Shameless plug of the day—Upright Egg Theatre Company


by Matthew A. Everett • June 17, 2008 • How often to you get to say to your friends…

“Not to get all weird on you or anything, but how’s Uranus doing?”

Uranus had a nice opening. We’re hoping bigger crowds come and see Uranus.”

Juvenile? Sure. But entertaining nonetheless.

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

With so much theater going on in this town, you don’t really need to wait until the Fringe to see some good old, stripped down, nuts and bolts storytelling – with a modern day multidisciplinary spin of course. And green to boot.

That would be Uranus from the folks at Upright Egg Theatre Company, heading into its final performances this weekend.

The Upright Eggs have been a presence at the Fringe the past two years

2006 – The Afterlife Project – one of my pre-Fringe Top 20 that year

2007 – The Chuck Mee Project

and, like all good determined creatives, very active in between Augusts – current production being another example.

The details that wandered into my inbox recently…

“the area premiere of Jeremy Pickard’s


Two young backpackers find themselves lost on a planet made entirely of Earth’s waste. William Herschel is discovering a planet, but he thinks it’s a comet, and he’s fallen in love. The mythological mother of all things, abandoned to haunt the rotten depths of Uranus, relives her progeny’s tragic descent. And the Herschel Family Band plays on.

Also directed by the writer, Jeremy Pickard, a director and actor from New York City. Jeremy is an associate member of Canary Adventures Society, a New York-based company dedicated to tackling issues of the environment through original, company-created work. For the past two years, Jeremy has trained extensively in the Viewpointing and Suzuki techniques with Anne Bogart’s SITI Company, additionally performing with them in 365 Days/365 Plays and leading an off-season supplementary training group

Upright Egg was founded in 2006 to understand and encourage participation in our collective human experience by creating works driven by a spirit of play, risk and community that embrace the magic of the theatrical event.

CAST – Kate Cook, Tim Daly, Kristin Richardson, Matt Riggs, Randy Schmeling, Teale Sperling, Sigrid Sutter, Don Sweet

All Performances at the Tilsner Artists Co-op
300 Broadway Street, St. Paul (Lowertown in Downtown)

Thursday June 19 8:00
Friday June 20 8:00
Saturday June 21 8:00
Sunday June 22 6:00

All tickets are Pay What You Will $5 – $15

Seating is Limited.

Call 651-292-0179 for more info and to reserve tickets.

More information on this and other Upright Egg projects can be found at or

Check them out.

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

Also in the Daily Planet, read Sheila Regan on Uranus.