Ordway
Ordway
Drama

11:11

By SaMi Productions
Created by Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha
U of M Rarig Center Arena

Warnings:
Just so you know, this show has Adult language, Sexual Content.


One morning, a 2 ton car gets hit by a 10 ton truck, launching a woman's full-scale battle with the concept of time. Told through a series of connected vignettes, 11:11 explores this complicated relationship.

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


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

Not Afraid to Tell their Stories

by Tania Legvold on August 10, 2014
This user has reviewed 1 show

Characters in 11:11 share moving, extremely personal stories. Moments in time that shifted their lives, and give us hope and a chance to, perhaps, act differently in our own lives. I loved the use of space and bodily interpretations of Acts of God or club scenes, yoga class or the school hallway. Though not necessarily completely fluid, the show's common thread of 'each creator's personal story' works well enough so we stay invested to the show and involved in each story.


Magic for your soul

by David Trudeau on August 9, 2014
This user has reviewed 37 shows

Deftly written, directed and acted this piece comes full circle upon itself in a stunning conclusion. A most enriching experience.


Fractured

by David Rust on August 8, 2014
This user has reviewed 26 shows

My brain kept trying to relate all the different vignettes together but that was mostly because three of them had direct ties. I'm still not sure if the rest go together. Each, however, was powerfully acted. Very moving work, indeed! Excellent use of the arena space. But because there were no clear connections, except for a few, I kept trying to draw connections and, thereby, got distracted. It could be that I was just missing something. Still, I have to say this was a good show. I enjoyed it. It's solid.


Enjoyed the Show

by Thomas Moore on August 8, 2014
This user has reviewed 3 shows

This was a well polished show and a joy to watch. Solid performances throughout, but particularly from Iverson and Garton. Wilson's compositions were also well appreciated. They were effective and complementary without being distracting.


Outstanding!

by David Woolley on August 8, 2014
This user has reviewed 9 shows

By turns playful, funny, wistful, and heart-rending. Rarely at the Fringe have I seen actors so and utterly and convincingly committed to their roles - which is particularly impressive given that each of them played several completely different characters in the various vignettes. I didn't want it to end.

I do agree with an earlier reviewer who wrote that the exposition at the end was a bit too much. We didn't need all of that; the stories spoke for themselves. But that's a minor thing. I can recommend this show wholeheartedly.


Didn't know what to expect

by Nate Farley on August 7, 2014
This user has reviewed 4 shows

I was moved by this production. It has heart and the acting is strong. I wish the stories had more of visible thread weaving them together. There were some adult moments that had me laughing and cringing and crying. Well done!


Critical Moments

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

I enjoyed this show, and most of the vignettes were well written and well acted. A few of them didn't connect for me, and overall I wish the theme were more present--while I can surmise how they fit together, each scene felt too loosely connected to each other, even by the end. Some of the music was also a little melodramatic. But there's a lot of good happening here.


Theater that works

by Mark Forgy on August 7, 2014
This user has reviewed 4 shows

The edgy notion of a near-death experience inspires this what's - it's - all-out look at life. This thought provoking piece is touching, lively, poignant, funny, and creatively interpreted by a strong ensemble. Actor/director Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha gives the cast the right showcase to display their skills. Jason Garton shines in his performance. The Arena stage at the Rarig is the perfect locale for this play.


Beautifully choreographed

by Alice Doll on August 7, 2014
This user has reviewed 4 shows

The actors gracefully moved through space drawing you into their psyche. Superb writing and acting!


Great Acting But...

by Michael Merriam on August 6, 2014
This user has reviewed 8 shows

The acting in this show is simply wonderful, but the script was too heavy-handed. I felt bludgeoned by the time it was over and I felt the connections between the vignettes were too light. I still think this is a good and worthy show. Go see it for the acting.


Sweet

by Kirsten Stephens on August 6, 2014
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Not so much to do with time as with memory. Very touching vignettes and the performances are strong. Everyone will connect strongly with at least one of the flashback stories that deal with identity, coming of age and the unfairness of life. A couple places began to feel slightly contrived as the message was over-explained, but they passed quickly. A lovely show full of heart and great acting.


simply awesome

by Erik Malm on August 6, 2014
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Powerful, creative, engaging, masterfully shifts between humor and heartache. Worth every penny.


Get the Last Seat Before It's Gone

by Sam Ferree on August 6, 2014
This user has reviewed 12 shows

There are the plays you love and others that move you. For me, it was the latter.

This was a compassionate, funny, intelligent piece about Grief, Love, and Desperation more than Time. It alternates seamlessly between monologues, dialogues, poetry, and occasional rough-housing, all the while staying close to its themes. While there were some parts that were a little heavy handed (and others that were a little hard to follow), I still think this play deserves (and is apparently attracting) a considerable and enthusiastic audience.


