Ordway
Ordway
Drama

The Confederate

By Greater Productions
Written by Andy Gullikson
Mixed Blood Theatre

Historical content
Warnings:
Just so you know, this show has Violence, Adult language.


In 1961, Stanley Milgram conducted the most controversial psychological experiment known to science. With help of his new "confederate," Jim McDonough, the world was forever changed, for better... or for worse.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16 and up.


 Thursday, 7/31 @ 5:30 p.m.
 
 Saturday, 8/2 @ 10:00 p.m.
 
 Sunday, 8/3 @ 7:00 p.m.
 
 Thursday, 8/7 @ 8:30 p.m.
 
 Saturday, 8/9 @ 2:30 p.m.
 
 Sunday, 8/10 @ 8:30 p.m.
 
Read the reviews

An important and entertaining work

by Greg Hernandez on August 12, 2014
This user has reviewed 13 shows

Thought provoking and expertly rendered production. They deserved the encore show that was awarded them. So glad I made it to this one.


Shocking

by August Berkshire on August 10, 2014
This user has reviewed 52 shows

Tough to do a play about an experiment this well known, but the author and actors brought new information to light and treated what we already knew in a fresh way.


Absorbing

by Jane Telleen on August 9, 2014
This user has reviewed 1 show

Well acted, great script, important topic. Gives a nuanced view of an important historic situation.


Excellence

by Whitney Swaner on August 9, 2014
This user has reviewed 1 show

Intense, intellectual, and impressive. I pity anyone who missed this show this year. The writing, direction, and performances were all spectacular. I walked out of the theater speechless and intrigued. I'm grateful to have seen this show and look forward to the playwright's next piece!


Difficult Drama (in a good sort of way)

by Paul Mattes on August 8, 2014
This user has reviewed 10 shows

Based on the previews, I had high expectations for this show, and they were *almost* met. The lead performance was excellent, but it was let down by other, weaker performances and a bit of over-staging at the beginning. Still, this is a difficult and important topic to present, and I admire the company for doing it.


Important Show

by Jake Sullivan on August 8, 2014
This user has reviewed 1 show

Confederate is a deftly worded, tightly plotted, and socially important show with a hefty impact left upon the audience. Krueger excels as the amiably Jim, and the supporting cast shows masterful nuances to their acting, in their many roles. The only place The Confederate stumbles is in reliance upon Krueger's personable character, so much so that any amount of dialogue longer than a few sentences seems 'drawn out', though to no fault of the actors. The text simply puts to much emphasis on narration. However, the show is a MUST SEE for every Fringe go-er and innocent bystander alike. Its message will never be obsolete, and you WILL leave the show with much thinking to do. Would you say no?


Great. Serious drama. Well acted.

by Nick and Rosie Heille on August 8, 2014
This user has reviewed 28 shows

A historical drama in the vein of Twilight Zone is what playwright Andy Gullikson, has given us in Confererate. Zac Delventhal, the play's main character, asks questions that probe as Rod Serling's did when he introduced a Twilight Zone episode. The play makes you think. It asks, are ready to stop the abuse. To say: "No!" to those who say: "To continue you must inflict pain.".


Art in its purest form

by Clayton Rutschow on August 8, 2014
This user has reviewed 1 show

It's so rare that an art form, be it a painting, music, or in this case, a show, goes beyond simply entertaining its audiences and truly impacts them, and I feel it's safe to say The Confederate accomplishes this in a way that's undeniable. From start to finish, the play is riveting. It engrosses you with an expertly presented concept, brought to life by wonderful and vivid performances from each member of the cast. It's clear how much time and effort was invested by all involved, and the end result is nothing short of spectacular in a show that will have you utterly gripped but still contemplating an integral part of human nature from a very real portion of our own history.

Fantastic show. Go see it


Great Show.

by Tom Coleman on August 8, 2014
This user has reviewed 4 shows

This is a very powerful show. I didn't know much about the events going in and it was extremely interesting and telling. Great performances from all involved. I really liked the point of view in which the show was presented. Go see this show if you can!


