Born 1880. Died 1911. Buried…1970…

(Minneapolis, MN) November 20, 2018. nimbus unveils its latest original work, THE PATHETIC LIFE AND REMARKABLE AFTERLIFE OF ELMER MCCURDY, THE WORST ROBBER IN THE WEST, at the Crane Theater in Northeast Minneapolis. Written by Josh Cragun and directed by Liz Neerland, the production opens May 4, 2019 and runs through May 19.

From his humble beginnings to his improbable end, Elmer McCurdy’s mortal coil did a lot of shufflin’. He pulled on his boots, saddled up his horse, and proceeded to take a long, tragic stumble on the wrong side of the law. From the minute he plopped a ten-dollar Stetson on a five-cent head, it was destined to end with a sharp case of lead poisoning. But for Elmer, dying with his boots on was just the beginning.

If you’re looking for a typical Wild West showdown, well, there you ain’t. If you’re looking for a history lesson, there you ain’t neither.

But head on down to the nimbus spread and we’ll yarn you a yarn of how Grits Crabcake, Li’l Britches, and the most cow-handed, sidewindin’, four flushin’, lowdown, fiddleheaded, green horned, flat-out worst bandit ever came to ruination. And how Elmer done got hisself kilt.

And then, what happened next.

Playing at 
The Crane Theater
2303 Kennedy St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

(parking and theater entrance at the back of the building)

The Pathetic Life and Remarkable Afterlife of Elmer McCurdy, the Worst Robber in the West
by Josh Cragun
Directed by Liz Neerland

Featuring the talents of Derek Dirlam, Song Kim, Sam Landman, Laura Mason, Lily Noonan, and Boo Segersin.
Set design by Ursula K. Bowden, lighting design by Mitchell Frazier, costume design by Rubble&Ash, property design by Sarah Salisbury, sound design by Jacob M. Davis, dramaturgy by Alex Meyer. Stage managed by Alyssa Thompson.

Saturday, May 4 - 8pm $15

Sunday, May 5 - 3pm $12

Thursday, May 9 - 7:30pm $12

Friday, May 10 - 8pm $15

Saturday, May 11 - 8pm $15

Sunday, May 12 - 3pm $12

Monday, May 13 - 7:30pm Pay What You Can

Thursday, May 16 - 7:30pm $12

Friday, May 17 - 8pm $15

Saturday, May 18 - 8pm $15

Sunday, May 19 - 3pm $12


nimbus has been creating original theater in the Twin Cities since 2001. Their unique process for the creation of playwright-led collaborative work combined with their passion for creating bold, eclectic theater has been dazzling audiences for over 15 years. A company founded and led by playwrights and run by the artists themselves, we are dedicated to creating theater that crosses boundaries, promotes imagination, and ignites new conversations.

Contact: Josh Cragun
Phone: 612-237-9810

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elmer mccurdy

Photographer: Emmet Kowler
Pictured: Sam Landman

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the oklahombres

Photographer: Emmet Kowler
Pictured (L to R): Boo Segersin, Sam Landman, Derek Dirlam

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Lil’ britches

Photographer: Emmet Kowler
Pictured: Boo Segersin

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grits crabcake

Photographer: Emmet Kowler
Pictured: Derek Dirlam

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