Perilous Night Press Release

nimbus presents the World Premiere of "Perilous Night" by Lee Blessing.

August 21, 2013

Award winning Minnesota playwright Lee Blessing is collaborating with nimbus to present Perilous Night. Written in 2007 and never before produced, the play will premiere September 14, 2013 at the Nimbus Theater on Central Ave. in Northeast Minneapolis.


Perilous Night is a provocative commentary on race, the nature of history, and the relationships between the mighty and the powerless. The play centers around Harriet, a young mental patient, and her unexpected audience with Elizabeth III, a queen who claims to come from an unimaginable future - despite her deceptive appearance as a fellow patient. As Harriet unfolds her plight and sues for redress, dark secrets are uncovered involving Samuel and Carver, the night orderlies. As her Royal Highness remarks, “How bracing! We are exhilarated by the whirlwind of activity...”


The opportunity to work with playwright Blessing, who agreed to join rehearsals to fine tune his work, was a golden opportunity for nimbus and director Liz Neerland. The project “speaks to our focus on the collaborative creation of new work.” Being the first to present this work and collaborate first-hand with a nationally recognized figure like Blessing marks a milestone in the continuing development and prominence of nimbus.


Lee Blessing is a Minnesota playwright who has received regional and national acclaim. His most famous work to date, A Walk in the Woods, was nominated for both a Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Other plays include A Body of Water, Whores, Chesapeake, Fortinbras, Two Rooms, Going to St. Ives, The Scottish Play and many others. His plays have been produced at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center for the prestigious National Playwright’s Conference, and his many honors include Drama Desk, Marton and Dramalogue Awards, multiple American Theater Critics Association Awards, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.


nimbus continues to grow into its new home on Central Avenue. Since moving into the new space, they have presented works by Jean Genet (The Balcony), Joan Didion (The Year of Magical Thinking), Kurt Vonnegut (Happy Birthday, Wanda June) and have created four original productions – The Golden Ass, Babel, Bohemian Flats and Tesla.


Perilous Night - a play in one breath

by Lee Blessing

Directed by Liz Neerland


Featuring Kevin Carnahan, Ross Destiche, Dana Lee Thompson, and Shirley Venard.

Set design by Josh Cragun, lighting design by Courtney Schmitz Watson, costume design by Barb Portinga, sound design by Brandon Bruce, and props design by Sarah Salisbury.


Performances at Nimbus Theater

1517 Central Ave NE

Minneapolis, MN 55413


Tickets: or 612-548-1380



nimbus has been producing interesting, experimental, and challenging 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, nimbus asks audiences, collaborators, and conspirators to question ideas, emotions, and easy answers. In February of 2011, they took up residence in their new permanent home at 1517 Central Ave NE.

For more information email Josh Cragun or Liz Neerland at