Rogue Prince is an original adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, based on the script by Orson Welles. Our story will focus on the young Prince Hal and his relationship with his friend and father figure, the rogue Falstaff. Hal is caught between a father he respects but does not love, and a father-figure he loves but can’t respect. As the world changes around them both, each one realizes they must sacrifice who they are for who they will become - whether they want to or not.
Combining actor-driven movement, a blend of live and engineered soundscape, and the black box seating of the space, Theatre Coup d’Etat’s production of Rogue Prince is a can’t-miss experience. Two-time Ivey Award-winning Theatre Coup d’Etat is proud to present this coming-of-age tale to the Twin Cities.
Admission is sliding scale, $18-$40. Tickets available at www.theatrecoupdetat.com. Calvary Baptist Church is located at 2608 Blaisdell Ave S.
Rogue Prince preview (pay-what-you-can):
Wednesday, October 9, showtime 7:30pm (doors 7:00pm)
Rogue Prince performances (sliding scale): $18-$40
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Monday, showtimes 7:30pm (doors 7:00pm)
October 10-12, 17-19, and 24-26, plus Mondays Oct 14 and 21.
(Monday, October 14 and 21 are pay-what-you-can performances)
King Henry IV - Bruce Bohne (AEA)
Prince John of Lancaster/ Poins - Damien Leverett
Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland / Sheriff of London / Lord Chief Justice / Traveler - Corey de Danaan
Henry Percy, aka “Hotspur”/ Justice Shallow - Ben Shaw
Sir John Falstaff - Gary Briggle (AEA)
Earl of Westmoreland / Silence / Peto / Corporal Nym - Kjer Whiting
Bardolph - Don Maloney
Pistol / Sir Walter Blunt / Earl of Surrey / Douglas - Kaylyn Forkey
Dame Quickly / Thomas Percy, Earl of Worcester / Traveler - Meg Bradley
Doll Tearsheet / Vernon / Lady Percy / Bishop of London / Earl of Warwick / Traveler - Anna Leverett
Henry (Hal), Prince of Wales, later King Henry V - James Napoleon Stone
Director - Wendy Lehr & Gary Briggle, Stage Manager - Sarah Wolf, Lighting Design - Mark Kieffer, Costume Design - Chelsea Wren Hanvy, Sound Design - Forest Godfrey, Fight Director - Adam Scarpello, Intimacy Coach - Emma VanVactor-Lee, Dialect Coach - Jim Ahrens, Production Manager- James Napoleon Stone
The show will run approximately 100 minutes with one intermission. Free street parking is available.
Theatre Coup d’Etat presents The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh, directed by Rich Remedios, performing June 28 - July 20, 2019, all 7:30pm showings at SpringHouse Ministry Center in Minneapolis.
From Academy Award, Golden Globe, and BAFTA Award-winning Martin McDonaugh, screen writer of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri., Seven Psychopaths, and In Bruges and playwright of The Beauty Queen of Lennane, Lonesome West, and The Lieutenant of Innishmore comes a darkly comedic masterpiece The Pillowman. In an interrogation room in an unnamed totalitarian dictatorship, Katurian Katurian, a writer, is being interrogated by two detectives. Next door waits Katurian’s brother with special needs, Michal. The detectives want to know why Katurian’s stories of gruesome plots about child murder and torture seem to mirror a string of recent child murders in the area.
Awarded the 2004 Olivier Award for Best New Play, the 2004-5, New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best New Foreign Play, and two Tony Awards, this brutal dark comedy poses unanswerable questions: How can art both offer hope and inspire unspeakable atrocities? Where is the line between truth and fairy tale? Is a life of horror worth living at all? Drawing on inspiration as diverse as Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Kafka, and Antonin Artaud, The Pillowman is a dark, twisty, and utterly unforgettable masterpiece from one of Ireland’s most treasured writers Martin McDonagh, the master of the horror-comedy.
Incorporating the use of shadow puppetry interacting with live actors, two-time Ivey Award-winning Theatre Coup d’Etat’s production of The Pillowman is a can’t-miss experience.
Admission is sliding scale, $18-$40. Tickets available at www.theatrecoupdetat.com or call 1-800-838-3006. SpringHouse Ministry Center is located at 610 W 28th St.
