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Harold
October 26 - November 3, 2012

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Directed by Jason Ballweber
Written by Nick Ryan

Presented as part of the
Twin Cities Horror Festival
at the Southern Theater

"There's a lot of different ways to tell this story. Here's how I tell it."

- The Narrator

Based on the best of campfire ghost stories, Harold is a horrific comedy that delves into the deepest fears of our own imaginations and the animal instincts of the human psyche.

Two brothers drive their herd deep into the mountain to graze. Isolated from the outside world, they build a scarecrow for their amusement; Harold. They show Harold amazing kindness and they show Harold amazing cruelty, until one day, Harold starts repaying the favor.

Winner of the Critic's Pick Award at the 2010 Cincinnati Fringe Festival, Harold makes it's regional debut at the Halloween Festival at the Southern Theater in October.

Candide
August 3-11, 2012

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Directed by Jason Ballweber
Writen by Voltaire
Adapted by Nick Ryan

Presented at the
Minnesota Fringe Festival
U of M Thrust

"I've got to get on this horse and I've only got one buttock to ride on!"
- The Old Woman

A young man indoctrinated by the philosophy of the day. A philosopher dead certain in his reasoning. And a world that refuses to be constrained by reason of any kind.

Using Voltaire's classic 18th century novel Candide, playwright Nick Ryan and Director Jason Ballweber bring us a comedy concerning floggings, rape, justifiable homicide, ship travel, earthquakes, tempests, Bulgar soldiers, French surgeons, Grand Inquisitors, Barons, Jews, Christians, Jesuits, mass murder, death, desire, artistic critique, fallen kings, the lost city of El Dorado, public execution, storytelling, and the general joy and suffering one finds within this, the best of all possible worlds.

According to playwright Nick Ryan, "Candide has proven a joy to adapt thus far and immensely relevant to the world we find ourselves in today... the process has largely consisted of me stepping out of Voltaire's way!"

Bombus and Berylline
or the Bumblebee and the Hummingbird
June 21 - July 7, 2012

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art by Amy Crickenberger Oeth
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Directed by Dario Tangelson
Collaborating Visual Artist Amy Crickenberger Oeth
Created by Four Humors and others

An award winning, light-hearted, family-friendly show, full of humor, adventure, and live music.
A touching story inspired by art, nature, and children's imaginations.

Berylline's number one goal in life is to be the first hummingbird to successfully complete the Midnight Flight and find the beautiful, nectar-rich Night Blooming Cereus. Her new acquaintance Bombus the Bumblebee knows how to find the elusive flower that only blooms once in a lifetime, but he's worried he might lose his new friend if she finds out that he can't fly. Together they have a fun-filled adventure and find out what true friendship is all about.


Skinner Box

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Photo by Maria Strauss Photography

Nov. 17 - Nov. 26, 2011

Conceived and Directed By Brant Miller

Presented at Open Eye Figure Theater

Two Brothers have spent their entire lives in an experiment.

They don't even know it.


There is an urban legend that famed psychologist B.F. Skinner raised his own daughter in a Skinner Box; an operant conditioning chamber that permits experimenters to study animal behavior through stimuli and reward. People were outraged, but it turned out that it was only a temperature controlled crib. But what if Skinner had actually been able to raise a set of twins away from public scrutiny... for over 25 years?

An original comedy from Four Humors Theater


You Only Live Forever Once

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Photo by Dan Norman

November 18-26, 2011

Directed By Jason Ballweber

Written by Jason Ballweber, Kristin Campbell, Ryan Lear, Dan Peltzman, Rachel Petrie, Mark Rehani and Matt Spring

Presented at Open Eye Figure Theater

Danger! Intrigue! Double Crossing! Dashing men and sexy women! Dazzling special effects! The bad guy has a cougar! Puppets! The world is in peril and there is only one man who can save it!

A new ridiculous comedy from Four Humors Theater


The Extraordinary Terms of Ordinary Life

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Sept. 22 - Oct. 1, 2011

Directed By Ryan Lear
Written by Ryan Lear and Matt Spring

Presented at The Loring Theater


Things aren't always what they seem.

An original comedy about the world of life insurance salesmen at the end of the roaring 20s and the dark secret they swore to protect.

Featuring a live jazz ensemble led by Andrea Leap and the acting talents of Jon Mac Cole, Andy Kraft, Ryan Nelson, Garrett Volmer, Kat Wodtke and Four Humors Theater company members Alisa Mattson, Rachel Petrie and Mark Rehani.












You Only Live Forever Once

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August 4-13, 2011

Directed By Jason Ballweber

Written by Jason Ballweber, Kristin Campbell, Ryan Lear, Dan Peltzman, Rachel Petrie, Mark Rehani and Matt Spring

Presented at the Bryant Lake Bowl as part of the 2011 Minnesota Fringe Festival

Danger! Intrigue! Double Crossing! Dashing men and sexy women! Dazzling special effects! The bad guy has a cougar! Puppets! The world is in peril and there is only one man who can save it!

