Combustible Company began life as “FTF Works” and we produced our first show, Herocycle, as part of the 2008 Fringe Festival. In 2013, Herocycle was re-made as an evening-length work at Old Arizona. Then, in 2015, we changed our name to Combustible Company and gained non-profit status. In 2016 we staged our second evening-length production, Bluebeard’s Dollhouse at the historic James J Hill House.
September 30 – October 15, 2016
Bluebeard’s Dollhouse merges Charles Perrault’s murderous fairytale Bluebeard with Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House to create a haunting immersive theater event at the James J Hill House about marriage, violence, and the power of secrets. Winding through the unique and intimate spaces of the Hill House a murder-mystery unfolds using theater, dance, puppetry, and live music.
Audiences delve into the suffocating marriage of Torvald and Nora, which is underscored by the brutality of Bluebeard’s murderous compulsion. Combustible Company draws audiences past the velvet ropes to give them a fresh look at a familiar St Paul landmark –an experience that will lure them deep into the heart of the story and challenge them to think differently about historic space, the nature of love, and each person's quest for intimacy.
"As a physical production, Bluebeard’s Dollhouse is ambitious in its scale and speed...everything is so well synchronized, you are able to still wander from room to room with a sense of discovery and spontaneity."Lydia Lunning,
Twin Cities Arts Reader
Isaac Bont, Beth Brooks, Karla Grotting, Paul Herwig, Erik Hoover, Renee Howard, Rachel Nelson, Lillian Noonan, Pearl Noonan, Anna Pladson, and Jonathan Saliger
Caleigh Gumbiner, Alissa McCourt, Jim Peitzman, and Nico Swenson
Concept by Kym Longhi, directed by Kym Longhi, and written by Kym Longhi and the ensemble.
Vocal Direction by Kalen Keir
Bluebeard's Dollhouse was developed as part of the Red Eye's Works in Progress 2014 series.
June 20 – 29, 2013
Herocycle: a death-defying leap across American pop-culture that crashes into the life of notorious daredevil Evel Knievel. Steel twists together with Knievel's conquests and writer Joseph Campbell's monomyth to create a heroic tale of Evel's exploits, a frenzied search for the elixir of life and a daring quest for the man behind the action figure.
Herocycle was developed as part of the Red Eye's Works in Progress 2008 series and was made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
"Robust masculinity and exquisite grace are splendidly integrated."John Townsend,
Beth Brooks, Erik Hoover, Sasha Inez, Jacob Miller, Jim Peitzman, and Jonathan Saliger
Sam Brooks, Batume Gingery, Maliya Gorman-Carter, Kalen Keir, and Ike Russell
Daniel Benoit, Charles Craun, Deb Ervin, Lucinda Holshue, and Jim Peitzman
Concept by Erik Hoover and Kym Longhi, directed by Kym Longhi, and written by Kym Longhi and the ensemble.
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Combustible Company is a tax-exempt 501c3 organization and registered non-profit in the State of Minnesota