On My Shortlist

by Kevin Bowen on August 8, 2014
This user has reviewed 5 shows

This play is on my short list for the best show I've seen at the Fringe this year (9 so far). All of the actors did a great job, but Robb Krueger was particularly compelling in the lead role. Congratulations to everyone involved with this show for creating a very nice piece of theater!


The Perfect Show

by ben berry on August 8, 2014
This user has reviewed 1 show

When one invests, endeavors, or embarks on an undertaking such as which Fringe Show to see on a time-constrained schedule, they are beset upon by the overwhelming breadth and depth of the variety of shows available to them. One aspires to take in a show full of life, full of laughter, and full of an ultimately thought-provoking nature. This is, more than any, a show that not only fulfills every expectation, but exceeds them. The laughs are genuine. The gasps are genuine. The prevailing thought is one of unerring defiance in the face of what seems so sterile and certain an outcome. This is a show that you will need to think about for hours and hours before discussing. This a show that preoccupies your mind for the foreseeable future. See it


Flawed but still very compelling.

by Ariel Lopez on August 8, 2014
This user has reviewed 12 shows

I was really conflicted about this one.

I really had problems with the show's structure. There is a LOT of narrative exposition: this either should have been a one man show, or the play should have had more character interaction. The show opens with a stylized dance scene: it didn't fit and should have either been cut entirely, or developed throughout the play. In these and other things, the show felt like it couldn't make hard artistic choices.

However, there's something deeply poetic about artistically retelling an experiment quantifying humanity's capacity for evil. The show is thought-provoking, beautifully performed, and there is some haunting and wonderful stagecraft here. I honestly wish I could have overlooked the problems.

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See It

by Gene Bard on August 7, 2014
This user has reviewed 7 shows

Well acted in every part. I've read and heard stories about psychological experiments where one person applies electric shock when the other person doesn't answer the question correctly. This play adds a huge amount of depth to those experiments. What are the feelings of the experimenter, the victim, the torturer? Through this play you begin to understand. I've seen about 25 shows and only rated a few with five stars. I hope you will find it so for you.


Enjoyed every anxious minute

by Corrinne Fiedler on August 7, 2014
This user has reviewed 32 shows

Even though I was fairly well aware of the experiments, this script provided depth and emotion by being told through the voice of the confederate. Well drawn characters, and clear reminders of the intent of the experiments made this one of my favorite this year. Like other reviewers, I tend to appreciate the 'true story' scripts.


Riveting!

by Charles Greenman on August 7, 2014
This user has reviewed 1 show

Of all the shows I've seen so far this one held my attention and interest from start to finish. This made me question myself, my values and 'what would I do", which I think was the point. I urge you to make this show a priority. Best of Fringe for me!


Ambitious And Successful

by Joseph Scouten on August 7, 2014
This user has reviewed 1 show

The writing is sharp- subtle, but clear. The acting is astounding. The subject is important, and the perspective on it unique. This is an extremely ambitious play that absolutely lives up to its own aspirations. Thinking about seeing it? See it.


Social Science History on Stage

by Jordan Thompson on August 7, 2014
This user has reviewed 27 shows

Krueger was stellar in this fantastically written play; I was superbly impressed by his acting. The Confederate plays out something like an hour long monologue with supporting actors, but it all works so well together that I was enthralled the entire time. The beginning made me nervous, but by the end I was won over. Kudos to the cast and crew on a huge success, and for bringing more attention to this crucial moment of social science history.


Powerful show

by tasha constance on August 7, 2014
This user has reviewed 3 shows

This script blew me away. It's rare that you learn a piece of history AND are treated to a top-notch acting job by the lead actor. I'm telling everyone to go see this one.


Blew my mind!

by Thomas Lorendo on August 7, 2014
This user has reviewed 4 shows

I went into this not completely knowing the concept. Once the show started I knew the "experiment" that they were talking about. The actors did a phenomenal job in this show. The use of lighting to show the different parts of this mans life were well executed (no pun intended). Great direction during the whole piece. The show kept your attention and didn't let up!!!!! This is the true meaning of drama, so be ready for the dramatic experience to blow your mind!


