You may be familiar with Isabel Nelson’s work if you were Minnesota Fringe Festival attendant in 2010 and 2011: she worked with an ensemble in both years to create Ballad of the Pale Fisherman and Red Resurrected. These were astounding shows–well-reviewed, with strong word of mouth. The typical reaction was one of stunned transfixtion.
Often there is a moment when a play ends and the lights go out and I’m left in utter darkness. For those shows that effect me–that dig into my brain and stay there–this is a moment I want to go on forever. It’s a space I can breathe and feel the show hang in the air before it’s swept off by the ensuing applause. For me, Ballad and Red created this resonance that reverberated down the corridors of the mind. This episode attempts to grasp how Nelson and her ensemble tap into the mythic to deliver this special, theatrical quality.
Ballad of the Pale Fisherman runs from February 10th through the 25th at the Illusion Theater.