Robbing Death

By 3300 Productions
Created by Mark Deel
The Playwrights' Center

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

Neal has just lost the love of his life. When he thinks that there is nothing left, an unexpected visitor crashes into his life. People showing up in your time of need takes on a whole new meaning for Neal.

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

 Saturday, 8/2 @ 7:00 p.m.
 Monday, 8/4 @ 10:00 p.m.
 Wednesday, 8/6 @ 5:30 p.m.
 Friday, 8/8 @ 8:30 p.m.
 Saturday, 8/9 @ 1:00 p.m.
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Ham on Wry

by Al Odden on August 8, 2014
This user has reviewed 1 show

There were no worn out cliches in this production, the wry humor and capers that made me laugh my butt off was fresh stuff!!! Matt and Jesse were nearly flawless in their interaction, no small feat with the razor-sharp repartee and physicality involved. So glad I got to see this show, the entire audience was involved with roaring laughter and impromptu applause. The rest of the cast supported the action extremely well, the timing of everybody was directed nicely. Well done cast and crew!!

This was a delightful surprise!

by Eve Adam on August 7, 2014
This user has reviewed 4 shows

The overall show could use more polish and tightening up. That being said, it got into the story fairly quickly. The characters were quirky - each and everyone. I liked the premise and had moments of out loud laughing.

Death truly got robbed.

by Renee Chizek on August 6, 2014
This user has reviewed 1 show

For anyone who is reading this, I HIGHLY recommend you see this show. I liked the depth and creativity of the robbing death. It had a great underlying story that created much humor within the story. I promise you will not be disappointed seeing this show! Enjoy!

Fun 50s sitcom throwback

by Robb Krueger on August 6, 2014
This user has reviewed 17 shows

Back before comedy had to be crude and obscenity-laden, back when people were more willing to suspend disbelief, there was sketch comedy. Mark Deel's very funny comedy is reminiscent of those days, when broad premises ruled and logic was secondary to entertainment value.

I had the privilege to see this play performed once before, and this staging is far superior. The pace is frenetic; the actors understand the genre and the situations. We get a hapless sad-sack hero like Dwayne Hickman, the worst burglar ever like Larry Storch, and even a man dressed up like a woman a la Milton Berle. Some of the acting is a bit amateurish, with the actors pushing too hard for laughs, but all in all this is a fun comedy to lose yourself in.

Death is funny business!

by Keith Roberts on August 4, 2014
This user has reviewed 1 show

A friend in need… Mark Deel takes a bleak subject, suicide, mixes it with some “accidental” company, and creates a witty, funny plot with some nice twists. A nice mix of cerebral and slapstick, Robbing Death looks at some conventions, i.e, religion, relationships, and even family to give us a welcome diversion from those same conventions. Autumn Sisson’s pizza delivery girl steals the show in her 3 minutes on stage. She acts with her entire being, and we all know and hate that character. Jesse Hoekstra carries the show with a performance that runs the gamut of reactions to a wonderful sense of timing, delivery and physicality. Nate Turner’s Elder is creepily real. Well written and directed, Robbing Death will entertain and amuse.

A Comedy of Interruptions

by jackie peterson on August 3, 2014
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An unexpected visitor, plus a barrage of interruptions disturb a jilted young man who only wants to off himself in peace. "Robbing Death" is a very funny play, well acted with sharp dialogue and hilarious site gags. As the play opens, Neal is composing a suicide note, when an uninvited guest comes crashing in. The two square off and in a humorous way, learn from each other. Meanwhile, more people insinuate themselves into the scene, creating tension for Neal, but laughs for the audience. Using the "revolving door" as a stepping off point, director Mark Deel, makes good use of his actors as they weave in and out of scenes. Watch out for a wild and crazy ending as several plot lines come together, garnering big laughs.

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Cast and crew

Matthew Englund


Matthew Englund is a graduate from Minnesota State University of Moorhead. This is his first time being apart if the fringe festival and he couldn't be more excited to be apart of it with this group! He'd like to thank the talented group of artist he worked with on this show, Mark D for giving him the opportunity, his friends, and family! Hope you love the show, One Love!

Jesse Hoekstra


My name is Jesse Hoekstra, and I have been acting for about 10 years. Most recently, I work with high school speech and dance choreography. I've done small shows before but am very excited to make an appearance at this year's Fringe Festival. It's been a blast working with this cast and my old friend, Mark.

Anthony Tallarico

Elder Jacob/Rhonda

This is Anthony’s 18th venture on stage and second in the MN Fringe Festival. He has been thankful for the opportunity to take part in the Fringe, as it is a theatre experience unlike any other in the Twin Cities. Big ups to my fellow cast on making this show so fun to be a part of. Bigger ups to our fearless leader Mark for writing and directing this hilarious show. Biggest ups to all of you out there that have decided to come enjoy it with us.

Autumn Sisson

Pizza Girl/Susan

As a graduate of Anoka-Ramsey Community College with an Associate of Arts – Theatre & Art Emphasis, Autumn makes her debut at the Fringe Festival. Favorite credits include Anatomy of Gray (Rebekah), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Logainne), Noises Off (Poppy), Urinetown (Little Sally), and Las Hermanas Padilla (Mari/Cristina). This past year, Autumn toured with Las Hermanas Padilla around the city and to Lincoln, NE for the KCACTF Region V festival, where she shared the final round honor with 15 other finalists at the Irene Ryan audition. She endlessly thanks those that remind her that “God didn't give us gifts to waste.”

Nate Turner

Elder Jeremiah/Burglar

This may be Nate's first Fringe experience, but he's been acting ever since he was little. He's been in such shows as Barefoot in the Park, Twelfth Night, and The Crucible. Nate went the MSUM for Acting and Directing and hopes to one day own his own theatre. Nate would like to thank his wife Molly and his family for all of their support over the years.

Anna Peterson


Anna Peterson is very excited to be in the Fringe festival for the second time! You may have seen her in Improvidence at Lab Theater in Fringe 2011. She graduated from Anoka-Ramsey Community College in 2011 with an Associate's of Fine Arts degree in theater. She also attended a semester at Minnesota State University Mankato in 2012, studying theater. These days she works full time and does community theater on the side. Her most recent role was the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church.

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Neal has just lost the love of his life. When he thinks there is nothing left, an unexpected visitor crashes into his life. People showing up in your time of need takes on a whole new meaning for Neal.

"'Robbing Death' is one of this year's hidden gems." via Rob Callahan of the Vita.mn
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