Confederate

by Deb juliano on August 6, 2014
This user has reviewed 1 show

The story was totally believable and moving. Characters were developed and very seasoned. Made me want to see more of the Fringe performances, since this was magnificent. Robb was superb, and projected with no problem of knowing exactly what he was saying. Felt like I was at a Broadway play, well produced and performed. Thank you


Disturbing but powerful

by Carey L. on August 5, 2014
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Anyone who's taken a psych class has heard about the Milgrim experiment, but this really takes it home and uncovers just how disturbing it was. It's sometimes hard to sit through, but if you can manage it it's a great trainride.


Sucker for "Based on a True Story"

by Jean Wolff on August 5, 2014
This user has reviewed 8 shows

If you, like me, enjoy tales that are based on actual events, then you won't want to miss The Confederate. This small, talented cast brings this interesting story to life. Very well done. Recommended.


Wow

by Sarah Lanners on August 5, 2014
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Andy Gullikson's writing and Robb Krueger's acting do an amazing job of bringing this alarming, intriguing, and horrifying true story to life. The three supporting actors, Matt Briggs, Reba Clamp, and Zac Delventhal show great versatility in their numerous roles, and the show keeps audiences engaged throughout. A very important piece that will surely make audiences reflect upon themselves and their own ideals.


Amazing

by Joe Levine on August 5, 2014
This user has reviewed 1 show

Thought provoking, emotionally moving, and all around amazing.

I recommend seeing it without looking into what it's about, it made the experience extra awesome.


Inspires Conversation

by Nick Wolf on August 5, 2014
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Strong direction and solid writing. Robb Krueger drives this story with the support of the ensemble. The Confederate explores the morality of the Millgram experiment without serving a moral. See this show with a friend and discuss. It does what good theater should, starts a conversation.


Beautiful work all around.

by Callie Meiners on August 5, 2014
This user has reviewed 9 shows

This is a show that is absolutely beautiful all around. Andy Gullikson's script is absolutely beautiful, amazing, and breath taking. Andy seamlessly weaves a very complicated story, full of detail, dates, and the coming and goings of characters effortlessly. It was thrilling as an audience member to be taken on this journey and never feeling lost or astray. Kudos to you Andy! Please write another show ASAP! Meredith Larson as a fearless director took on this monumental show like a champion, her staging was excellent and seamless. Robb Krueger leads this show into victory and triumph. Robb carries the weight of his show on his back all while looking as if he never broke a sweat. Congrats on an amazing show guys!


Astounding

by Kathy Henderson on August 4, 2014
This user has reviewed 5 shows

I would give this show 5 stars just for the brilliant, intriguing, and thought provoking concept. But on top that, The Confederate also included a beautifully written script, passionate and talented actors, and a clear sense of purpose. I would LOVE to see this be a full length show with more detail that dives even deeper into the subject matter. The Confederate is the best Fringe show I have ever seen.

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Ready for off Broadway

by Erica Crawford on August 4, 2014
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Well done cast and crew! Very professional. But is a dark subject and Pollyanna's should probably skip it, but if that doesn't describe you Don't Miss It!!

1 person found this review helpful


One of the best

by Ellen DeLuca on August 4, 2014
This user has reviewed 3 shows

The Confederate is one of the best Fringe shows I have ever seen. It is very sobering to see such an important show amidst all of the silly comedies (which admittedly I love). The writer had a very clear voice, and while usually recollection type theater can easily get boring, The Confederate did not. Although I think some of the scenes could be rearranged to make the impact a little more powerful, and the ending did not quite reach the conclusion I thought it might, I have to give it five stars. The script and actors were amazing, and after the show they had tears in their eyes as they talked about how much the show meant to them. It is a realizing story about the nature of people - A MUST-SEE. Outstanding performances from the whole cast.


