Ordway
Ordway
Comedy

BANG-BANG, Miss American Pie

By Forgotten Goddess Productions
Written by Cristina Florencia Castro
Intermedia Arts

Political content, Historical content
Warnings:
Just so you know, this show has Adult language, Strobe lights, Loud noises/gunshots, Sexual Content.


A dark comedy about America, the sex lives of Habitat for Humanity volunteers, and that feeling of not knowing who you are or what the hell is going on.

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


 Saturday, 8/2 @ 5:30 p.m.
 
 Monday, 8/4 @ 8:30 p.m.
 
 Tuesday, 8/5 @ 10:00 p.m.
 
 Thursday, 8/7 @ 5:30 p.m.
 
 Saturday, 8/9 @ 8:30 p.m.
 
Read the reviews

Well put together, but also confusing

by Sandy Xiong on August 9, 2014
This user has reviewed 1 show

Characters were interesting and the acting was decent; the show, in its entirety, was a bit of a letdown. I'm left walking away not entirely sure what the message of the show was. The first half was fairly engaging, but as the show went on, I'm not sure how to feel about each character, or what the show was trying to convey. It was a bit anticlimactic and left some burning questions, all of which the show leaves unanswered (maybe that's the intent?). Although it was a good show overall, I wouldn't pay to see it again.


Ka-Boom

by Vinnie Vasquez on August 8, 2014
This user has reviewed 6 shows

I totally lost interest in the show and wanted to walk out. The pacing lagged. The acting was inconsistent...not ready to go on stage folks? The whole story was bizarre and depressing. I was hearing some buzz about this show at the afterparty. Maybe what I missed was that it wasn't buzz but bust.


Not Sure What's Missing

by Mark Long on August 8, 2014
This user has reviewed 34 shows

The script is fairly abrasive, but the acting was okay. I'm not sure what to make of it overall, or specifically what it was missing. None of it was terrible, it just wasn't that great.
Keep trying folks, you're close.


Still working on the stripes

by Nate Gebhard on August 7, 2014
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Some very strong performances to be sure. My biggest quarrel was with the text - with such a strong satire, I wanted stronger characters with a bit more depth. It said a lot of interesting and clever things, but didn't really seem to be aware of why it was saying them, or have really have a sense of thesis at all.
However, the obscurity of it was enough to keep me lightly entertained and curious about how and where the satirical punch would finally land. As a performance, it was dynamic and paced well. Someone knew how to keep an audience interested, and it generally worked.


So-So

by Casey Muller on August 6, 2014
This user has reviewed 4 shows

I thought the show had a decent start but it really didn't look to me like the actors were enjoying themselves. By the time the show was half way through I felt restless. But this said, the point of the piece didn't escape me. I appreciated the message and think it was a good effort.


Well Performed Sans Meaning

by Ingrid Fairbrother on August 6, 2014
This user has reviewed 9 shows

I am perplexed by this production. Over all a well-staged production with descent performances that mirrored a 21st century version of Sartre's" No Exit". With a script that relied heavily on character-driven plot, I was lost in the dramaturgy of the show. The script was drenched in vulgarities (nothing really wrong with that if they were earned) and pop culture references that only someone under 30 would get or care about that lead the show no where. And with the bigger picture I would ask 'why?' What is Castro's point or stance? To complain? To argue? If so, why? For? I am not really sure and not in the good way. A true, young, millennial play by a young, millennial playwright for a young, millennial audience.


Good effort, but nothing alluring

by Sam Gisselman on August 5, 2014
This user has reviewed 1 show

The truth is somewhere between the real bad reviews here and the real good ones, closer to the bad ones. Great premise, loved America embodied as a person. I thought about the concepts well after the show was over, so kuddos to the author. Actors worked hard but no memorable performances. Production value was ok.


Bold and unexpected

by Brian Clarke on August 4, 2014
This user has reviewed 1 show

Don't be fooled by comedy in the title. This show is funny but packs a punch. One of the more creative magical realistic shows that takes on American identity in today's world as the subject matter. The weakest part are the staging, throughline logic, and a couple weak links in the acting chain, but otherwise worth seeing.


Blanks

by harrison altman on August 4, 2014
This user has reviewed 15 shows

Bang - You Are Dead. The show kept getting deader and deader as the evening went on. Do the actors not like what they are doing. Pace. Lines were more like spoken word than words spoken. Am I missing something? Confused.