The Pillowman preview (pay-what-you-can):
Thursday, 6/26, showtime 7:30pm (doors 7:00pm)
The Pillowman performances (sliding scale): $18-$40
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Monday, showtimes 7:30pm (doors 7:00pm)
Fri 6/28, Sat 6/29, Mon 7/1
Fri 7/5, Sat 7/6, Mon 7/8
Fri 7/12, Sat 7/13, Mon 7/15
Thu 7/18, Fri 7/19, Sat 7/20
(Mondays, July 1 and 8 are pay-what-you-can performances)
KATURIAN - Corey DiNardo, MICHAL - Song Kim, TUPOLSKI - Tyler Stamm, ARIEL - James Napoleon Stone, GIRL - Meghan Gobler
DIRECTOR - Rich Remedios, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR/STAGE MANAGER - Alexandra Pozniak, LIGHTING DESIGN - Mark Kieffer, COSTUME DESIGN - Chelsea Wren Hanvy, SOUND DESIGNER - Matt Clarke
WARNING: This show includes graphic violence, elements of torture, disturbing adult content, flashing lights, and simulated gun use.
The show will run approximately 2.5 hours with intermission. Free street parking is available.
MARCH 23, 2019
How does Theatre Coup d'Etat throw a fundraiser? Throw a great party.
Burlesque. Drag. LED. Booze. Games. Sword Fighting. Aerialists. Music. Dancing. Need we say more? Join us at Fallout Urban Arts Center Studio 3, on Saturday, March 23 at 7:00pm for the silent auction and happy hour, performances begin at 8:00pm!
Featuring over 20 local acts from notable burlesque and drag performers, professional LED hoops and fans, Tarot readers, amazing aerialists, singers, dancers, and sliding-scale donations for entry starting at $20 ($16 for groups of four or more if you purchase online). You're officially out of reasons to not join the mayhem.
Tickets available at the door and online at https://citypagestix.com/events/coup-de-carnivale-2019
Fallout Urban Arts Center Studio 3 is located at 2601 2nd Ave. S., Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408
Can't attend but want to contribute? Do it on our GiveMN page!
OCTOBER 26 - NOVEMBER 17, 2018
PROSPERO - Meri Golden, ARIEL - Kelly Nelson, SPIRITS - Mairead Koehler and Sophina Saggau, CALIBAN - Craig James Hostetler, MIRANDA - Stephanie Ruas, FERDINAND - Clay Man Soo, ALONSO - Sue Gerver, ANTONIO - Brian Joyce, SEBASTIAN - Andoni Marinos, GONZALO - Jim Ahrens, STEPHANO - Madeleine Rowe, TRINCULO - Kevin Fanshaw
DIRECTOR - James Napoleon Stone, STAGE MANAGER - Alexandra Pozniak, LIGHTING DESIGN - Mark Kieffer, COSTUME DESIGN - Chelsea Wren Hanvy, COSTUME ASSISTANTS - Kaitlyn Larsen, SOUND DESIGNER - Forest Godfrey
2018 Top Ten "Best Productions", Lavender Magazine, directed by James Napoleon Stone
2018 "Best Actress", Meri Golden, Lavender Magazine
"Theatre Coup d’Etat has staged a fluidly lovely production of The Tempest with an eye to the sorcery elements that infuse William Shakespeare’s fantastical late career masterwork... From the first moments when three spirit characters initiate the action by streaming into the SpringHouse Ministry sanctuary with flourish, the audience is swept into a mesmerizing ensemble experience..." - John Townsend, Lavender Magazine
"Theatre Coup d'Etat's "The Tempest" is pared down but still stormy. ...(with) a hilarious Stephano. In fact, one gesture in (Madeleine) Rowe’s bawdy performance encompasses both the gleeful boisterousness and plain-spoken gravity of this production: After a night of carousing by her character, she hurls repeatedly into her hat and then, mustering as much dignity as possible, places it back on her head." - Chris Hewit, Star Tribune
"This is an apt Tempest for the Halloween season, when the world seems to come alive with malevolent forces. ...this is a distinctive production that’s well worth seeing." - Jay Gabler, City Pages
"...the moral of the story seems to be forgiveness and peace, which is quite a refreshing story to experience these days. In the hands of this wonderful cast 13-person cast, this clear adaptation with great use of space, physicality, and music is the perfect introduction to The Tempest." - Jill Schafer, Cherry & Spoon
