Category: Productions

Past productions from Sandbox Theatre.

In The Treetops (2017)

Sandbox Theatre presents In The Treetops, an all new play created by the ensemble. In The Treetops explores the incredible life and pioneering work of New Ulm-native Wanda Gag, the illustrator and children’s author of Millions of Cats. In The Treetops is an allegorical celebration of Wanda’s inspiring life, and is filled fairy tales, fables and songs. The entire production is built from scratch via Sandbox’s… Read more →

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Peter Heeringa in Big Money

Big Money (2017)

Big Money January 12-28, 2017 Andy Boss Thrust Stage Park Square Theater   For over a year, Michael Larson devoted his life to studying the Press Your Luck! game board — he quit his job, he filled his living room with televisions and video cassette recorders, he pored over thousands of hours of episodes convinced he could crack the code…… Read more →

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Ashawnti ford and Michelle de Joya in 600 Years - Photo by Matthew Glover for Sandbox Theatre

600 Years (2016)

600 Years opened August 26, 2016 at The Southern Theater in Minneapolis, MN. What if humans were inherently good? What if, instead of deceit and greed, society was based on hope and trust? Sandbox Theatre imagined such a reality with the world premiere of 600 Years. In 600 Years, the human race — depleted by centuries of self-destruction — is now guided by the communal effort to make… Read more →

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The Siege (2016)

  The Siege opened June 15, 2016 at Z Below in San Francisco, CA as a part of the FURYFactory Festival Raw Materials.   We used to be civilized. What the hell happened? A lonely, confused everyman – in cartoon bunny head – struggles to remember what, exactly, he’s doing here. He’s flanked by the Chorus of Prophets on one side and the Chorus… Read more →

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Queens (2016)

  Queens opened May 19, 2016 at Park Square Theatre on the Andy Boss Thrust Stage in the Historic Hamm Building in St. Paul, MN.   An African-American boxer fighting for his place in the world of Jim Crow Presented in the round on the Andy boss Thrust Stage For Raymond Queens, boxing is not about belts or titles; it’s a job.… Read more →

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Heather Stone as June of Arc (Photo by Richard Fleischman for Sandbox Theatre 2010)

June of Arc (2015 Film)

  The bittersweet life of June Cleaver, the paragon of motherly virtue. Her loves, her regrets and the darker side of the American Dream. Based on the 2009 original play by Sandbox Theatre, written by Ryan Hill.   Credits: Starring Heather Stone as June Cinematography: Richard Fleischman Camera Assist: Hai Ngo Sound Recording: Peter Heeringa Sets: Derek Lee Miller Production… Read more →

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The Little Pilot (2015)

The Little Pilot opened September 11, 2015 at The Southern Theater in Minneapolis as a part of the ARTshare program.   An all new, ensemble-created play based on the life and work of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The tale of The Little Pilot weaves between the fanciful and the factual, as Saint-Exupéry’s literary characters and real-life events blend together to create… Read more →

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War With the Newts (2015)

War With the Newts opened May 13, 2015 in the Andy Boss Thrust Stage at Park Square Theatre in the Historic Hamm Building. Based on the 1937 novel by Karel Capek, Newts was a deep exploration of the themes of nationalism, exploitative business practices and human nature’s self destructive tendencies. The material was first tackled by Sandbox in 2007, and… Read more →

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Charlie Henrikson, Derek Meyer in Killer Inside (Photo by Matthew Glover for Sandbox Theatre 2014)

Killer Inside (2014)

  Killer Inside opened November 8, 2014 at Minneapolis’ Red Eye Theatre. Sandbox Theatre’s first musical, Killer Inside was an exploration of storytelling through murder ballads. Over 20 original songs were created by the ensemble in under eight weeks. Songs ranged from spiritual, to playful, to the very macabre; each one telling the story of a convicted killer and their… Read more →

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Theo Langason, Peter Heeringa, Heather Stone, Derek Lee Miller, Kristina Fjellman in This Is A World to Live In (Photo by Richard Fleischman for Sandbox Theatre 2013)

