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Blackbeard's Revenge

By The Park Theater Company
Directed by Paul von Stoetzel

Playing at U of M Rarig Center Arena

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Historical content, Sci-fi/Mystery/Horror, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer

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Warnings: Violence, Adult language.

The most terrifying, notorious pirate on seven seas clutches his booty and a spectacular silver chalice; trapped in a snare he weighs his options-revenge or redemption? A mystery with violence, grace and song.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+

 

Sat, 8/5 @ 1:00pm
 

 

Sun, 8/6 @ 7:00pm
 

 

Tue, 8/8 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Fri, 8/11 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Sat, 8/12 @ 4:00pm
 

* Reservations not required, but a Day Pass is. Find out more below.

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Day Passes are $16 on weekdays; $22 on weekends. Day Passes serve as entry to any show in the festival on a given day. Optional reservations to guarantee a seat for a particular performance are available by clicking the "reserve" button above. Day Passes can be purchased in advance with a reservation or at any venue box office during the festival.

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Historically Inaccurate.

by Jeanie Johnston on August 15, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

The story was really good. The music was really good. That said, it was hard for me to enjoy those two together. The music was clearly from the 1800's while the story was from the 1700's. I am nerdy in that I feel that the music should reflect the time of the the story. It bugged me a lot so....3 stars.


Congrats!

by Kevin Bowen on August 14, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Congrats to a first-time MN Fringe producer for bringing his vision to the stage. Interesting take on this story, with great attention to detail surrounding the set, costumes and props. Really enjoyed the live music.


Mistitled

by Cetius d'Raven on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 50 shows

disclaimer: I am acquainted with the director and a performer

There didn't seem to be much "revenge" happening here, nor did it feel like there was a "redemption". It feels more like the title character realized he'd stolen a potential "get out of jail free" card and discovered what was necessary to play it. The best message I can take away from this play is an indictment of evil men who use others as scapegoats to make their escape.

The show itself seems adequately performed and the set/props are excellent, though the sword play felt uninspired. Others have commented in regards to the pros and cons of the costumes and music choice, though I think the interstitials did have *some meaning (and I like The Pogues).


Well Done All!

by Claudia Fashingbauer on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

LIVE MUSIC- wonderful singer, talented musicians
Loved the tale, enjoyed the twist
Great cast-each actor emotionally authentic. This is a small theatre so one is close enough to actually see and read facial expressions, pulled me in to the story, which I sometimes find difficult in larger venues. Made me think about the role of women in those days of piracy. Mary's facial expressions tell all-Kelly Nelson gives a stellar performance. Brian Hesser is masterful as Blackbeard, and yes, he is who he is. Interesting to learn how they came to be married-seems her father was involved. There were women pirates, some disguised as men, but not a popular "career choice". MUST STOP NOW--starting to ponder the roles of women in Game of Thrones.


had it al!

by patrick keyes on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

My fav of the Fringe 2017. this play has it all, sex, violence, a good story line, music and singing. My only complaint was it was too short. I want MORE! Obviously written by a writer, the script was wonderful, good use of language.


Not Your Typical Pirate Play

by Matt Saxe on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 10 shows

Do you like pirate shows with pirates acting like the ones in HOOK? Then you won't like this show. Instead, we have a tale of REAL pirates and how they really behaved and what they really were like. Brian Hesser's Blackbeard paired with Kelly Nelson's traumatized Mary play off one another well. Matt Kelly makes you truly feel for the desperate Israel Hands and Adri Mehra is sharp as a British officer who thirsts for Blackbeards head. They give us a great saber battle. Nichole Carey's beautiful singing with her musicians add just the right atmosphere. McCarthy is ethereal as Gabriel. There are questions of redemption of the soul brought up here that leave you thinking. Its not just "pirate fun", but a quickly paced, & unique morality tale.

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Worked for me

by Timothy Mahoney on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

A strange show that really worked for me. It's a re-telling of the Blackbeard myth, and I took it as such -- myth making. The musical interludes I found just right -- the music wasn't from Blackbeard's era but that didn't matter to me. The actors were energetic and convincing. The plot centered on the idea of WHAT IF? What if Blackbeard had been redeemed? (Instead of killed as the historical figure actually was.) For me, it was an absorbing 50 minutes examining this idea.