"Theatre Coup d'Etat's beautifully staged production is a romp that exercises our laugh muscles, swells our heart, and inspires our sensibilities with the gracefulness of its vision." - Arthur Doorman, Talkin' Broadway
May 4 - May 19, 2018
MARISOL - Sabrina Diehl, ANGEL - Dana Lee Thompson, JUNE - Kelly Nelson, LENNY - Craig James Hostetler, WOMAN IN FURS - AnaSofía Villanueva, MAN WITH GOLF CLUB/SCAR TISSUE - Nikhil Pandey, MAN WITH ICE CREAM - Pedro Juan Fonseca
DIRECTOR - Ricardo Vázquez, STAGE MANAGER - AnaSofía Villanueva, LIGHTING DESIGN - Mark Kieffer, COSTUME DESIGN - Chelsea Wren Hanvy, SOUND DESIGNER - Forest Godfrey
2018 "Outstanding Supporting Actress", Kelly Nelson, Lavender Magazine
2018 "Superior Supporting Actor", Craig James Hostetler, Lavender Magazine
"Ricardo Vazquez has directed an enthralling production of this absurdist work of magical realism for Theatre Coup d’Etat..." - John Townsend, Lavender Magazine
"The world is going to hell in a handcart and heaven won’t help us. That’s the cheerful premise of José Rivera’s 1993 Obie Award-winning “Marisol,” currently receiving a dark and visceral production by Theatre Coup d'Etat." - Lisa Brock, Star Tribune
“Theatre Coup D'Etat has done it again. They've brought us an interesting piece in an intimate setting with innovative staging and a talented and diverse cast. A piece that pushes boundaries and makes the audience think. I never know what to expect from Coup D'Etat, as I didn't with Marisol, currently playing at SpringHouse Ministry Center, but it's always worth my time.” - Jill Shafer, Cherry and Spoon
“Theatre Coup d’Etat has made a brave move with José Rivera’s play “Marisol.” The premise is provocative, the action disturbing and the characters flawed and intriguing.” - Janet Preus, How Was The Show
"Coup d’Etat is always up to the challenge. The company, along with some of its usual suspects, are wonderful at using people and things in creative ways to establish the world of the play. Their theatrical choices in technical production are always compelling and inspired. This is no exception." - Erin Roberts, MN Playlist
"Twenty-five years after its premiere, the always adventurous Theatre Coup D'Etat has unearthed Rivera's Marisol, mounting it at the SpringHouse Ministry Center in Uptown.The venue seems ideal, a room where people gather for reflection and spiritual comfort..." - Arthur Dorman, Talkin' Broadway
ISHMAEL - Eva Gemlo, FLASK - Craig James Hostetler, STUBB - Meagan Kedrowski, QUEEQUEG - Antonia Perez, STARBUCK - Kayla McCarthy, "CAPTAIN" PELEG - David Wasserman, TASHTEKOVA - Jacleen Olson, DAGGOO - Michael Terrell Brown, CAPTAIN AHAB - Adam Scarpello, PETER COFFIN - Sue Gerver, CAPTAIN GARDINER - Siddeeqah Shabazz, WHALERS - Kelly Nelson, Lauren Diesch
MUSIC DIRECTION - Alison Keller, Jamie White Jachimiec MUSICIANS - Alison Keller, Jamie White Jachimiec, Anna Leverett, Ze'ev O'Rourke DIRECTOR - James Napoleon Stone, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR - Kevin Fanshaw, STAGE MANAGER - Quinn Forrest Masterson, DIALECT COACH - Jim Ahrens, DRAMATURGIST - Lanny Langston, LIGHTING DESIGN - Mark Kieffer, COSTUME DESIGN - Lauren Diesch and Anne Brown
2018 “Exceptional New Work”, Minnesota Theatre Awards
2017 “Best Production”, “Outstanding Playwriting” James Napoleon Stone, “Best Costume Design” Lauren Diesch, “Best Cross-Gender Performance” MJ Kedrowski, “Best Supporting Actor” Adam Scarpello, Lavender Magazine
2017 Arts Activity Grant, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council
