by William Mastrosimone
Directed by Mel Day
|Photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp. Design by Kevin Cannon. Makeup by Jen Santoro Rotty.|
Starring: Emily Bridges*, Tracey Maloney*, Sara Marsh*, and James Rodríguez
Presented at the
Grain Belt Warehouse
77 13th Ave. NE, Studio 202
Minneapolis, MN 55413
EXTREMITIES IS A HIT!
"...[director Mel] Day and her solid cast explore the dynamics of power and powerlessness through the lens of sexual violence...with this intimate, almost voyeuristic staging...its emotional heft can't be denied."
- Lisa Brock, Star Tribune
|From L: James Rodriguez (Raul), Emily Bridges (Patricia), Sara Marsh (Marjorie), & Tracey Maloney (Terry) in Extremities. Photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp.|
"William Mastrosimone wrote Extremities in 1978, but the play contains enough victim blaming, enough "she shouldn't have dressed so sexy," enough "I couldn't help myself" to keep the story frighteningly current. Dark & Stormy doesn't shy away from the tough, and the intimate setting and the intense physical action (choreographed by fight master Annie Enneking) leave the audience with nowhere to hide....during the play's intense final scene, [Sara] Marsh and [James] Rodriguez push their characters (and themselves) to the breaking point. There is no easy wrapping up here — just a haunting, unresolved end."
- Ed Huyck, City Pages
|Sara Marsh (Marjorie) & James Rodriguez (Raul) in Extremities. Photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp.|
"Maybe you’re wondering if a 30-plus-year-old play about sexual assault still matters. According to RAINN, most sexual assaults are never reported to the police; of those that are, 98 out of 100 rapists go free. (These are the same depressing stats Mastrosimone cited in his 1984 essay “The Making of Extremities.”) So yes, the play still has much to say. [Attacker] Raul is a loathsome, evil man. But even [victim] Marjorie’s roommates are confused and conflicted. Is there really one right thing to say or do? Can you ever be certain of the outcome? The acting is so solid, the staging so convincing you forget you’re in a [Northeast Minneapolis] warehouse. It’s another fine production from a company that sets its own bar high, takes risks, and doesn’t much care about making us comfortable. When we’re unsettled this skillfully, we’ll take it."
|James Rodriguez (Raul) in Extremities. Photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp.|
"...director Mel Day elicits excellent performances from a stellar cast of 4 outstanding Twin Cities actors: Marsh, with her quiet rage, ready at any moment to erupt into violence. Rodríguez with his dorky and diminutive – and very scary – savagery. Maloney shocked into wonderfully squeaky indecision, holding herself steady, repeatedly backing against a wall. Only Patricia is jolted into real action, trying to reason through the situation. Bridges plays it beautifully. Does the [would-be] rapist get his comeuppance? See Extremities and find out."
"Dark & Stormy once again delivers a short, intense, well-acted and directed play in an unconventional space...[Extremities] explores the weighty themes of sexual violence, power, and justice. There's no clear winner in this story, no obvious right and wrong, just a lot of grey area, where most of us live. Each of these four characters, beautifully portrayed by this excellent cast, is at times sympathetic and at times infuriating...More than 30 years after it was written, Extremities is as relevant and topical as ever...At its best, theater can start a conversation about important, relevant, difficult issues, and that's what this play does."
|James Rodriguez (Raul) & Sara Marsh (Marjorie) in Extremities. Photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp.|
Chilling, thrilling, and thought-provoking, Extremities is a dynamic, contemporary, and relevant play about power -- who has it, who doesn't, how you get it, how you keep it, what you do with it once you have it. And when you lose it, how far will you go to get it back?
"A white-knuckle psychological thriller." - USA Today
Dark & Stormy Productions honored by critics in 2014!
|The Hothouse. John Catron (Lamb), Mark Benninghofen (Gibbs), Sara Marsh (Miss Cutts), and Robert Dorfman (Roote). Not pictured: Bruce Bohne (Tubb; Lobb). Photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp; design by Kevin Cannon.|
by Harold Pinter
Directed by Benjamin McGovern
named a Top Production of 2014 by Ed Huyck of the City Pages!
|John Catron, Mark Benninghofen, Sara Marsh, & Robert Dorfman. Photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp.|
"Nothing says Christmas like Harold Pinter and torture, especially when it comes wrapped up with a great cast, direction, and concept that saw the show played out in an echoing atrium."
- Ed Huyck, City Pages
The Drunken City named a top show of 2014 by both Graydon Royce and Rohan Preston of the Star Tribune!
"Here's what small theater let me enjoy this half year...Dark & Stormy Productions allowed established actors like Kris L. Nelson and Tracey Maloney play like a chamber ensemble in the tiny The Drunken City."
|Clockwise from L: Kris L. Nelson, Sara Marsh, Adelin Phelps, Tracey Maloney, Paul de Cordova in The Drunken City|
"Yes, The Drunken City proves that Dark & Stormy Productions is a consistently spunky outfit. Maloney, Nelson, and Sara Marsh commanded the stage, as could be expected. But newcomer Adelin Phelps...almost stole this Adam Bock show."
|Clockwise from L: Adelin Phelps, Sara Marsh, Tracey Maloney, & Kris L. Nelson|
Dark & Stormy Productions honored by critics in 2013!
"Director Ben McGovern teamed with actors Sara Marsh, Bill McCallum and Kris L. Nelson to make David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow" a savagely arresting treat in a found space."
- Rohan Preston
"Sally Wingert led a talented four-actor cast through Adam Bock's dark-as-midnight workplace comedy. The experience was intensified by the found location — a recently vacated downtown office space — that seemed to be haunted by the true nature of the Northeast Office's work."
- Ed Huyck
"New theater company Dark & Stormy Productions is really hitting their stride; they've become one of those theater companies I rely on to never let me down. Their fourth production in just under two years continues their tradition of short, intense, real, small-cast, smartly written plays in unusual locations."
- Jill Schafer, Cherry and Spoon
"[Speed-the-Plow], which starred Guthrie regulars Kris Nelson and Bill McCallum alongside company founder Sara Marsh, gave a gripping, spittle-laced experience. The drama...was more evidence that small theaters are a big part of what makes the performing arts scene special."
- Rohan Preston, Star Tribune
"Dark & Stormy is a newish company that's come screaming out of the gate with a series of terrifically cast shows, professionally produced and expertly marketed...I've seen three out of four shows...[and] I hope Dark & Stormy continues their level of professionalism and rock-star casting."
- Dominic Orlando, Minnesota Playlist