabble monologue moments I was riveted every minute.

1 person found this review helpful

Wanna see the Eyeball? Open the 4th Wall

By Fringivitis Vulgaris / August 4, 2013
This user has reviewed 33 shows

Gleeful darkness abounds in this tale of people planning to exit their lives. A band of losers, a Warden, an air-head yogi, and a useful spiritual crackpot meet in a waiting room, but they're not all waiting for the same thing. This is a clever show full of brilliant snarkage. I found myself making Grasping Lotus and Squid-squid-squid hand signs on my way out!

1 person found this review helpful

Smart dark comedy

By Ed Burke / August 3, 2013
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Great dark comedy. Well acted with a funny, bizarre script. A few awkward special effects and digressions. Note: this play is both funny and deals with mental illness. If that combination doesn't appeal, then you should skip it. Otherwise, it's great fun.

1 person found this review helpful

This, I Promise: You Will Laugh

By Martin Kihn / August 2, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

An utterly charming, absurd comedy that somehow manages to mean something. The cast is zesty, the laughs by turns piquant and diabolical, and the writing a joy to behold. We expect great things from Ms. Danger Riley and eagerly await her next production. Four dead puppy paws up (spoiler alert). Woof!

1 person found this review helpful

Go through the door marked GF

By Adam King / August 2, 2013
This user has reviewed 3 shows

GF...( see the show you'll get it ) stands for Giant Fun! That's what I felt in seeing this show. Very creative writing and a strong cast add up to GF! Some hefty laughs and some moments that made me think.

Disclaimer: P.E.T.A. is not a sponsor ( see the show you'll get it )

Add this sure winner onto your Fringe list!

1 person found this review helpful

Delightfully Wicked Comedy

By Jeremy Motz / August 2, 2013
This user has reviewed 17 shows

definitely not expecting the pleasant surprise of the ink-black humor of this piece; but wow...hilarious! and cringe-worthy. and hilarious! cast was solid, situation was ridiculous, jokes kept coming and it all spiraled delightfully out of control. wasn't 100% sold on some of the "conventions" introduced, and i'm not quite sure what purpose they were to serve other than they were absurd and very, very funny--which they were--but none of that would keep me from definitely recommending this show to anybody looking for a bit of gallows humor and Purgatorial absurdity.

2 people found this review helpful

Background information + more

I Make No Promises, But Someone’s Probably Going to Die" presented by Trusty Paper Ship will play at the Illusion Theater August 1-10. The show is a dark, absurd comedy about coping with chaos and a Giant Eyeball. Life is full of horrifying surprises and unbearably important choices. Hopelessness is awkward, and probably a trick.

FROM THE PRESS, 8/2/2013:

"laced with meta-theatrics and non sequiturs"
"a solid cast seems at home in this nebulous Neverland. They coax a good number of laughs out of the script with sheer technique" -- Pioneer Press


"Playwright Annie Scott Riley takes on some dense, weighty ideas in this comedy about people waiting to voluntarily and clinically kill themselves. Is therapy just a game to keep humans functioning on the wheel of commerce? Is there a spiritual path to enlightenment? Maybe it’s the therapist who is a psychopath. John Middleton, Joanna Harmon, Adia Morris and Dave Gangler head a strong cast." -- Star Tribune


Watch the inevitabilities unfold before you:

  • Thursday, August 1 – 8:30pm
  • Saturday, August 3 – 8:30pm
  • Monday, August 5 – 8:30pm
  • Friday, August 9 – 4:00pm
  • Saturday, August 10 – 10:00pm
Learn more about the show and how to get involved with or support the company, which aims to bring local playwrights' commercially viable work to life, at TrustyPaperShip.com.

Cast + crew bios

Dave Gangler

The Warden

You may remember Dave from previous Fringe incidents Around The World In 80 Days in Under 60 Minutes (2007) and The Lifestyle (2010). Outside of the Fringe, you may have seen Dave at Park Square Theatre (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Of Mice and Men, Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure), Torch Theater (Dangerous Liaisons), Jungle Theater (The Rivals), Theatre Pro Rata (Waiting for Godot), Walking Shadow Theatre (Caligula) or some other fabulous theatre… or maybe posting vacation pictures on Facebook. On TV, Dave guest-starred on Angel (WB), The Andy Dick Show (MTV), Freaks and Geeks (Dreamworks/NBC), and Nikki (WB).

You can also catch Dave at the Fringe in Fringe Orphans 2: Fringe Harder or in the upcoming shows Lend Me A Tenor (Pioneer Place on Fifth, Sept. 2013) and Shade’s Brigade: An Original Radio Thriller (Jerome Hill Theatre, August 18th and 25th). If you’re really interested want to see more pictures and video clips of Dave or read his whole résumé or something you can visit his website at gangler.org.

