Upcoming Events in The Sandbox: 11/21-12/13

Upcoming events at The Sandbox   The Theatre of the Tiny Clandestines Presented by The Winding Sheet Outfit November 21 Noon-2pm A collection of tiny stories told in a tiny tent. Stories include: The Wuggly Ump, The Tale of Two Bad Mice, Happy Blood Moon, The Morrigan, and The Most Triumphant Victory Over the Big Bad Bug. Suitable for all… Read more →

Emily Zimmer and Shelby Rose Richardson in Moonsplaining.

Moonsplaining in the Sandbox

Coming this weekend to The Sandbox   Moonsplaining Created/Played by Emily Zimmer + Shelby Richardson Creation led by Jason Ballweber Sound and Music by Dan Dukich Lights by Heidi Eckwall Aerial Coaching and Rigging by Jim Domenick Illustration by Jay Eisenberg Photos by Rebecca Lawrence Created with support from the Minnesota State Arts Board   What happens to the earth… Read more →

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French Getaway

Sandbox founding member Heather Stone takes time away to rest, recharge and ready herself for another busy year.     Heather Stone is a founding member of Sandbox Theatre. In 2016, she’ll be part of the creation ensemble for our May production Queens, at Park Square, and creating and performing in our fall ARTshare production 600 Years. Read more →

Katie Kaufmann in The Little Pilot (Photo by Dan Norman for Sandbox Theatre ARTshare-2015)

Memories From The Little Pilot Green Room

Prior to The Little Pilot, it had been 2 years since I was on the stage with Sandbox. Performing in the Sandbox is different than my other performative outlets and something I was anticipating with massive excitement. The experience was everything I had hoped for and more. Performing The Little Pilot had a rare (for me) aspect to it that truly… Read more →

Ryan Hill in Betaville for word|move Oakland (Photo by Barry Ebner - 2015)

A Radio Storm in Oakland

Earlier this month, the Bay Area got it’s first taste of word|move-Oakland, a new collaboration project between Sandbox’s founding Artistic Director Ryan Hill and Bay Area dancer Diane McKallip. Similar in form to our word|move project in conjunction with 2012’s Beatnik Giselle, word|move-Oakland pairs movers and writers to create dynamic new performance pieces. Ryan’s piece Betaville is below. You can… Read more →

The Little Pilot (Photo by Dan Norman for Sandbox Theatre ARTshare-2015)

Press Round-Up – The Little Pilot

Photots by Dan Norman for Sandbox Theatre – ARTshare at The Southern 2015   Here’s a round-up of critical responses and comments from our audiences from Week 1 of The Little Pilot, playing through October 4 at The Southern Theater.   “A stunning visual feast” Lisa Brock – StarTribune “The Little Pilot Defies Gravity” Ed Huyck – City Pages “Out… Read more →

Gouache Detail by Kristina Fjellman for Sandbox Theatre - The Little Pilot 2015

Painting the Night Sky

The Little Pilot, Sandbox’s latest project playing September 11-October 4, 2015, features grand, colorful projections of original paintings by visual artist and Sandbox ensemble member, Kristina Fjellman onto 25-foot high aerial silks. It’s a stunning effect born from a love of outer space.   I wanted to be an astronomer when I grew up. Ever since I was a kid,… Read more →

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It All Seems Slightly Mad

I distinctly remember a dream I had as child about running away to the circus to be an aerial performer, walking along an eerily beautiful line of women lit all in blue and taking my place on a suspended hoop, slowly beginning to spin as I was hoisted aloft. I have always loved to be up high: climbing trees, roller… Read more →


We Are Family

Where does the time go? We are in the middle of summer already! It’s a time for grilling, tubing down the Cannon River, heat and humidity, beer outside when you can stand the heat and humidity, a small respite from theatre (I’m working on a non-Sandbox related Fringe show – info below!) and for a lot of people – family… Read more →


And that’s the way it was: UnBoxed 2015

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The times were high at UnBoxed 2015, our blowout party and fundraiser in The Sandbox. The night was an enormous success, as you helped us raise over $4000 for our 2015 season. Incredible, thank you! Here are a few photos from the night…


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This is all I can tell you

I consider myself fortunate to be the one to tell everyone about Sandbox’s new productions. It’s a bit like giving a friend a mixtape or introducing them to Still of the Night with Roy Scheider and Meryl Streep (Seriously, check that out if you haven’t. It’s great., only I’m doing so in a formal tone. Or as formal as… Read more →

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Taking on a special role

Rehearsal for War with the Newts is underway and there is much for me to be happy and excited about. The cast will be performing all the music for this show. It has been a point of focus from our first workshops. Not everyone is a “musician” but that is not seen as a deterrent in Sandbox, it just means… Read more →


Celebrating the past (and busting it up)

My introduction to The War With the Newts was as a chewed up little book tucked in my in-laws’ guest room in Los Angeles. I recognized a Max Ernst painting on the cover. That was sometime around 2003, when we moved to Minneapolis. I fell in love with the ratty paperback. So out of date, so topical, so anachronistic, so…… Read more →

"Wavelength" - Kristina Fjellman

Sandbox Snowflakes

If you were to go through the Sandbox ensemble, you might notice what makes each person unique to the group- what their strengths are, or what they bring to the table, so to speak. My snowflake quality within Sandbox are my artistic talents. Creating new things is one of the main reasons I LOVE being part of Sandbox, but I… Read more →

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Here we are again, Duluth

It’s a sunny day as we head out on interstate 35, rolling along toward its terminus near the shore of the greatest great lake. That’s good. We were worried that it might snow. You always hear dire warnings about the snow when you head up north this time of year, as if the entire northern half of Minnesota becomes a… Read more →


Marie-Jeanne Valet from the House

I had the pleasure of seeing Sandbox’s Marie-Jeanne Valet, Who Defeated La Bete du Gevaudan, at Duluth’s, Teatro-Zuccone. In addition to seeing a great show, I also visited a very dear group of friends I don’t get to see often enough. An incredibly creative group that I’ve been making art with for the past 15 years. The majority of these… Read more →

Evie Digirolamo

Artistic Play: Holistic and Healing

5 students dance to the music, following a blue circle taped to the floor. One slides on his knees into the middle striking an exuberant pose, starting an avalanche as the other students from the circle add their own frozen statues to the tableaux. The last student, a particularly thoughtful boy, walks to the back of the tableaux, and turns… Read more →