A MAD and DUSTY OPERETTA,
Set in the GLORIOUS WILD WEST!
Touring the Great Lakes
Sep + Oct 2021
"And woe upon the people of Absalom, for on that same Sunday morning that Don Carlos rode into town, so too arrived Don Enrique de Espada, Il Lupo Bianco, the infamous Baron of Bones up and down the Wide Western Frontier..."
In the sin-ridden town of Absalom, two demonic robber barons play a very strange game of chess for very high stakes. Packed with physical antics, song, dance, a live Spaghetti Western band, and a barrage of Faulkner references; "Goodnight, Absalom!" examines the big business of cultural polarization in America with a uniquely dark wit.
"Goodnight, Absalom!" was safely created and filmed by a twelve-person cast at the Lookout Arts Quarry in August of 2020. Partly made possible by a generous donation from ArtsWA and Allied Arts of Whatcom County.
Catch one of our shows here! We will update the schedule as venues are confirmed.
Sep. 3rd - Saltwood Furniture (Duluth MN)
Sep. 4th - Gichi-Ode' Akiing Lakeside Plaza (Duluth MN)
Sep. 5th - Grand Marais Tourist Park (Grand Marais MN)
Sep 9th - TBD (St. Paul MN)
Sep 10th - W. Broadway Ave (Minneapolis MN)
Sep. 11th - Powderhorn Park (Minneapolis MN)
Sep. 17th - DreamAcres Farm (Wykoff MN)
Sep. 18th - Keepsake Cidery (Northfield MN)
Sep. 19th - The Commons (Viroqua WI)
Sep. 23rd - TBD pres. by Prof. Pinkerton (Milwaukee WI)
Sep. 25th - Schafer Park pres. by Urban Growers Collective (South Chicago IL)
Sep. 26th - The Vaudeville Urban Farm (Chicago IL)
Oct. 1 - TBD ArtPrize venue (Grand Rapids MI)
Oct. 2 + 3 - TBD venue (Detroit MI)
Ani Banani has worn almost every hat the theater has to offer, from actor to sound/lighting tech to stage hand to set designer to stage manager to producer, but lately she's been putting much of her energy toward playing music on carpentry tools, especially the ethereal hand saw. She plays and sings-her-heart-out with Bellingham bands, Hot Damn Scandal and the Best Intentions, as well as various other projects.
Camellia Nieh is a globetrotting multimedia artist based in Bellingham, WA, and supports movement education and community-building projects in Mexico, Israel, Japan, Canada and Europe. She is passionate about movement as a laboratory to explore our connection to the body, creativity, trust, nonverbal communication, touch, expression, openness, presence, listening, healing, and co-created flow state.
Cuream Jackson, 28, has spent years tumbling, dancing, spinning, and moving his body in the performing arts realm. As a former collegiate cheerleader, he enjoys the demand and creativity that both the aerial and performing arts bring to his life. With each of his artistic pursuits, Cuream strives to tell a different narrative of the black body through strength and grace elements on the ground and in the air.
Daniel Sloan lives at the Lookout Arts Quarry, where he works to create spaces where the impossible shudders, creaks, and shifts, leaving those present with a little more room to wiggle! Using sleight of hand, juggling, dance, and theatre he hopes to weave into being a fresh wonder, a new sweet presence, for any audience and himself. He also collects corks and rubberbands.
Jimmy. Legend of the Lips. This man can make sing anything brass—he’ll blow your mind along with the trombone. A wizard who brings to life the full range of soaring trumpets and nuances of the ‘bone both rich and raunchy, Jimmy is pure gold as a brass master. In between songs, he’ll braid challah, and answer various questions with joyful riddles of his own. A spirit bright and chill, he plays and teaches music to keep the roof over his head—lucky indeed are those quaking rafters.
Karen Unkel Kunkel is an antifascist-time-traveling-story-telling chanteuse, singer-poet, and world-rambling-performer-of-most-trades. Raised as a young wild fairy in the largest apple tree by the Colville Tribeland river valley dressed in sunshine and sagebrush dreams, she is now known for portal hopping from sea to sea, and can be sighted as a mime-clown promoting nudity, dance, and group transformational experience in New Orleans, or spreading the gospel of vaudeville and climate healing.
Keara Scannell is a performer based out of Detroit MI. She is a clown first and a roller skater second. She has been performing for 6 years, and has skills including but not limited to fire performing, juggling, stilt walking and object manipulation. By the way her curls bounce to the way she deftly spins, twirls and rotates, there is no doubt she is a tumbleweed.
Marysia Kochac is an all-purpose swiss-army knife of a circus artist, with a background in street performing, object manipulation, musical theatre, contortion, sideshow and handbalancing. She recently graduated from the New England Center for Circus Arts with a major in acrobatics and artistic falling. Never one to sit on her hands, she much prefers to stand on them and can generally be found precariously balancing herself and others at any given opportunity.
Mickey Stylin is a supporting upright bassist who currently shares his talents with the likes of Hot Damn Scandal, The DiTrani Bros. and any other music driven theatre project that comes his way. Born and raised in the heart of Cascadia, he is proud to call Bellingham, WA his home.
In the darkest night, atop the shadow spire, the wizard pores over his tomes... Kris Staples-Weyrauch has been exploring electric guitar soundscapes for almost two decades and currently performs with Hot Damn Scandal of Bellingham, Washington.
Pete Irving, 31, has been writing and playing music as his primary means of making a living for over a decade. His most common creative outlet is his band - Hot Damn Scandal - which has in various incarnations seen almost every state in the union. He currently resides in Bellingham, Washington.
A mighty Aphrodite of dance and movement, Yeji has been a performer and worker of body-spells for years. Blessed are those who witness her embodiment of light through kinetic studies, as are those fellow artists who get to collaborate with her luscious and generous presence. When she’s not dancing, she’s rapping for communal change, naming with clear sight the actions of societal illness and empowering those around her with her own truths of power and peace.
Nat hopes that one day drummers will finally get a little respect around here.