“In my experience with Coup d’Etat’s work they have a knack for transforming site specific locales and this is no exception.... ...Moby Dick: An Original Adaptation, is worth your evening investment. See it for the story and stay for the optical and auditory stimulation. Endorsed by this tried and true New Englander, Mr. Stone, Ms. White Jachimiec, Ms. Nelson and crew, are to be commended for this honestly bleak, yet inherently romantic, adaptation of a very dense and ‘dusty’ novel.” - MN Playlist
“The adaptation captures the essence of Melville’s epic tale... ...which makes ingenious use of the wood floor, brick walls and metal balcony in a studio space where there’s no stage to separate audience from actors.” - Star Tribune
“James Napoleon Stone's new adaptation of Moby Dick makes the case for Herman Melville's 1851 novel as an American epic of Shakespearian scope. There's high drama as well as low comedy, with plenty of poetic monologues for a deeply flawed yet sympathetically drawn leader.” - City Pages
“For anyone who complains that non-traditional casting is "not historically accurate," take note - this is how it's done. The characters are still the characters, the story is still the same, and we very quickly forget about race and gender as we get swept up in the story. A story that is now more inclusive of more people in the audience, feels more modern, and may take on some some extra relevance based on the people telling it.” - Cherry and Spoon
“Adapting Moby Dick for the stage has often felt to me like it could well be as foolhardy as Ahab’s quest for the white whale (and title character) of the story. But I’ll be damned if Theatre Coup d’Etat hasn’t pulled it off.
...(this company) frequently gets me to care about stories and characters that surprise me. Their production of Moby Dick is no exception. There’s a whole lot of bold artistic choices and clever storytelling going on here, and the music and tightly knit ensemble work from all the performers make for compelling viewing.” - Matthew Everett
June 2 - 19, 2017
Nicholas Kaspari (Carl), Käri Nielsen (Anna), Kip Dooley (Third Man/Doctor)
Lauren Diesch (Director), Jessi Kadolph (Stage Manager) Eli Purdom (Assistant Stage Manager) -
Katie Martin (Costumes), Mark Kieffer (Lights ), Meagan Kedrowski (Set Design), James Napoleon Stone (Producer)
2017 “Best Supporting Actor” Kip Dooley, Lavender Magazine
"25 years after The Baltimore Waltz opened Off-Broadway, Theatre Coup d’Etat has staged a dazzling revival that sparkles, and yet elicits tender intimacy, at Springhouse Ministry Center... For Pride Month, The Baltimore Waltz is the play to see!" - Lavender Magazine
"Anyone encountering this play for the first time with Theatre Coup d’Etat, like the friend who came to the show with me last weekend, is getting the best of all possible worlds. If you’ve never seen it, go. If you’ve seen it before, go. Just go." - Matthew A. Everett
"...an intriguing work that uniquely captures the flavor of a specific era and the timelessness of grief and loss. Theatre Coup d'Etat is to be commended for giving it another look." - Star Tribune
"It’s not an easy play — emotionally or intellectually — but Coup d’Etat’s strong production is alive to the several levels on which the story works. It’s a highly episodic show, and director Lauren Diesch gives each scene its own energy while remaining attentive to the overarching structure." - City Pages
"The three-person cast, directed by Lauren Diesch, are all so open and animated, looking the audience right in the eye as they confess their deepest secrets. The small thrust stage space, with just two rows of seats on three sides, makes the story feel immediate and intimate." - Cherry and Spoon
"The Baltimore Waltz shook its head at the emotional and moral disaster of the AIDS epidemic, as if to say "this is to utterly crazy to be happening," and proceeded through laughter, raw energy and tenderness to demonstrate that is was still happening. Watching it in 2017 reflects on the craziness—from then, and in new forms—that continues to break our hearts...
