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Music & Lyrics by William Finn
Book by William Finn & James Lapine
Directed by G.J. Clayburn
Assistant Director
Bradley Donaldson
Music Director
Darcy Zimbrick
Stage Manager
Paul Danko
Production Team
Andi Billig, G.J. Clayburn, Lysa Clayburn, Joy Donaldson, Forest Godfrey, Clare Jodzio McDermott, Christian Unser
Jim Cole, Brent Erler, Gabrielle S. Kimmel, Kim Kivens, Carrie Kuehl, Tim Kuehl, Daniel K. McDermott, Laurine M. Price, Christian Unser, Charlie Wade
Festival Musicians
Colleen Kelly, Ed Stalling, Darcy Zimbrick

A New Brain was presented at the Minnesota Association of Commuity Theatre's Biennial Festival April 2-6, 2003 at the Kiehl Auditorium on the University of Minnesota - Crookston campus in Crookston, Minnesota.

The show received the highest honor, Best of Festival. Darcy Zimbrick also received recognition for her Music Direction work. This marks Chameleon's 2nd Best of Festival Award at the state competition. Assassins, presented at the 1999 Festival, also received the top honor.


From the brilliant mind of composer-lyricist William Finn comes this one-of-a-kind musical about losing your mind. Or more accurately, losing your brain as you know it.

Gordon Schwinn writes songs for a children's television show. He is under intense deadline
pressure from his tyrannical boss to write a new song. Gordon tries hard to hold it all together, but his brain has other ideas.

Gordon is rewarded with a life-threatening aneurysm. Is arteriovenous malformation really the stuff of great musical theatre? It is when the songs seem to write themselves from the wellspring of Gordon's damaged mind... and when the villain of the story is a frog named Mr. Bungee.

Funny, smart, sometimes sad and oddly uplifting, A New Brain is a hypnotic musical guaranteed to stick to your cerebral cortex.


A week after composer William Finn won a Tony Award for his groundbreaking show, Falsettos, he was mis-diagnosed with a brain tumor. A New Brain explores his ordeal with a funny and thoughtful flare -- as well as some GREAT music.

Curtain Riser:

If Garrett McDermott Were A Bowl of Prize-Winning Chili
by Rick A. Raasch
Friday, November 8 @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 9 @ 1:00 p.m.
Friday, November 15 @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 16 @ 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 22 @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 23 @ 1:00 p.m.
All tickets are $10.00, available at the door.

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