This Is A World To Live In (2013)

This Is A World to Live In opened October 18, 2013 at the City Center in Downtown Minneapolis. Inspired by Andy Warhol’s Factory, This Is A World to Live In was an alternative artistic universe that filled the empty 28,000sq ft retail space of Minneapolis’ City Center. A menagerie of visual artists, filmmakers and musicians invited audiences into The Shop… Read more →

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Amber Bjork in Boyd Girls for Sandbox Theatre's Suitcase (2013)

Suitcase (2013)

  Suitcase opened Monday, February 4th, 2013 at the Bryant Lake Bowl Theater in Minneapolis. Summer Suitcase opened Monday, June 10, 2013 at the Bryant Lake Bowl Theater in Minneapolis.   The Suitcase Series was an experiment in theatrical minimalism. Sandbox, as well as our friendly collaborators built short, original pieces within strict parameters to stretch ourselves creatively and try… Read more →

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Ryan Hill, Kate Guentzel in Beatnik Giselle (Photo by Richard Fleischman for Sandbox Theatre 2012)

Beatnik Giselle (2012)

Beatnik Giselle premiered at Minneapolis’ Southern Theatre on October 19th, 2012. A provocative piece, Beatnik Giselle wove the masculinity and sexual confusion of the Beat poets with a tale of perseverance and redemption in the world of modern dance. All poetry and text were original works written by the ensemble.   Project Leads: Nicole Devereaux & Derek Lee Miller Director:… Read more →

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Heather Stone, Erik Hoover, Brigid Kelley, Peter Ooley, Ryan Hill in The Mad Trapper of Rat River (Photo by Richard Fleischman for Sandbox Theatre 2011)

The Mad Trapper of Rat River (2011)

  The Mad Trapper of Rat River opened November 4th, 2011 at the Nimbus Theater, Minneapolis. A wild exploration of identity told through the true, superhuman feats of Albert Johnson, who eluded the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for two months in the middle of an Arctic winter in 1932.   Project Lead: Derek Lee Miller Director: Wade Vaughn Stage Manager:… Read more →

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FARGO (2011)

  FARGO opened February 21st, 2011 at the Bryant Lake Bowl Theater, Minnespolis A deconstruction of the 1997 Coen Brother’s classic film of the same name, FARGO was an exercise in individualism; as four Sandbox ensemble members created original pieces inspired by the film’s themes.   Cast: Tera Avenell – Carl(a) Showalter Lauren Haven – Dancer Maggie Gagliardi – Dancer… Read more →

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Heather Stone in Unspeakable Things (Photo by Richard Fleischman for Sandbox Theatre 2010)

Unspeakable Things (2010)

  Unspeakable Things: The Wandrei Brothers Project opened November 5th, 2010 at the Red Eye Theatre, Minneapolis Unspeakable Things: The Wandrei Brothers Project told the haunting story of St. Paul natives and Sci-fi/Fantasy pioneers Donald and Howard Wandrei; brothers who saw their careers and lives consumed by their real life fears.   Project Lead: Ryan Hill Assistant Director: Wade Vaughn… Read more →

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Christopher Kehoe, Derek Lee Miller, Wade A. Vaughn, Ryan Hill, Jenna Wyse in .faust (Photo by Richard Fleischman for Sandbox Theatre 2009)

.faust (2009)

.faust opened November 6th, 2009 at the Red Eye Theatre, Minneapolis A company-created interpretation of the classic German tale of temptation, we split Faust into three personalities and built a triptych of power, greed and self-destruction.   Project Lead: Ryan Hill Direction: Lisa Moreira Assistant Direction: by Natalie Novacek Stage Management: Katie Oliver ASM: Peter Heeringa Music and Live Score:… Read more →

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Heather Stone, Derek Lee Miller, Ryan Hill, Matthew Glover in June of Arc (Photo by Richard Fleischman for Sandbox Theatgre 2010)

June of Arc (2009)