Mixed feelings

by Connie Roni on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

There were several things I liked about this show but then again several things that bothered me, hence the 3 star. I am happy to have seen this, it was worth one of those precious spaces on my schedule, just not up there with some of my other choices.


Worth a risk

by John Gigrich on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

This a fairly eclectic play, and I could some really liking it while other are less impressed. Kelly Nelson did a great job, which helped the whole production.


Doesn't Have A Peg Leg To Stand On

by Adam Boutz on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

A tale of a pirate's... uh... redemption, I guess? The costuming, props, and dedication to the roles were all admirable but I couldn't really follow the plot. Or I could follow the plot and it just made no sense. Musical interludes distracted from the story further by being from the wrong century altogether. At first I suspected they had wandered in from another show and were crashing the party.


My official WTF??

by Laura Kauth on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

The music. The music was pretty decent. It didn't fit any part of the play, but neither did anything else, really. Heavy-handed accents (Geoffrey Rush, you've been outdone!), ham-fisted detailing of Blackbeard's villainy, a deus ex machina where the machina is actually ex dei (for reasons, I guess?), little plot, bad dialogue, and a "'moral" ending that equates to "Do whatever, and then find a magical item to save you!" Seriously. WTF.

I'm trying not to spoiler, but the "redemption"? If Blackbeard had rubbed a magic lamp and the genie had made everything OK regardless of the cost to others, it would have been essentially the same ending. I feel like this treated the religious concept of a Redeemer really badly...and I'm agnostic.

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Not great

by Jimbo Kramer on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

The writing for this show was not as exciting as I exprected. I wanted to see an adventure fun of energy, but instead got a snoozer of a show. I saw commitment from the actors, but the scrip just didn't give them enough to work off of. The musical interludes were charming, but I questioned their relevance and timing.


No justice done

by Harry Uxley on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

Simplistic storyline which didn't shed light on Blackbeard's revenge. Couldn't feel for the characters. Music was awesome but seemed a separate act.


Piratey Goodness

by Holly Peterson on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 18 shows

I enjoyed this show! I thought that the scenes between Blackbeard and Gabriel were especially good and loved the twist at the end. I did not really understand the purpose of the musical interludes, but costumes and set design were gorgeous. I noticed a couple reviewers saying that costumes didn't match the era, but I got the impression costumes were going for an aesthetic (which they nailed) more than 100% historical accuracy. If you're looking for something piratey, definitely check it out.


should pirates whine?

by monte vognsen on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 11 shows

This piece is really still-born. You don't really have a play if everything is exposition. Characters talk/whine about what happened, or they talk about what will happen. Basically there is no action, except a short, poorly-staged swordfight. And, banjo music for a pirate show? Yikes.


Disappointing

by Ben Mendis on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 10 shows

As a member of the pirate reenactment community, I really wanted to like this one. Perhaps my expectations were a little too high. There were a lot of little things that clawed at me even from the start. The costumes were all a bit off, in contrast to the level of detail given to the props. The music was also just not quite right. While the singer seemed like she was talented, the songs felt lifeless to me. The song choices also seemed to have no relevance to the plot. The plot was slow and never really gripped me. Much of the dialog seemed redundant.


Redeemed by music, not by the grail

by Grenacia Green on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

I loved the music, the little musical interludes kept things interesting. The acting was good too, but the story felt like it had a bunch of pieces missing from it. The stuff with the grail and the angel didn't really make sense or feel right.


Slow

by Jesse Swanson on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

The story plodded and I never cared about any of the characters. Nice set pieces and costumes. The music was fun but felt like separate action.


