Eleventh Season: 2008-09

Fool For Love by Sam Shepard

Eddie – Peter Christian Hansen*
May – Stacia Rice*
Martin – Seth Patterson
The Old Man – Ed Jones

* member, Actors’ Equity Association

Director: Brian Balcom

The NEW Gremlin Theatre

Fool for Love is the first production presented by Gremlin in its new space on University Avenue and the intimacy of the theater proves a tremendous asset in conveying the confined nature of May and Eddies’ relationship. These characters are chained to one another, unable to live together, but unwilling to walk away, forever repeating the same tempestuous cycle of emotional abuse. Imprisoned together, a cheap motel room becomes a kind of relationship limbo just a step removed from total damnation.

Gremlin Theatre’s Fool for Love devastates with the dire emotional consequences of passionate fools ensnared in a love beyond their understanding.

Review By Quentin Skinner
City Pages – December 8, 2008

Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen
adapted by Craig Johnson

When Hedda Gabler appeared in 1890, it was greeted by outrage and bewilderment. Who was this perverse, contradictory, destructive title character? Hedda has been called the “female Hamlet” for her psychological depth and emotional complexity. Craig Johnson directs Twin Cities actress Mo Perry in a new adaptation that brings Ibsen’s provocative masterpiece to life with passion, wit, and ruthless danger.

Hedda Gabler – Mo Perry

Director: Craig Johnson

Gremlin Theatre

The Enemy: Time by Tennessee Williams
Produced in conjunction with The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival

This dynamite short play inspired Tennessee Williams to write Sweet Bird of Youth, later adapted into a 1962 award-winning film starring Paul Newman and Geraldine Paige. And while Sweet Bird is undoubtedly an American masterpiece, the seeds were first sown in his poetic, heartbreaking original, The Enemy: Time. Written in 1952, The Enemy: Time has never been performed until now. Be among the first to see this dramatic early version of a Williams classic.

The tightly compressed drama is a half-hour of distilled Tennessee Williams, and, like all Williams’ short plays, packs quite a wallop. A fading Hollywood ne’er-do-well, Phil Beam (played by Peter Christian Hansen in the role that became Newman’s “Chance Wayne”), falls victim to his past indiscretions in a fateful homecoming. The clock tick-tick-ticks away as a witness to his fading looks, crumbling lies and sexual corruption.

Peter Christian Hansen*
Caroline Cooney*
Melissa Hart*
Benjamin Rosenbaum
Sally Ann Wright
Garry Geiken
Julie Ann Nevill

* member, Actors’ Equity Association

Director: Jef Hall-Flavin
Technical Director: Carl Schoenborn
Producer: Peter Christian Hansen
Set Design & Lighting Design: Carl Schoenborn
Costume Design: A. Emily Heaney
Sound Design: Katharine Horowitz