Pre-Fringe Profile: Deus Ex Machina

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SHOW TITLE: Deus Ex Machina
PRODUCER: Joey Hamburger
HAILING FROM: Saint Paul, Minnesota
SHOW DESCRIPTION: God stops writing. Conflict ends and people stop dying. Believing this means the end of the world, Adam and Eve convince God to start writing again. He reluctantly creates a sequel to his greatest work, Jesus.
WHAT CAUGHT MY INTEREST: Metaphysical comedies. Love ‘em.
INTERVIEWEE: Joey Hamburger (writer/producer)

Just who do you think you are, anyway?

My name is Joey Hamburger.  I’m from Saint Paul, MN.  This is my second year in the Fringe festival.  Throughout the year I write and produce shows in the Twin Cities.  Our most notable productions so far this year were The Most Dangerous Game and George at the Bedlam Lowertown.  I write the shows and my friend Michael Hugh Torsch directs them.

So what’s the big idea?

It’s about God not being able to write any more, which brings the world to a standstill and all conflict stops and people stop dying and the world starts to end because of all those things.  Adam and Eve, trying to finish a fight they were having, get God to write again.  He begins a follow up to his great work Jesus, but we soon realize that’s also the end of the world too.  Also, there is surfing.

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

I forget how or when or where or why, but I had the idea a while back.  It was just an idea about play where you meet God and he’s the playwright.  I knew I wanted to write it out eventually.  I began to work on it once, called it Jesus 2, but set it down.  I got into the fringe off the drawing (which is a first) and decided to try it out this time.

Why should I care?

It’s fast.  It’s funny.  It’s got good actors.

Justify your show’s existence in haiku form.

The end of the world
Nearer than you think, needs a
Deus Ex Machina

Questions? Comments? Enraged invective? Check out my answers to occasionally asked questions in Notes on Notes, or the contact info linked from that page!

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2 Responses to “Pre-Fringe Profile: Deus Ex Machina”

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