528 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Region: Minneapolis (Downtown)
As anyone who's ever gotten chills listening to a campfire story can attest, the secret to a good scare is all in the atmosphere. This axiom of creepiness features in playwright Laura Schellhardt's macabre solo show, The K of D (a.k.a. The Kiss of Death). Featuring Renata Friedman, a performer whose close association with the piece stretches back to its original workshop development, the play spins a yarn of cryptic veracity around 12-year-old Charlotte McGraw, a small-town girl whose innocence is forever stolen by the shocking death of her twin brother. Hit by a reckless driver, Charlotte's sibling passes away in her arms, but not before bestowing a dying kiss. From that day forth a rumor spreads that Charlotte's lips possess the power of death. An urban legend crossed with a coming-of-age narrative, The K of D requires Friedman to channel the voices of some 16 unique roles, each drawn from Schellhardt's recollections of growing up in rural Ohio. Heralded for her uncanny ability to lose herself in each character, Friedman is sure to be a mesmerizing presence, casting viewers under the work's dark spell. Though the true story behind the story remains shrouded in mystery, this is one production that insists on peering into the darkness and confronting the fears found within. (Photo by Chris Bennion)
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Wed., Oct. 12, 10 a.m.; Sun., Oct. 16, 7 p.m.; Wed., Oct. 19, 10 a.m. Starts: Oct. 7. Continues through Oct. 22, 2011