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Our Work:

Combustible Company began life as “FTF Works” and we produced our first show, Herocycle, as part of the 2008 Fringe Festival. In 2013, Herocycle was re-made as an evening-length work at Old Arizona. Then, in 2015, we changed our name to Combustible Company and gained non-profit status. We staged our second evening-length production, Bluebeard’s Dollhouse in 2016 at the historic James J Hill House and our third production, The Imaginary Invalid, in 2018 at the brand-new Gremlin Theater.

  • The Imaginary Invalid

    April 14 – April 28, 2018

    The Imaginary Invalid tells the story of Argan, a miserly hypochondriac who hatches a scheme to get free healthcare by marrying off one of his daughters (Angelique) to a young doctor. Dependent on extravagant cures and desperately worried about his ability to continue to pay for his medical care, he will do anything. Angelique however, having already fallen in love with someone else, has other plans for her life. Argan’s clever servant (Toinette) and gregarious brother (Beralde) come to her aid as they seek to unwind both his nefarious plot and his unhealthy obsession with quackery.

    Though written over 300 years ago, The Imaginary Invalid is a strikingly-relevant, passionate farce that shines a light on the wounds we inflict upon ourselves, the scars of life, and the lengths that some will go to achieve "affordable" healthcare in a seemingly-incurable system. This fresh translation by Oded Gross features original Motown- and pop-inspired songs by Paul James Prendergast, commedia dell'arte roots, and sharp modern language.

    This production was made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

    "This is only the third piece from Combustible Company, but it's enough for me to know not to miss a rare chance to see their work. They only come along every couple of years, but it's worth the wait, and it's obvious how much thought and detail is put into every show that they do."Jill Schafer, Cherry & Spoon

    Ensemble

    Jonathan Beller, Isaac Bont, Lauren Casson, Julianna Drajko, Antonio Duke, Joni Griffith, Erik Hoover, Katelyn McLane, Ricky Morisseau, Anna Pladson, Daniel Sakamoto-Wengel, Ashawnti Sakina Ford, and Jonathan Saliger

    Production Team

    Kate Bender, Cody Biggerstaff, Paul Epton, Renee Hatton, Paul Herwig, C Andrew Mayer, and Jim Peitzman

    Written by Moliere

    Adaptation by Oded Gross & Tracy Young

    Original music by Paul James Prendergast

    Original lyrics by Oded Gross, Paul James Prendergast and Tracy Young

    Directed by Kym Longhi

    ©2018 Mike Neuharth

    ©2018 Mike Neuharth

    ©2018 Mike Neuharth

    ©2018 Mike Neuharth

    ©2018 Mike Neuharth

    ©2018 Mike Neuharth

    ©2018 Mike Neuharth

    ©2018 Mike Neuharth

  • Bluebeard's Dollhouse

    September 30 – October 15, 2016

    Bluebeard’s Dollhouse merges Charles Perrault’s murderous fairytale Bluebeard with Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House to create a haunting immersive theater event at the James J Hill House about marriage, violence, and the power of secrets. Winding through the unique and intimate spaces of the Hill House a murder-mystery unfolds using theater, dance, puppetry, and live music.

    Audiences delve into the suffocating marriage of Torvald and Nora, which is underscored by the brutality of Bluebeard’s murderous compulsion. Combustible Company draws audiences past the velvet ropes to give them a fresh look at a familiar St Paul landmark –an experience that will lure them deep into the heart of the story and challenge them to think differently about historic space, the nature of love, and each person's quest for intimacy.

    "As a physical production, Bluebeard’s Dollhouse is ambitious in its scale and speed...everything is so well synchronized, you are able to still wander from room to room with a sense of discovery and spontaneity."Lydia Lunning, Twin Cities Arts Reader

    Ensemble

    Isaac Bont, Beth Brooks, Karla Grotting, Paul Herwig, Erik Hoover, Renee Howard, Rachel Nelson, Lillian Noonan, Pearl Noonan, Anna Pladson, and Jonathan Saliger

    Production Team

    Caleigh Gumbiner, Alissa McCourt, Jim Peitzman, and Nico Swenson

    Concept by Kym Longhi, directed by Kym Longhi, and written by Kym Longhi and the ensemble.

    Vocal Direction by Kalen Keir

    Bluebeard's Dollhouse was developed as part of the Red Eye's Works in Progress 2014 series.

    ©2016 Mike Neuharth

    ©2014 Kym Longhi

    ©2016 Mike Neuharth

    ©2016 Mike Neuharth

    ©2014 Kym Longhi

    ©2016 Mike Neuharth

    ©2016 Mike Neuharth

    ©2016 Mike Neuharth

  • Herocycle

    June 20 – 29, 2013

    Herocycle: a death-defying leap across American pop-culture that crashes into the life of notorious daredevil Evel Knievel. Steel twists together with Knievel's conquests and writer Joseph Campbell's monomyth to create a heroic tale of Evel's exploits, a frenzied search for the elixir of life and a daring quest for the man behind the action figure.

    Herocycle was developed as part of the Red Eye's Works in Progress 2008 series and was made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

    "Robust masculinity and exquisite grace are splendidly integrated."John Townsend, Lavender Magazine

    Ensemble

    Beth Brooks, Erik Hoover, Sasha Inez, Jacob Miller, Jim Peitzman, and Jonathan Saliger

    Musicians

    Sam Brooks, Batume Gingery, Maliya Gorman-Carter, Kalen Keir, and Ike Russell

    Production Team

    Daniel Benoit, Charles Craun, Deb Ervin, Lucinda Holshue, and Jim Peitzman

    Concept by Erik Hoover and Kym Longhi, directed by Kym Longhi, and written by Kym Longhi and the ensemble.

    Awards & Recognition

    • City Pages' Top Shows 2013
    • Outstanding Performances, Lavender Magazine Best of 2013: Jim Peitzman & Erik Hoover
    Jim flies

    ©2013 Mike Neuharth

    Moment of creation

    ©2008 Linda Passon-McNally

    Action figure

    ©2013 Mike Neuharth

    Vegas, baby

    ©2013 Mike Neuharth

    Vegas, baby

    ©2013 Mike Neuharth

    Vegas, baby

    ©2013 Mike Neuharth

    Vegas, baby

    ©2013 Mike Neuharth

    ©2013 Mike Neuharth


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