To grade schoolers in the 1970s, no one — not even the Fonz — was as cool as Evel Knievel, the daredevil as famous for his failures as his triumphs. It didn't matter that he failed (Snake Canyon, for example), it was that after the flames were doused, he got up again and tried another stunt. In Herocycle, creators Kym Longhi and Erik Hoover take us deep into the mind of Knievel on his final journey from life to death. The show originated at Red Eye's Works in Progress series in 2008; it then had a hit run at that year's Minnesota Fringe Festival. The revised edition merges theater, movement, and aerial skills into a singular evening of performance. Directed by Longhi, Herocycle features music by Sam Brooks and Kalen Keir, and the performing talents of Beth Brooks, Sasha Gibbs, Hoover, and Jim Peitzman. The piece takes cues not just from Knievel's exploits, but also connects the stunt jumper to the greater heroic journey as detailed by Joseph Campbell. Knievel, after all, arrived as a red, white, and blue icon amid the chaos of the late '60s and the Watergate-fueled malaise of the early 1970s. Special events during the week-long run include a Trivia Mafia session before the Wednesday, June 26, performance, and a pre-show discussion Thursday, June 27 (both events start at 6:15 p.m.). (Photo by Linda Passon Mcnally)
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. Starts: June 21. Continues through June 29, 2013
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