A new ridiculous comedy from Four Humors Theater


Happy Cafe

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July 15 - 31, 2011

Written and Directed By Tyler Olsen

Presented at Jon Hassler Theater

The Happy Cafe is the little town of Johnsonville's only restaurant. With mediocre food and bad service and run by the bizarre Mr. Claudius Happy, the only thing it really has going for it is the God's Grace Chocolate Cake, a secret family recipe that Mr. Happy guards with his life. However, just as World's Cake Symposium announces that its annual conference is being held in Johnsonville, the recipe goes missing. His livelihood and future on the line, Mr. Happy will stop at nothing to recreate it and secure his chance at fame and 10 million dollars. Employing his staff of well-meaning but completely inept employees, Mr. Happy devises a scheme so ludicrous and absurd that it just might work.

With pompous cake connoisseurs, a narcoleptic waiter, and triplet busboys, Happy Cafe is an uproarious farce the whole family will enjoy!


You Only Live Forever Once

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June 5 - June 11, 2011

Directed By Jason Ballweber

Written by Jason Ballweber, Kristin Campbell, Ryan Lear, Dan Peltzman, Rachel Petrie, Mark Rehani and Matt Spring

Presented at 1423 Vine as part of the 2011 Cincy Fringe Festival

Danger! Intrigue! Double Crossing! Dashing men and sexy women! Dazzling special effects! The bad guy has a cougar! Puppets! The world is in peril and there is only one man who can save it!

A new ridiculous comedy from Four Humors Theater

April Fools 2011

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April 1st, 2011
Presented at the Black Forest Inn in Minneapolis and Camp Bar in St. Paul

A fundraiser and celebration of all things foolish.
Two cities, two venues, one night only! April 1st 2011

The Show is:
April Fools is a collaboratively created show following four fools on a quest to capture laughter. It is a showcase and celebration of anything and everything that makes us laugh.

The Night is:
A celebration of last season's work and the official unveiling of our 2011-12 season. Come to the show, stay and buy drinks at our post-show reception (10pm show), and meet and catch up with the Four Humors company members.


The Age of Wordsworth

March 18-20 & 24-26
Presented at
The Southern Theater

A world premiere rock musical!

The Age of Wordsworth, focuses on innocence and loss, using the writings of William Wordsworth, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and Percy Bysshe Shelley.





April Fools Fundraiser 2010

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April 1st, 2010
Presented at the Bedlam Theatre

A fundraiser and celebration of all things foolish.
One night only! April 1st 2010

The Show is:
April Fools is a collaboratively created show following four fools on a quest to capture laughter. It is a showcase and celebration of anything and everything that makes us laugh.

The Night is:
A celebration of last season's work and a peek into what is in the future for Four Humors Theater. We will have some very exciting news this year that you will not want to miss! So come to the show, stay and buy drinks at the Bedlam Social, and meet and catch up with the Four Humors company members. We can't wait to see you all for our favorite day of the year!


Welcome to Dystopia

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Presented at the Bedlam Theater

Directed By Sam Johns
Written by Matt Spring and Brant Miller


Welcome to Dystopia...

Eat at the Corn-a-torium, sleep at the Sleep-a-torium, play at the Fun-a-torium, and die at the End-a-torium.

But above all else...
Thank the Person in Charge.


Love is Blind... and Furry

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Oct 29, 2009- Nov 14, 2009
Presented at the Bedlam Theater

Written and Directed By Jason Ballweber


Whips. Panties. Pies.

During a group Psycho-therapy session gone awry, six distinct and lovable perverts (each possessing a distinct and lovable sexual fetish!) are unleashed upon the unsuspecting Binet Hotel. Due to a bungled reservation by renowned sex-therapist Dr. Stevens, what was meant to be a quiet weekend devoted to improving mental health erupts into an unadulterated mish mash of mistaken identities, muted sexual desires, and the opening and closing of doors.

Steeped in the tradition of drawing room farces, but perverted through Four Humors Theater's penchant for outrageous physical comedy, biting wit, and honest exploration of the taboo, Love is Blind...and Furry explores the world of sexuality in a way that draws out the absurdity, the beauty and the universality of our most secret desires.

Sideways Stories From Wayside School
A play adapted from Louis Sachar's Wayside School Novels.
Adaptation by John Olive


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Presented at the U of M Rarig Thrust Stage at the 2009 Minnesota Fringe Festival

"There is something you ought to know about Wayside School. It was accidentally built sideways. It was supposed to be only one story high, with thirty classrooms all in a row. Instead, it is thirty stories high, with one classroom in each story. The builder said he was very sorry. It has been said that the children at Wayside School are strange and silly. That is probably true. However, when I told stories about you to the children at Wayside, they thought you were strange and silly. That is probably also true."