Joanna Harmon

Brianna

Joanna Harmon graduated from the University of MN/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program (class of 2009), where she received training focused on “classic” theater texts. Unexpectedly, she has performed and produced primarily new works since then at a myriad of theaters in the Twin Cities. Year-round, she serves as the Executive Director of Minneapolis-based Live Action Set and leads the company’s pursuit to inspire creativity, speak to the soul, and explore live theater’s distinct potential. Soon see: Live Action Set’s collaboration with the Bedlam Theater called The Big Lowdown, a massive roving adventure around Lowertown St. Paul, at the end of August! Also catch Live Action Set at the MN State Fair with their newest “treteau” piece.This fall, Joanna performs the title role in Charlotte's Web at the Children's Theater.

John Middleton

Doug

John Middleton has participated in the Minnesota Fringe Festival as an actor, playwright, blogger for Minnesota Playlist and dance captain. You may remember him from such Fringe Festival favorites as The Captain and the Dog-Faced Boy, Wonderland, Oil on Canvas, The Art of War, The Damn Audition, Minnesota Middle Finger and Nightmare Without Pants.

Throughout the remainder of the year, you might find John working with a number of Twin Cities theater companies including the Jungle Theater, Torch Theatre, Park Square Theater, Girl Friday Productions, Gremlin Theatre, Joking Envelope, Carlyle Brown and Company, Sandbox Theater and Theater Latte Da.

Adia Morris

Layla

Adia can usually be found reading a book and eating cookies, and that, really, explains everything.

Heather Stone

Indra Meridian

Heather loves being back at the Fringe! So much so, you can catch her in another Fringe show at Mixed Blood, "Ages and Stages" with the GT Players. She is a founding member of Sandbox Theatre and their next show is this fall: This is a World to Live In. www.sandboxtheatreonline.com

Clarence Wethern

Adam

Dubbed an "Artist We Love" by Minnesota Monthly, Clarence Wethern has worked in the Twin Cities film and theatre scenes since relocating from his hometown of New Orleans in 2005. Previously at the MN Fringe, Clarence co-produced and starred in 2011’s acclaimed Star Wars/Hamlet comedy Hamluke and appeared in both Tedious Brief’s Bard Fiction and Ari Hoptman’s Tales...of the Expected! in 2009. Clarence has performed with theatre companies such as Pillsbury House (The Pride), Park Square (King Lear), Workhaus Collective (800 Words), Illusion (Autistic License), Theatre Pro Rata (Killer Joe), and Walking Shadow (Some Girls), among others. He also works regularly in film, commercials, and voice over. You can visit his website at clarencewethern.com or follow @cwethern on Twitter.

Annie Scott Riley

Writer + Producer

Something lurks beneath the collective swamp, and it's pulling down cattails one by one. We sit waiting in our anchored boats with our loved ones, holding each other away from the edges, growing old, growing used to the involuntary rocking. We used to discuss our hypotheses, batting them around from boat to boat like shuttlecocks in the heaviness before a storm, but now, everyone wonders in quiet. You and I have a theory that there's a world down there; a half-world of bent legs and broken cattails and everything we threw overboard. We still don't know the motivations of the culprit. It's okay. We are the enlightened ones. You hold my hand, and together we dream of the strongest winds. Follow Annie on Twitter.

Rob Goudy

Director

As a freelance director, assistant director, and stage manager, Rob has worked with a myriad of companies in the Twin Cities, including the Guthrie, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, the Children’s Theatre Company, Bloomington Civic Theater, Gremlin Theater, Theatre in the Round, and the Minnesota Fringe Festival. Favorite projects include A Christmas Carol and Lost in Yonkers (Guthrie), Sunday in the Park With George (Bloomington Civic), Bach at Leipzig (Gremlin), Bus Stop and The Burial at Thebes (Theatre in the Round), and Maria de Buenos Aires and The Little Prince (Jeune Lune). Rob has known Annie Scott Riley since at least 1994 and is thrilled to finally share a little piece of her brilliant brain with the Twin Cities.

Joelle Coutu

Stage Manager

Joelle Coutu has returned to the world of Stage Management after a minor hiatus where kids and family took center stage. She currently works during the day for Audio Logic Systems — an A/V Production and Installation Company — as their Front Office Manger arranging schedules, equipment, and other bits and pieces. Joelle is delighted to be working with this company on new work that at times expands the horizons of normalcy.

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