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Play! In the Barn: The Best of All Possible Worlds

Play! In the Barn: The Best of All Possible Worlds

Written and Performed by David Mann
Directed by Sarah Gioia


The Best of All Possible Worlds is a one-man comedy created by David Mann about
life in the suburbs, parenting, and being a corporate speaker.

Buy a house. Have some kids. Make a living. Lose your mind. This is the hilariously tragic story of David's venture into the exotic land of business speaking, where he failed to achieve work-life balance.

In David Mann's first original one-man show in 14 years, he exposes the truth about chasing the American Dream. Or at least...he shows what happened to him while pursing it. It's a crazy, funny, weird trip into the jungle of the suburbs, the bizarre world of corporate speaking, and the first years of parenting. 

Mann says, "At age 38 - when we had kids - I immediately started aiming for what so many people of my generation were brought up to want: a stable middle-class life. So I started speaking and consulting in the business world as a way to make a living. But what ended up happening was an exhausting chase for something I could barely even define."

David shares his personal story of trying to live inside the materialistic illusion that dominates American culture. With familiar wry humor and colorful characters, Mann takes us on the ride of his life.


Suggested admission $15. Call 507.352.4255 to reserve tickets.

“David Mann is a consummate storyteller. Through an engaging mix of self-deprecating humor, droll impersonations and occasionally aching personal revelations...the range of emotion he conjures — from guffawing hilarity to bittersweet pain — is always compelling.”


"David Mann rates as local theater royalty - he has mastered every kind of genre. His newest performance is something taken from his own personal experience, but unlike too many solo works that reflect a person’s experience, Mann actually has something to say. There is no self-pity or self-importance, just an ordinary man with certain gifts, including talent as an actor, observer, and a writer, generously allowing us into his personal experience."


"David Mann is a local treasure of the one-person-show genre. His writing is magnificent and the ease and honesty with which he performs his story is truly wonderful. He captures your attention with his energy and humor and holds it through the end of this honest journey."


"WOW! What a personal, engaging, hilarious, insightful, poignant and heartbreaking story. It is brilliantly crafted and told by perhaps the best storyteller around. It captured me from the first minute to the last (and all the way home)."



This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.

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