Play! In the Barn: The Great Calamity Medicine Show
Presented by Cahoot?! Physical Theatre
In the small, quiet town of Velvet Lake, every day seems to pass by without any hiccups or headaches. That is, until a mysterious salesman and his “Cure-All” medicine show rolls into town. His charisma and sharp wit may win over the residents of this quaint town, but what soon unfolds will be remembered in the history books as: “One of the worst medical calamities on earth!” With lovesickness reaching a fever pitch and hallucinogenic side effects running amok, the entire town is thrown into paranoia and chaos. Code Red! Call the CDC! Call the Governor! Call anybody! Who can be trusted?! Who is really to blame for this mess?! Who is in charge?! And will the Mayor’s hair ever be the same again?! Join Cahoot?! Physical Theatre on an adventure dissecting issues of love, greed, and medicine through the lens of Commedia Dell’Arte.
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Suggested admission: $10. Call 507.352.4255 to reserve tickets.
WHAT IS COMMEDIA DELL’ARTE?
Commedia Dell’Arte, meaning “comedy of the profession,” is a style of theatre originating in Italy. At the height of its popularity from the 16th to the 18th century, Commedia Dell’Arte was often performed outdoors in crowded marketplaces and plazas. Featuring elements such as slapstick, over-the-top characters, grand gestures, masks, and improvised scenarios, Commedia Dell’Arte is bold and unabashed in its style and approach to relevant topics.
WHAT IS CAHOOT!?
CAHOOT?! Physical Theatre is the brainchild of 5 performers and artists from across the country and beyond. Jacob Snyder Timmons (North Carolina), Emilia Björk Perkins (Sweden), Chase Perkins (New Hampshire), Gabriela Haught (California), and Eric William Jones (Wisconsin), the co-founders, met and began dreaming of this ensemble while studying together at Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre, the premier institute for physical theatre in the world. All five artists spent three years honing their craft, and have begun to devise wholly original work. At the core of our mission is a radical idea: theatre (and art) should be available to everyone. Our goal is to create high-quality productions available to the public -- for FREE. By doing this, we hope to break down the barriers of location, income, and class to bring innovative theatre to everyone.
Jacob Snyder Timmons is a theatre-maker and educator from Raleigh, North Carolina. He received his BFA in Theatre Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro before heading off to Blue Lake, California to earn his MFA in Ensemble-Based Physical Theatre from Dell’Arte International. In addition to performance, Jacob has also worked as a director, playwright, designer, and puppeteer -- devising a 45-minute solo puppet show Short Circuit. Jacob has previously worked with Raleigh Little Theatre as a teaching artist, actor, and conservatory instructor of movement; North Carolina Theatre for Young People as an actor and puppet designer; and was a founding member of the Springdale Players, a group of young theatre professionals performing in non-traditional spaces, including Arsenic and Old Lace in a living room and kitchen, and Peter and the Starcatcher in a backyard and rooftop. Jacob is passionate about art education and arts accessibility and currently serves as the Program Coordinator with East Side Arts Council.
Chase Perkins is a theatre maker from New Hampshire. He received his B.A. in Theatre from Plymouth State University with a Focus in Acting and Design/Tech. At Plymouth he found his identity not only as an actor but as a designer, director, writer, and technician. This multifaceted approach to theatre led him to pursue higher education at Dell'arte International School of Physical Theatre. Here he earned his M.F.A. in Ensemble Based Physical Theatre, and learned to implement his entire skill set to create original works of theatre. He has worked in positions onstage and backstage for companies, often simultaneously. He has worked for the Dell' Arte Company as Assistant Technical Director for their Mad River Festival, and a member of the Dell' Arte Company's holiday touring troupe as a bumbling clown in an original adaptation of The Snow Queen. Chase has also interned for the Glimmerglass Opera Festival in Stage Operations and was hired to act opposite goats and chickens in the company's farm yard rendition of Ariadne ouf Naxos.
Emilia Bjork-Perkins is a Swedish actress, movement artist, singer and songwriter. She did her first performance at the age of 2, when she sang a Swedish folk song standing on her grandmothers dinner table. She fell in love with singing and performing that day, and continued to do guest performances at her dad’s concerts during her childhood. Her interest for the stage and the arts grew during her teens when she pursued a high school degree with special focus in theatre and dance. When she was 19, she was accepted into the physical theatre program at Kulturama Institute of the Arts in Stockholm. During her years at Kulturama she co-founded the Swedish company “Teater7” that toured in Sweden and Norway with the shows “Divine Words” (2013) and “The Galloping Doctor” (2014). Later in 2014 she decided to leave Sweden to pursue higher education in the US. She spent three years at Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre in Blue Lake, California, where she graduated in June 2017. After graduating she started working at Ferndale Repertory Theatre, where she was wearing many hats both as a teacher, prop designer and performer. She was also part of the cast for the Dell’Arte Company summer production “Ruzzante Comes Home From The War” and “Mary Poppins” at The Arkley Center for the Performing Arts. In March 2019 she moved to the Twin Cities to join the rest of the “Cahooters”.
Eric William Jones is an actor, director, musician, and teacher from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After receiving his BA in Theatre from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, he worked with many theatre companies in the Midwest, including Frank Theater, Walking Shadow Theatre Company, the Milwaukee Entertainment Group, and Milwaukee Cooperative Performance. He served as vice president on the board of directors for Gadfly Theatre Productions, a queer/feminist theatre company in Minneapolis, MN. Eric received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre in Blue Lake, CA in 2018. As a performer, his areas of focus include: musical theatre, mask performance, physical theatre, and interactive and immersive performance. His versatility as a performer has resulted in his performing a wide range of styles and roles, from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Clown, and from “Tartuffe” in Tartuffe to “Prior Walter” in Angels in America. Eric has been teaching theatre to youth for more than five years, and has taught children of all ages – in particular, he is sought as a musical theatre instructor. He’s most recently been teaching musical theatre for Ashland Productions in Maplewood, MN. He also loves theatre games and game mechanics and is developing curriculum for a series of workshops on the theory of gameplay and social well-being
Gabriela Haught is an actor, movement artist, choreographer, director and instructor from Placerville, California. She has been passionate about theatre and dance from a very young age and has been devoted to the arts since her introduction to them. Gabriela has taught theatre and dance at the Crocker House Creative Arts Center in Placerville, CA for nine years. She directed summer camps at the Crocker House of over 100 children as well as choreographed all the dances for these performances. During this time working with children in art, she has gathered years of evidence that the theatre-arts are necessary for positive development for a human’s all-around mental, emotional, and social well-being. She and fellow movement-artist Tiffany Van Camp choreographed and wrote a movement/dance work on gender and sexuality entitled “In Between Us” in 2013; in 2014, she along with Casey Ellis and Gavin Sellers, created a comedy spectacular “If This is It: The Magic Trunk” – both of these devised works were shown for free admission in her home town of Placerville, CA. In 2015, Gabriela then embarked on a three-year training program at Dell’Arte International where she studied ensemble-based physical theatre as well as met her four other co-founders of CAHOOT?! who all shared her passion and belief that theatre is necessary and should be accessible for everyone.
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.