Mom’s in town this weekend, visiting to see my play But Not For Love, so my time this weekend is spoken for.
Now, with pretty much anyone else, the words Beatnik and Giselle side by side would have me rolling my eyes so strenuously they’d be in danger of popping out of my head. But when you put the name Sandbox Theatre in front of the title, I immediately assume they know what the heck they’re doing, and I’m gonna love the thing. (After all, I worried about the same “pretentious theater” red flags with .faust – and I needn’t have worried there either. And The Mad Trapper Of Rat River was so much fun it easily earned a berth on my list of top 10 theater experiences in 2011.)
Then you hit me with a cast of characters including:
Kate Guentzel as Giselle
Ryan Hill as Allen Ginsberg
Derek Meyer as Neal Cassady
Derek Lee Miller as Jack Kerouac
and I’m well beyond being fully onboard with the idea.
(This is likely about 75 percent the actors involved, and 25 percent a happy gay love hangover from seeing the movie Howl but most theatergoing decisions are based on such strange equations.)
Also, live music conceived by designer Tim Donahue – which was a huge part of the fun in Mad Trapper; music created and performed by Greg Schutte, and Jacqueline Ultan
The ensemble also includes Katie Bradley, Nicole Devereaux, Evelyn Digirolamo, Erika Hansen, Theo Langason, Zainab Musa, and of course Heather Stone (what would a Sandbox piece be without Heather Stone?)
Sandbox’s website further says the following…
Sandbox Theatre brings its highly stylized brand of movement-based storytelling to the uneasy, shifting America of the 1950s with Beatnik Giselle. Intersecting worlds of the Beats and the classic romantic ballet Giselle will dance and clash through issues of gender, sexuality, race and entitlement. A powerful, provocative piece, Beatnik Giselle features live music, dance, and Sandbox’s signature transformative set design, guaranteeing a Southern Theater like you’ve never seen.
Beatnik Giselle is currently in its creation process, and is proving to be Sandbox’s most provocative production to date. Gritty, stark and heavy; Beatnik Giselle is sizzling with sex, drug use and the raw language of the Beats. This show is intended for mature audiences.
Beatnik Giselle is Sandbox Theatre’s first production at Minneapolis’ historic Southern Theater, and runs just four performances.
(Arrggh! Have I mentioned enough times how much I hate missing this one? Thankfully, you don’t have to…)
Southern Theater – 1420 Washington Avenue South in Minneapolis
Friday, October 19th 8:00pm – Post Show Reception
Saturday, October 20th 2:00pm
Saturday, October 20th 8:00pm
Sunday, October 21st 2:00pm
Photo by Richard Fleischman Photography – Ryan Hill as Allen Ginsberg, Kate Guentzel as Giselle in Beatnik Giselle