June of Arc opened August 1st, 2009 at the University of Minnesota’s Rarig Center eXperimental Stage, as a part of the 2009 Minnesota Fringe Festival and again on January 14th, 2010 at the Dowling Studio as a part of the Guthrie Theater’s Singled Out: A Festival of Emerging Artists series. Written for the Minnesota Fringe Festival and remounted at the… Read more →

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The Horse, The Bird, The Monkey & The Dancer (Photo by Richard Fleischman for Sandbox Theatre 2008)

The Horse, The Bird, The Monkey & The Dancer (2008)

The Horse, The Bird, The Monkey & The Dancer opened November 7th, 2008 at the Red Eye Theater in Minneapolis. A classic hero’s journey tale, HBMD followed a lonely plague survivor on her search for her lost family. Along the way she befriends a group of fantastical friends while traveling a world of saturated color and hand-drawn landscapes.   Project… Read more →

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Liberty Nichols as Marenka, Heather Stone as The Fat Lady in War With the Newts Photo by Richard Fleischman for Sandbox Theatre 2007)

War With the Newts (2007)

  War With The Newts opened October 27th, 2007 at The Red Eye Theater, Minneapolis Based on the 1932 science-fiction, political satire by Karel Čapek, this ensemble-created piece was a huge leap forward in developing our visual and performance style. An allegory of the destruction of mankind, the play is told by an army of anthropomorphic newts using masks, music… Read more →

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Danny Salmen, Erik Hoover in What Remains (Photo by Richard Fleischman for Sandbox Theatre 2007)

What Remains (2007)

What Remains opened March 1st, 2007 at The Red Eye Theater in Minneapolis. An intimate, three-person play about loss, regret and the pain of reconciling your image of someone with the reality of the life they leave behind. This was Sandbox’s first experiment in naturalistic storytelling and brought to light problems that are still topical. Staged in collaboration with The… Read more →

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Heather Stone as Zelda Fitzgerald in Zelda:Wonderland (Photo by Richard Fleischman for Sandbox Theatre 2006)

Zelda:Wonderland (2006)

Zelda: Wonderland Opened October 28th, 2006 at The Red Eye Theater, Minneapolis An ensemble-created piece based on the enigmatic and tragic life of Zelda Fitzgerald. We called out this vibrant, colorful woman from the shadow of her famous husband and let her dance.   Directed by Lisa Moreira Sets by Joseph Stanley Costumes by Andrew Lawrence Schiff Lighting by Phillip… Read more →

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Derek Lee Miller and Heather Stone in Koogoomanooki (Sandbox Theatre 2006)

Koogoomanooki (2006)

Kookmanooki Opened March 3rd, 2006 at The Red Eye Theater, Minneapolis A tense, absurd comedy with indelible characters, Koogoomanooki left a huge impression. An example of extreme scale. You might not be able to pronounce his name, but you’ll never forget him.   Written/Directed/Set/Sound by Ryan Hill Costumes by Andrew Lawrence Schiff Lighting by Phillip Marten Artwork by Jake and… Read more →

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Lisa Moreira and Nathan Suprenant in aphasiatica:duet (2005)

aphasiatica:duet (2005)

aphasiatica:duet Opened October, 2005 at the Bryant Lake Bowl Theatre, Minneapolis. A collection of six short plays, each based on the relationship between a woman and a man. It also marked the Midwest premiere of Ryan Hill’s 2004 Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival winning play The Ferry.   Directed by Ryan Hill and Lisa Moreira Written/Sets by Ryan Hill Backdrops… Read more →

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Heather Stone, Sean Byrd, Jim Bovino, Sara Richardson, Wade A. Vaughn in Victoria In Red: Sandbox Theatre 2005.

Victoria In Red (2005)

Victoria In Red opened June 6th, 2005 at the Bryant Lake Bowl Theatre, Minneapolis. Our first show as Sandbox was a sexy, highly-stylized revenge play. We rebuilt the tiny Bryant Lake Bowl stage with a runway into the audience and launched our brand of dark stories, bright colors and big characters.   Written & Directed by Ryan Hill Co-Directed &… Read more →

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