Excellent Show!

by LaDonna Bartol on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

I've rarely seen a more outstanding cast; the chemistry between the characters was dynamic! Brian Hesser's Blackbeard paired with Kelly Nelson's Mary were a delight to see onstage, as both actors were well-cast in, and absolutely owned, their roles.
The featured musicians whisk the audience into the plot - Nichole Carey's beautiful and powerful voice fills the theater, despite the less-than-ideal acoustics of the room. Matthew Kelly and Adri Mehra fill their rolls spectacularly. I was left wanting more time from their characters, but Fringe's time constraints are ill-suited for such luxuries as backstory. As noted in the program (I couldn't say it better myself) Kayla McCarthy "exudes grace and statuesque beauty".
Great job, everyone!

4 people found this review helpful


Blackbeard's Blog

by Joe Allen on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 17 shows

There are a lot of lovely elements at work in this production:
A (metal)saber fight, with vicious attention to how you should hamstring your opponent.
Captivating stage presence from Kelly Nelson.
Lovely costumes.
3-piece live music, and a powerful, raw, shanty singer.

The script is over-expository - these scenes belong alongside other aspects of the world. I wanted to see the terror Blackbeard reigned over his crew juxtaposed with his ability to mesh with colonial governments and upper crusts.
Dialogue/volume is always an issue in this space. Not fair to detract, in my opinion, but is definitely a concern.

I don't expect a full production concept from a Fringe show, but I'm left wondering why this play, why now?

1 person found this review helpful


Didn't come together

by Mark Webb on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

I found this one to be pretty lackluster, with the exception of the songstress and musicians. She was great to listen to, but the music didn't really go with the rest of the show, and the script was uninteresting.


I sat by the door

by Sulia Altenberg on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

These people seem so lovely, but I couldn't hear a word anyone said or what the story was about. The music at the beginning, before the show and right at the beginning was the best part. I don't have any way to spoil it for you because I left about 15 minutes in. The costume and sets seemed great, but my heart wasn't in it. As someone said on the way out of Rarig, "they tried!"


Exciting

by Robin Rayfield on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

It had an exciting storyline and the actors did a great job. The costuming and set pieces were especially good. The highlighting point for me, however, was definitely the music.

2 people found this review helpful


A slow burn that fizzled out

by Andre Johnson Jr. on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

The pacing was pretty slow throughout the play, some of the dialogue was difficult to hear, and it didn't work well in the space. There were a few times that people appeared on stage for a moment with no explanation as to who they were and then disappeared. The music was really good but it would have been nice to have the transitions happen during the songs.


Well done

by Sara Julson on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Overall a very good show. Dialog was well spoken, characters drew you in, the music was excellent and the costuming was fantastic.

2 people found this review helpful


Music and drama

by Thomas Rupp on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Well performed piece. Really enjoyed the quality of acting, music, costume and props. Bravo

3 people found this review helpful


Cast and crew

Brian Hesser

Blackbeard/Fight Coordinator

Brian received a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Augsburg College. For the past 15 years, he has worked with a plethora of Twin Cities theater companies as an Actor, Fight Choreographer, Scenic Designer, TD Director, Teaching Artist, and Volunteer. He serves as Technical Director for nimbus. This is his second production with The Park Theater Company, previously appearing in TPTC's "Tales of Woe: Edgar Allen Poe" in 2009.


Kelly Nelson

Mary Ormand

Kelly is very geeked and grateful to be part of this Fringe production. Classically trained in theatre arts and dance performance from Minnesota State University of Moorhead, Kelly has been lucky to have worked for numerous companies around the Twin Cities in the last several years. Companies include: the Guthrie, Theatre Coup d'Etat, Artistry, Fox in a Box Productions, WAR theatre, Candid theatre, Black Market Theatre, as well as many others. She would like to thank you and everyone else that helped her get here. Enjoy the show!


Matthew Kelly

Israel Hands

Matthew is co-owner of Shadow Horse Theater, where he helps produce A drinking game MN. Beyond producing, he has been seen on stage most recently as Oberon in Midsummer Nights Dream. He has had the pleasure to entertain audiences with his roles as Bigby from Trainspotting, Lenny in Clive Barker's Crazyface, Mr. Much in American Midget, and the Voice of Raguel in Neil Gaiman's Murder Mystery. He also performs with Last Action Movie, a local improv troupe that has graced the stage around the country and Canada. Along with improvisational theater, he is also part of Masq: A half mask comedy, where he gets to wear masks and entertain with silliness. Matthew has also worked on a number of film projects with Killing Joke Films.


