Monday, July 5, 2010

Do Not Kill Me Killer Robots

Exciting News from Ben:

welcome to the adventure…

The Great Ben Egerman Theatre Adventure! was created in the fall of 2009 in order to present a touring production of its namesake’s one-man show, “Do Not Kill Me, Killer Robots” for the summer of 2010. It is driven by a desire to put forward a show designed to be able to be performed in a wide variety of locations, with a low-budget, do-it-yourself aesthetic. The show’s set and props, including a large number of electronic props and sound equipment, will be built by Ben Egerman from scratch, and will be designed to occupy no more space than a desk, be able to run off a single electrical outlet, and easily fit into the trunk of a Honda Civic. It is called an adventure because a major goal, beyond presenting a single show, is integrating the experience of travelling and engaging with other artists, new audiences, and new friends into the production itself. It is also called an adventure because it sounds more awesome and exciting that way. That is also why there is an exclamation point.

You can read about his awesome tour at his new website

He's in DC right now, you can buy tickets here for Capital Fringe.

The show description on their website includes this succinct description of both the show and the Ben we all know and love:

Contains: Profanity
Based on the LGBT & Jewish experience.

About the Show:
“Do Not Kill Me, Killer Robots” is a one-man show in which Minneapolis-based theatre artist and storyteller Ben Egerman is the last surviving human, and the audience is the horde of killer robots who have finally broken into his bunker—but are programmed never to kill during a one-man show. An evening of low budgets, high sci-fi kitch and camp, major dork appeal, and weird homemade electronics.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

About to Go Moon Over Buffalo

Well, it's almost time for us UNkids to bid farewell to this fair hamlet of Northfield, but before we go, we've got one more show for all you lovely folks: Ken Ludwig's Moon Over Buffalo - a big, bold, backstage farce with more than enough laughs to go around.

Oh, and we open tomorrow.

In order to make up for our lack of posts about the process, I present to you the first UNCO video trailer, edited rather late at night by Ms. Rachel Teagle.

Tickets are $8 for General Admission and $6 for Students and Senior Citizens. can be reserved by sending an email to or call our reservation line at (507)646-4439. The message may not be updated yet, but trust me, it works.
This show is a bit racy - there's a sub-plot about an affair and an illegitimate pregnancy, a few double entendres, and a character who drinks through the second act, but the language is mild (it takes place in 1953). If you have more specific questions about appropriateness, drop us an email.

See you at the show, and enjoy our trailer!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Way, way back during the performances of All My Sons, our youngest member, Noah, drew a picture of the cast in their costumes. Since it was so awesome, and since Noah is just a cool kid all by himself, we decided to post it here so you could see the fruits of his labors. Enjoy.


Saturday, July 28, 2007

Meh, To Punitive Candy!

Ben's Saturday Fun-Time Diversionary Activity! See which of the following anagrams match with the names of UNCO members?

1. Oral Rust Bear
2. Hark, Bert! Reno!
3. Ranch Wad on Fran
4. Real Sex? Fie.
5. Ban Razzle Chex, is it, Mr. T?
6. Riffle Yum!
7. Kill Toaster? No!
8. Rent? Broke. Deny!
9. OK, Jed, Leer on!
10. Beer N' Mange
11. Lenore Lulls Cons
12. All Get A Cheer
13. Honda Lemons
14. Jade Ravens.
15. Belch, Shanty Mimes!
16. Um, Panda Lamp?

1. Laura Roberts, 2. Karen Borchert 3. Hannah Crawford 4. Alex Fisher 5. Max (Christian) Herzl-Betz 6. Emily Ruff 7. Allison Koster 8. Robert Kennedy 9. Joe Knoedler 10. Ben Egerman 11. Russell O'Connell 12. Rachel Teagle (alternate: The Carl Eagle) 13. Hal Edmonson 14. Jared Evans 15. Bethany Schimmel 16. Amanda Plump

Thursday, July 26, 2007

The Photographs of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

Here are a bunch of backstage and onstage photos of our recent production of "The Importance of Being Earnest." Thank you to everyone who came to see it!

Theater is a lot like Greatness. Some are born with it, some achieve it, and some have it thrust upon them. The production of “The Importance of Being Earnest” used those born with great abilities (whether it be piano playing, acting, painting, or just looking hot in a maid outfit) and thrust at them the doable yet strenuous task of putting on this show in two weeks. This truly was the culmination of my theatre experience. I can’t help but feel as if all the shows I’ve done these past three years were somehow leading to this, these two weeks. We did “Earnest,” we did one of my favorite plays ever, and now it’s over and it’s as if there is a small part of me left behind with it.

I’ll never be able to express how deeply grateful I am to have had such a dedicated and talented group of people to make this dream come true, but I suppose sappy blog posts are a step in the right direction.


Saturday, July 21, 2007

Earnest, Potter, and Photos

Three successful shows of The Importance of Being Earnest down, one more to go. Yes, you can still catch the show Sunday night at 8:00 in Arena Theater. We had an almost full house tonight, which was wonderful.

Our Friday audience was a little diminished by the Harry Potter extravaganza downtown. It seemed like the whole town was there. A bunch of us went down to check out the scene and get our books.

Not even Knockturn Aley could frighten our stalwart Company Directors!

In other news, Emily Ruff took a bunch of great pictures of us getting ready for our shows. They've been compiled into an album lovingly titled:
UNdressing Room

And we've added a bunch of All My Sons pictures, and there are more to come!
All My Sons

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

UnCOoks: The Dessert

I may not live in the UnCo household, but I will still be making dessert for everyone next week. I am a total peanut butter addict, so I thought I'd share my Aunt Mary's Peanut Butter Ball Recipe, but I won't mention which brands I use, because then everyone would be able to make them as well as I do. I'm far too proud for that to ever happen.

Peanut Butter Balls

3 tbsp butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter

Mix ingredients until smooth and creamy. Roll into balls (preferably 1/2 the size of a ping pong ball) and put in freezer to harden. While they cool, melt milk chocolate in a double boiler (Don't go cheap on your chocolate, semi-sweet morsels taste awful). Once the chocolate has melted, drop in the peanut butter balls. Put them on a plate covered in wax paper/aluminum foil. Put in freezer to cool.