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The Urban Hermit

A recluse in the city finds connection through street busking. 

“Master storyteller unveils new work . . . employing movements both exaggerated and simple to weave her tale.”

- Lawrance Bernabo, Duluth NewsTribune


“Nelson blooms as a street busker . . . [in] this sweet, sad, rich tale.”

- Kristine Osbakken, Duluth Reader

Everybody has their own reasons for hiding out in the city.   After losing her crutch of alcohol, this hermit gets pulled out of her shell slowly, coming out and finally finding connection through street busking.  A margins-to-center coming of age tale told through musical theater.  PHOTOS BELOW

“When the sun is rising/I fall into my bed/Only when it’s dark I venture out . . .”

Comedy/Drama, adult content          

NOW BOOKING - a performance/talk-back discussion touring version of THE URBAN HERMIT

suitable for high schools, colleges, organizations, or faith communities

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Often the end of one story is the beginning of another. The story that interests Urban Hermit creator Rachel Nelson after someone recovers from addiction or illness is - Ok, so what now?  For this character, the new story is about coming out, accepting herself, and learning how to connect with others.  Music helps her do this.

“I see young people struggling with substance abuse, depression, and self-identity, and I wanted to create for them a show with light at the end of the tunnel. A little joy," explains Nelson.

Nelson came to theater and storytelling via early experiences as a theater musician. Now the storyteller/songwriter is her own theater musician, known in some circles as "that fiddling storyteller." She is the current Story Slam champion for Northstar (MN) Storytelling League. Having studied physical acting with Kari Margolis, Rachel is delighted to be directed in this production by Margolis Brown Theater Co. founding member Beth Brooks.

Nelson's musicals juxtapose elements of storytelling with movement and music. These nonverbal elements, she says, are powerful ways of connecting with her audiences: languages older than words. In this show she uses fiddle, guitar, Tibetan bowl, and washtub bass to accompany the action.

THE URBAN HERMIT PREMIERED June 21-23, 2012 at The Play Ground, Duluth, MN

AND PLAYED the MN Fringe August 2-12, 2012 in Minneapolis, MN

Read Fringe audience reviews and Duluth reviews here:  http://www.fringefestival.org/2012/show/?id=2256

PLAY GROUND run photos by Linda Melcher; 'TEDDY'  shirt show image photos by John Blumenfeld




Rachel thanks the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council for monies granted to develop and rehearse this show. 

Rachel Nelson is a fiscal year 2011 recipient of a Career Development grant from t he Arrowhead Regional Arts Council (www.aracouncil.org) which is funded in part with money from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008; an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature; and the McKnight Foundation.

'TEDDY'  shirt show image photos by John Blumenfeld

08/28/2012                         Copyright  BardLive Music     2012