Smackdown 2014 photo

24:00:00 Xtreme Theatre Smackdown 2014

6 new plays created in just 24 hours with some of the Twin Cities’ most bad-ass female theatre artists! Theatrical thrills, spills, triumphs and tragedies – you witness the results – one night only!

Trailer:

Hosts:

Emcee: Crushinator the Corset Buster
Xtreme Cheerleaders: Heather “Black Leather” Brady, “Rocco Sockem” Rick Logan
Xtreme SmackCasters: “Jumpin” JoAnn Fernandez, Erica “Legs” Lindquist

Process:

In November, we invited the general public to suggest ingredients to include in the Smackdown scripts. In December, we conducted voting on those suggestions. On Friday evening at 9:00 PM, we revealed the winning ingredients to six teams of playwrights, who had to include all of those ingredients in their scripts. At 6:00 AM on Saturday morning, the newly written plays were assigned directors and actors. Rehearsals skidded to a halt just in time for the doors to open.
2014 Ingredients:

Line of Dialogue:
“If I had only learned Norwegian.”
Submitted by Valerie Borey

An Object:
A monocle
Submitted by Liz Johnson

An Emotion:
Complete, absolute confidence, no matter what
Submitted by Maureen Henderson

Random:
One actor must touch another actor at all times
Submitted by Anissa Lubbers

Theatre Unbound Pick:
A polar vortex

Plays:

Color Guardians

Written by: Eli “Death Merchant of Venice” Effinger-Weintraub, Jessica “License to Quill” Huang
Directed by: Meg “The Mangler” Greivell
Featuring: Heather “H-Bomb” Burmeister, Scot “Dizzle” Moore, Erin “Bobbin Weave” Sheppard, David “schlos-en-ator” Schlosser

Oui, Ja

Written by: Valerie “The Norn of Scorn” Borey, Nathan “Atomic Piper” Schilz
Directed by: Cynthia “The In-Cyn-erator” Uhrich
Featuring: Andie “The Annihilator” Olthoff, David “Ballz-Out Bungler” Coral, Margaret “Baby MacDeath” McDonald

Talking Pollyana
or – if you wanna see me do my thing, baby pull my string

Written by: “FireChild” Brenda Bell Brown (“I will light you up!”), “Rowdy” Rhiana Yazzie
Directed by: Alissa “The Timelord” Blaeser
Featuring: Kristen “BadgerBadass” Mathisen, Sarah “The Sour-Patch Kid” Parker, Shalee “The Showman” Coleman, Virginia “Gingersnap” Krubsack

Blind Intervention

Written by: Abby “Abigator the Dominator” Swafford, Mike “Skyscraper” Hentges
Directed by: Callie “The Silencer” Meiners
Featuring: Alison “Alligator” Anderson, Adam “The Funk Fighter” Western, “Teeth-Taking” Tyler Martin, Linda “Sassy Ell Ell Bee” Berglund, Mohmammed “Delta” Yabdri, Charla Marie “Chocolate Thunder” Bailey

Tender Ursae

Written by: Heather “Lady Hands” Meyer, Ben “Five Point Palm Exploding Pun Technique” Tallen
Directed by: Jessica “The Judge” Johnson Frohling
Featuring: Catherine “The Kicker” Hansen, Jenn “The Hungarian Hurricane” Kudelka, Victoria “Drunken Potato Famine” Pyan

The Case of the Noisy Neighbor

Written by: Katherine “Ass Kicker” Glover, Brian “The Wolfguard” Watson-Jones
Directed by: Jenny Marie “Midnight Thunder” Moeller
Featuring: Rachael “Radaizies” Davies, Amanda “Da Bomb” Thomm, Christy “Cherry Pop” Ellis, Jamila “The Green Eyed Monster” Anderson, Siddeeqah “Sha-bad-ass” Shabazz

Creative Team:

Box Office Manager: Anne "Vegetarian Vegetable" Bertram
Stage Manager: Lyndsey "Three Hands" Harter
Light Board: Brittany "The Whip" Pooladian
Backstage Crew: Jeni "The Mad Hatter" Long, "Sassafras" Sadie Ward
Playwright Wrangler: Matthew "Deus Ex Machine Blues" Everett
Actor/Director Wrangler: Delta "Fugheddaboudit" Giordano
Craft Services: Crystal "Meth" Schneider
Volunteer Coordinator: Kari "Ima Kut You" Kelly
Web Guru: Laura "Lemme at 'em" Wiebers
Photography: Scott "The Manic Squirrel" Pakudaitis
Videography: TMJ Productions and SPNN
Graphic Design: "Pixel Man" Greg Vanselow

Press:

Article: Twin Cities Pioneer Press
Review: How Was The Show
Review: Aisle Say

January 11, 2014
8:00 pm
One Night Only

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

Jessica Armbruster City Pages November 25, 2016

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