April Fools Fundraiser 2009

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April 1st, 2009
Presented at the Bedlam Theater

Join us once a year on April 1st, to celebrate foolishness in all its beauty.

Join the creators of "Mortem Capiendum" and "Deviled Eggs" in their annual, one night only April 1st performance! An hour-long show following four fools on a quest to capture laughter, April Fools was conceived, created and stars Four Humor's Artistic Directors Jason Ballweber, Brant Miller, Nick Ryan and Matt Spring.

Part show, part fundraiser, the evening will feature food, drink specials, music, as well as a raffle for fantastic prizes!

This is your only chance for 365 days to laugh with the Four Humors AND give them money!

We'll announce our 2009-2010 season!

Will you be King or Queen for the night?


Deviled Eggs

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Nov 28th, 2008- Dec 6th, 2008
Presented at the Bedlam Theater

Written and Directed by Nick Ryan

The Millennium has passed, yet the Apocalypse remains elusive.
With each passing hour, an army of fresh souls gush through the gates of Hell, equipped with ideas of rebellion; the sinners begin to question their eternal punishment.
All could be ended with the birth of the Antichrist...
If only the Devil could rise to the occasion.



MORTEM CAPIENDUM

Summer 2008 Tour
Presented at the
Cincinnati Fringe (May 27th-May 7th)
Toronto Fringe (July 5th-July 11th)
Winnipeg Fringe (July 16th-27th)
Minnesota Fringe (Aug 2nd-9th)
Boulder Fringe (Aug 14th-25th)
Bedlam Theater (Sept 26th-Oct 4th)

Written by Jason Ballweber, Brant Miller, Nick Ryan, and Matt Spring



A tonic with seemingly miraculous properties;
Three con-men beginning to believe their own pitch;
And a perfectly ordinary trunk containing...?

A new traveling medicine show from Four Humors Theater.


Romeo & Juliet (2008)

May 8, 2008- May 18, 2008
Presented at the Bedlam Theater

Directed By Jason Ballweber
Written by William Shakespeare

This May, Four Humors Theater brings its unique blend of comic-tragedy to Shakespeare's masterpiece. With a new cutting of the text, director Jason Ballweber crafts a production that takes the time to celebrate the joy of a newfound love, without foreshadowing the impending loss. Featuring an ensemble of twenty-five up and coming actors from theaters such as Three Sticks, Live Action Set, Jeune Lune, and Children's Theater Company, Romeo and Juliet showcases the next generation of physically trained performers in the Twin Cities.


Bards (2007)

May 8, 2008- May 18, 2008
Presented at the Southern Theater
MN Fringe Festival

Remount:
October 11, 2007- October 14, 2007
Presented at the Lowry Lab

Directed By Jason Ballweber
Written by Nick Ryan

Christopher Marlowe, spy for the Queen, enlists William Shakespeare on his most dangerous mission yet. A new Elizabethan adventure from Four Humors Theater.


Beckett's Widow (2007)

April 6th, 2007- April 28th, 2007
Presented at the Old Arizona Theater

Written and directed by Nick Ryan

A dark comedy concerning unrelenting vision, artistic control, and homicide. Beckett's Widow follows visionary director Vermont Fredrick during the final weeks of rehearsal of his productions of Samuel Beckett's Endgame. Can he wield Beckett's text to put forth his own artistic statement and lay bare the unseen homeless tragedy on stage? Will the Beckett Estate shut down his unconventional take on their closely guarded masterwork How many lives must fall for great art to be realized?






Deviled Eggs (2006)

August 5th, 2006- August 12th, 2006
Presented at the Rarig Center
University of Minnesota
Stoll Thrust Stage
MN Fringe Festival

Remount:
December 1st, 2006- December 9th, 2006
Presented at the Old Arizona Theater

Directed By Jason Ballweber
Written by Nick Ryan

The Millennium has passed...
The world awaits its antichrist...
If only the Devil could rise to the occasion...
A story of love, tyranny and erectile dysfunction.


Inspector Rex (2005)

August 6th, 2005- August 14th, 2005
Presented at the Jungle Theater

Directed By Jason Ballweber
Written by Nick Ryan

A comic retelling of the Oedipus Rex myth, set in the world of a British parlor mystery.







Deviled Eggs (2005)

April 1st, 2005- April 3rd, 2005
Presented at the Old Arizona Theater

Written and Directed by Nick Ryan

The Millennium has passed...
The world awaits its antichrist...
If only the Devil could rise to the occasion...
A story of love, tyranny and erectile dysfunction.


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