CRASH TEST DUMMIES
Apr 13 - 29, 2012
by Christina Ham
Remember the smell of freshly cut lawns? You and the other neighbors with your John Deeres and transistor radios tuned to the afternoon game? Kids racing through the sprinklers for hours?
Got the picture?
Now flip it upside down and meet a family headed for a full-on collision with reality.
Two years ago, Artistic Director Steve Busa approached Christina Ham about writing a new play for the company. Christina started writing in earnest last spring, crafting a first draft that was workshopped in August of last year. Since then the play has gone through several major revisions, resulting in the final version set to grace our stage in April. It's always an honor to work on a new piece, to discover the quirks and find the secrets as we ready it for an audience. Your presence helps complete this initial phase of creation - please join us!
CHRISTINA HAM's plays have been produced and developed both nationally and internationally with the Center Theatre Group, the Goodman Theatre, the Guthrie Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Penumbra Theatre, Off-Broadway at the SPF Summer Play Festival, and SteppingStone Theatre, among others. Christina is the recipient of a McKnight Advancement Grant and Jerome Fellowship from the Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis, the Marianne Murphy Women & Philanthropy Award in Playwriting, and a 2006 MacDowell Residency. A graduate of the University of Southern California and UCLA's M.F.A. Playwriting program, Christina is a Core Writer of the Playwrights' Center, a member playwright of the Workhaus Collective, and of the Dramatists Guild of America.
CRASH TEST DUMMIES explores how a family tries to hold itself together during tough economic times.
Reviews & Press
"Christina Ham explores economic woes in Crash Test Dummies," preview article in Star Tribune, 4/11/12
"Compassion & Complexity in Christina Ham's Cautionary New Crash Test Play," review in Lavender Magazine, 4/25/12
"Foreclosure puts extended family to the test in 'Crash Test Dummies'," review in Star Tribune, 4/16/12
"'Crash Test Dummies' nearly wrecks, but saves itself in the end," review in City Pages, 4/18/12
DIRECTOR: Steve Busa
DESIGN & PRODUCTION: Ron Albert, Brian Hesser, Liz Josheff, Michael Kinghorn, Wendy Smith, Emmanuel Linden-Broner
FEATURING: Celeste Busa, Ryan Lindberg, Miriam Must, Ed Jones, Amanda Whisner
This production is made possible through the generous support of the Jerome Foundation, Kaemmer Fund of HRK Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, Target, Red Eye's individual and small business donors, and the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.