Partizan Theater is an independent, non-profit theater company active in Minneapolis since 2003. With no permanent home, we produce our plays at various venues throughout the city. Favorites are the Rarig Thrust Stage at the University of Minnesota, and the Minneapolis Theater Garage.
Partizan Theater’s past productions include:
“Shtick, and Its Relation to the Unconscious,” sort of a Yiddish musical – Sigmund Freud in the Catskills! telling jokes! and dancing! – starring Ari Hoptman, Richard Ooms, and Marshall Hambro at the 2003 Minnesota Fringe Festival, where it was a Top 10 box office hit.
The 2005 world premiere production of “The Princeton Seventh,” at the Minnesota Fringe Festival, with Ari, Alex Cole, Catherine Johnson Justice, and James Cada, also a Top 10 show.
“Angelina Jolie is a Zionist Whore! or, Plan 9 from Baghdad,” at the Bryant Lake Bowl Theater in 2006, starring Alayne Hopkins, Sam Landman, Steve Lattery, and Alex. Bumbling Iraqi terrorists kidnap exactly the wrong American, and then have to improvise their hostage video.
“Something Witchy” at the 2009 Minnesota Fringe Festival, starring Catherine, Chris Carlson, and Lindsey Alexandra Hartley. A Manson family member is tracked down 16 years after the Tate-LaBianca murders, living in suburbia. The past never goes away.
A remount of “The Princeton Seventh” at the 2010 Minnesota Fringe, also a Top 10 show, starring Richard, Alayne, Ari, and Alex.
A remount of “Angelina Jolie…” at the 2011 Minnesota Fringe, starring Catherine, Ari, Alex, and Joshua Will, a Top 10 show.
The world premiere production of “Carol and Cotton” at the 2012 Minnesota Fringe, starring Catherine and Steve Sweere, where it was a Top 10 show and named Best Drama. Based on the Minnesota “Crime of the Century”: a prominent attorney hires a low-life to murder his wife. The perfect crime never is.
A remount of “Carol and Cotton” in March 2013 (50 years to the day after the Crime of the Century on which it is based) at the Minneapolis Theater Garage, again starring Catherine and Steve.
Also in 2013, “Carol and Cotten” was selected to play its East Coast premiere at the 2013 New York International Fringe Festival, where it got a stellar New York Times review and won the Playwriting Award of Excellence. Again, the cast was Catherine and Steve.
And now we’re back at the New York International Fringe Festival with the East Coast Premiere of “The Princeton Seventh” with Alayne, Ari, Richard, and Alex. Come see us! Venue and dates to be posted soon.
All plays written and directed by James Včulek.
Partizan Theater’s film arm, Partizan Pictures, has produced two award-winning features:
“Two Harbors” (2005), starring Catherine Johnson Justice, Alex Cole, Ari Hoptman, Richard Ooms, Claudia Wilkens, Joshua Will, Nels Lennes, Charles Brin, and Paul Cram. “Two Harbors” screened at over 25 film festivals world-wide, winning 8 Best Feature awards, including at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival, the Milwaukee Film Festival, the Eugene Film Festival, and the Victoria (Australia) Festival of Moving Image. Other festival screenings included: the Austin, Sarasota, Mendocino, Queens, Beloit, Cedar Rapids, and Winnipeg International Film Festival, where Alex Cole won the Best Actor award. An obsessed sci-fi fanatic uses an impressionable young woman to lure aliens to earth, with tragic results. Based on a true story.
“The Quietest Sound” (2006) starring Catherine, Chris Carlson, and Michael Tezla, screened at festivals including: the Austin Film Festival, the Eugene Film Festival, the One Take Film Festival in Zagreb, Yugoslavia, and the Fargo Film Festival, where Catherine won the award for Best Actress. Two unseen detectives turn on a camcorder to record their conversation with Elizabeth, whose 4-year-old daughter, Chloe is missing. For 75 minutes the camera rolls, without stopping, until we finally learn what happened to Chloe. Or do we?
Currently in pre-production is “The Nudelmans of Beaver Bay” starring Ari Hoptman and Alex Cole, and probably a bunch of the actors named above.
“Two Harbors” and “The Quietest Sound” are available on DVD from Netflix and Amazon. Check them out!
All films written, produced, and directed by James Včulek.