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Nimbus Inaugurates New Theater with Genet's The Balcony
February 19, 2011: nimbus will christen their new permanent home on Central Avenue with a production of Jean Genet's The Balcony, considered one of the colorful and controversial French dramatist's masterworks. The production opens February 11th, and performs through March 6th, 2011. Winner of an Obie Award in 1960, this provocative and complex piece will be directed by nimbus Artistic Director Josh Cragun.
We have the ocean all the other days, let the dead have this one.
nimbus is proud to present the Twin Cities premiere of Emerald and the Love Song of the Dead Fishermen, directed by nimbus co-Artistic Director Liz Neerland.
April 27, 2010: Emerald's father, a fisherman, was lost at sea the night she was born. Now, on the eve of her 25th birthday, Emerald learns of the Day of the Dead Fishermen - a time when the dead awake from their slumber for one day only. Emerald is determined to travel to the mysterious island where the dead walk, even though to do so means certain death. Joined by barista-in-crime Jason and an unlikely boat captain, they face many foes - on land and at sea - in their quest to reunite Emerald with her father.
The fault lies in the fault lines.
nimbus is proud to present the regional premiere of Naomi Iizuka’s Strike-Slip directed by co-Artistic Director Josh Cragun.
February 8, 2010: In the sprawling mosaic of Los Angeles there are as many fissures, connections, and cracks above ground as there are below. For three diverse families, a tragic shooting exposes these once-dormant fault-lines and forces them to confront the way they perceive themselves, their community and their dreams. In a city where anything is possible but nothing is durable, how will uncertainty shape the way they live their lives?
nimbus presents Nights of the Living Fringe
October 7, 2009: Back from the depths of the Minnesota Fringe Festival, five of this year\'s hottest shows have returned to the Minneapolis Theatre Garage. These audience favorite, encore-winning, critically lauded shows are back for a few nights only. Presented by nimbus and Rockstar Storytellers, together with a special nimbus production of The Zoo Story, Nights of the Living Fringe will only be here from October 15 - November 1.
Heaven doesn’t happen all at once.
nimbus presents The Trial of Mother Teresa, a new play written by Dani Givens and directed by Liz Neerland
May 6, 2009: A cage-match for moralists, a Lincoln-Douglas debate for the faithful, a three-ring circus for doubters-all are contained within The Trial of Mother Teresa, written by nimbus alumna Dani Givens and directed by nimbus co-Artistic Director Liz Neerland. Outside of space and time, Mother Teresa and Joan of Arc meet for the first time. United by chance in a purgatorial limbo, the two women bond over their lives as religious icons. As they share their thoughts on faith and sainthood, the pair is judged by a panel of cardinals bent on either inquisition or canonization, whichever comes first. This incisive commentary explores faith, doubt, and politics while challenging our deepest beliefs about the nature of privacy in the age of publicity.
A first in the annals of lunacy
nimbus presents Pirandello’s <cite>Henry IV</cite>, in the regional premiere of a new adaptation by Tom Stoppard.
February 9, 2009: Sanity and madness vie for control in Pirandello's <cite>Henry IV</cite>, as reimagined by Tom Stoppard. The title character isn't the eleventh-century German monarch, however - he's an Italian aristocrat who thinks he's the ruler after receiving a head injury. Hidden away by relatives for twenty years, \Henry\" has been allowed to lead the idyllic existence of a king. But when his family comes to cure his madness, the resulting chaos will shatter his haven and have everyone questioning who is truly sane. Directed by nimbus co-Artistic Director Josh Cragun."
An unforgivable act, an unforgettable voice.
nimbus presents Ariel Dorfman’s <cite>Death and the Maiden</cite>
October 20, 2008: In a nameless country a woman is tortured and raped by a band of unknown captors. The only sounds that accompany her screams are the voice of the mysterious doctor who directs her attackers and an endless recording of Schubert's “Death and the Maiden.” Years later, when Paulina and her husband Gerardo welcome a stranger into their home, she immediately recognizes the man's voice as that of her torturer. Seeking retribution, she kidnaps him and insists that he confess. But does she have the right man?
How far would you go to keep your vegetables safe?
nimbus presents The Irresistible Rise of Big Daddy Ubu at the Minneapolis Theater Garage
August 15, 2008: Music, mischief, and murder collide in <cite>The Irresistible Rise of Big Daddy Ubu</cite>, written and directed by nimbus co-Artistic Director Josh Cragun. This wickedly comic glimpse inside the ganglands of 1930s Chicago follows the rise of Big Daddy Ubu, a killer who’ll stop at nothing to overthrow the rival Artichoke Alliance. Together with his wife Ma Ubu, Big Daddy claws his way to the top of Chicago’s vegetable rackets only to lose the one thing worth saving: his conscience. Originally performed in 2002, this year’s musical production blends political satire with works by Bertolt Brecht and Alfred Jarry. The result is a razor-sharp critique of political wheeling and dealing, just in time for the upcoming election season.
Fame is a full time job.
nimbus presents <cite>TV Men</cite>, an original company-workshopped production.
April 23, 2008: Catherine the Great. Salome. Langston Hughes. Icarus. Tupac Amaru II. Vita Sackville-West. William Booth. They’re all ready for their close-ups. Or are they?
You Should Read Closely the Prenup
nimbus presents the regional premier of Charles Mee’s <cite>The Mail Order Bride</cite>
October 12, 2007: nimbus is proud to present the regional premiere of Charles Mee’s The Mail Order Bride, directed by co-Artistic director, Josh Cragun. True to Mee’s “collage theater” stylings, this farce is a 2 ½ ring circus of Tai Chi exercises, nunchuck demonstrations, urban dance numbers and even a singing castrato. Along the way, both sincere and satiric observations are made about marriage, race, love and Gnarls Barkley.