Returning favorites—Live Action Set (Part 4)


by Matthew A. Everett • July 5, 2008 • Can we have a moratorium on the number of productions that members or collaborators of Live Action Set are involved in in this year’s Fringe? Not that I begrudge them a prodigious artistic output or anything, but if they add any more to their list, I’ll never get around to talking about anybody else.

The latest wrinkle…

Kafka’s Disgusting Tale of Transformation, A Buffon’s Metamorphosis

Single White Fringe Geek (and Mom) is the blog of Matthew A. Everett, one of five bloggers covering the Minnesota Fringe Festival for the Daily Planet.

Hey, it worked for The Glass Menagerie last year.


“Galen Treuer and Noah Bremer of Live Action Set team up with Hopkin’s Main Street for the Performing Arts to bring you this outrageous Buffoon clown monstrosity of Kafka’s literary ‘classic’.”

So, what’s with the quotes? Is “The Metamorphosis” suddenly not a classic anymore?

(Wikipedia? “The Metamorphosis (German: Die Verwandlung) is a novella by Franz Kafka, first published in 1915. The story begins with a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, waking to find himself transformed into a ‘monstrous vermin.’”

Commonly (misconstrued apparently) thought to be a cockroach.)

For a while it was just called “META” (because, you know, that’s so meta)

For those, like me, who need reminding about their clown lore – a Bouffon link here

Teens plus Violence and Adult Language equals Clown Monstrosity.

I wonder if I can get them to produce my show, too.

Kafka’s Disgusting Tale of Transformation, A Buffon’s Metamorphosis

Minneapolis Theatre Garage
(711 Franklin Avenue [corner of Franklin and Lyndale] in Minneapolis)

August 1st, 7pm
August 2nd, 7pm
August 3rd, 1pm
August 4th, 5:30pm
August 5th, 8:30pm

Entering his sixth year of blogging about the Minnesota Fringe Festival (and bringing Mom along for the ride as a guest reviewer), Matthew A. Everett is also a local playwright and three-time recipient of grant support from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Information on Matthew and his plays can be found at