Capturing script - smooooooth staging

by Laura Thaisen on August 4, 2014
This user has reviewed 1 show

Two things left me with a five-star impression:

1) The script was impeccable. It was easy to follow while simultaneously making you think and debate about the controversies brought up. The presentation of the story was downright clever, and was carried effortlessly by the lead actor, Robb Krueger.

2) The staging was CLEAN and SMOOTH. It was a relief to see something well-staged, with simple transitions that didn't pull focus or delay action. The direction was beautifully simple, allowing the script to take charge and the on-stage talent to work seamlessly - but there were some well-placed moments of complex and artful blocking (that opening minute!!)

Definitely a show to see this Fringe!

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The Confederate

by Kay Steffenson on August 4, 2014
This user has reviewed 1 show

Great performance with excellent writing!! Kept me captivated and led to much thought provoking discussion after. A must see.


Incredible

by Jacob Gulliver on August 4, 2014
This user has reviewed 4 shows

This show was truly wonderful. The performances were fantastic all around, and the story was well told and flowed very well. Be sure to catch this one.


Go see it!

by Helene Barcelo on August 3, 2014
This user has reviewed 4 shows

As a scientist, I was very interested in how they were going to approach the Milgram experiment. The show was extremely well written and the acting was excellent. I felt for Jim through the entire play. Yeah fantastic acting all around. See it!

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Powerful, well-done must-see

by Greg Abbott on August 3, 2014
This user has reviewed 5 shows

This performance was mesmerizing
The script was so smart and Robb Krueger delivered a masterful performance.
This is a must-see.


Brave and Excellently Done

by Cynthia Hornbeck on August 3, 2014
This user has reviewed 1 show

Well directed and well acting, this play fearlessly encounters a psychologically horrifying experiment and the dark aspects of human nature it revealed.… I recommend that everyone see it. A small critique, however: the play is about someone essentially acting, and yet more could have been done with the metatheatrical dimension. Also, the action takes a while to build. Finally, some acknowledgement of the current skepticism about Milgram's results could have been expressed in the play or the program. There is a lot of controversy about the experiment, and I think the scientific response to the experiment might have been better addressed.
That said, it is probably one of the best pieces in Fringe.


Compelling and thought provoking

by Abby Gray on August 3, 2014
This user has reviewed 1 show

The Confederate provided a thrilling and compelling look into the Milgram experiments, and should not be missed. There was never a dull moment, and I left the show wanting to know more. The perspective of the show was fantastic. Put The Confederate at the top of your list, make sure to see it.


Must see

by Missy H on August 3, 2014
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Andy Gullikson's script is a beautiful and honest look at humanity. This psychological historical event is brought to life in Gullikson's words and the heart wrenching performance by Robb Krueger as the family man Jim McDonough. This honest protrayed struggle with the state of humanity against the stoic Zac Delventhal as Jack Williams makes the story come to life and truly makes you think of what you would do. I almost didn't make this show as I was coming all the way from the Illusion theatre, I am very glad I made it. A must see


Interesting, But A Little Slow

by Mark Long on August 3, 2014
This user has reviewed 34 shows

This is very well-acted and well-written. It's a little slow, but is has an interesting story. Give it a shot.

1 person found this review helpful


Reverse psychology

by Karen Ellery on August 3, 2014
This user has reviewed 2 shows

A personal look at a well-known & groundbreaking experiment in psychology, this piece will have you re-examining what you think you know about history, humans, and the problem of evil. Fine performances by Robb Krueger & Matt Briggs bring forth memorable characters & highly charged situations with grace & depth. Excellent shape & pacing are afforded by director Meredith Larson, who keeps the energy focused throughout long monologues & quick changes. Definitely should be on you Fringe "must see" list.


Powerful portrayal of historical event

by William Sikorski on August 3, 2014
This user has reviewed 6 shows

A visceral portrayal of a controversial 1960's psychological experiment by Stanley Milgram meant to show that humans can be driven to commit heinous acts by an authority figure (e.g., holocaust/Hitler). Cleverly, the play is told from the point of view of the person hired to play the "victim" in these experiments and focuses on the psychological and emotional trauma on himself and the test subjects (this experiment resulted in a tightening of the rules governing human tests). The acting was solid, the story was moving, and the show had enough humor to balance the weighty subject matter.


