Extremities

By William Mastrosimone

Directed by Mel Day

Featuring: Sara Marsh* (Marjorie), James Rodríguez (Raul), Tracey Maloney* (Terry), and Emily Bridges* (Patricia)

Presented in production with The Mount Curve Company and North Star Theatricals in partnership with Artspace at the Grain Belt Warehouse (2015)

Photos: Heidi Bohnenkamp


"...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 

"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 Rodríguez 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

"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, Marsh and Rodríguez 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

"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…So yes, the play still has much to say. Raul is a loathsome, evil man. But even 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 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." — Pamela Espeland, MinnPost 

"...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 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." — John Olive, How Was The Show?

"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." — Jill Schafer, Cherry and Spoon  

"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. In Extremities, [fight choreographer Annie Enneking] 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." — Arthur Dorman, Talkin' Broadway


Photo: Heidi Bohnenkamp | MUA: Jen Santoro Rotty | Design: Kevin Cannon

Photo: Heidi Bohnenkamp | MUA: Jen Santoro Rotty | Design: Kevin Cannon


*Member, Actors’ Equity Association


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