In the Age of Paint and Bone Press Release

“No one has set foot inside this cave in a very long time…”
nimbus presents "In the Age of Paint and Bone," an original workshop production.

January 19, 2015

Written and directed by Liz Neerland, running February 7 – March 1, 2015

In 1879, an eight-year-old girl in Spain discovered something that would forever change the way we viewed ourselves. It would send shockwaves into the worlds of science, religion, and art. Today we are no closer to unraveling a story that didn’t just begin 150 years ago, but at the dawn of consciousness, when humans first put paint to stone and created Art itself.

We have long known that ancient people painted caves, engraved rocks, carved in antler and bone. What is not known is why they did it – what moved the first person to create, and why humans have been drawing on the walls ever since. This original nimbus workshop production seeks to explore the great painted caves, to revel in their otherworldly beauty, and to forge a connection to our very first ancestors.

nimbus used their unique workshop process to develop the show. Two weeks of table work preceded more time writing and working the script in rehearsals. As an ensemble, they created a show that weaves together three threads – our world today, interpreting the caves; the age of discovery, when the caves were first entered by modern man; and the world of the original artists themselves, tens of thousands of years ago.

“One of the biggest challenges of this show was in how to portray the artists, the cave people themselves,” Neerland said. “I am very wary of deciding how Neolithic people spoke, what they wore, what they looked like. We do know they were just as intelligent as we are, and obviously just as creative.” This challenge has been answered by creating a play that doesn’t just knit together stories, but styles as well. “The cave threads have no words – we interpret the world of the artists through music and movement and light. We left the words to the modern people, whose voices we can recreate with more certainty.” 

In the Age of Paint and Bone does not try to answer the mystery, but to delve into a world that speaks to the primal consciousness within each of us. We do not know why the caves were first painted. But we do know that they lie at the intersection of art, spirituality, and humanity – a connection that still holds on to us today.


In the Age of Paint and Bone
Written and directed by Liz Neerland

Featuring Timothy Daly, Erin Denman, Jeffery Goodson, Shira Levenson, Derek Meyer, Brian O’Neal, and Alyssa Perau

Designed by Ursula K. Bowden, Forest Godfrey, Caitlin Hammel, Brian Hesser, Jon Kirchhofer, and Mary Woll

Playing February 7 – March 1, 2015 

Performances at Nimbus Theater
1517 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Tickets: or 612-548-1380

Located on Central Avenue just blocks off Broadway, Nimbus Theater is Northeast Minneapolis’ home for independent theater. Since 2001, the company has been producing bold, eclectic, artist-driven theater. A company founded and led by playwrights and run by the artists themselves, we focus on the collaborative creation of new work. We are dedicated to creating theater that crosses boundaries, promotes imagination, and ignites new conversations.

For more information email Josh Cragun or Liz Neerland at