Bohemian Flats

nimbus to present a neglected piece of Minneapolis history
nimbus presents Bohemian Flats, written and directed by Liz Neerland, playing March 16 - April 7, 2013

February 28, 2013

 

“I will now tell you something about Minneapolis. This city is growing very fast...”

 

Minneapolis in 1869 was already a fast growing metropolis. In ten years, the population grew from 40,000 to more than 200,000 people. The huge flour mills stood at the center of it all, driven by the energy of the river and St. Anthony Falls, but all manner of commerce and industry was beginning to thrive, and with it came the opportunity for work, the opportunity for a new life in America. Using mud scooped from the river itself, immigrants from Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Ireland and elsewhere built houses at the river’s edge, and staked a claim right at the center of it all.

In Bohemian Flats, Neerland explores the lives of these immigrants. How they got their start, how they lived, and how they struggled to hold on to the tiny community on the river as the city grew up around them. Progress appears, as it inevitably does, and the residents of the Flats face the wrenching prospect of leaving the land and lives they built literally from the ground up.

A self professed “history geek,” Neerland credits a nagging curiosity about this swath of land below St. Anthony Falls, which prompted her idea of creating this play. Through diligent research, which included archives from her own family history, she uncovered a rugged immigrant community. They dredged the river to cover a swath of limestone chips, built their own houses, and formed their own society. With the help of a talented ensemble cast, we meet these ordinary, yet indomitable people, and share their struggle to preserve their hard won claim on the American dream.

 

 

BOHEMIAN FLATS

Written and directed by Liz Neerland

 

Featuring Seth Conover, Meri Golden, Brian Hesser, Ariel Leaf, Charles Numrich, Sara Schwabe, Jean Shore, and Katie Starks.

Set design by Brian Hesser, lighting design by Courtney Schmitz Watson, costume design by Andrea M. Gross, sound design by Josh Jepson and prop design by Emma Squire.

 

Performance Dates: March 16 Through April 7, 2013

Thursdays 7:30 pm

Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm

Sundays 3pm

Special “Pay What You Can” performance Monday, March 25th at 7:30pm

 

Performances at Nimbus Theatre

1517 Central Ave NE

Minneapolis, MN 55413

Tickets: 612-548-1380 or www.nimbustheatre.com

 

 

Bohemian Flats Performance Dates
March - April, 2013
M T W T F S S
      
      
      
      
16
8:00 PM
17
3:00 PM
18
      
19
      
20
      
21
7:30 PM
22
8:00 PM
23
8:00 PM
24
3:00 PM
25
7:30 PM
26
      
27
      
28
 7:30 PM
29
8:00 PM
30
8:00 PM
31
1
2
      
3
      
4
7:30 PM
5
8:00 PM*
6
8:00 PM
7
3:00 PM

 

Tickets are $10 on Thursdays and Sundays, $15 on Fridays and Saturdays, and $18 for the opening night performance and gala. A special pay-what-you-can performance will be held on Monday, March 25. Tickets are available by callingnimbusat (612) 548-1380 or online atwww.nimbustheatre.com.

* Audio Description will be offered at the Friday, March 5 performance