24:00:00 Xtreme Theatre Smackdown 2019

What it is:
Six 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)

Performances held at:
SteppingStone Theatre
55 N Victoria Street
St Paul, MN 55104

Process:
We invited the general public to suggest “ingredients” to be included in the Smackdown scripts. Then we held a vote on those suggestions. Last night at 9:00 PM, we revealed the winners to six teams of playwrights, who had to include all of those ingredients in their scripts. Special this year, each team also received an additional ingredient from a local woman artistic director. At 6:00 AM this morning, the newly-written plays were assigned directors and actors. Rehearsals skidded to a halt just in time for the doors to open. SMACKDOWN!

Ingredients:
Stage Direction: Two characters try to high five. They miss up top, but catch it down low. (Submitted by Clara Costello)
Line of Dialog: “Who gave the mouse total creative control?” (Submitted by Oops, we forgot to ask for a name!)
Prop: A Tinfoil Hat (Submitted by Oops, we forgot to ask for a name!)

Staff:
She Who Must Be Obeyed: Jenny Marie “Uber Feminist” Moeller
Master Wrangler: Mara “Foxy Lady” St Pierre
Box Office Captain: Ashley “Minnesota Smashley” Wheeler
Box Office Lieutenant: Anne “Gray Eminence” Bertram
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 “The Tutued Squirrel” Pakudaitis
Video Monkey: Otto “Powerstroke”
Graphics Wizard: “Pixel Man” Greg Vanselow

Hosts:
Smack Talk Vanselow
Verisimilitude Hiptoss
Chatty LaRue

Plays:

Smackdown 2019IMAGINARY FRIENDS HAVE FEELINGS TOO
Written by Destiny “Walking Disaster” Davison & Ruth “Pain Circus” Virkus
Directed by Sarah “Pink Belly” Broude
Featuring: Kristin “Danger K” Foster, Matt “Skudd” Downs, Carolyn “Levy-Me-Alone”, Gaia “Into the Wild” Mencagli and Rachel “Ginger Snap” Nielsen
Special Ingredient: Marcela Lorca (Ten Thousand Things) Stage Direction: Sounds of waves in the distance
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Smackdown 2019A PARTY WITH MY PEEPS
Written by Lyssa “Glitter Unicorn” Sparrow & Gina “Muscle Memory” Musto
Directed by Alison “Babe” Ruth
Featuring: Laura “Thunder Rumble” Mason!!, Kiko “El Tiburón” Laureano, Jada “Drama Mama” Pulley and Brid “the Bacchae” Henry
Special Ingredient: Marcela Lorca (TTT) Stage Direction: She sweeps the leaves. She takes her time.
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Smackdown 2019LOVE BASKET
Written by Maxwell “Swagger Bucks McDucketts” Collyard & Toni “The Helicopter” Halleen
Directed by Melissa “Miss Direction” Simmons
Featuring: Lily “Big Biscuit” Noonan, Lynda “Dead Serious” Dahl, and Ali “Bad Ass” Gould
Special Ingredient: Marcela Lorca (TTT) Line of Dialog: “Listen to that wild wind… we’ll all be blown away.”
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Smackdown 2019TOO MUCH WHINING, NOT ENOUGH SHAPOOPIE
Written by Lana ‘Sorry Not Sorry’ Aylesworth & Caroline ‘Third Degree Byrne’ Donnelly
Directed by Grace “Grape Jelly” Barnstead
Featuring: Anna “Rhymes with Piranha” Sutheim, Siri “The Cat-Napper” Hammond and Shawna “Wanna Dump Trump” Evans
Special Ingredient: Jenny Moeller (Raw Sugar/TU) Wildcard: It’s a musical.
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Smackdown 2019THE MERMAID’S GENOME
Written by Valerie “The Vortex” Borey & “Rowdy” Rhiana Yazzie
Directed by Rachel “Mother of Mayhem” Teagle
Featuring: Sam “The Whirligig” Biatch, Anna “Lady MacDeath” Pladson and Laila “The Slaila” Sahir
Special Ingredient: Isabel Nelson (Transatlantic Love Affair): Stage Direction: She breaks into spontaneous dance.
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Smackdown 2019THE THING IN THE ROOM
Written by Eva “Devil Tooth” Adderley & Kit “the Hammer” Bix
Directed by Charla Marie “Bad Mama Jama” Bailey
Featuring: Piper “Princess Possum” Quinn, Laura “Lemme at ‘em” Wiebers and Boo “The Ghost Maker” Segersin
Special Ingredient: Jenny Moeller (RS/TU) Wildcard: Someone talks like a train.
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January 12, 2019
8:00 pm

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