Combustible Company: Theater That Ignites
Combustible Company: Theater That Ignites

Igniting the Stage

Our most recent original production, Bluebeard's Dolllhouse drew an audience of over 400 people to the historic James J Hill House, receiving an overwhelming response from critics and audiences alike. Bluebeard’s Dollhouse merged Charles Perrault’s murderous fairy tale Bluebeard with Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House to create a new “captivity tale” about the fight for personal emergence and acceptance.

"The text is stream-of-consciousness and the performances by all the actors are fluid, flourishing, and elongated. The use of stretched bodies, kinetic movement, and heightened vocal delivery blend to create a dreamlike effect. Bluebeard’s Dollhouse is an enthralling theatrical experience, unique and classical at the same time."John Townsend,
Lavender Magazine

In the Studio, Heads Down

Despite just wrapping up one show, we're not resting on our laurels. We're already hard at work on the next original piece and we're offering our first ever Margolis Method workshop at the Center for Performing Arts!

Margolis Method was developed by Kari Margolis over a period of 25 years and was inspired by the work of such artists as Etienne Decroux, Jerzy Grotowski, and Bertolt Brecht. It's not an aesthetic but a comprehensive series of highly theatrical exercises based on the universal principles of physics and communication. Combustible Company makes extensive use of Margolis Method as part of our creative process. The class will be taught by Erik Hoover, founding member and co-artistic director of Combustible Company and certified Margolis Method instructor.

Thanks to the Max!

2016 was definitely a great year for Combustible Company! It saw our first Give to the Max Day and we met our $1000 goal –and then some! 22 donors helped us raise a total of $1400 to help us develop our next original production.

While we're at it, thanks also to the 40-some donors who supported our crowdfunding campaign for Bluebeard's Dollhouse –we couldn't have done it without you!

Train With Us!

We're offering a ten-week Margolis Method workshop this Winter! The workshop is geared towards advanced students and professional theater artists alike and will focus specifically on integrating text with movement and ensemble relationships in three-dimensional space.

Winter Workshop Details

  • Monday nights from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the Center for Performing Arts.
  • Session 1: January 23rd through February 27th (6 weeks).
  • Session 2: March 6th through March 27th (4 weeks).
  • Registration Fee: $150 for Session 1, $100 for Session 2, or $200 for both sessions. Use this form to sign up online.

Our most recent original production, Bluebeard's Dolllhouse drew an audience of over 400 people to the historic James J Hill House, receiving an overwhelming response from critics and audiences alike. Bluebeard’s Dollhouse merged Charles Perrault’s murderous fairy tale Bluebeard with Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House to create a new “captivity tale” about the fight for personal emergence and acceptance.

"The text is stream-of-consciousness and the performances by all the actors are fluid, flourishing, and elongated. The use of stretched bodies, kinetic movement, and heightened vocal delivery blend to create a dreamlike effect. Bluebeard’s Dollhouse is an enthralling theatrical experience, unique and classical at the same time."John Townsend,
Lavender Magazine

In the Studio, Heads Down

Despite just wrapping up one show, we're not resting on our laurels. We're already hard at work on the next original piece and we're offering our first ever Margolis Method workshop at the Center for Performing Arts!

Margolis Method was developed by Kari Margolis over a period of 25 years and was inspired by the work of such artists as Etienne Decroux, Jerzy Grotowski, and Bertolt Brecht. It's not an aesthetic but a comprehensive series of highly theatrical exercises based on the universal principles of physics and communication. Combustible Company makes extensive use of Margolis Method as part of our creative process. The class will be taught by Erik Hoover, founding member and co-artistic director of Combustible Company and certified Margolis Method instructor.

Thanks to the Max!

2016 was definitely a great year for Combustible Company! It saw our first Give to the Max Day and we met our $1000 goal –and then some! 22 donors helped us raise a total of $1400 to help us develop our next original production.

While we're at it, thanks also to the 40-some donors who supported our crowdfunding campaign for Bluebeard's Dollhouse –we couldn't have done it without you!

Winter Workshop Details

  • Monday nights from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the Center for Performing Arts.
  • Session 1: January 23rd through February 27th (6 weeks).
  • Session 2: March 6th through March 27th (4 weeks).
  • Registration Fee: $150 for Session 1, $100 for Session 2, or $200 for both sessions. Use this form to sign up online.

Combustible Company is a tax-exempt 501c3 organization and registered non-profit in the State of Minnesota

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