Chain Reaction Theatre Project

CRLogo_WebChain Reaction Theatre Project ignites the human spirit by creating compelling, entertaining and socially conscious theatre, inspiring audiences, artists and communities to be more socially conscious world citizens.

Give to the Max Day is November 13th!!! Our upcoming projects include: 1) Stories of sex trafficking victims in Minnesota, and 2) Homeless teens in Minnesota. Your generosity and financial support will help us bring awareness of these important issues to the stage, and create change. We are gladly accepting donations now, but if you donate between the hours of 10 am and 11 am on November 13th, Springboard for the Arts will match each donation with $10. To donate, please go to

THANK YOU to all who attended our performance of “Upstanders: Ten Who Dared, by A World Without Genocide, directed by Shelley Smith, and featuring the talents of Tabitha Kerr, Rose Johnson, Joann Oudekerk, David Durkee, Bill Studer, Jenni Charrier, Danielle Krivinchuk, Matthew Kraft, Jamey Olsen and Reed Schulke. This performance was produced in partnership with the Eden Prairie Human Rights and Diversity Commission, World Without Genocide and Eden Prairie Hennepin Technical College. Following are a few of the comments we received:

It was a very moving night. Sir Winton brought me to tears. Well done everyone.”

“Keep up the great work saving the world from itself.”

“Congratulations on another thought provoking show. You have a very talented group of actors and many times I had to wipe my eyes.”

“Chain Reaction did a great job last night! Thank you to all involved!!”


Thank you to all who attended “The Flourishing Promise or Water’s Grace,” by Shelley Smith!
Blue Water We are still fundraising for two clean water nonprofit organizations: Compassion Water of Life: Water Filtration System: To donate online go to: or By check: Make Payable to Compassion International. AND “charity:water,” To donate online go to: This is a community service project to raise awareness of global water issues juxtaposed with our local and national water issues. If your organization is interested in having us perform this short staged reading to raise awareness and fundraise for a water project, please contact

We received wonderful feedback!

Nice work! I really enjoyed learning about global water issues thru your clever and interesting way of presenting the information. The fact that you are able to convey so much with so little continues to amaze me.”

“The actors did a great job of telling their stories and transitioning their characters and — my goodness — with accents no less! The projected images of the African landscapes really helped to support the dialogue.”

“I think that you should take this one on the road. There must to be a number of other organizations in the T.C. community who would respond well to it.”

“Thank you for another incredible production. It was very informative and thought provoking. I know I will view my water usage differently.

“Very nicely done!”

“Very well done…..and a powerful message!”

“Excellent, Thought Provoking and Tear producing. Thank You !!!!!”

“Thank you for the moving staged reading. It was amazing as are all of your performances! You made us think! Hopefully, we will all act!

“It really was a beautiful play. Your writing captured the sentiments of the role we play in water usage. From the women at the well to the suburbanites who are on a water moratorium. All terrifyingly true.”

Thank you to everyone for attending our performances of “Choices,” written by Shelley Smith with assistance by Danielle Krinvinchuk and created by the ensemble.
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Following is a sampling of the feedback we received from audience members:

“Amazing cast! Stirring, thought provoking play. Thank you everyone!”

“The play just blew my mind and I want to use this quote from Oliver Wendall Holmes: “A mind, once expanded by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions”

“If you enjoy physicality, fantasy and social issues that make you think, this show’s for you.”

“I think you have written something that every single person in the world can find at least one thing in the play that they can relate to. That in itself is a rare feat. In my case I could relate to almost every single issue you touched.”

“You will never really know how many people’s lives you have touched, but I am guessing there will be many.”

“I loved the use of the ensemble as trees and rivers and mountains, etc., and how they were used to introduce personal reflection on issues and the peer pressure exerted on the characters. While a lot of the issues were subtle they were still easily identifiable and understood.”

“This play hits on a lot of issues we tend to sweep under the carpet. It may take you a couple days to digest all the content. Well written and produced. Provocative.”

“I saw the World Premiere a couple of weeks ago and “I was just awed by the simple complexity of the work. It deals with so many social issues that have touched my life over the years and it challenged me to think for several days afterwards. The casting was superb and the players were phenomenal and the use of actors as objects was really well done!”

Brother and sister duo, Caiden and Chloe, stray from their village of Inside Out into the crazy, fantastical world of Outside In. In order to return home, they must battle their inner fears, negative thoughts, peer pressure, societal messages and naysayers, as well as help others along the way and confront family members. In so doing, they embark on a journey of discovering their true selves.

“This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.”
Clean Water Land & Legacy AmendmentMetropolitan Regional Arts Council

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