by Harold Pinter
Directed by Benjamin McGovern**
December 10, 2014 - January 4, 2015
A REGIONAL PREMIERE
|(Clockwise from Upper Left): Bill McCallum, John Catron, Mark Benninghofen, Sara Marsh, Robert Dorfman|
Featuring a stellar cast: Robert Dorfman*, Mark Benninghofen*, John Catron*, Sara Marsh*, Bill McCallum*, and Bruce Bohne*!
The Hothouse will be presented in the atrium of the 1906 Grain Belt Bottling House. Dark & Stormy is thrilled to be partnering again with Artspace to bring you The Hothouse!
The Hothouse is a brilliant dark comedy that uses lacerating wit, terrifying intensity, vaudevillian humor, and a touch of the absurd to provide an acute, searing, comic indictment of institutional bureaucracy. This clever and cutting Pinter piece exposes the underbelly of the hierarchical power structure at an ambiguous institution – which is at once functional and falling apart – on one fateful Christmas Day.
Written in 1958 with both a foresight and an insightfulness that evoke a mash-up of “Orange is the New Black” and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Hothouse deals in themes such as abuse, power, sexuality, and elitism that go to the heart of political and societal issues thriving in the world today. Dark & Stormy Productions is delighted to present the regional premiere of this rarely-produced Pinter gem this holiday season.
"...a hauntingly prescient nightmare."
- The Independent
"...biliously funny...politically lethal."
- The Guardian
Dark & Stormy Productions honored by critics in 2014!
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, under whose aegis Bill McCallum staged this winner, 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