Pre-Fringe profile: “Burning Man and the Reverend Nuge”


by Phillip Andrew Bennett Low | March 11, 2009

SHOW TITLE: Burning Man and the Reverend Nuge
PRODUCER: Tommy Nugent
SHOW DESCRIPTION: The magic and mayhem of one man’s journey from pentecostal preacher to atheist street magician looking for enlightenment at the annual Burning Man festival in northern Nevada.
WHAT CAUGHT MY INTEREST: I’m a sucker for journey-of-faith narratives, and that includes journeys away from it. Plus, hey! Magic!

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Just who do you think you are, anyway?
Of all the many pentecostal preachers turned strip club bartenders, turned professional gamblers, turned street magicians, turned motivational speakers, turned Fringe solo show artistes and Burning Man devotees…I’m by far the best.

So what’s the big idea?
I tell the above story with humor, heart and the occasional handling of dangerous objects (i.e. razorblades in my mouth).

How did you come up with a screwy idea like that?
I figured if I could get a successful show out my adventures, my parents would feel better about me dropping out of law school and my wife would keep letting me go to Burning Man events.

Why should I care?
You get to hear about the time I helped cast demons out of a fellow Bible College student here in Minneapolis. And there’s the razorblade thing…

Justify your show’s existence in haiku form.
I cast out demons
Then ran wild in Sin City
Next came Burning Man

Phillip Andrew Bennett Low ( is a playwright and poet, storyteller and mime, theater critic and libertarian activist, who lurks ominously in the desert wilds of St. Louis Park, feasting upon the hygienically-prepared flesh of the once-living. His main claim to fame is probably as co-founder of the Rockstar Storytellers, and as founder/producer of Maximum Verbosity, a garage-band-like theater troupe that is in a state of constantly re-defining itself.