The dog days of summer are a time when the heat can lead to people being a bit on edge. In Rachel Nelson’s touring play Mammal Stories, one sweltering day turns an apartment building into a swirling human soup of anxieties and emotions.
Premiered at the 2009 Minnesota Fringe Festival, Mammal Stories follows four strangers stuck together thanks to both external circumstances and their own perceptions. And rising temperatures have them confronting complex issues as their story weaves in and out of anything resembling naturalistic reality.
In the latest innovative production hosted by The Sugar Space this summer, Nelson’s work promises to combine dance and theater—both modern and classical—into a funny, perceptive and thoroughly singular exploration of contemporary communication about deeply felt issues. Join the journey in this local premiere.