The Balcony

by Jean Genet

February 11, 2011 - March 6, 2011

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."

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Dramatis Personae

Director Josh Cragun
Director Josh Cragun
Stage Manager Carl Lundstrom
Stage Manager Carl Lundstrom
Costume Design Lisa Conley
Costume Design Lisa Conley
Sound Design Jacob M. Davis
Sound Design Jacob M. Davis
Lighting Design Mike Grogan
Lighting Design Mike Grogan
Set Design Zach Morgan
Set Design Zach Morgan
Property Design Sarah Salisbury
Property Design Sarah Salisbury
Irma Heidi Berg
Irma Heidi Berg
The Bishop Jeffery Goodson
The Bishop Jeffery Goodson
The Penitent MaryLynn Mennicke
The Judge Eric Ringham
The Thief Kate Gunther
The Executioner Brian Hesser
The General Bud Prescott
Dove MaryLynn Mennicke
The Tramp Lijesh Krishnan
Arthur Brian Hesser
The Chief of Police Mason Mahoney
Carmen Katharine Moeller
Georgette Ariel Leaf
Chantal Erin Denman
Wounded Men Bud Prescott
Wounded Men Eric Ringham
Wounded Men Jeffery Goodson
Roger David Darrow
Armand Jesse Corder
Louis Paul Rutledge
The Envoy Lijesh Krishnan
The Beggar Ariel Leaf
Photographers Paul Rutledge
Photographers Jesse Corder
The Slave Jesse Corder
Tech Director Brian Hesser
Fight Captain Brian Hesser