Incredibly Well Executed

by Kyle Dekker on August 3, 2014
This user has reviewed 6 shows

I was enthralled by this play from start to finish. Andy Gullikson has written an outstanding script that tells a brutal and heartfelt story. The script never misses a beat and keeps moving along with the characters.

The performances were equally impressive. Robb Kruger was more than up to the task of portraying the conflicted and tortured Jim McDonough. The supporting cast played off Mr. Kruger very well and did an excellent job tackling many costume and set changes.

Every aspect of this show was well executed and thought out, costumes, set design and blocking were all top notch. Make time to see this show.

1 person found this review helpful


Engrossing and thought-provoking

by Megrat Chmieme on August 2, 2014
This user has reviewed 3 shows

If you aren't familiar with the experiment and it's aftermath, take a minute to read a paragraph or two, because the show assumes some existing knowledge. It is more of a deep dive into the psyche of an overlooked participant in the story who saw the damage he was doing, but did it anyway. And a less deep but still fascinating profile of the experimenter who became intoxicated by his own power and went "off script" with devasting results.

There are places the script could be tighter and the opening scene seemed to come from a much weaker show, but it picked up steam quickly and stayed there, with strong performances and a deft handling of tough, dark subject matter. Envious of those who get to see it in it's intended lighting.

1 person found this review helpful


Could have been better.

by Corey DiNardo on August 1, 2014
This user has reviewed 9 shows

The lighting board failed which threw me off as well as the cast. The lead was very capable and often compelling. I say that it could have been better because I know what this director and what (some of) this cast is capable of. Some scenes dragged, some flowed well. There was a good amount of attention paid to atmosphere but I really think that the lights being broken threw everyone off to take what could have had 4 or 5 stars down to a 3-star performance.

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mediocre - dragged

by frayed edge on August 1, 2014
This user has reviewed 33 shows

I don't caveat reviews, but the lighting system failed-possibly throwing off the cast. 3 is giving this show the benefit of the doubt- i saw a 2.

interesting concept and point of view for story telling, however the show dragged. individual scenes were intermittently wonderful, but the overall script and/or direction lacked dramatic build.

performances were solid for fringe, with several cast members switching between characters well, albeit with some accent bloopers.

small crowd gave standing ovation. orange lanyards stayed seated.

5-amazing theater-see it. now.
4-must see fringe-make time
3-average fringe-worth seeing
2-mediocre fringe-don't bother
1-bad fringe- no.
0-no. warn others.

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Dark. x2. In a great way.

by Xander Castro on July 31, 2014
This user has reviewed 1 show

So the lighting was a bit challenging, but the the ambiance that was set and back lighting of the "experiment zone" was pretty fantastic - so win for tonights show! I am sure the staged tech would be even better! More importantly, the attitude was perfect. It was really great watching the different phases that Jim went through as a part of the experiment. Really enjoyed the show!!

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unexpected, awesome

by Ray Klahr on July 31, 2014
This user has reviewed 3 shows

This psyc grad student loved the unique perspective and story told. The acting and script were great. Some parts are a bit uncomfortable to watch (tense material). Despite the lighting difficulties, the cast shined.

3 people found this review helpful


a look at what we're capable of

by Andy Clayton on July 31, 2014
This user has reviewed 3 shows

...and what knowledge of that can do to us. Great acting and a different, fascinating perspective on the experiment most have heard of. Might want to schedule a comedy after to avoid being lost to brooding; the show is heavy in a great way.

