PRE-FRINGE PROFILE: I Make No Promises, But Someone’s Probably Going to Die

SHOW TITLE: I Make No Promises, But Someone’s Probably Going to Die
PRODUCER: Trusty Paper Ship
SHOW DESCRIPTION: A dark, absurd comedy about coping with chaos and a Giant Eyeball by Annie Scott Riley. Starring: Dave Gangler, Joanna Harmon, John Middleton, Adia Morris, Heather Stone & Clarence Wethern. Director: Rob Goudy.
WHAT CAUGHT MY INTEREST: I’m happy to chalk that up to the show’s vaguely Lovecraftian image.

Just who do you think you are, anyway?


I’m Annie Scott Riley, and I’m the artistic director of a new company called Trusty Paper Ship which aims to produce local playwrights. I’m also the writer of our Fringe show, “I Make No Promises, But Someone’s Probably Going to Die.” I grew up here in Minneapolis and have worked with the Guthrie, Park Square and Children’s Theater Company as an actor. I went to college in England, and spent six and a half years in NYC acting and writing my socks off. Now I’m back, to look for socks.

So what’s the big idea?

The play is an absurd comedy, and a respectful exploration of the nature of hopelessness. In the world of the play, if you lose track of the desire to live your life, you can go and visit a Giant Eyeball who will instantly kill you. This story takes place in the waiting room.

How did you come up with a screwy idea like that?

I like to take difficult moral and emotional quandaries and put them in absurd, larger-than-life situations to exacerbate some of the questions. It’s hard to explain how this kind of story could be quirky and funny, but it seems to work.

Why should I care?

Firstly, the cast is obscenely good — and funny. We’ve got John Middleton, Clarence Wethern, Joanna Harmon, Adia Morris, Dave Gangler and Heather Stone on stage, and Rob Goudy is directing. Secondly, it brings a lot of our perceptions into question, including what being a “good person” means. It might be interesting. It might be wildly offensive. We hope it’s the former.

Justify your show’s existence in haiku form.

All of your nightmares
And all of your hopes and dreams
Are available


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