An original comedy of romance, misadventure, innuendo and suspected communist sympathies.
About the show
Rex, a baseball player moping his way through a charity ball after a break-up with his glamorous girlfriend, could use a friend. He finds one - and maybe more - in Lucy, a sweet, sensible masseuse with a penchant for solving problems.
Before they solve anything, though, they'll have to deal with the morally ambivalent schemes of Rex's best friend, a pair of overzealous federal agents convinced the ballplayer is on the wrong side of the Red Scare, and a former lover who winds up coming too close for comfort.
Written, produced and performed by local artists, Don't Shoot the Masseuse is a throwback farce in two acts, propelled by romance, misadventure and a healthy dose of innuendo.
Saturday June 15 and 22 and 8 p.m.
Sunday June 16 at 2 p.m.
All tickets: suggested $10 donation.
Free senior citizens preview Thursday, June 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Questions you may have
Q) Why do you need my money?
A) Plays are expensive! Renting and insuring a venue alone for two weekends of performances cost about $2,500 - and that's before costumes, props, a set or even the most basic marketing.
The Kickstarter won't cover all of it - we hope to recoup the rest with at-will donations at the door - but it will certainly help.
Q) $3,300 is a stupid number. Why not an even $3,000?
A) To account for Kickstarter and Amazon fees.
Q) Why should I donate to get a ticket here when I can just walk in at the door for free?
Because you're a generous arts-supporting hero! And also in case we're sold out on the night you want to come (the venue's not that big). And also to escape the shame of walking into a suggested-donation event without giving.
Q) So you wrote this thing?
A) Yes! This production is 100 percent homegrown, except for the fact that everything in every farce is stolen from every other farce ever made.
Q) Who is this show appropriate for?
The show is best for PG-13-ready audience members and people who snicker at the phrase "handle the wood." Minimal profanity. Some shirtless men.
Q) Can you compare the show to something I've already seen?
A) Think "The Godfather" meets "Citizen Kane" meets "Cats."
Q) Just who are you people, anyway?
A) We're Minnesota theater junkies who met long, long ago in high school and have been looking for ways to cope with or repress our loneliness via the performing arts ever since.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The biggest risk for this project is that we'll end up paying for the whole thing out of pocket. We committed to putting this show on for people to enjoy regardless of our fundraising outcome. We're all doing it for free on our own time, and if we have to, we'll go ahead and lose a decent chunk of money on it.
But that's a heavy burden for relatively cash-strapped performing artists to bear. Instead, we'd love to have you be a part of this. The Twin Cities is one of the best theater locales in the country for a reason, and we invite you to help us show why.
Shut up, that's why.
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