A reimagining of the Oedipus mythology, These Are The Men examines love, hope and beauty hidden in the darkness of one of ancient Greece’s greatest tragedies. Through the many relationships of Jocasta, we explore the intersection of time, fate, and freewill through Jocasta’s eyes. Soundscapes and movement combine with text to ask: Is ignorance of the past (and future) truly bliss?
Full Production March 14 - April 18, 2015 The Southern Theater 1420 Washington Ave S Minneapolis, MN
Presented as part of the Southern Theater’s ARTshare.
Workshop Presentation May 2 & 3, 2014 The Southern Theater 1420 Washington Ave S Minneapolis, MN
May 4, 2014 Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts 6666 E River Rd Fridley, MN
"I highly recommend this new play. It is poignant, with a surprising number of lighthearted moments for such a tragic tale." - Aisle Say Twin Cities
"These Are The Men has no easy answers. It almost demands you continue to juggle both sides of every question. It’s an intriguing way to reinvigorate a centuries old story." - Twin Cities Daily Planet
FEATURING Lisa Brimmer, Russ Dugger, Hannah K. Holman, Alana Horton, Heidi Jedlicka Halvarson, Daniel Joeck, Foster Johns, Laura Leffler-McCabe, Mason Mahoney, Mike Ooms, Siddeeqah Shabazz, and Nick Wolf
Conceived and Directed by Blake E. Bolan Written by Blake E. Bolan and Laura Leffler-McCabe Created with Savage Umbrella and the ensemble
Director/Co-Writer . . . Blake E. Bolan Co-Writer . . . Laura Leffler-McCabe Stage Manager . . . Jessica Spivey Scenic Design . . . Brian Proball Assistant Scenic Design . . . Travis Collins Lighting Design . . . James Eischen Costume Design . . . Heidi Jedlicka Halvarson, Laura Leffler-McCabe, Mason Mahoney Sound Design . . . Ted Moore Dramaturg . . . Megan Clark Production Manager . . . Tanner Curl
Thank you, Minnesota! This activity is the recipient of a generous grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council and is funded, in part, by appropriations from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund, and its arts and cultural heritage fund.
PERFORMANCE PHOTOS (2015)
MINNEAPOLIS INSTITUTE OF ARTS PREVIEW PERFORMANCE PHOTOS (2015)
WORKSHOP PHOTOS (2014)
ORIGINAL WORKSHOP ENSEMBLE
Neal Beckman, Lisa Marie Brimmer, Megan Clark, Tanner Curl, Joy Dolo Anfinson, Russ Dugger, Emily Dussault, Eric Elefson, Kathryn Fumie, Joe Halvarson, Heidi Jedlicka Halvarson, Theo Langason, Laura Leffler-McCabe, Derek Lee Miller, Paul Rutledge, Siddeeqah Shabazz, and Gwethalyn Williams
Director/Creator . . . Blake E. Bolan Additional Creation . . . Laura Leffler-McCabe Production Manager . . . Mason Mahoney Sound Designer . . . Ted Moore