Dark & Stormy Productions Presents:

by William Mastrosimone
Directed by Mel Day
Photo by Melissa Hesse. Makeup by Crist Ballas. Design by Kevin Cannon.

A Regional Premiere

Sara Marsh*, Nels Lennes, and Tony Sarnicki

December 16, 2015 - January 9, 201

Presented at the
Artspace Grain Belt Warehouse
77 13th Ave. NE, Studio 202
Minneapolis, MN 55413 

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When Sunshine, the headliner of Club Paradise, has a chance encounter outside her booth with a paramedic, Nelson, they seem to have nothing in common. But their feelings of mutual disdain and confusion develop into the first true, tumultuous intimacy either has ever experienced: one that illuminates a world of loneliness with a spark of hope.

Funny, frightening, and poignant, Sunshine is a dark comedy about true intimacy, second chances, forgiveness, and new beginnings. 

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Previously this Season:

"...[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.

"Dark & Stormy is delivering a gripping staging of Extremities, chillingly served by Annie Enneking’s breathtaking fight choreography. Sara Marsh is magnificent as Marjorie...the powerful James Rodriguez terrifies as [Raul]...Tracey Maloney embodies [Terry] with an anguished sense of humanity...Emily Bridges is splendid in the role [of Patricia]. Director Mel Day has guided this inspired and intimate production with a primal eye that plugs into how quickly the sadistic instinct is triggered without any hope of reversal in both men and women."
- John Townsend, Lavender Magazine

Sara Marsh (Marjorie) & James Rodriguez (Raul) 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
Tracey Maloney (Terry), James Rodriguez (Raul), Sara Marsh (Marjorie), & Emily Bridges (Patricia) 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. RodrĂ­guez 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."

Emily Bridges (Patricia), Tracey Maloney (Terry), & Sara Marsh (Marjorie) in Extremities. Photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp.
"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."

Sara Marsh (Marjorie) & James Rodriguez (Raul) in Extremities. Photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp.

"Performed in the most intimate of spaces, with the audience within arm's reach of the physical and emotional violence portrayed, the four actors each give amazing performances that create real, recognizable people. Fight choreographer Annie Enneking's name appears on playbills in Twin Cities theaters perhaps more often than any single artist in our community. In Extremities, she outdoes herself in guiding the struggle between Marjorie and Raul, creating violence that seems to hold back no bars. I doubt I was alone in holding my breath during these scenes. It is hard to imagine anyone unmoved by the power of the performances, or unshaken by the tough questions the play raises."

James Rodriguez (Raul) & Sara Marsh (Marjorie) in Extremities. Photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp.


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.

The Hothouse
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

John Catron, Mark Benninghofen, Sara Marsh, Robert Dorfman. Photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp.

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!



Speed-the-Plow named a Top Ten Production of 2013 by the Star Tribune:

"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 

The Receptionist named a Top Ten Production of 2013 by City Pages:


"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



Read Star Tribune theater critic Rohan Preston's feature on Dark & Stormy Productions!


"[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


  Read the full article on the Twin Cities' small theaters here!

"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

*Member, Actors' Equity Association
Extremities is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.