Well Executed Production

by Ingrid Fairbrother on August 5, 2014
This user has reviewed 9 shows

This production was emotional and powerful to see. I have seen and worked on numerous devised pieces and many of them are over the top artistic and far too convoluted but this had heart and passion behind it. Besides the incredible performances and youthful energy to the words, the show used the low tech side of Fringe as their biggest asset. With only two chairs and a heavy emphasis on lights, the staging had a hint of physical theatre with strong stage pictures that used the Alley Way stage set up to their advantage. So Bravo to you all.


Sit back and go with it

by Corrinne Fiedler on August 5, 2014
This user has reviewed 32 shows

Lovely choreography, engaging company, super storytelling. The vignettes were interesting, and could have benefited from just a bit more coordination. Without the coordination, it seems a little too close to skits, rather than the emotional experience to which it seemed to be aiming.


Sorry But Overrated

by Sarah Lawrence-Lupton on August 5, 2014
This user has reviewed 6 shows

I love the concept behind this play snd I appreciate the vignettes as personal stories but much of it felt cliche. I was particularly disturbed by the preachy synopsis at the very end- as if we cpildn't draw our own conclusions. The choreography kept it interesting. Ok for Fringe but the storytelling was very amateur.


Lovely Time

by Nick Wolf on August 4, 2014
This user has reviewed 5 shows

I saw 11:11 during its 10 o’clock slot Sunday and it was the perfect end to the first weekend of the Fringe. Starting with Sara Pillatzki- Warzeha’s poetic prologue these vignettes are wonderfully performed with a strong personal connection by the actors. I would absolutely recommend seeing this show, especially in the fast pace of the Fringe Festival, running from venue to venue, it is great to see a show that reminds us to maybe slow down and cherish the little moments in life.


Existential reality is your uniqueness

by Nick and Rosie Heille on August 4, 2014
This user has reviewed 28 shows

Play scenes written by and acted by same actors. Scenes that capture those moments and describe for the audience of how they came of age. As 'an-elder-at-the-table' all I can say is welcome to adulthood. There many more to come.


11:11

by Gary Jader on August 4, 2014
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Amazing little piece of theatre. Raw and authentic. Touching. The best show I've seen this year.


A Theatrical Success That Is No Accident

by Kevin Bowen on August 4, 2014
This user has reviewed 5 shows

The fact that this show succeeds is no accident. For starters, it features a stellar cast (Sara-Pillatzki-Warzeha, Jason Garton, Jill Damske Iverson and Yvonne Ingrid Freese). Add to that Sara's wonderful directing, which makes full use of the in-the-round arena setting. Top that off with creative lighting design, poignant, from-the-heart storytelling and a compelling score by Nick Wilson, and you have a can't miss evening of theater. Put this one on your must see list - the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Cherry & Spoon did!

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Great story!

by Anthony Rohr on August 4, 2014
This user has reviewed 1 show

From curtain to bows this show kept me engaged throughout. This thought provoker was delivered seamlessly by the talented cast. Emotions ran both high and low while touching, hilarious, and moving vignettes explored the often complicated nature of time and our brief role navigating the sands. I certainly didn't waste mine seeing this gem and neither will you! Congratulations on a fantastic show to all involved.


When Time Stands Still

by Robert Yarwood on August 4, 2014
This user has reviewed 4 shows

The residual trauma that sits beneath the consciousness from a sudden loss is the subject of this character driven show. Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha directs an ensemble of actors in well performed vignettes depicting pivotal, personal experiences. The sudden loss, the unexpected consequence, uncontrollable events and just plain bad luck are the haunting subjects of these performances. As an audience member I felt the passion and pain between the lines that put me in touch with my own vulnerability. My scabs too will heal. Private
as my thoughts are...I felt that they read my mind. 11:11 is an uplifting show of transcendence. I recommend it highly.

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Talented Storytelling

by Jacob Edholm on August 4, 2014
This user has reviewed 14 shows

What a top notch delivery by the cast members! They connected to the arena audience in such a smooth way that you actually felt like you were a part of the story. Such a great use of the space. Jill really stood out as the best at making you fully understand each character she played. Serious kudos to the fringe techs for really using the lighting to set the mood and help tell the story.


Wow!

by Andrew Gullikson on August 3, 2014
This user has reviewed 7 shows

The only thing I dislike about this show is that I can't rate it any higher. The acting is some of the best I've seen in the Fringe, and even beyond that. The vignettes flowed together marvelously, and the writing and dialogue was outstanding. The use of the space was creative, and I never felt a vantage point was neglected. Not a weak link to be found anywhere. If you haven't already, put this on the top of your list. Skip whatever else you were planning to see in the Rarig and see this show.


Phenomenal!

by Barbara Torkelson on August 3, 2014
This user has reviewed 16 shows

I thoroughly enjoyed this show.

Extremely well written and beautifully performed.

The last piece made me cry.


