We’re making a really cool new show. It’s called Out of the Pan Into the Fire. We started by reading all the Grimm fairytales, and then our brains exploded. And after we scraped up all the bits and pieces off the floor, we came up with this wild thing we’re calling Out of the Pan Into the Fire. It’s a fairytale, but not one you’ve ever read before.
It takes place in the days when wishing was still of some use, and also right now. There’s this kid named Thirteen, who’s kind of stupid, and not afraid of anything, and his sister Elsie, who’s really smart, but has never been around the block, and who isn’t actually his sister. They were both found in the garbage, by this old guy named Angelo, who is sort of an angel, or he might be a bird, or it could be that he’s just old, and really, really poor, and maybe a bit of a liar.
A lot of stuff happens to all of them, like growing up, as in Out of the Pan Into the Fire. It’s pretty damn funny, a little naïve, and then it gets scary, a bit grotesque, Grimm, you might say, and kind of brutal, painful, like it makes your heart hurt a little.
There’s also an ugly, angry, squashed little German lady, who got stepped on by a giant, and this really handsome dude who all the women fall in love with the minute they lay eyes on him — boom.
There isn’t exactly a happy ending, but then nothing is exactly the way you might expect. It’s Out of the Pan Into the Fire.
The people making this thing are The Moving Company — that’s us. A society of artists creating art. We believe that theatre is an event. We make new and challenging theatre for audiences now. Theatre that is immediate, passionate, physical, emotional, and spectacular — theatre that moves.
Here’s where Kickstarter comes in. Every show has different needs. This show is dark, playful, scary, funny, surprising, and beautiful — and all at the same time. So we need to create an incredibly unique, enchanting environment, inhabited by these strange, entrancing people.
The $8,000 we've pledged will go towards building this world — the set, costumes, lights, and all the little details that make an audience go — “I can’t believe what I’m seeing, how did they do that?!” We want to create a theatrical experience that is stunning, hilarious, beautiful and profoundly moving. That’s what we do. We’re The Moving Company — we make theatre that moves.
The Moving Company
Risks and challenges
Making theatre is risky, but that's why we do it. And we’ve been doing it forever.
The Moving Company and its artists—Dominique Serrand, Steven Epp, Nathan Keepers and Christina Baldwin— have a long history, not only with each other, but with the theatre community in Minneapolis and around the country. Our work is enriched by the shared vocabulary and shared history of its creators. This history gives us a strong foundation and proven track record of extraordinary work that's been seen both locally and nationally.
Dominique Serrand and Steven Epp are former Artistic Directors of Theatre de la Jeune Lune, where they collaborated on the creation of over 50 productions. Nathan Keepers and Christina Baldwin, along with costume designer Sonya Berlovitz, and lighting designer Marcus Dilliard, were all longtime collaborators with the company. Jeune Lune, based in Minneapolis from 1978-2008, was internationally recognized as influential and visionary. They received the 2005 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre Company.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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