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August 1–11, 2013 / Minneapolis

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Charles Mee's "Gone"

Something different /

By Trouveres Theatrics

Directed by Shadow Zimmerman

From Northfield, MN

A multidisciplinary storytelling experiment, “Gone” mirrors a tale of loss and love with our relationship to technology in today's connected world. A charitable production, all profits benefit Barefoot College.

Physical theater/Clowning, Storytelling/Spoken word

Audience participation, Multimedia, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer

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

Friday, 8/2 8:30 p.m.
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Sunday, 8/4 4:00 p.m.
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Monday, 8/5 8:30 p.m.
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Wednesday, 8/7 10:00 p.m.
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Saturday, 8/10 5:30 p.m.
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1420 Washington Ave. S

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Audience reviews

strong performers with good chemistry

By Nichole N. / August 9, 2013
This user has reviewed 11 shows

There are definitely some scripting issues happening; it gets a bit wordy at times, though the choice of texts were good. The actors and visual aesthetics, however, make this show worth seeing. They are engaging performers with clear verbal and physical skill and great chemistry on stage. The show manages to be funny, charming, and heartbreaking in turns. I would recommend this one.

Missed Opportunity

By Steve Soler / August 7, 2013
This user has reviewed 6 shows

The script itself was very cool. I didn't enjoy the execution of it. There may have been too many technical elements (lights, sound, props, costumes) getting in the way of just telling the story (stories).

There were some cool movement pieces, which were my favorite parts of this particular production, which is unfortunate because the script should have been the coolest part, with the movement enhancing the storytelling.

I had a very tough time understanding Tamara, picking up only about half of what she said. I could hear Nick unless he was wearing a mask, then I couldn't understand a single word.

What technology?

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

This one did absolutely nothing for me. I felt these two fine actors were trapped with a dry, mostly uninteresting script, and asked to dance in sequences that were irreverent to the rest of the show. I liked the limited use of technology that was present, but even that failed to deliver.


By Amelia Kritzer / August 4, 2013
This user has reviewed 12 shows

After an introduction stressing the importance of technology in the show, there wasn't really much. The cellphone bit didn't work. Most of the vignettes centered on classic relationship issues--or, I should say, one classic relationship issue: the guy who can't reach beyond his own viewpoint.

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By Scott Pakudaitis / August 3, 2013
This user has reviewed 40 shows

From the opening candlelit moments to the final lights out, I was riveted by this moving meditation on relationships and connectedness in our modern world. The chemistry between the actors was palpable, and their performances sublime.

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Not cohesive

By Jeb Hagan / August 8, 2013
This user has reviewed 4 shows

I thoroughly understand and enjoy stories that are told out of order. I don't even mind characters that change, or parallel stories. What happened here is that an interesting love story about conflict and crossed expectations got bogged down in lots of business with props, masks, literary speeches, cell phone gimmicks, and bits of dance, none of which had anything to do with the story or the characters.

I didn't get it

By Richard Jackson / August 6, 2013
This user has reviewed 55 shows

As a theater-goer, I don't leave my intellect at home. But I do look first for emotional connection. I want theater to move me. Laughter or tears and anything in between. I found the staging interesting and some of the language was gorgeous, but I never made an emotional connection.

Good Acting

By Kevin Bowen / August 5, 2013
This user has reviewed 4 shows

This show was quite different from the kind of plays I usually see, but kept my attention. I thought the set pieces could have been a little more interesting, but the acting by Tamara Titsworth and Nick Wolf was solid. I also liked their cell phone notion.


By Mark Forgy / August 4, 2013
This user has reviewed 2 shows

I thought this play offered a thoughtful look at how technology is a behavior modifier. It was an almost Techo-Greek drama, theater masks-meet-fiber optics. Nick Wolf turned in a compelling performance; an actor on the rise in my view. Gone deserves attention.

Experimental Theatre Must-See

By Laura Mason / August 3, 2013
This user has reviewed 11 shows

This show deserves a much bigger audience!!
If you like theatre pieces that are a bit more experimental and challenge you to figure out the piece while you're watching it, then Gone will be right up your alley! However, it's not just theatre for the sake of doing theatre; the multiple characters/personas the two actors portray are very real and fleshed out. Although the piece was pretty non-sequitur at times, the storyline was endearing.
Very enjoyable show!

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Lots of talk

By Michael Reedy / August 8, 2013
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Too much talk and not enough connection. Interesting premise, but it floated away on a cloud of words. Could have told the story in 20 minutes. Needed a spark.

Loved the dance scenes

By Kris Sieg / August 5, 2013
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Moments of great power and angst as the two friends/lovers try to relate to each other.


By Eric Salo / August 5, 2013
This user has reviewed 56 shows

This show just left me flat. Nothing about it suggested "technology" as an issue beyond the program notes. The dance numbers seemed rather pointless. The masks were an annoyance. And the story (such as it was) was just sadness for the sake of sadness without supplying reason for the audience to care. I get that the segments were nonlinear and intentionally contradictory, I just don't see how that's supposed to generate any connection from an audience.

