Like a lot of older industrial cities in the Midwest, Munchen, Minnesota has fallen on hard times.
Many of the town’s neighborhoods have emptied, leaving houses vacant and crumbling.
Crime is rampant.
But Munchen’s got an even more serious problem.
It’s on the verge of a supernatural infestation.
Much like Munchen, Steve Halvorsen is falling apart at the seams. A librarian by day, Steve spends his nights prowling around Munchen’s many abandoned houses, ostensibly in search of architectural salvage. His partner, Raul, is increasingly frustrated by his nighttime wanderings: “I thought the antique store didn’t want anymore of your fireplace grates!” But Steve has a secretone that the whole future of Munchen depends on.
The thing 14-year-old Meredith Halvorsen wants most is not to get sent back to her mother’s house in stupid old Otter Lake. The thing she wants second most is to catch one of those critters she’s seen scampering around in the abandoned church. The thing she wants third most is a new bone saw (taxidermy is a precise art, okay? You can’t just use any old tools.) The thing she wants fourth most is to be Miles Redfeather’s girlfriend. Or wait, scratch that. Relationship stuff is too illogical and weird for a woman of science.
An ambitious young urban planner from Washington, D.C., Jonathan Jewell arrives in Minnesota under less-than-favorable circumstances. Eager for a fresh start, he takes a job spearheading an innovative new foreclosure prevention program with the Munchen Department of Housing and Development. However, it turns out to be more of a demolition derbymuch to the chagrin of his new landlord, Steve Halvorsen.
Cast & Crew
Mindy Childress Herman
Sound design by
Live Recording by
Jenna Fink as Meredith
Bob Kilpatrick as Steve
Leilani Barrett as Jonathan
Carlos Antonio Cruz as Raul
Lynna Metrisin as Mrs. Yoole
Nina McCollum as Kelly
Greg Mandryk as Miles
Claudia Esposito as Susan
with Arthur Chu, Steven Schuerger, Derek Koger, Lisa van Gaasbeek, John Busser, Doug Kusak, Andy Tarr, Sarah Kunchik, Samuel Gantose, Brian Pedaci, Jordan Saul, and Danielle Shepard
Web design by
Darby M. Dixon III
Recorded at Cleveland Public Theatre in the historic Gordon Square neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio.
Special thanks to Raymond Bobgan, Niki Napier, Cameron Cerny, Tim Nevits, and Marie Vibbert.