"Goodnight, Absalom!" by the Fox & Beggar Theater

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A nonprofit fundraiser supporting

Springboard for the Arts

Help us bring free radical outdoor community theater around the Great Lakes region this Fall!


raised by 83 people

$7,000 goal

It's September!

Update posted 3 years ago

We're two days away from opening night! Thank you so much to everyone that has helped us make it here. Trust me -- it has made all the difference. 

Here's a few photos from the past nine days as we've pulled together this show despite extreme wind and rain. But I couldn't ask for a more incredible, hardworking, or resilient group of people.

Here comes Duluth. 

It's "GOODNIGHT, ABSALOM!", the latest stage production from the Fox & Beggar Theater! This surreal dark comedy fuses STREET THEATERCONTEMPORARY DANCE, and PUPPETRY into a whimsical critique of the American condition. 

The show will soon be touring with a cast of fourteen vaccinated artists and one cat in Fall 2021 around the Great Lakes region. 

Here’s the set-up:

In the fictional town of Absalom, a larger-than-life chess match is played between two sinister railroad barons. Their strange game moves through a series of vignettes -- the Dance of the Pawns, the Dance of the Knights, the Dance of the Bishops, etc. -- in which the unfortunate chess pieces find themselves being made to do battle inside a prison they do not fully understand. As the game progresses, the chess pieces begin to become cognizant of their bleak situation … and attempt to lead a rebellion against the game itself. 

A workshop production of Absalom was created as a two-week residency-in-quarantine last August at the Lookout Arts Quarry in Bellingham, WA. 

Here's the plan:

The show will be performed on the CHAUNTECLEER, our brand new HANDPAINTED TRAVELING DOUBLE-DECKER POP-UP VAUDEVILLE STAGE, with a live band performing on the roof. 

IN AUGUST, both new and returning cast members will convene at an artist residency near Duluth. For two weeks, this dynamic cast will learn and rehearse new choreography, build new puppets, and prepare for five weeks on the road!

IN SEPTEMBER, seven cast members, five musicians, two stage techs and one cat will take to the highway, performing fourteen shows in MINNEAPOLIS, ST. PAUL, MILWAUKEE, CHICAGO, GRAND RAPIDS, DETROIT, GRAND MARAIS, DUNDAS, WYKOFF, VIROQUA, and DULUTH!


While we will certainly ask for donations (from the very bottom of our hearts), we believe that art should be accessible to all. We will perform at public parks, urban farms, and sustainable land projects, with the intent to serve as many communities as possible.

100% of funds raised will go directly to the cast, musicians, and crew.

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Organized By Nathaniel Allister

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