The benefits of Red Eye's Works in Progress: "Too often in the theater we are rushed to production."
Photo by Liz Josheff
This weekend, Red Eye Theater will present its annual Works in Progress event. The series showcases a group of new pieces that have been in development over the course of the past six months at the space. It's all part of the theater's New Works 4 Weeks festival, which runs through June 23, and is an example of Red Eye's commitment to supporting artists in the beginning stages of new work.
Thalia Bea Kostman, Jeesun Choe, Anna Lewein, and Nate Gebhard
The pair had originally proposed exploring a lecture demonstration of the Somerton case file, but they had so much source material and research, plus Heeringa's two years of solo work, that they weren't sure how to honor it all.
"So we invited over some artists, and held a funeral," Heeringa says. "It was a formal-dress service with a visitation hour, candles, awkward condolences, and eulogies. We each gave speeches and said goodbye to the Somerton man and all of the expectations we carried with him."
"Too often in the theater we are rushed to production," says Heeringa. "The WIP provided us with the time and space to explore an idea we had, and it allowed us to test run a half-dozen concepts in front of a sharp audience of artists. We left every session with critical feedback, centering questions, and pages of new ideas."
New Works 4 Weeks
Works in Progress 2013
8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday through June 2
$8; pay-as-able Thursday
Nick LeMere's He & Him/She & Her June 6-9
Angharad Davies's Pretend and Tamara Ober's Sin Eater June 13-16
Rehearsing Failure, by Lisa Channer, Cory Hinkle, and Annie Enneking June 20-23
Red Eye Theater
15 West 14th St., Minneapolis
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