The Baltimore Waltz can now be seen in a thoroughly engaging mounting by Theatre Coup D'Etat..." - Talkin' Broadway
DECEMBER 2 - 19, 2016
John Proctor - James Napoleon Stone*, Elizabeth Proctor - Jamie White Jachimiec, Rev. Samuel Parris - Michael Dufault, Thomas Putnam - Glen Stone, Mrs. Ann Putnam - Alana Barnard LaBissoniere, Francis Nurse - Lanny Langston, Rebecca Nurse - Jane Hammill-Golembeck, Giles Corey - William P. Studer, John Hale - Kevin Fanshaw*, Dep.Governor Danforth - Charles Numrich*, Judge Hathorne - Jim Ahrens, Willard - Brandon Holscher, Cheever - Craig James Hostetler, Tituba - Charla Marie Bailey, Abigail Williams - Kaylyn Forkey, Betty Parris - Antonia Kramer Perez, Susanna Walcott - Kelly Nelson, Mercy Lewis - Diana Jurand, Mary Warren - Lauren Diesch, Sarah Good/ Martha Corey - Meri Golden
Lights - Mark Kieffer
*Ivey Award winner
"...on a snowy Friday opening, it was obvious that this well-acted “Crucible” is appropriately set and seasonally appropriate... How unfortunate that Miller’s allegory remains so relevant. How smart of Coup d’Etat to remind us." - Rebecca Ritzel, Star Tribune
"...this excellent and intimate production by Theatre Coup d'Etat... (is) one of the best examples of site-specific theater I've seen." - Broadway World
"...a well executed site-specific, intimate, and sobering production of a classic that's never felt more relevant and necessary." - Cherry and Spoon
"...absolutely incredible work." "...nuanced performance(s)..." "Come see this amazing show..." - audience members
SEPTEMBER 30 - OCTOBER 17, 2016
Created by the Ensemble:
Lauren Diesch, Brian Joyce, Mikey Johnson, Jayme Godding, Jeff Groff, Sue Gerver, Lori Castille, Kelly Nelson, Franklin Wagner, Patrick Webster, Antonia Perez
Directed by: MJ Kedrowski
Assistant Direction: Kelly Nelson
Stage Manager: Andrew Turbiville
Assistant SM: Meesh Morris
Costume Designer: Morgan Groff
Light Designer: Mark Keiffer
Sound Design: Steve Modena and Sarah Dewhirst
2016 “Best Production”, Lavender Magazine
2016 “Best Sound Design”, Steve Modena and Sarah Dewhirst, Lavender Magazine
MN Playlist review of Antigone: "...the company tells Antigone’s story in perhaps the most vibrant and unmediated way possible."
Lavender review of Antigone: "The entire ensemble embodies a beautiful sense of unity. The physical movement this production employs requires skillfully channeled use of muscular strength, as well as powerful vocal creativity."
Cherry & Spoon weighs in on Antigone: "...a story that's still worth hearing, especially this version, which focuses on a strong female heroine standing up for her family and doing what she believes is right, no matter the consequences."
Review of Antigone from City Pages: "The Coup d'Etat production (of Antigone) is an intimate take, emphasizing the fact that these legendary characters are not gods but humans, trying to divine exactly what the gods would have them do in a time of turmoil."
Review of Antigone from Star Tribune: "Theatre Coup d’Etat’s thoughtful approach to “Antigone” juxtaposes the rituals of fate and sacrifice against the wounded family dynamic at the heart of this play. The results are powerful."
Antigone review from Matthew Everett: "Antigone remains a powerful story..."
Twin Cities Stages review of Antigone: "...what happens when the justice system does not match up with morality? This is a question that we need to ask ourselves today just as much as Sophocles needed to ask it 2500 years ago. Theatre Coup D'Etat's adaptation and staging of Antigone does this with mastery, and I highly recommend you go and see it."
