Since our first production in 2001, we have been refining our approach to the collaborative creation of theater. A company led by playwrights who embrace collaboration with their fellow artists, we have created 29 original works of theater in the last 18 years. Here’s a look at what we’ve created:
The Pathetic Life and Remarkable Afterlife of
The Worst Robber in the West
From his birth in the little town of Washington, Maine in 1880 to his embalmed body making appearances in sideshows, traveling attractions, and eventually the cinema, Elmer McCurdy’s mortal coil did a lot a 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 case of lead poisoning. But for Elmer, dying with his boots on was just the beginning.
The river becomes sea
Every family has its secrets. Cornelius Aloysius Gaines and his daughters are no exception.
Inspired by Euripides’ The Bacchae and set in Reconstruction era New Orleans, playwright Josh Cragun has populated the Crescent City with a complex collection of ambitious, passionate people. When an exiled scion of Cornelius’ prosperous and respectable dynasty returns, the secret she carries could tear the family apart. Pride, racism, resentment and ambition flow together like a river to the sea.
And the water is rising.
The year is 1913. Progress runs on coal, but the immigrant miners from southern Colorado are being squeezed beyond endurance. They work the seam while corporate forces arrayed against them spy, manipulate and disrupt, crushing any hint of “union.” Yet the workers and their families lean on one another, wait, hope…and plan.
How far will the company go? When will the pawns realize that together they are strong? But the chess board squares are all coal black in Las Animas County, near the River of the Lost Souls in Purgatory. And the flames are getting closer.
Offenders. Shawn and Sandra have a little gate cash, an overworked case officer, and the weight of their turbulent pasts. The system says their debt is paid, but the eyes of a daughter, of former friends, of passersby, say the ledger is still in the red.
nimbus' Mitchell Frazier and Josh Cragun examine the stories of two Twin Cities lives facing the uphill battle of reentry. Of hopes buffeted by written and unwritten rules, haunting memories and rooted resentments, mistakes that continue to ripple outward even after years locked away from society. When the system, the stigmas, and even the good intentions of others conspire to hold them back, what will these "offenders" do to restore their self worth, renew relationships, and find forgiveness in a landscape of fear, mistrust and doubt?
nimbus turns its eye to Finnish folklore and mythology, where the frost sings songs and the rain writes poems; where stories are born in the bellies of giants and men and gods walk side by side. The Kalevala brings us to the fierce lands of the north to deliver a harrowing magical quest, an epic tale with a biker gang mentality.
the storms of november
A determined captain is tasked with shepherding 60,000 long tons of iron ore and a handful of souls across the greatest of the Great Lakes. On shore, families face an uncertain future, layoffs and a changing economy. Shipping on the big lakes is suffering, and tycoons make deals and schemes for ships a thousand feet long as if they were toys in their bathtub, the lives of the crews so much working tonnage.
Lit from within, rendered in oil, charged with mystery and vitality, captivating. Destined to be hung in the most prestigious gallery, admired by millions, discussed, revered, a priceless treasure. And from the darkness, the voice of the master forger: Look closely, for it is mine.
In the Age of Paint and Bone
It 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.
Nacirema: Stories of color
Nacirema (American spelled backwards) takes a look at the complex world of race in 21st Century America. Loosely inspired by George C. Wolfe's The Colored Museum, and created in workshop by the cast and director, Nacirema: Stories of Color is a series of vignettes that asks us to look beyond stereotypes and easy answers to see the depth, beauty, and pain that is a result of America's diversity.