24:00:00 Xtreme Theatre Smackdown 2018

January 13, 2018

6 new plays created in just 24 hours with some of the Twin Cities’ most bad-ass female theatre artists!


“The resulting plays could crash and burn, turn out mind-blowingly awesome, or maybe a head-spinning combination of the two.” (City Pages)


New and different this year:

In addition to the ingredients you voted for, the plays incorporated ingredients contributed by local women artistic directors. Michelle Hensley from Ten Thousand Things, Wendy Knox from Frank Theatre, Kate Powers from The Redeeming Time Project, Rhiana Yazzie from New Native Theatre, Sarah Rasmussen from Jungle Theater, and Liz Neerland from nimbus have dreamed up wild, inspiring elements for our artists to include.


Smack Talk was joined by the fabulous VERISIMILITUDE HIPTOSS. Veri said, “I’m soooooo looking forward to uplifting this Smackdown event into an affair to remember in the 21st century with a little of my personal flair. Smack Talk won’t even see what’s coming.”


We have a hashtag. #tusmackdown2018. Use and follow!

The plays:

CREATIVE COUNSELING

Written by Ray “Lighter Fluid” Macairan & Mike “Skyscraper” Hentges

Directed by Shalee “The Showman” Coleman

Featuring: Mickaylee “Mayhem” Shaughnessy, Tyler “Time Twisting” Martin and Boo “The Ghost Maker” Segersin

Special Ingredient: Liz Neerland (nimbus) Line of Dialog: I don’t even remember buying this cheetah.


THE BICKERSONS GO TO HAWAII

Written by Katie “KABOOM” Vang & Toni “The Helicopter” Halleen

Directed by Delta “Gamma Pow” Giordano

Featuring: Carolyn “Levy-Me-Alone”, Hails “The Whale” Colwell, Craig “The Transformer” Benson and Volcanic Virginia Vaske

Special Ingredient: Kate Powers (RTP) Line of Dialog: I always thought Shakespeare was just for white people.


TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN

Written by Rachael “Get the hell out of my way” Brogan Flanery & Eli “Death Merchant of Venice” Effinger-Weintraub

Directed by Charla Marie “Bad Mama Jama” Bailey

Featuring: Anna “Octoprof” Sutheim, Stephanie “Half Pint” Ruas, Tessa “La Reina” Dahlgren and Kari Elizabeth “The Great Pyrtector” Godfrey

Special Ingredient: Michelle Hensley (Ten Thousand Things): a key


THE PRINCESS, THE TROLL, AND THE UNRELIABLE NARRATOR

Written by Paige “Collateral Damage” Collette & Ruth “Pain Circus” Virkus

Directed by Alexandra “Bad Ass” Gould

Featuring: Renee “Wreck ‘em” Werbowski, Michelle “La Branca” Casali & Craig “The Transformer” Benson

Special Ingredient: Wendy Knox (Frank) Stage Direction: She turns a cartwheel, then flips the bird


MY INNER ME

Written by Lyssa “the Queerdo” Sparrow & Gina “Muscle Memory” Musto

Directed by Alison “Babe” Ruth

Featuring: Samantha “Fancy Feet” Singh, Victoria “Drunken Potato Famine” Pyan and Alicia “Aquarian Queen” Britton

Special Ingredient: Sarah Rasmussen (Jungle): A really large iced latte


WONDER GIRLS

Written by Eva “Devil Tooth” Adderley & Kit “the Hammer” Bix

Directed by Melissa “Miss Direction” Simmons

Featuring: Alison “Elephant Stomp” Anderson, Lily “Big Biscuit” Noonan, and Nissa “Brawn-tosaurus” Nordland

Special Ingredient: Rhiana Yazzie (New Native Theatre): PinkiePie

Smackdown Staff:

Master Wrangler: Mara “Foxy Lady” St Pierre

Box Office Captain: Anne “Gray Eminence” Bertram

Box Office Lieutenant: Danielle “Soul of the Party” Schreppel

Technical Mastermind: Brittany “The Whip” Pooladian

Stage Commandant: Orit “The Hair” Ackerman

Backstage Ninjas: Jeni “The Mad Hatter” Long, Deisha Long & Precious Long “The Riot Girls”, “Bad-Ass” Ben Pooladian

Playwright Wrangler: Matthew “Deus Ex Machina Blues” Everett

Supreme Chancellor of Craft Services: Barbara “Bullseye” Davis

Volunteer Wrangler: Charla Marie “Bad Mama Jama” Bailey

Web Guru: Laura “Lemme at ‘em” Wiebers

Photo Master: Scott “Tutú Ardilla” Pakudaitis

Video Monkey: Otto “Powerstroke”

Graphics Wizard: “Pixel Man” Greg Vanselow

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