MAY 20 - JUNE 6, 2016
CYNTHIA UHRICH (Amanda Wingfield) , KEVIN FANSHAW (Jim O’Conner) , KAYLYN FORKEY (Laura Wingfield), JAMES NAPOLEON STONE (Tom Wingfield)
LANNY LANGSTON (Director), MEAGAN KEDROWSKI (Set Design), MARK KIEFFER (Lighting Design), BRIAN JOYCE (Light and Sound Operator), MORGAN GROFF (Costume Design), JIM AHRENS (Dialect Coach), PEDRO JUAN FONSECA (Videographer)
2016 “Best Supporting Dramatic Actress” Kaylyn Forkey, Lavender Magazine
"There is a reason why people like Theatre Coup d’État. Over the years they have consistently given audiences productions that are intimate, gutsy, and take plenty of risks. And with their production of The Glass Menagerie, they have taken on a fairly big risk by taking Williams’ dream logic to its logical end and coming up with a soaring and stinging production anchored by a genuinely terrific ensemble and a beautifully fitting physical production." - l'etoile Magazine
"It is a show and a performance NOT to be missed." - MN Theatre Love
"This is a fine production with a strong cast and production elements that effectively create the tragic and nostalgic mood of the play" - Cherry and Spoon
NOVEMBER 6 - 24, 2015
2016 "Best Director" James Napoleon Stone and "Best Emerging Artist" Kevin Fanshaw, City Pages
2016 IVEY Award for Best Acting
2015 "Best of the Year", City Pages, Equus
2015 "Best Play" Nomination, Twin Cities Theater Bloggers
2015 “Best Productions”, Lavender Magazine
2015 Arts Activity Grant, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council
"From the first chant to the final blackout, every beat of Equus pulses with a raw, prickling intensity. Expertly cast, and performed at a clip that leaves you wondering where the 3 hours went, this powerful take on pain, religion, and sanity demands attention." - The Minneapolite
“James Napoleon Stone has directed the current Theatre Coup D’etat production of Equus with bold and penetrating power. Shaffer’s is a drama which, if misdirected, could lead us to take sides against various characters. But Stone rightly disallows us that. We seriously doubt the conclusions many of them have drawn, yet we feel an aching sympathy, if not empathy for them, knowing they’ve done the best they can with the understandings they possess. We are also left with the idea that desire is often very, very mysterious. Moreover, this production makes it clear that Shaffer is warning against the damaging psychic impact that religious images we take for granted can make on impressionable minds. “ - Lavender Magazine
"Reza’s script obviously stands on the shoulders of Edward Albee where blunt truth telling becomes bloodsport. Theatre Coup D’etat plays the game with aggressive glee." - Star Tribune
“‘Art’ is a basic “three dogs after the same bone” kind of play, but it’s executed so well, both on the page and on its feet, that it gives you a lot of laughs and food for thought. You can’t ask for much more than that. “ - Daily Planet
"I attended ‘Art’ last night. I also attended the Tony award winning version on Broadway. Of the two, I enjoyed your production a lot more! Great use of the space, and the three actors are all very well cast." - Audience Member
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, & Jess Winfield
PRESENTED BY:/PERFORMED BY:/WRITTEN BY: Theatre Coup d'Etat and Staged Steel Armory
The longest running comedy on the West Bank in London, this face-paced frenzy packs the Bard's entire cannon into one show. Featuring ninety minutes of bawdy humor, intense sword fights, and direct audience involvement, this three-man marathon of a show is perfectly suited for both regular and non-theatre goers alike.
DATES AND TICKET PRICE:
Thurs, Nov 6
Fri, Nov 7
Sat, Nov 8
Sun, Nov 9
Thurs, Nov 13
Fri, Nov 14
Sat, Nov 15
Fri, Nov 21
Sat, Nov 22
Sun, Nov 23
Theatre Coup d’Etat brings outdoor Shakespeare to Apple Valley this summer! Entering into its fourth season, Theatre Coup d'Etat has proven itself to be one of the Twin Cities best companies for producing classical work. This August, William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream will spring to life in Apple Valley's Kelley Park. A reflection of light, life, and the magical power of love, Theatre Coup d'Etat's production of the Bard's classic comedy is a must-see event!
