» Catalyst Series
Intermedia Arts and Freestyle Theater Present
Written and Performed by Shá Cage
Directed by E.G. Bailey

with special guests Janaki Ranpura, Alissa Paris, Chastity Brown (Thurs/Fri), and Chrys Carroll (Sat/Sun)

Performances: 8PM Thursday-Sunday, March 7-10, 2013
Tickets: $12 advance, student, senior | $15 door
Recommended for ages 14 +

Tonight's show of N.I.G.G.E.R. is SOLD OUT; however, 6PM we will start a wait list at the box office. Thank you for your overwhelming support for this incredible performance.

Blending monologue, song, interviews and movement, this provocative new work features over 10 diverse characters and their related stories. N.I.G.G.E.R. is an experimental examination of the residual impact of this word (through a female lens). With each evening slightly different, Cage performs various frameworks of this developing work.
Project collaborators include, acoustic guitarist and vocalist Chastity Brown, Director E.G.Bailey, Choreographer Leah Nelson, Line Break Media, Choreographer Kenna Cottman, and Installation artist Rachel Jendrenski.

Watch a preview of N.I.G.G.E.R. below!

*Come Early, Stay Late*

Community Video Interviews:
Thursday and Friday nights starting at 7PM share your own personal stories about the "N" word.

Post-show Dialogues: Thursday and Sunday nights join us after the show to hear from the artists.

Post-show Interactive Chat: Friday and Saturday nights join Sha Cage for a casual gathering in the lobby/gallery after the show.

Pre-sold tickets are available for pick-up through will call at Intermedia Arts on each evening. If tickets are not claimed 15 minutes after the scheduled start time of the performance, the unclaimed tickets may be released to a waiting list.


Shá Cage is now in the show ‘Nellie’ at the MN History Theater playing ‘young Nellie’ alongside Greta Oglesby.  Internationally: She has worked at the Hackney Empire Theater, Nottingham Playhouse, and Zion Arts in England. She was seen last in Appomattox at the Guthrie Theater and in Penumbra's production of Amen Corner.  Notable local roles include: Agnes in Agnes Under the Big Top (Mixed Blood), Helena in Eclipsed, Venus in Venus (Frank Theater), Josephine in Ruined (Mixed Blood), and the Bride in Blood Wedding (10 Thousand Things). She's also worked with Illusion, Pangea, and Jeune Luene. Film Credits include: Drop Dead Gorgeous, Midnight Chronicles, Cry About a Nickel, and Radio. Recent Awards include: A 2011 Emmy: ‘I Believe in Public Access’ commercial, a 2011 McKnight Theater Fellowship and named a  “Changemaker” (Women’s Press).

Janaki Ranpura unites technology with the traditional tricks of puppet theater. She is a playwright, performer, and public artist developing the interaction between the human body and the spaces and objects that surround it. This manifests in large-scale civic spectacle, platforms for public dreaming, and work for the stage. She has designed and led parades in Taiwan, South Korea, and the United States, received awards from many organizations, including the Playwrights' Center of Minneapolis (2011-3 Many Voices Fellow), Forecast Public Art (for The Movable City), the Henson Foundation (for research and production of "The God Box"), and a Citation of Excellence for her large-scale shadow theater piece "Lovesick Sea Play" from the international puppetry organization UNIMA. She has exhibited at Art Basel Parcours and the Walker Art Center with Pedro Reyes, and was a 2010 Artist on the Verge fellow through Steve Dietz's Northern Lights.MN. She trained with Larry Reed's company Shadowlight, at École Lecoq, and at Yale University.

Chastity Brown. She’ll put a spell on you. Sweet as molasses and woodsmoke, clear and burning as summer sun, Chastity Brown casts magic. Her voice brings you to the crossroads with every turn, warms, comforts and challenges you. She is the inheritor of Leadbelly, Nina Simone, Bonnie Raitt and Roberta Flack. She is past, present and future. She is fire, earth, air and water. She’s a natural.Throw all the genres and hyphenates together you want to describe her – gospel, roots & soul, jazz, blues & country – they are all right, and also not enough. Chastity channels songs that are borne deep in the American bone, the hunger, desperation and confidence that runs through our times. Coming from Tennessee to Minnesota, touring the country, she has had half her own lifetime and million lifetimes gone before to concoct her powerful sound. Ignite it all with love, and the rest is rapture. With her fourth full-length record, Back-Road Highways, Chastity pushes her own natural talent even farther, to stunning effect. Back-Road Highways was recorded at the venerable Helsinki South studios in Nashville, Tennessee with the support of her new label C & D Music Network, giving Chastity a return to Southern warmth and a roster of heavyweight studio musicians with credits such as Mavis Staples, Garth Brooks and BeBe & CeCe Winans to lay down tracks. Also on Back-Road Highways is guitarist Robert Mulrennan of No Bird Sing, who plays with Chastity in her live band. Chastity pulls from a diverse cross-section of talent for her live shows, playing with percussionist Michael X, keyboardist deVon Gray (Heiruspecs) and bass player Jef Sundquist (Hildur Victoria), resulting in restless, electrifying and completely enveloping performances that never want to stop and linger long after the last note has quieted. Back-Road Highways is the best yet from Chastity. She opens with the slow, pulsing insistence of “House Been Burnin”, a cry out for our needs, then follows it up with the rocking blues of “When We Get There” and the plaintive, moving roots of “Solely”. Chastity turns it all around and brings out the joys and sorrows of love with the enormous, pleading, “Say It”, and throughout Back-Road Highways, Chastity sings it all out, gives us all a reason to keep on going one more day. A talent like this doesn’t appear overnight. It takes travel, it takes guts. It takes chance, work and luck. It takes love. Get ready to love Chastity Brown.


Freestyle Theater is the theater presenting arm of Tru Ruts Endeavors. With a 15 year, multi-diciplinary history Tru Ruts’ mission is…  'Bringing to Fruition Artistic Endeavors that Honor Culture and Tradition.' Notable past presentations include Experiments in Hip Hop Theater at Bedlam Theater (2010), Stage One at 59E59 in New York (2008). www.truruts.com

This project is made possible in part by support from The Mcknight Foundation, The Playwright Center, The Jerome Foundation and the Given’s Foundation.