Nautilus Music Theater

Help us bring TWISTED APPLES to the Twin Cities this spring!

Dear Friend:

Thanks for your interest in NAUTILUS MUSIC-THEATER!

We're having a busy year, and it's not even half over! Since our season started in September, we've had two Rough Cuts (featuring Rinde Eckert in October, and a double bill of THE ANDREE EXPEDITION with EAST OF THE SUN AND WEST OF THE MOON in November) and our Composer-Librettist Studio in Los Angeles. We are looking forward to our annual New Dramatists Composer-Librettist Studio in New York in January, along with additional Rough Cuts presentations, a Composer-Librettist Studio here in St Paul, and our annual Wesley Balk Opera/Music-Theater Institute in the summer. We are also collaborating with One Voice Mixed Chorus on a special production of Gilbert and Sullivan's classic THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, to be performed on Raspberry island in June!

We appreciate the support so many of you have given, and promise to deliver the kind of exhilarating music-theater experiences you have come to expect from us.

To that end we need your help as we prepare our touring production of TWISTED APPLES: STORIES FROM WINESBURG OHIO. Created by writer Jim Payne and composer Robert Elhai, TWISTED APPLES tells the story of selected individuals who struggle to overcome the loneliness and isolation that seem to permeate a small town in the early 1900s.

Perhaps you remember semi-staged-workshop productions we presented as one-acts in the Minnesota Fringe Festival? Audiences and critics said: 

  • “As usual, Nautilus comes through with top quality in all aspects / plenty of musically rewarding moments / acted with superb and believable nuance / it's hard to imagine a more deeply affecting work / the musical idiom is hearty Americana, with the simplicity of folk music and an operatic richness and complexity / breath-taking; heart-wrenching; quietly powerful; beautiful / rich and compelling / Another fine example of how Nautilus and its typically superb composers, actors, and musicians pay attention to the subtle details that establish real characters and show us what they think and feel; they take away the extraneous, punctuate musically, and the heart reveals itself onstage / Beautifully staged, gorgeous and evocative libretto and score, and knock-out singing; I cannot WAIT to see the entire cycle performed together!”
After we finish our outstate tour, we plan to bring TWISTED APPLES back to St Paul for local audiences. But we can only make that happen with your help! Donations received until March 30 will be used to support these St Paul performances -- a chance for our Twin Cities audiences to see Gary Briggle, JP Fitzgibbons, Joshua Hinck, Norah Long, and Eric Morris in this provocative and poignant piece that explores the life of the imagination of people living a rural life! 

Good citizens appreciate the arts, but great ones are visionary enough to know that the kind of behind-the-scenes arts understructure in which Nautilus works is absolutely crucial to a healthy and creative social environment.

Investing in our work now will insure that future audiences will have the opportunity to see the kind of performers who have thrilled and amused and moved you during our productions, and maybe led you to think a little differently about art and the world.

So please, please, please -- dig down deep and find out just how much you are able to give so that this work can continue. And of course, Nautilus is a tax-exempt 501c3 non-profit organization, so your gift is fully tax-deductible.

Of course, we accept credit card donations online -- just hit the “Donate” button in the column on your right! And some of our supporters have even arranged for stock transfers. Call us at 651-298-9913 (or e-mail us at with any questions. If you prefer, you can just send us a check to Nautilus, 308 Prince St #190, St Paul MN 55101.

Truly, every little bit helps! With your help, we'll be able to work with more artists, reach more audiences, and generally make the world a little bit safer for new opera and music-theater.
Could we possibly be any more direct?

Thank you for your interest in our work, and we look forward to hearing from you soon!

The Nautilus Staff and Board of Directors: Ben Krywosz (Artistic Director); Emilia Allen, Elliott Graber, and Hannah Jackson (Management Fellows); and Kate Hujda, Sarah Johnson, Tina Meckel, and Jim Payne
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