"And woe upon the people of Absalom, for on that same Sunday morning that Don Carlos rode into town, so too arrived Don Enrique de Espada, Il Lupo Bianco, the infamous Baron of Bones up and down the Wide Western Frontier..."
In the sin-ridden town of Absalom, two sinister robber barons play a strange game of chess for very high stakes. Packed with physical antics, song, dance, a live Spaghetti Western band, and a barrage of Faulkner references; "Goodnight, Absalom!" examines the big business of cultural polarization in America with a uniquely dark wit.
A workshop production of"Goodnight, Absalom!" was carefully created and filmed by a twelve-person cast, in quarantine, at the Lookout Arts Quarry in August of 2020. A fresh version of the show went on tour across Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Michigan in Fall 2021 and performed 14 free shows for over 2,000 audience members!
Written n' Directed by
Music Composed by
Hot Damn Scandal
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Andrew Pulkrabek is a musician and multidisciplinary performing artist based in Berkeley, CA. Andrew has toured both nationally and internationally as an upright bassist and is pleased to make the town of Absalom the next stop on the journey.
Ani Banani has worn almost every hat the theater has to offer, from actor to sound/lighting tech to stage hand to set designer to stage manager to producer, but lately she's been putting much of her energy toward playing music on carpentry tools, especially the ethereal hand saw. She plays and sings-her-heart-out with Bellingham bands, Hot Damn Scandal and the Best Intentions, as well as various other projects.
Anna Rose Menako is a multidisciplinary dancer, ballet instructor, and artist based in Milwaukee WI. She currently studies ballet, contemporary, jazz, African and more at Water Street Dance Company, as well as working as a muralist, artist assistant, community artist and portrait painter. Anna began studying ballet at the age of four and has continued her training ever since.
Michael Jeppesen is a multimedia artist based in the Pacific Northwest. His artistic endeavors include photography and videography, light design, dance, acrobatics, music and producing/hosting shenanigans such as an annual arial piñata show. He's passionate about the intersection of nature, movement, community and art. Over the years he’s acquired nicknames for his nickname such as: Bootsy, Bootsariffic, Boots Magoots & Bootstrap Juicebox.
Camellia Nieh is a globetrotting multimedia artist based in Bellingham, WA, and supports movement education and community-building projects in Mexico, Israel, Japan, Canada and Europe. She is passionate about movement as a laboratory to explore our connection to the body, creativity, trust, nonverbal communication, touch, expression, openness, presence, listening, healing, and co-created flow state.
Carolina Pimentel is a Mexican actress-puppeteer with specialization in street theater. She's a co-director and founder of the company La Quinta Teatro, whom she has performed with since 2012. "The pandemic drove me crazy! In March I took my suitcase and my tools to organize face-to-face puppet workshops on the road, from the south of Mexico to Minneapolis...and then, who knows?"
Daniel Rosen was born on a small organic farm in northern Minnesota, where he learned to transport himself to other worlds through guitar. Try as he might, he can't seem to stop. He's also an avid writer of speculative fiction.
Jimmy. Legend of the Lips. This man can make sing anything brass—he’ll blow your mind along with the trombone. A wizard who brings to life the full range of soaring trumpets and nuances of the ‘bone both rich and raunchy, Jimmy is pure gold as a brass master. In between songs, he’ll braid challah, and answer various questions with joyful riddles of his own. A spirit bright and chill, he plays and teaches music to keep the roof over his head—lucky indeed are those quaking rafters.
Keara Scannell is a performer based out of Detroit MI. She is a clown first and a roller skater second. She has been performing for 6 years, and has skills including but not limited to fire performing, juggling, stilt walking and object manipulation. By the way her curls bounce to the way she deftly spins, twirls and rotates, there is no doubt she is a tumbleweed.
Mærius Jean Porter is a non-binary theatre practitioner who was born and raised in the heart of Southwest Minnesota. They received a BA in Theatre Arts from Southwest Minnesota State University and were recognized this past year by the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society for their directorial concept of the play Shoe by Marisela Treviño Orta. They are elated at the thought of touring with such an amazing and diverse group of talented individuals.
Madazon Can-Can hails from the less well known city of sin known as Salt Lake City. A sinner by trade and fashion they have been known to bring Can-Cantroversy wherever they lay their hat. Never one to shy away from a good time or a bad rhyme, Madazon intends to swoon you on the microphone and take you for a ride that only a true cowboi can give you. Femcee, radical educator, sex worker and clown...they say if anyone can...Madazon Can Can.
Marysia Kochac is an all-purpose swiss-army knife of a circus artist, with a background in street performing, object manipulation, musical theatre, contortion, sideshow and handbalancing. She recently graduated from the New England Center for Circus Arts with a major in acrobatics and artistic falling. Never one to sit on her hands, she much prefers to stand on them and can generally be found precariously balancing herself and others at any given opportunity.
Nat hopes that one day drummers will finally get a little respect around here.
Nathan Searls (he/they) is a trans, queer artist, musician, and theatre maker based in the Twin Cities. He has worked extensively with children's theatre in various roles of both the performance and technical varieties, and is a former Actor Educator with CLIMB Theatre in Inver Grove Heights, MN. An avid costume designer, stage manager, playwright, and performer, they are thrilled to join the crew in a role that quite literally puts them behind AND in the spotlight.
Pete Irving, 31, has been writing and playing music as his primary means of making a living for over a decade. His most common creative outlet is his band - Hot Damn Scandal - which has in various incarnations seen almost every state in the union. He currently resides in Bellingham, Washington.