Absolute must!

By Stacey Sogard / August 3, 2013
This user has reviewed 7 shows

I was super intrigued to see this show based on the trailer and production photos (fire! masks! light-up hoodies!), and it did not disappoint! Wonderful performances by both actors kept me captivated the entire time. Nick Wolf is fantastic at bringing very different energy to each character, and Tamara Titsworth really shone during her movement pieces. Also loved the infusion of music and lighting effects. Palpable chemistry and poignant scenes that had me tearing up at one point. Get to the Southern!

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Background information + more

-- Production photos by Emanuel Suarez --

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Special Thanks:

Mickey Morstad; John Carroll; Lori Sturdevant; Martin Vos; Lucas Vasquez; Thomas Newman; Mustafa Hassan; Emanuel Suarez; Clairanne Godfrey; Aisha and Adam Ragheb; and the staff of the Hennepin County Library System, the Black Bear Crossings on Lake Como, the Common Roots Cafe, and Lunds & Byerly's. And everyone else we may have forgotten on this list -- our apologies! We couldn't have done this without all of you!


-- All sound cues were sculpted using songs and sound clips within the Creative Commons --

Sound clips from these films were utilized: "Bird of Paradise"; "It's a Wonderful Life"; "Indiscretion of an American Wife"; and "Penny Serenade".

The following sound clips were found on www.freesound.org:
"burg_guillaume_2012_13_son3.wav" by univ_lyon3
"display_magnetic_field.flac" by esa-petri
"Bus124_a.wav" by Touch Assembly
"Bus Polish 'Jelcz'" by ermfilm
"Bus.wav" by Paper Jam
"Kitchen_Tuning FM Radio.mp3" by CGEffex
"radio_static.wav" by jascha23
"Bug Zapper_Long moth electrocution.wav" by CGEffex

Some clips from the following songs were utilized, as found on www.soundcloud.com:
"Demacia News Theme" by Dante Ax
"Echo Base PT2399 delay pedal on Hohner Pianet T" by MusicThing
"At Last" by Shena Malsiana -- a rendition of the Etta James classic
"Crave You (The Rebirth)" by Connor Cogswell
Beethoven's Triple Concerto

Cast + crew bios

Shadow Zimmerman


Shadow is the founder of Trouveres Theatrics. A proud, native Minnesotan, Shadow currently lives in Northfield, MN, and is planning a move to the coolest parts of the Twin Cities. A graduate of St. Olaf College and Walden University, he is enrolled in the University of Plymouth's Transart Institute MFA Program. He is interested in ancient theatrical forms, physical theatre, puppetry and maskwork, and the role of technology in live theatre. As a professional lighting designer and director, he looks forward to a continued career in the Twin Cities, and is excited for the opportunity to embrace his Fringe debut!

Emelia Carroll

Assistant Director/Stage Manager

Emelia's theater interest began at birth with her family's involvement with Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church's annual Nativity show. She was a shepherd who dreamed to be the "child singing shepherd" one day. Alas, the show was discontinued in 2000. She dried her tears and threw herself into musical theater opportunities and Children's Theater Saturday classes. With her angsty teenage years came an abandonment of musical theater, interest in non-musical theater, and in directing as well as acting. Southwest High School's unconventional mastermind Chris Fisher nurtured this dark turn, and Emelia owes much of her early exposure to weird theater stuff to Fish. At St. Olaf College, Emelia squeezed her way into student directed shows and directing classes. Now she's graduated, with an eye toward law school, and loving any theater opportunities she can get. She likes absurd theater.

Nick Wolf


Nick Wolf is an actor and fight choreographer from St. Paul. He is a graduate of the Johnny Carson School of Theater and Film at The University of Nebraska- Lincoln. Since returning to the Twin Cities Nick has performed in: Black Dirt Theater’s Resurrection, Table Salt Productions’ After the Apple Festival, Moonlight Starlight, The Northern Light and The Ivory Tower at the 2012 MN Fringe Festival. Nick is an active Actor Combatant in the Society of American Fight Directors and recently appeared in Six Element Theater’s Human Combat Chess. Nick is excited to return to the MN Fringe Festival in Gone.

Tamara Titsworth


Tamara Titsworth is excited to be performing in her first Minnesota Fringe Festival production! She is a singer/dancer/actor with a passion for physical theatre and new works. Tamara acquired her B.A. Theatre Arts and music minor from Concordia College Moorhead where she developed a love of wearing many theatrical hats. Some of her non performance experience includes: stage management, hair/makeup design, choreography, community directing, and costuming. Tamara has had the opportunity to work with many local companies including: Skylark Opera, Freshwater Theatre, Savage Umbrella, Urban Samurai, and Loudmouth Collective. A big thank you to those who continue to support the arts!

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