Monday, November 26, 2007

It's a Meaningless Life

Apologizing again for this space seeming to be reduced to little more than a platform for shameless self-promotion, but I have yet another project coming up: I'll be performing as part of the Scrimshaw Brothers' latest brooding masterpiece, a laid-back comedy showcase entitled It's a Meaningless Life. The line-up consists of Joe Scrimshaw, Josh Scrimshaw, Sarah Scimshaw, Tim Uren, Pablo, Alan Berks, and, bizarrely enough, me.

I'm a bit more starry-eyed about being involved than I should probably admit in a public space -- I'm a pretty big fan of just about everyone who's on board. Not dissimilar to how I'm feeling with Logorrhea, where I find myself in the surreal position of *directing* people I've been admiring from afar for years. Seriously, I can't stop freaking out about this. What the hell is going on in my life? I find myself holding my breath, awaiting some horrific karmic retribution. If I had a puppy, he would probably be dead now, having been brutally, senselessly slain by white supremacists in an act of random sinophobic canicide.

The murder of my hypothetical mongrel companion aside, this is one of those shows I'd be eager to see, regardless of whether or not I was involved in it. It's a solid line-up of some of the funniest folks in the Twin Cities, and it's opening this Friday. Plays at 10pm every Friday-Saturday night until December 22nd at the Minneapolis Theater Garage. Opens on the Independence Day of the Isle of Barbados, so make of that what you will.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007


I continue to offer my profuse apologies at how sparse my online presence has become -- the warm reception of Descendant of Dragons seems to have led to a major spike in my off-season activities, so thanks to everyone who contributed to that. You'll be duly recompensed by a significant increase in Maximum Verbosity productions in the near future.

One of which is very near indeed! I'll be one of the headlining performers at Tellebration, a phenomenon that's (quite literally) sweeping the nation, and the premier storytelling festival in Minnesota. Swing by at 8pm this Saturday, and you can see me performing alongside such local talents as Loren Niemi, Howard Lieberman, and Colleen Kruse.

The piece I'll be doing is called "Exposed!", and it's one that's lived a number of lives. It first appeared as a political rant at the beginning of Libertarian Rage, and it's being reworked into a solo storytelling piece for this concert performance. It's also a preview for its new existence as a slapstick routine developed with mime Dean Hatton in Logorrhea.

I've spent the last couple of years in the tooth-gnashing frustration of many artists, over the fact that I was investing an extraordinary amount of time and energy into work that very few people were paying attention to. Now that I'm starting to get an audience, however, I'm intensely grateful for that period of time, because I have five years' worth of material under my belt. I would have been at a loss to keep up with performance opportunities -- now, I have just enough to keep up with them. If someone calls me for a showcase next week, there's a reasonable chance that I'll already have something on-topic that can be whipped into shape, be it mime or poetry, political or profane.

Incidentally, the keynote speaker at the event (beginning at 10am, oog) is none other than folklorist Jack Zipes, whose translation of the Brothers Grimm formed the basis of a number of my early plays. There's a strange synchronicity to the patterns that have been emerging in my life lately, and I'm not really sure what to make of them.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Announcing Our Newest (and Oldest) Show

Poking my head in the door here quick to announce our latest magnum opus, coming up in January, under the loquacious nomenclature Logorrhea: The Most of Maximum Verbosity. In 2008 we're starting our fifth year, and we're kicking it off by revisiting some of our old material, re-inventing it in collaboration with other Minneapolis artists. It's by far the largest project we've ever done, which is both exciting and terrifying.

In any case, one of our collaborators, the extraordinary modern dance trio Mad King Thomas, will be performing this weekend as part of Naked Stages 2007 at Intermedia Arts. Siarde and I will also be working on some new/old ("nold?") comedy sketches at a new late-night cabaret at Bedlam Theatre this coming Friday night, November 9th, at 10:30pm.

Probably lots more to say about it, but things are getting pretty crazy on this end. More later.