Mike Harris, creator of The WYASKY News and other popular political shorts, directs this full-length play chronicalling the ups and downs of a radical theater troupe through the ages.
"Big Ole's Theatre for the Revolutionary Arts: The First 100 Years" is a documentary-style look at a fictional company of subversive artists, featuring scenes from their most influential shows and depicting the backstage tribulations that directed the course of their development as a Minneapolis counter-cultural institution.
First Weekend is "Pay What You Think It's Worth!"
Second Weekend is $15.00 (no one turned away for lack of funds)
City Pages A-List: BIG OLE Quinton Skinner, City Pages, Minneapolis "...a refreshingly straightforward take on radicalism ..." Some would hold that we're in need of a revolutionary movement (never mind, for the moment, the darker apprehension that the revolution has already happened, and that it wasn't the one we were hoping for). The prevailing mode in art, by and large, has recently been to seek out metaphor and historical precedent for these bellicose and authoritarian years. So a refreshingly straightforward take on radicalism is on offer in this show, the creation of Mike Harris, which depicts, documentary-style, the triumphs and setbacks of a lefty theater troupe as it wends its way through the 20th century. It's a fictional take on Minneapolis counterculture, and while it won't eliminate the rot in the body politic, it promises seditious fun.
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