Kayla McCarthy

Gabriel

Kayla exudes grace and statuesque beauty in her role as guardian of the Grail. She is delighted to be working again with Paul von Stoetzel and Kelly Nelson in this Fringe adventure.


Adri Mehra

Lt. Robert Maynard

Adri has entertained audiences in over 50 theatrical productions since 1999. He has performed at many local theaters: Hook and Ladder Theater, Crane Theater, Phoenix Theater, Strike Theater, the Capri Theater, and the Rarig Center Theatres where he portrays Lt. Robert Maynard in "Blackbeard's Revenge" as part of the 2017 Minnesota Fringe Festival. Adri is pleased to be working again with his friend and colleague, Paul von Stoetzel.


Nichole Carey

Vocalist

A cabaret singer based in the Twin Cities, Nichole is thrilled to be playing again in the MN Fringe Festival! She has been seen performing at many well-respected local music venues including: Honey, Jazz Central, Studio 2, Vieux Carre, and the Dakota Jazz Club. This past April, Nichole made her NYC debut at the Duplex in Greenwich Village, and will be making her Chicago debut at Davenport's this September. She is also a published writer and producer, having created and starred in several musical revues at the Bryant Lake Bowl since 2011. She is a member of the Twin Cities Cabaret Artist Network and an alum of the International Cabaret Conference at Yale University. To follow Nichole and sign up for her email updates, check out more information at www.nicholecareysings.com


Mike Cohn

Pirate

Currently teaching an after school dance class at Dowling grade school; Board member for Young Dance. Dances at Zenon School and has danced with Young Dance All Abilities Program. Attended a workshop with AXIS Dance Company in California. Served on three disability non-profit boards. Marketing and Fund Raising for NBIA Disorders 2007 - 2011.

In 1997, founded a non-profit organization called Promote Awareness. Promote Awareness' mission is to promote the Abilities of people with disabilities. Graduated from the University of Minnesota with an M. Ed. in Human Resources Development. Has worked with Dance Instructors Gretchen Pick, Justin Jones and Marie Tierney.


Tony Dodge

Doc - harmonica/guitar

Prior to the Roundabouts, Tony was a member of Lake Street Ramblers and performed with The Silverteens and Friends. He has since played drums with The Pigeons from Hell and currently plays bass guitar with The Problematics and guitar, harmonica, and Farfisa organ with Tony, Tony, and the Other Guys. His "real" job is conducting microbial biotechnology research at the University of Minnesota and for Minnepura Technologies, SBC. Someday Tony will be our new Jeopardy champion.


David Gullickson

Vid - percussion

David has been playing drums in bands since the late 70's. Some of his past associations were with Wilma and the Wilbur's, Cold Truth, Vendetta's, Kindergarten, DKV and Invisible Jazz. David is also the only member of the band who can grow a proper beard. He could buy a trucker cap and work in a brewery.


Tony Pulver

Slim - banjo

For Tony it all started errant click during the early days of the internet, which resulted in a banjo been delivered to his doorstep. He faced a dilemma; learn to play the banjo or waste the money. Much to the dismay of his cats he picked up the banjo and the rest is history. From there he branched out to guitar, dobro, pedal steel, ukulele and bass. Prior to the Roundabouts, Tony played with the Lake Street Ramblers, Tony, Tony & the Other Guys, and Pulver & Ryan. At any point in time, Tony can tell you where to get the best burger in town.


Marcus Wellhoefer

Pirate

Marcus is a young actor, singer and all-round entertainer under the tutelage of talent coordinator, Lee Jordan. He was one of the Rainbow Valley townsfolk in The Park Theater Company’s 2016 production of Finian’s Rainbow.


Erin Green Vita

Stage Manager

Erin is pleased to make her Fringe debut with this production of "Blackbeard's Revenge. She has been freelance stage managing across the Twin Cities for the past 7 years most recently with Chameleon Theatre Circle, Lakeshore Payers and Segue Production. Other theatre's she has worked with include: Theatre in the Round, Morris Park Players, and Lyric Arts. She received her BA from Concordia College, Moorhead for Communications and Theatre Arts.