Piercing

by Elohim Pena on August 4, 2014
This user has reviewed 1 show

This is a show that challenges you to examine the truth of what it means to be an American, from the lie that is Thanksgiving, to self obsessed "selfie" culture of today's youth. In a time where few things challenge us to take an honest look in the mirror, this is a breath of fresh air. A great cast, wonderfully directed, and written from the heart.


BANG BANG Miss American Pie

by bob hicks on August 3, 2014
This user has reviewed 1 show

An ambitious, dark story that is mostly well-acted; it would have been just as effective with a little more subtlety, fewer sexual innuendos and less graphic language. Could also do without the simulated sex acts.


Bang Bang Click Click

by Dean Seele on August 3, 2014
This user has reviewed 11 shows

I've been to shows that start out flat and the actors totally destroy them by trying to bring them back. This one started just okay and deflated and deflated. My attention gun was clicking on empty chambers. Everyone stopped listening to each other, or reacting to each other. Sad, because it is one of those quirky Fringe premises that promises fun, if nothing else.


Fizzled

by on August 3, 2014
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Started out interesting and engaging and then went south.


Disappointing

by David Smith on August 3, 2014
This user has reviewed 1 show

I was disappointed to have paid to see this show. The script had its moments of promise but for the most part lacked any kind of hook to draw in the audience. The idea behind the text was thought provoking, but it unfortunately failed to be communicated in an effective way. In addition to this, the performance by the majority of the cast lacked any kind of energy or purpose--it felt merely like actors reciting memorized text, not true character with drive and honesty. Disappointing.


Promising Start

by Jonathan Gireaud on August 3, 2014
This user has reviewed 4 shows

I really wanted to give this show a higher rating than I did. The synopsis hooked me, the preview was great, and the first half excellent. Especially the opening. About halfway through though the sense of reality is weakened and the dialogue lost its zing. It felt like two separate plays, with different versions of the same characters - and the first one was much more interesting. Bring back the sexual lives of Habitat for Humanity volunteers!


Bang Bang Miss American Pie

by Annette Toews on August 2, 2014
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Thought provoking! Promising playwright! Not for the faint of heart.


Cast and crew

Cristina Castro

Playwright

Hannah Lee DesMarais

Costume Designer



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

Corey DiNardo

Twain

Corey DiNardo is a recent transplant from Ohio. Recent plays in the Twin Cities are The Comedy of Errors with The Cromulent Shakespeare Company and Orpheus Descending with Six Elements Theatre. He also did a brief stint with CLIMB Theatre. Corey is very excited to be involved in his first Forgotten Goddess Productions play. He thanks Aaron and Cristina for giving him this amazing opportunity.

Comfort Dolo

America

Comfort Dolo recently finished her undergraduate studies at Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, MN where she received her B.A. in Honors Theatre and Communication Studies. During her time there, she took on exciting roles such as Hecuba in Trojan Barbie, Anna in The Government Inspector, and Mindy in Mendacity; a show she co-wrote, co-directed, and co-starred in. This is her first time being apart of the Fringe Festival and she is ecstatic that she gets to strip her clothes off in her debut. If you like what you see, feel free to offer her a job because she is currently unemployed.

Pedro Fonseca

Projection Designer

Laura Hickey

B. Anthony

Laura is proud to call this show her first show with Forgotten Goddess Productions. Laura has been seen with Brave New Workshop, Theater Latte Da and Black Label Movement. Laura graduated from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities with a BA in Theater Arts in 2013.

Craig Hostetler

Crash

Craig is ecstatic to make Bang-Bang his first venture as part of the Minnesota Fringe Festival. Raised in the Brainerd Lakes Area, he cut his teeth doing community theater in the "north country," where some of his recent roles include Jim in The Weir, Gary in Noises Off, and Jack in Brighton Beach Memoirs. He currently works as a campus supervisor and coach of the speech and debate team at a seminary high school in Wisconsin. He'd like to thank his friends and cohorts for their continued support and for not telling his bosses what he does in his free time.

Jack C. Kloppenborg

The Executive Producer/ MTV Update Girl

Jack C. Kloppenborg- also known as "Jacksee" is a Minneapolis based Actor/singer. Jack is thrilled to join Forgotten Goddess for his second show with them after playing Satan and Jesus Christ in LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT. Other regional credits: Prior Walter (ANGELS IN AMERICA), Nicholas Draper (LEAVE), Bobby Strong (URINETOWN), Macheath (THREEPENNY OPERA), THE BOY (FANTASTICKS). Twitter: @JackseeMusic

Sami Martin

Clio

Walker Martin

Sound Designer

Aaron Ruder

Director

Tyler Stamm

Producer

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