Persuasion

By Kayla Hambek

Based on the novel by Jane Austen

Directed by Calli Kunz

June 9th-18th, 2017

Wellstone Center, St. Paul, MN

This world-premiere adaptation of Jane Austen’s final novel follows the love story of pragmatic Anne Elliot and passionate Captain Wentworth.  Eight years after their broken engagement, Anne and Wentworth are thrown together again, their situations reversed – he is wealthy, and her family is struggling to pay their debts.  Can such strong feelings survive eight years of separation?  Or will the weight of their past mistakes succeed in tearing the two lovers apart for good?

Aethem's innovative production combines lyrical movement with Austen's famously witty text to tell a heartfelt and often humorous story about love, loss, and the hope of second chances. 

Featuring Audrey Johnson, Daniel Vinitsky, Kayla Dvorak Feld, Brendan Veerman, John Goodrich, Gina Sauer, Jamie Jachimiec, Ryan Maddux, Chelsey Grant, Brianna Regan, Mark Deel, Ben Heer, and Kayla Hambek.

Workshop

By Kayla Hambek

Directed by Wade Fields

July 30th-August 9th, 2015

Theatre Garage, Minnesota Fringe Festival

This comedic cross between Friends and Circle Mirror Transformation explores the difficult transition from college to adulthood through the eyes of four friends struggling to keep their theatre company afloat. When an ex-member returns to flaunt his recent success, one friend begins to question if she wants to pursue theatre at all. 

Featuring Ali Close, Brendan Veerman, Danielle Krivinchuk, Kayla Hambek, and Kyler Chase.

Before. After. Never.

By Kayla Hambek

Directed by Evelyn Digirolamo

Movement Direction by Angela Van Epps

May 21st-22nd, 2012

Sabes JCC, St. Louis Park, MN

Inspired by J.M. Barrie's classic, Peter Pan, this ensemble-devised work offers a new perspective on some favorite characters and what happened to them both before and after their journey to Neverland.  Just as it balances scripted storytelling with Aethem's trademark movement, Before. After. Never. balances the whimsical nature of Barrie's tale with the story's often-overlooked darker elements.  Each character's journey, though fictional, contains universal themes that connect with the audience; everything from autism to lost love to an uncertainty of what the future holds.

Featuring Angela Van Epps, Austan Peterschick, Brendan Veerman, Chase Van Epps, Danielle Krivinchuk, Evie Digirolamo, Joe Digirolamo, Karen Elaine Massey, Kayla Hambek, Matt Anderson, Rachel Gryte, Seth Hambek, and Zach Schaeffer.

sorry i missed you

Created by the Ensemble

August 18th-20th, 2011

Mercy Vineyard, Minneapolis, MN

Inspired by Craigslist's "Missed Connections" section, sorry i missed you explored the pressure of modern relationships through the lens of technology.  Whether romantic, familiar, or TBD, these relationships are fraught with challenges; who will make their sought-for connections, and who will be left alone at the cafe?

Featuring Angela Van Epps, Bre Weitzel, Brendan Veerman, Evie Digirolamo, Joe Digirolamo, Kayla Hambek, and Zach Schaeffer.

An Afternoon of

Silly Stories

Created by the Ensemble

Various, 2010-2011

Devised and improvised performances of clown lazzi, clown games, and children's stories.

Shadow Play

Created by the Ensemble

August 2010, Bethel University

Starting university is a challenging, sometimes even scary, endeavor.  This story, told entirely in shadow, aims for peace of mind.

Identity

Created by the Ensemble

June 2009, Bethel University

Am I who I say I am?  Am I who you say I am, who the world says I am, who my family says I am?  Who am I?