...Her's A Queen
Sept 21 - 29
By Neal Medlyn
Red Eye celebrates the opening of its 35th season with company co-founders Steve Busa and Miriam Must’s farewell production as leaders of the Twin Cities’ preeminent experimental theater and performance laboratory. Neal Medlyn’s …HER’S A QUEEN will be the final production at Red Eye’s longtime home in its storefront theater in the Loring Park neighborhood, as the company completes a planned leadership transition and shifts into temporary nomadic mode while laying the groundwork to establish a new performance space.
Bears and nuns, snakes and knives, wrestling matches and cuddle parties all appear in …Her’s A Queen, a playful meditation on all things Britney Spears and the public’s fascination with celebrity and pop culture. Liberally mixing fact and fiction, the piece draws from a wealth of Britney interviews, songs, and biography, as well as the author’s own personal history, to present a complex rendering of stardom’s contradictions, the toll it takes on those who reach its apex, and our appetite for each salacious detail.
SIX PERFORMANCES ONLY!!!
8 PM Fri-Sat, September 21-22
3 PM Sun, September 23
8 PM Thu-Fri-Sat, September 27-28-29*
*9/29 performance part of the Goodbye/Hello event
Busa, who is directing the show, collaborated with his daughter, L.A.-based theater artist Celeste Busa, on the adaptation of the script. Longtime Red Eye designer Liz Josheff – who also will be retiring from the company following this production – is doing the costumes, set and projections, with sound design by Skyler Nowinski, light design by Søren Olsen, and choreography by avowed member of the Britney Army, Scott Stafford. The ensemble includes Red Eye stalwart Miriam Must playing herself/Britney/Neal, Paige Collette as Peainapod, Kevin McLaughlin as the narrator and Chloe Tarnowski as Farris.
Neal Medlyn is a musician and artist whose work straddles the lines between performance art, comedy, and music. His most well-known work is his seven show Pop Star Series and Champagne Jerry, the subsequent iteration of his work with popular music. The Pop Star Series works, which dealt with work and ideas inspired by a diverse range of artists like Insane Clown Posse, Miley Cyrus and Michael Jackson, have been presented at venues such as Dance Theater Workshop, The Kitchen, PS122, the Chocolate Factory and others as well as in various festivals and theaters around the U.S. and abroad such as American Realness, the TBA Festival, the Live Art Festival at Kampnagel in Hamburg, Germany and others. The Pop Star Series was also made into a book published by 53rd State Press.
This production is made possible through the generous support of IBM, The McKnight Foundation, Target, Red Eye patrons, and by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.