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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.

The cast features both emerging and established talent, including Heidi Berg as Madame Irma, with Jeffrey Goodson, MaryLynn Mennicke, Kate Gunther, Brian Hesser, Eric Ringham, Lijesh Krishnan, Katharine Moeller, Ariel Pinkerton, Erin Denman, David Darrow, Jesse Corder, Paul Rutledge, Reier Erickson, Bud Prescott, and Mason Mahoney.

The Balcony is set in an exclusive brothel at the center of a revolution that threatens the established regime. Irma, the madam, oversees a collection of patrons acting out archetypes of power in society, including a bishop, a judge and a general. One of the prostitutes, Chantal, has escaped the brothel and has become a symbol to the people, an embodiment of the revolution. As the situation outside becomes more volatile, a plan is formulated to re-establish the status quo using the trappings of authority from the brothel's studios. The patrons' fantasies are fulfilled as they appear in public, posing as the figures of authority while the revolution threatens to overwhelm them.

When originally produced, The Balcony turned censors on their ears and was subsequently banned and even threatened with a police-organized riot in Paris in 1958. In subsequent decades, however, the play has amassed a rich production history, attracting such notable directors as Peter Brook, Roger Blin and JoAnne Akalaitis. Josh Cragun is excited to present nimbus' edgy new interpretation of this challenging work. "For years I have been wanting to tackle this script, and when we were looking at our new, raw, industrial space, this play seemed like it had been written to launch it. It felt like it was written yesterday, like it demanded to be performed today."

Tickets are on sale now, and available by calling 612-548-1380 or at

Cast and crew interviews and preview arrangements can be made by contacting Josh Cragun at 612-237-9810 or via e-mail at

nimbus has been producing bold, challenging and just plain odd theatre in the Twin Cities since 2001. Presenting an engaging mix of under-appreciated works by established playwrights, new plays by emerging playwrights and innovative company-created productions, we're dedicated to creating theatre that crosses boundaries, promotes imagination and creates new conversations.