CAST & CREW
Bottom - Peter Beard
Titania/Hippolyta - Erin Denman
Puck/Ageus - Brian P. Joyce
Snout/Wall - Christine Walth
Hermia - Katherine C. Bowler
Lysander - Austin Lewis
Demetrius - Elohim Peña
Helena - Kate Zehr
Flute/Thisby - Dustin Valenta
Fairy - Sam Fairchild
Oberon/Theseus - James Napoleon Stone
Peter Quince - Adam Scarpello
Snug/Lion - Patrick McNamer
Music Arrangement - Alison Keller
In a perfect marriage of play and location,Theatre Coup D'Etat is presenting Swedish playwright August Strindberg's play Miss Julie on the third floor of the gorgeous Turnblad mansionat the American Swedish Institute, in conjunction with their Strindberg exhibit. This intense three-person drama that examines issues of class, gender, love, and power in late 19th century Sweden plays out perfectly in the grand room. Photos of Strindberg's sets are on display, and there's even a quote from Miss Julie on the wall: "no matter how far we travel, the memories will follow in the baggage car." This may sound like a sweet and sentimental quote, but this is not a sweet and sentimental play. In context, the quote is more about these characters being unable to leave their past behind them, so trapped are they in the roles they were born into, no matter how hard they struggle to climb out of them.
The play takes place in the kitchen of a Swedish estate in the 1890's on a midsummer's eve. There is a party going on upstairs in which Miss Julie, daughter of the count, dances with the servants. She's particularly fond of Jean, the count's valet, and follows him to the kitchen, much to the annoyance of Christine, the cook and Jean's fiance. Here the power struggle between Jean and Juliebegins, as Christine looks on helplessly. At first Julie has the upper hand and commands Jean to do her will, testing him to see how far he'll go. Later, after intermission during which Julie and Jean have gone to his room, and all that that implies, he has the upper hand and is unspeakably cruel to her. She bows to his will, but then remembers who she is and takes back control. It's a constant power struggle with each of them having the upper hand at different times, but in the tragic ending, there is no winner. Gender roles, sexual politics, and most of all the class structure that defines their lives all play a part in this intense and brutal drama.
"Kiss my shoe," Miss Julie commands, and Jean is forced
to oblige, while Christine sleeps unawares
(Kelly Nelson, Brie Roland, James Napoleon Stone)
The three-person cast lays their emotions bare in this intimate space, under the direction of Peter Beard. As the title character, Kelly Nelson portrays Julie's haughty confident demeanor hiding a lost and damaged young woman, desperate to find her way out. James Napoleon Stone's Jean is at times courteous and polite, sweet and loving, and cruelly opportunistic. Completing the trio is Brie Roland, who brings a grounded and sympathetic humanity to the role of Christine, who wants to return to her simple and straight-forward life before the events of this evening. The characters are quietly established in the first act, but things really heat up in the second act, as desperate emotions reach the boiling point.
Miss Julie continues in the Turnblad Mansion through October 26. It's a wonderful example of the site-specific theater that seems to be happening more and more often (see also Gremlin's production of After Miss Julie in the James J. Hill House a few years ago). The authentic setting aids greatly in suspension of disbelief, and the small cast in close quarters with the few dozen audience members makes you feel like you're eavesdropping on a real conversation. If you're able, take the stairs instead of the elevator to the third floor and peek into the dark and mysterious rooms of the mansion on your way up and down, and imagine the real dramas that occurred in this beautiful house and others like it a hundred and more years ago. (You can also, of course, tour the mansion during the daylight as part of the ASI museum.) - Cherry and Spoon
One Flea Spare presents a world ravaged by the bubonic plague where power, sexuality, and class structure have been inverted. Playwright Naomi Wallace uses vivid poetry, life-or-death stakes, and darkly-twisted comedy to transcend the themes of the play with contemporary context. This actor-driven production from Theatre Coup d'Etat brings characters and audience together in an intimate, haunting setting within The Soap Factory.
(Oct. 16-Nov. 3, 2013)
Theatre Coup d’Etat returns to the intimate setting of The Ballroom of ASI’s historic Turnblad Mansion with Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen’s classic, Ghosts.
The world of Ghosts is one ruled by “shoulds.” Through the lens of the Alving family and its modern matriarch, we witness the struggles inherent when society dictates how men and women should think and act. No emotion haunts like guilt, and nothing breeds guilt like a past filled with shoulds.
“It’s not just what we inherit from our mothers and fathers that haunts us.” – Mrs. Alving (Ghosts)
In spring 2013, Theatre Coup d’Etat received rave reviews with its inaugural performance of Shakespeare’s Hamlet at ASI
May 22nd - June 8th at the American Swedish Institute.
