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Heaven doesn’t happen all at once.
nimbus presents The Trial of Mother Teresa, a new play written by Dani Givens and directed by Liz Neerland
May 6, 2009: A cage-match for moralists, a Lincoln-Douglas debate for the faithful, a three-ring circus for doubters-all are contained within The Trial of Mother Teresa, written by nimbus alumna Dani Givens and directed by nimbus co-Artistic Director Liz Neerland. Outside of space and time, Mother Teresa and Joan of Arc meet for the first time. United by chance in a purgatorial limbo, the two women bond over their lives as religious icons. As they share their thoughts on faith and sainthood, the pair is judged by a panel of cardinals bent on either inquisition or canonization, whichever comes first. This incisive commentary explores faith, doubt, and politics while challenging our deepest beliefs about the nature of privacy in the age of publicity.
A first in the annals of lunacy
nimbus presents Pirandello’s <cite>Henry IV</cite>, in the regional premiere of a new adaptation by Tom Stoppard.
February 9, 2009: Sanity and madness vie for control in Pirandello's <cite>Henry IV</cite>, as reimagined by Tom Stoppard. The title character isn't the eleventh-century German monarch, however - he's an Italian aristocrat who thinks he's the ruler after receiving a head injury. Hidden away by relatives for twenty years, \Henry\" has been allowed to lead the idyllic existence of a king. But when his family comes to cure his madness, the resulting chaos will shatter his haven and have everyone questioning who is truly sane. Directed by nimbus co-Artistic Director Josh Cragun."
An unforgivable act, an unforgettable voice.
nimbus presents Ariel Dorfman’s <cite>Death and the Maiden</cite>
October 20, 2008: In a nameless country a woman is tortured and raped by a band of unknown captors. The only sounds that accompany her screams are the voice of the mysterious doctor who directs her attackers and an endless recording of Schubert's “Death and the Maiden.” Years later, when Paulina and her husband Gerardo welcome a stranger into their home, she immediately recognizes the man's voice as that of her torturer. Seeking retribution, she kidnaps him and insists that he confess. But does she have the right man?
How far would you go to keep your vegetables safe?
nimbus presents The Irresistible Rise of Big Daddy Ubu at the Minneapolis Theater Garage
August 15, 2008: Music, mischief, and murder collide in <cite>The Irresistible Rise of Big Daddy Ubu</cite>, written and directed by nimbus co-Artistic Director Josh Cragun. This wickedly comic glimpse inside the ganglands of 1930s Chicago follows the rise of Big Daddy Ubu, a killer who’ll stop at nothing to overthrow the rival Artichoke Alliance. Together with his wife Ma Ubu, Big Daddy claws his way to the top of Chicago’s vegetable rackets only to lose the one thing worth saving: his conscience. Originally performed in 2002, this year’s musical production blends political satire with works by Bertolt Brecht and Alfred Jarry. The result is a razor-sharp critique of political wheeling and dealing, just in time for the upcoming election season.
Fame is a full time job.
nimbus presents <cite>TV Men</cite>, an original company-workshopped production.
April 23, 2008: Catherine the Great. Salome. Langston Hughes. Icarus. Tupac Amaru II. Vita Sackville-West. William Booth. They’re all ready for their close-ups. Or are they?
You Should Read Closely the Prenup
nimbus presents the regional premier of Charles Mee’s <cite>The Mail Order Bride</cite>
October 12, 2007: nimbus is proud to present the regional premiere of Charles Mee’s The Mail Order Bride, directed by co-Artistic director, Josh Cragun. True to Mee’s “collage theater” stylings, this farce is a 2 ½ ring circus of Tai Chi exercises, nunchuck demonstrations, urban dance numbers and even a singing castrato. Along the way, both sincere and satiric observations are made about marriage, race, love and Gnarls Barkley.
One cannot lightly dismiss the command of destiny
nimbus presents part two of a new adaptation of Aeschylus’ classic trilogy.
August 22, 2007: In nimbus’ <cite>Agamemnon</cite>, the king returned from war only to find his death at the hands of his scheming wife. Now, the son will return to seek his vengeance. In this fusion of the 2nd half of Aeschylus’ <cite>The Libation Bearers</cite> and the entirety of <cite>The Eumenides</cite>, the prodigal Orestes returns to avenge the killing of his father, Agamemnon, and then flees, only to be pursued by the Furies. With help from Apollo, he seeks out Athena and is thrown to the mercy of her court and a jury of his peers.
This House Must Tell Its Own Story
nimbus presents the first part of a new adaptation of Aeschylus’ classic trilogy.
May 23, 2007: Aeschylus once wrote that \in war, truth is the first casualty.\" In his post-Trojan War drama <cite>Agamemnon</cite>, the same could be said of love. Combined with the first half of <cite>The Libation Bearers</cite>, nimbus’ <cite>Agamemnon</cite> chronicles the triumphant return home of King Agamemnon after the fall of Troy and how, through deceit, subterfuge and manipulation, murder and revenge ensue."
Animation from the area's most talented animators. Satire from your favorite actors. Noise from 1776.
nimbus presents a new multimedia experience exploring the American Dream.
February 20, 2007: The American Dream: for more than two hundred years this sacred cliché has attracted the huddled masses, created unprecedented personal wealth and kept treatment centers open for business. <cite>American Noise: The Savage Re-Birth of the American Dream</cite> is an irreverent interactive spectacle that explores how each generation tries to live the dream, live up to the dream or, at the very least, keep the dream on life support while the lawyers battle it out.
Did you ever think you'd come back from your splendid life and find you had no life left?
nimbus presents the regional premier of Edward Albee's award winning play <cite>The Goat or, Who Is Sylvia?</cite>
October 21, 2006: On the eve of his 50th birthday, architect Martin Gray has reached a new pinnacle in his life. He’s won the Pritzker Prize. He’s landed a mega-bucks development contract. He’s found new love. So what’s wrong with this picture? Well, the problem with reaching the top is that there’s usually only one direction to go.