"The Lower Depths" media kit

Brother, can you spare a kopek?
nimbus shines new light on Maxim Gorky’s masterpiece The Lower Depths.

November 15, 2013

Directed and adapted by Josh Cragun, running December 7 – 22, 2013

Northeast Minneapolis, MN – A wife, a drink, a future. In a squalid boarding house the hopes and desires of a collection of society’s castoffs swirl and collide. Morality is tested, compassion and empathy struggle against cruelty and greed. In a fresh American adaptation by Josh Cragun, nimbus presents the rich human fabric of Gorky’s masterwork, The Lower Depths.

A disgraced flapper, a prostitute, a card cheat, a former actor, a thief, and immigrant man and his dying wife all find themselves living atop each other in the most squalid of tenements. This boarding house is where you come to live and die when you have nowhere else to go. Here, the hopes and desires of a collection of society’s castoffs swirl and collide. Love blossoms and dies, morality is tested, compassion and empathy struggle against cruelty and greed, and truth has many faces. The characters’ struggles show the very essence of what it is to be human, what defines us, and what can be lost in an increasingly stratified society. In this stunning performance on the nimbus stage audiences will be witnesses to these struggles and will be left to question their own values and what really matters in this life.

Josh Cragun’s new adaptation of Gorky’s classic takes the rich human fabric of this Russian masterwork and sets it in America during one of our nation’s lowest points, the Great Depression. This was a time when many Americans found themselves stripped of their illusions of security and even identity. And yet Gorky’s characters still ring true outside their Russian origins, proving the author’s premise that stripped of our trappings, we are all “the same human beings.” Over the years, Gorky’s work has inspired adaptations by Jean Renoir, Akira Kirosawa, and been set in India, China, Japan, and many more places. Now, nimbus brings it to America.

The Lower Depths is directed and adapted by Josh Cragun. Performances are December 7 – 22, 2013 at Nimbus Theater in northeast Minneapolis. To reserve tickets or for more information please visit www.nimbustheatre.com or call 612-548-1380.


The Lower Depths

By Maxim Gorky

Adapted and directed by Josh Cragun


Featuring Emily A. Grodzik, Brian Hesser, Adam King, Karissa Lade , Tara Lucchino, Nicholas Nelson , Brian O’Neal , Audrey Park , Art Peden, Andrew Sass, Troy Stolp , Marcia Svaleson, Taylor Van Denburgh, Gregory Yang. 


Designed by Mitchell Frazier, Zach Morgan, Barb Portinga, Sarah Salisbury.




Performances at Nimbus Theater

1517 Central Ave NE

Minneapolis, MN 55413


Tickets: www.nimbustheatre.com or 612-548-1380


nimbus has been producing interesting, experimental, and challenging theatre in the Twin Cities since 2001. Presenting an engaging mix of under-appreciated works by established playwrights, new plays by emerging playwrights, and innovative company-created productions, nimbus asks audiences, collaborators, and conspirators to question ideas, emotions, and easy answers. In February of 2011, they took up residence in their new permanent home at 1517 Central Ave NE. Since moving into the new space, they have presented, among others, the World Premiere of Lee Blessing’s Perilous Night and the regional premiere of The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion. They also have created four original productions – The Golden Ass, Babel, Bohemian Flats and Tesla.


For more information email Josh Cragun or Liz Neerland at info@nimbustheatre.com