Chicka-BOOM! was dedicated to the life of Andrew Wagner who entered the woods on May 3rd and “crossed the veil” thereafter. Andrew was a friend, colleague, and mentor to hundreds in the Twin Cities theater scene and elsewhere and, among other personal and professional pursuits, was a respected actor, lighting designer, and director. Andrew was Sound & Light Technican on “Foretold” in 2005, Technical Director on “The Uninvited Guest” in 2006, Technical Director on “As Muck Would Have It” in 2007, and Artistic Co-Director on “Carnetheria” in 2010. Andrew’s last romp with BareBones was as a bike puppeteer, a “Sheriff” astride the Jackalope with the BareBones unit in the 2011 State Fair Mall Parade.
In BareBones circles, Andrew is especially fondly recalled by those who were there for crawling around the perimeter of the stage in a cardboard “alligator” suit to hand-spotlight creeping puppets five years ago in “As Muck Would Have It”.
Tonight, call Andrew’s name, crawl around the woods a bit on your own when you have a chance and then stop and listen for a gentle voice exhaling slowly from behind a cigarette, with a chuckle and a wry smile you can almost see beneath a pork-pie hat, crossing over the shortest distance between here and the farthest place that love will always reach.
A Memorial for Andrew Wagner is scheduled for 10:00am – 4:00pm on Saturday, October 20th, at The Ritz Theater in NE Minneapolis where Andrew was Technical Director. Doors open at 10:00am with a celebration service starting at 11:00am.