Tim Colby

Set Designer

Tim is a sometimes actor...but usually can be found designing and creating sets for various Fringe productions and The Park Theater Company since 2013. Along with his life partner, Robert Yarwood, ... Tim has created Blackbeard's Cabin in the Queen Anne's Revenge from recycled wood found curbside and in dumpsters around town. "Banged-up wood seemed the proper aesthetic for a pirate ship. If the wood fits ... sail it!" Tim said.


Richard Molby

Graphic Designer/On-set Photograhper

Richard is a freelance Renaissance artist specializing in video and audio production, graphic design, on-set photography, voice over, web design (Wordpress), email campaigns, and ... screenwriting. He still holds Beast Master status at Killing Joke Films. He has created graphics for The Park Theater Company's production of "Blackbeard's Revenge" that reflect the old adage that "a picture equals a thousand words."


Joel Raney

Dialect Coach

Joel is a native of Brookings, SD. He served in the U.S. Army as a medical specialist before graduating with an English degree from South Dakota State University. He currently works at the American Indian Magnet School in Saint Paul. His stage credits include Theatre in the Round, Shadowhorse, Bloomington Civic, Fortune’s Fool, Footprints Collective, Paul Bunyan Playhouse, Park Square, nimbus, The History Theatre, Freshwater, Workhouse, and Theatre Pro Rata. He has served as a dialect coach for Chameleon and Theatre in the Round and has performed in short as well as feature films.


David Schneider

Armorer

David has been performing in the Twin Cities since 2001, ranging from musicals to Shakespeare to experimental theatre to dance performances to pure fight shows. He continually trains in Stage Combat, which he performs, choreographs, and teaches. He has recently launched his own weapon rental and maintenance business, Northern Edge Armory. He has specific interest in movement-based theatre, especially with violence: need a choreographer? a few weapons for your soldiers? a training program for your students? Contact David – he can help.


Paul von Stoetzel

Director

Paul is a member of the Shadow Horse Theatre and has directed over 40 short films/music videos and as many plays in the Twin Cities area including working with Hardcover Theater, Gadfly Theatre, Comulent Shakespeare and Urban Samurai. He is very excited to return to the Fringe directing both "The Tragedy of Obi-Wan Kenobi" AND "Blackbeard's Revenge".


Seamus McDonagh

Playwright

Seamus McDonagh is the nom de plume of Jim McDonough Jr., Ph.D. He co-founded The Park Theater Company; generated over $75,000 for TPTC’s productions; was TPTC’s Producer of Axel and His Dog (2010), Our Town (2011), The King of the Kosher Grocers (2013), The Illusionist: Shakespeare Reveals All (2013), The Forger’s Apprentice—The Musical (2015); wrote, produced, directed Buffalo Child (2016) and directed and starred as Finian McLonergan in Finian’s Rainbow (2016). His "Blackbeard’s Revenge" is the culmination of over three years of reading and research and weaves together a historical tale which is riddled with more questions than answers. His impetus for the project was the factual information concerning the choice of a life of piracy as a result of the cruelty of the British Navy and the form of egalitarian democracy epitomized by the pirate brotherhood.

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Inspired by a life-long fascination, playwright Seamus McDonagh of The Park Theater Company has created "Blackbeard's Revenge" an alternative interpretation of the most notorious and infamous brigand from the Golden Age of Piracy. The play is based upon historical accounts including the presence of a splendid silver cup in the ship's manifest of the "Queen Anne's Revenge". This world premiere is being directed by Paul von Stoetzel.


Cast & Crew


Blackbeard - Brian Hesser


Mary Ormand - Kelly Nelson


Israel Hands - Matthew Kelly


Gabriel - Kayla McCarthy


Lt. Robert Maynard - Adri Mehra


Pirates - Mike Cohn; Marcus Wellhoefer


Singer - Nichole Carey


Cast & Crew Bios

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