Redemption Press Release
nimbus announces "Redemption" opening April 29
April 19, 2017
Shawn and Sandra have a little gate cash, an overworked case officer, and the weight of their turbulent pasts. The system says their debt is paid, but the eyes of a daughter, of former friends, of passers by, say the ledger is still in the red.
nimbus’ Mitchell Frazier and Josh Cragun examine the stories of two Twin Cities lives facing the uphill battle of reentry. Of hopes buffeted by written and unwritten rules, haunting memories and rooted resentments, mistakes that continue to ripple outward even after years locked away from society. When the system, the stigmas, and even the good intentions of others conspire to hold them back, what will these “offenders” do to restore their self worth, renew relationships, and find forgiveness in a landscape of fear, mistrust and doubt?
Originally concieved by director Mitchell Frazier, the show's roots are personal to both the playwright and director. "There is an event from many years ago that still haunts me," said Frazier, "I had hired a man, who at 70 was a pillar of his community. Multiple kids, all went to college, active in his church, loved by our clients. But a background check came back and because of a Grand Theft Auto when he was 19, I had to let him go. As he broke down crying in my office, I asked myself, when is a person redeemed?"
As the United States approaches record levels of incarceration, it also must deal with the inevitable legacy of those policies: the re-entry of offenders into civilian life. "This isn't an easy issue," said Cragun, "and that, in large, is what our story is about. How life is complicated, and about the damage we do when we try to simplify it too much."
Featuring Ernest Briggs, Ashe Jaafaru, Calli Kunz, William PanKratz, Julie Phillips, Dana Lee Thompson, David Tufford, and Richard D. Woods
Designed by Brent Anderson, Caitlin Hammel, Brian Hesser, David Lewis-Frazier, Jenny Moeller, and Barb Portinga
Redemption opens April 29, 2017 and runs through May 14
Saturday, April 29- 8:00 pm Opening Night Gala
Sunday, April 30 - 3:00 pm
Thursday, May 4 - 7:30 pm
Friday, May 5 - 8:00 pm
Saturday, May 6 - 8:00 pm
Sunday, May 7 - 3:00 pm
Monday, May 8 - 7:30 pm Pay-what-you-can
Thursday, May 11 - 7:30 pm
Friday, May 12 - 8:00 pm
Saturday, May 13 - 8:00 pm Audio Described
Sunday, May 14 - 3:00 pm
Playing at The Crane Theater
2303 Kennedy St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(parking and theater entrance at the back of the building)
Written by Josh Cragun
Directed by Mitchell Frazier
Featuring Ernest Briggs, Ashe Jaafaru, Calli Kunz, William PanKratz, Julie Phillips, Dana Lee Thompson, David Tufford, and Richard D. Woods Designed by Brent Anderson, Caitlin Hammel, Brian Hesser, David Lewis-Frazier, Jenny Moeller, and Barb Portinga
nimbus has been creating original theater in the Twin Cities since 2001. Their unique process for the creation of playwright-led collaborative work combined with their passion for creating bold, eclectic theater has been dazzling audiences for over 15 years. A company founded and led by playwrights and run by the artists themselves, we are dedicated to creating theater that crosses boundaries, promotes imagination, and ignites new conversations.