“If you’re a fan of hearing the Bard’s words spoken by people who know what they’re doing, you should treat yourself to Theatre Coup d’Etat’s Hamlet.” - Daily Planet
CAST AND CREW:
Peter Beard - Hamlet/Directing
Arthur Peden - Claudius
Meri Golden - Gertrude
Jim Ahrens - Polonius
James Napoleon Stone - Laertes/Directing
Kelly Nelson - Ophelia
Brie Roland. - Horatio
Adam Scarpello - Rosencrantz/Priest/Osric/Fight Captain
Michael Terrell Brown - Guildenstern
Cameron Cylkowski - Marcellus/Player Queen/Puppeteer/Captain/Sailor
Tyler Stamm - Bernardo/Cornelius/Player Prologue/Player Lucianus/Lead Puppeteer and Designer/Messenger
Alec Barniskis - Voltemand/Player King/Puppeteer/Grave Digger
Cristina Castro - Stage Manager
“If you’re a fan looking for a Romeo and Juliet fix, Theatre Coup d’Etat has you covered. If you’ve never seen Romeo and Juliet, this an interesting spin on a familiar story that makes for a fun introduction. And if you just find the idea of two young women in love appealing, this should give you a big old dose of romance.” - Daily Planet
“This is a great production of a classic piece of theater. Romeo and Juliet is a show that's done so often, you almost need a new take on it to justify doing it again. Or rather, I need something different and interesting to make me want to see it again. Re-imagining Romeo as a woman is just that twist that makes you see and appreciate the story in a new way, without significantly changing it.” - Cherry and Spoon
Angels In America: Millennium Approaches
by Tony Kushner
THE LOWRY LAB THEATER July 12th - August 4th
IN THE HEART OF THE BEAST August 16th - August 25th
“Regardless of what they do next, after seeing this, I’m in. “ - Daily Planet
“At the heart of the piece is James N. Stone as the ailing Prior. He takes the character from healthy and making light of his illness, to writhing on the floor in pain, to dressing in drag as a comfort, and he carries the audience on the journey with him. Veteran actor Steven Flamm (he's been acting in the Twin Cities for over 40 years) is the gay lawyer who also has AIDS, but denies both facts to maintain his reputation as a high-powered attorney. Despite this, Steven manages to make him a likable and compelling character. Michael Brown (that promising young actor from American Family at Park Square) shows more of his talents as Prior's friend Belize (think True Blood's Lafayette). Megan Down manages to make Harper crazy and sympathetic (in a much different role that her recent appearance in the farce Absolute Turkey at the Gremlin). Also good are Peter Beard as the closeted Joe who slowly comes unhinged, Brandon Caviness as Louis, and Katherine Preble as the wise rabbi who later transforms into a nurse and an angel." - Cherry and Spoon
Director - Justin Kirkeberg
Steven Flamm - Roy Cohn
Peter Beard - Joe Pitt/Eskimo/Prior 2
Meagan Dowd - Harper/Martin
Brandon Caviness - Louis
James Napoleon Stone - Prior
Meri Golden - Hanna/Ethel Rosenberg
Michael Terrell Brown - Belize
Katherine Preble - Rabbi/The Angel/Emily
Alec Barniskis - Mr. Lies/Prior 1
Marty Moreno - Henry/Man in the Park
Laura Ann Lewis - Sister Ella Chapter
March 15 - April 7, 2012
“It was an excellent performance and the roles of Blanche, Stella and Stanley were impeccably and convincingly delivered. I thought it was 10x better acting than Cat On A Hot Tin Roof currently running at the Guthrie.” - Goldstar Review
“It is very easy to get Streetcar tragically wrong, falling into the trap of trying to recreate the lighting in a bottle that was the film, or trying so hard to not be like it that you do nothing. Theater Coup d'eta threads that very fine needle .” - Audience Member
“A ferocious production of Macbeth roared onto the Lowry Lab stage last weekend. Brazon Theatre presented the play as the premiere offering of a new theatre organization called Theatre Coup D’Etat. The result of this partnership is a Macbeth that is far more compelling and entreating than the production I saw at the Guthrie in 2010. “ - TC Daily Planet