Incredible Theatrical Experience

by Ryan Puffer on August 3, 2014
This user has reviewed 1 show

11:11 is a beautiful show that explores the concept of time and the impact that even small moments can have on your life. Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha and her gifted team of actors and writers provide an hour long journey that takes stops at every emotion on the spectrum from hilarious joy to devastation. Although the scenes may not be directly linked to each other, the shared concept of time and the talented and engaging cast of 4 make it so the scenes make sense to be performed together. All the actors get their moments to shine individually and also connect so effortlessly with each other that it is easy to believe the relationships portrayed. All the scenes are memorable and entertaining in their own way. I cannot recommend this show enough

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Great Piece, very well acted

by Manning 85 on August 1, 2014
This user has reviewed 2 shows

This piece was wonderfully touching. In viewing this piece two thing came to mind. One; it is amazing how powerful moments in our life can be performed and shared amongst a talented cast to the audience and allow for visible growth for all involved. Two; Mrs.Pillatzki-Warzeha is an coming force in the mnpl-stp theatre scene. The scenes of this peice are all touching in there own way. At times the scenes feel disjointed since they were written by a variety of authors, but each is poignant. The main through-line of piece is Mrs. Pillatzki-Warzeha's accident and pulls the show together. The casting is led by the astonishing lead author who could have performed the piece as a one-woman show but includes 3 wonderful actors, notably Garton

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Articulate and thought provoking

by Robb Krueger on August 1, 2014
This user has reviewed 17 shows

Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha has done it again. The creator of Thick Chick has once again taken a life-changing experience and put it on stage. This time she and her talented cast have taken a serious car accident Sara was in and use it as a framing device to discuss experiences that change us forever, in an articulate, moving, funny and touching presentation that is simultaneously heart warming and heart breaking. See this show...it will make you think...maybe change your life.


Cast and crew

Yvonne Freese

Actor

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Yvonne Freese is thrilled to be making her Fringe debut in 11:11! Yvonne Freese is a recent graduate of Northern State University, majoring in Musical Theatre and Music Education. She also has been an active participant in basketball and track earning All-American honors in the discus. Her experience includes, appearing on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion and also in his documentary, The Man on the Radio in the Red Shoes Her other theatre credits include Cosette in Les Meserables and Christine in The Phantom of the Opera. Inga in Young Frankenstein and Lady of the Lake in Spamalot, Bat Boy, Midsummer Night's Dream, Xanadu, Dido and Aeneus, The Light in the Piazza, The Drowsy Chaperone, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Legally Blonde.

Jason Garton

Actor

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He has recently finished touring the Midwest with Climb Theater. Jason has his BFA Degree in Musical Theater Performance from Minnesota State University, Mankato as well as his AA in Theater Performance from Casper College. This is his third Minnesota Fringe Festival show; last year he played Mark Forgy in The Forger’s Apprentice, and was also an Associate Producer for the show. prior to that he played John Wilkes Booth in "Robot Lincoln, the Musical" in 2011. He is thrilled to bring this story to fruition at the 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival.

Jill Damske Iverson

Actor

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Jill Iverson is so excited to be a part of this production! A Viterbo graduate of La Crosse, WI, her most recent Twin City roles include: BCT,25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Olive); MMT, Carrie:The Musical, (Carrie); and a featured soloist in the Sesquisentenial Mayo Clinic Celebration. Jill also spends time performing with her band, The Milk Dudes, for weddings and events in the area. She will be continuing her work in the cities with 20% Theater's If We Were Birds (Procne), and Theater Latte Da's Oliver this coming season. All the thanks to my loved ones, new and old, who have encouraged me to be better in my art, work, and life. I love you!

Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha

Actor/Director/Writer

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Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha is an actor and director who is currently the Associate Artistic Director of the Northern Fort Playhouse and the Theater Program Coordinator for the Northfield Arts Guild. This summer she is also directing the Fringe show Flushing New York and Perfect Wedding at NFP. Other directing work includes The Forgers Apprentice, Romeo and. Juliet, A Midsummer Nights Dream, The Shape of Things, The Fox on the Fairway, Leading Ladies, Buzz, and Hello, Dolly among others. 11:11 is inspired by an actual accident that she lived through and is dedicated to her beloved Grandpa Gene, who is always with her. Love to Brian for never complaining about my crazy schedule.

Michelle Pillatzki

Writer

Brian Warzeha

Writer

Nick Wilson

Music Composer

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Nick Wilson is a 19 year-old composer who has been playing piano for 15 years. He started writing music freshman year at Eagan High School, where he earned a third place award in the Minnesota Juniors Composition Competition, a state-wide competition. He has performed at churches, schools, and at the Minnesota State Fair Talent Competition in 2012. He will complete his sophomore year at Normandale Community College this year, and then plans to transfer to McNally Smith School of Music in the fall of 2015. 11:11 is the first play he has set to music, but hopefully won’t be the last. He is excited to present the music for this wonderful show, and hopes that you will enjoy it.

More information
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2U_EbUW9mx8&index=25&list=PL21UySz0GjVyK3AMPTSdANTMQFw0oloW5
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