About the show
August 1-11, 2019
Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Minneapolis
1500 S. Washington Ave. Minneapolis
(at Seven Corners)
Part of the Minnesota Fringe Festival
Erin Olson is a fourth generation medium, a person who talks to spirits. Unfortunately, her recent death has hindered her ability to work. Now she needs an assistant, a conduit to the living world. You're invited to interview for this position. Come along and try your hand at contacting the spirit realm, but know that whether or not the spirits can be put to rest is up to you. This audio-driven, site-specific adventure for a single audience member takes you around the West Bank neighborhood, and is powered by an interactive app.
Second Skin makes you the protagonist in an eerie interactive adventure. Wear comfy shoes, bring your cell phone, and dress for the weather, because your journey will take you away from the safety of the theater.
What audiences are saying
“Second Skin is amazing and I would highly recommend it. That was so much fun and I want more.”
"Unlike any show I've seen before."
"Refreshing and fun."
“It felt like being in a live action podcast, and I enjoyed every spine-tingling minute!"
“Playable Artworks’ show Second Skin takes storytelling outside of the theater to create some great moments on the West Bank. It's refreshing and fun to merge with the world around you and the world they've created."
Shalee Coleman (Assistant Director) is an early career theatrical director who works in the Twin Cities. She graduated from Hamline University in 2013, and is a National Theater Institute Spring 2012 Alumnus. Shalee has previously worked with 20% Theatre Company, Freshwater Theatre, Theatre Unbound, Uprising Theatre Company and has self-produced work under Play-dot. Her aesthetic has been described as poetic as she blends movement, dance, and scene-work. Shalee almost exclusively chooses world or regional premiere work and favors heavy playwright involvement. A proponent of Own Voices, Shalee's work often puts issues of social justice at the forefront
Shannon Elliott (Production Designer) earned her generals at Anoka-Ramsey Community College and her B.A. in Theatre from University of Northwestern-St Paul. She works as a tech manager at Minnehaha Academy and is also a freelance lighting designer in the cities. Her experience includes sound production, installation art, acting, and theater education.
Erin Farsté (Performer) is thrilled to be a part of this amazing project! She is originally from Kansas City and is happy to now call the Twin Cities home. Her previous credits include: CLIMB Theatre, National Theatre for Children, Umbrella Collective (The Ravagers), Mission Theatre (Trojan Women). Currently just finished up a run at Old Log Theatre (Beehive: the 60s musical) and then will be at History Theatre (Teen Idol: The Bobby Vee Story). Have a great time and enjoy the adventure!
Margo Gray (Director) is pleased to be bringing Playable Artworks' interactive style to the Fringe Festival for the first time. You can also see her original work, Off Leash, an audio tour/scavenger hunt for the whole family, this summer at Open Streets Lake-Minnehaha. She holds an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University, and has worked in Chicago, Pittsburgh, Moscow, and London. Learn more at margogray.com.
Kassha Lisinski (Sound Designer) is a neurodivergent mixed-white/mestizx enby artist, writer, designer, and hermit residing in Minneapolis since 2016. They are way excited to be part of Playable Artwork’s experimental theatre, and can think of nothing better than sonically scaring the pants off of participants one screechety scrash/ghost whisper at a time. They have previously designed sound (and video) for (sorta) traditional theatre projects with Patrick’s Cabaret, 20% Theatre, and See-Saw Theatre via Fringe Festival, to name a few. Other experimentations and hobbies have included creating immersive multimedia woodland environments, extreme multitasking with Queertopia MPLS, intermedia poetics, marathoning stacks of library book reserves before auto-renewals run out, and making friends with cats. They are most open to human communication when approached slowly with offers of paying gigs or discussion of fandom arts, apocryphal texts, and alter-futurisms.
Isabel Middleton-Watts (Performer) is thrilled to be taking part another Fringe Festival, although this time not exactly on stage. When not on stage or behind a microphone, she can be found slinging donuts or traveling the country as a nanny to her favorite 4 year old. Special thanks to Margo, Shalee, Erin, and Tinne for the fun and spooky times and for the production crew making things even spookier. She sends love to her quirky family, friends, and blob. Enjoy the experience.
Tinne Rosenmeier (Performer) is an actress and theater educator. Catch her during Fringe with The HUAC Roadshow at the Rarig Center. Recent performances include work with Cromulent Shakespeare, The Wildwood Theatre, Theatre 55, Freshwater Theater, Pangea World Theater, and Park Square Theater. Tinne trained at the National Shakespeare Conservatory, and holds a MA in Educational Theater, NYU, a BA, English Literature, Carleton College. Recently, Tinne began teaching "A Shakespeare Playground: Workshops for the Curious Non-Expert." New classes begin in September at Theatre Elision.