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Cast and crew

Andy Gullikson

Producer/Writer

Andy Gullikson returns to the Minnesota Fringe Festival on the other side of the stage as a first time writer and producer. Andy graduated from MN State, Mankato in 2011 with a BFA in Acting, and has since been involved in past Fringe Festival shows including The Selkie, Robot Lincoln: The Revengeance, Astrolibrary, and Behind the Bigtop. Current projects include the web series Super Academy and Six Elements Theatre’s Human Combat Chess at the Historic Wesley Center. He is overly excited to see his work come to life, and cannot thank his cast, crew, and the Minnesota Fringe Festival enough.

Meredith Larson

Director

Meredith Larson is pleased to return for her third year directing for the MN Fringe Festival. Last year she directed Professor Hotrail and the Time-Traveling Meth Lab, and the year before that directed Behind the Big Top. When she isn't collaborating for Fringe, Meredith works for Stages Theatre Company as a teacher for their Conservatory and Summer Programs. As a performer, she has worked with Walking Shadow Theatre Company, MN Opera, Six Elements Theatre Company, Stages Theatre Company, Classical Actors Ensemble, 20% Theatre Company, and more. "Time to play!"

Hannah Lee Des Marais

Costumer

Hannah is happily working on her fourth Fringe Season! Thankfully her busy education at Minnesota State University, Mankato has prepared her for her three different shows in the Fringe Festival this summer. Make sure you check out all her work in Someday, Wine Productions’ #relationshipstatus, Greater Productions’ The Confederate (both at Mixed Blood) and Forgotten Goddess’s Bang Bang, Miss American Pie (at Intermedia Arts.) Hannah would like to thank her family for all their support and love. Check out more of her work here: facebook.com/hannahlee26

Robb Krueger

James "Jim" McDonough

Robb Krueger recently returned to the Twin Cities from Minnesota State University, Mankato, with his MFA in Theatre clutched tightly in one hand while waving his Acting Resume with the other. While at MSU some of his favorite roles were Lord Nicia in The Mandrake, George in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and John Barrymore in I Hate Hamlet. In the Twin Cities he has appeared as the Rev. Anthony Anderson in The Devil's Disciple at Theatre in the Round, as Antonio in The Tempest with Cromulent Shakespeare Company. He was composer, lyricist and music director for the 2011 Minneapolis Fringe Festival production of Robot Lincoln: The Revengeance and the 2013 Minneapolis Fringe Festival production of Shine. Last Christmas he appeared as Joe Ivy in Christmas and Cold Feet with the Seasons Players, and he was seen most recently as Malvolio in Twelfth Night, a co-production of Green T Productions and Chameleon Theatre Circle. Robb is also an avid composer, lyricist and playwright. He makes killer cheesecake.

Zac Delventhal

John "Jack" Williams

Zac is an actor, fighter and theatre artist who grew up all over the east coast and lives these days in Saint Paul. Recently you may have seen him performing in Six Elements Theatre’s Human Combat Chess, Broceliande, and Much Ado About Nothing; in Tedious Brief Production’s The Final Act; in Huge Improv’s Off Book; or in Mystery Cafe’s Dead Celebrity Love Boat. He received his BFA in Acting from CCSU in Connecticut and would like to thank his wife Laura for her support and seemingly inexhaustible patience.

Reba Clamp

Elinor/Diane/Kathryn

Reba is feeling a bit nostalgic as her very first project in the Twin Cities was in the MN Fringe Festival, and she is so excited to be a part of it again. She is a 2011 graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University with a BFA in Theatre Arts and a BA in Vocal Music. Recent Twin Cities credits include Carol in Orpheus Descending with Six Elements Theatre, Minneapolis Musical Theatre's Sunset Boulevard, as well as Mom! the Musical & Return to the Forbidden Planet with Chameleon Theatre Circle. Visitwww.rebaclamp.com for more info about her and her upcoming project in the MN Shorts Festival.

Matt Briggs

Alan/Harold

Matt Briggs is thrilled to be returning to the MN Fringe to present such thought-provoking work with so many talented artists! Matt is a graduate of UW-Stevens Point's BFA acting program. When he's not acting, he works as a case manager at Proact Inc. in Eagan, where he has the opportunity to stage full theatrical performances starring adults with disabilities.

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