There is a spark between the two actors when they move that no words could illustrate the way their dance does.

— The Scotsman

Thanks goodness, then, for Sossy Mechanics who do show biz old-style

The pair re-creates a ’30s sensibility with a bona fide, substantive message of hope that uplifts and astounds.

    

— Lavendar Magazine

uplifting and extremely entertaining

— Get Rhythm (Prague)

a beautiful piece of comic storytelling performed with an infectious charm by two versatile actors at the height of their powers

— What's On in London

dancers/choreographers Brian Sostek and Megan McClellan are the irresistable delights of the evening

— Minneapolis Star Tribune

The best show I have seen, “Trick Boxing,” a screwball play about crime and boxing that features rapid-fire dialogue and bursts of whimsy

— New York Times

Sossy Mechanics deliver a must-see performance in their elegantly simple production

— Theater Jones (Dallas)

Your work charmed the audiences and...brought a much needed smile and joy to the audience in attendance and gave the festival the balance it looks for.

— Michael Uthoff - Artistic Director, Dance St. Louis

a bouyant blend of dance, drama, humor and puppetry

— D Magazine

It's a beautiful piece which really lifts your heart.  By the end, you will feel that the world is a perfect place.

— The Prague Post

Audiences love their work, and they're a joy to work with: professional, polished and prepared. 

— Jeff Bartlett, Weitz Center for Creativity, Carleton College

Crisp and clean, this show is a well-paced delight from beginning to end.  McCellan and Sostek's physical work is amazing.

— nytheatre.com

PERFORMANCE HISTORY  (AWARDS HISTORY BELOW)

Benedicta Arts Center (St. Joseph, Minnesota)  November, 2014

Centennial Auditorium (Staples, Minnesota)  October, 2014

Trueblood Performing Arts Center (Washington Island, Wisconsin)  August, 2014

Third Avenue Playhouse (Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin)  July - August, 2014

Theatre L'Homme Dieu (Alexandria, Minnesota)  July, 2014

Center of Creative Arts (St. Louis, Missouri)  June, 2014

Downstairs Cabaret Theater (Rochester, New York)  May, 2014

Imperial Theatre (St. John, New Brunswick, CANADA)  April, 2014

Fredericton Playhouse (Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA)  April, 2014

Out of the Loop Festival (Dallas, Texas)  March, 2014

Visitation High School (Mendota Heights, Minnesota)  November, 2013

Sheldon Theater (Red Wing, Minnesota)  October, 2013

Kohler Arts Center (Sheboygan, Wisconsin)  July, 2013

Southern Theater (Minneapolis, Minnesota)  June, 2013

Trueblood Performing Arts Center (Washington Island, Wisconsin)  May, 2013

Third Avenue Playhouse (Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin)  May, 2013

Guthrie Theater (Minneapolis, Minnesota)  August - September, 2012

Elkader Opera House (Elkader, Iowa)  July, 2012

Spring to Dance (St. Louis, Missouri)  May, 2012

Visitation High School (Mendota Heights, Minnesota)  February, 2012

The Lab Theater (Minneapolis, Minnesota) January, 2011

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts (St. Paul, Minnesota) December-January, 2010-11

The O’Shaughnessy Auditorium with James Sewell Ballet (St. Paul, Minnesota) October, 2010

The Connelly Theater (New York, New York) August 2010

Southern Theater with Beyond Ballroom Dance Co. (Minneapolis, Minnesota) March 2010

Hopkins Center for the Performing Arts (Hopkins, Minnesota) January, 2010

Ritz Theater with Zenon Dance Co. (Minneapolis, Minnesota) April & November, 2009

Southern Theater with Beyond Ballroom Dance Co. (Minneapolis, Minnesota) February, 2009

Guthrie Theater (Minneapolis, Minnesota) December, 2007 & 08

State Theater (Minneapolis, Minnesota) September, 2007

Mixed Blood Theater (Minneapolis, Minnesota) February-March 2007

Jon Hassler Theater (Plainview, Minnesota) April-May, 2006

University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, Minnesota) April, 2006

The Grand Theater (Northfield, Minnesota) April, 2006

Paramount Theater with the George Maurer Big Band (St. Cloud, Minnesota) December, 2005-10

Carleton College (Northfield, Minnesota) September,2005

Downstairs Cabaret Theater (Rochester, New York) August-September, 2005

Old Gem Theater (New Richmond, Wisconsin) February, 2005

Norman Rothstein Theatre (Vancouver, British Columbia) February, 2005

Varsity Theater (Minneapolis, Minnesota) January, 2005

Southern Theater (Minneapolis, MN) October, 2004 

Renaissance School (Appleton, Wisconsin) September, 2004

Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Edinburgh, Scotland) August, 2004

Illusion Theater (Minneapolis, MN) July, 2004

Divadlo Novistocovo (Prague, Czech Republic) June, 2004

New Wolsey Theatre (Ipswich, England) May, 2004

Blue Elephant Theatre (London, England) May, 2004

Kimberly Lane Elementary School (Plymouth, Minnesota) April, 2004

Southern Theater (Minneapolis, Minnesota) February, 2004

Norman Rothstein Theatre (Vancouver, British Columbia) February, 2004

Seattle Fringe Theater Festival (Seattle, Washington) September, 2003

Vancouver Fringe Festival (Vancouver, British Columbia) September, 2003

Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Edinburgh, Scotland) August, 2003

Portobello Festival (Portobello, Scotland) August, 2003

Winnipeg Fringe Festival (Winnipeg, Manitoba) July, 2003

Thunder Bay Fringe Festival (Thunder Bay, Ontario) July, 2003

Ottawa Fringe Festival (Ottawa, Ontario) June, 2003

Hamilton Fringe Festival (Hamilton, Ontario) June, 2003

Illusion Theater (Minneapolis, Minnesota) May, 2003

Northfield Arts Guild (Northfield, Minnesota) March, 2003

Fringe Freezes Over (Thunder Bay, Ontario) March, 2003

Intermedia Arts (Minneapolis, Minnesota) February, 2003

Bryant Lake Theater (Minneapolis, Minnesota) January, 2003

Illusion Theater with Miss Richfield 1981 (Minneapolis, Minnesota) December, 2002-04

Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, Minnesota) November, 2002

Visitation High School (St. Paul, Minnesota) November, 2002

Bryant Lake Theater (Minneapolis, Minnesota) October, 2002

Minnesota Fringe Festival (Minneapolis, Minnesota) August, 2002

Illusion Theater/Second Sight (Minneapolis, Minnesota) May, 2002


AWARDS

 

Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant (2015)

Outstanding Touring Production (2014) -- Dallas-Ft. Worth Theater Critics Forum

Minnesota State Arts Board Arts Tour Minnesota Grant (2014)

City Pages Artist of the Year (2012) (Megan McClellan)

Sage Award for Performance (2005) (Brian Sostek)

 Pick of the Fringe -- TheatreSeattle.com, Seattle Fringe Theatre Festival (2003)

Artistic Pick -- Seattle Fringe Theatre Festival (2003)

 Audience Favorite -- Seattle Fringe Theatre Festival (2003)

Critics’ Choice -- Sunday Herald, Edinburgh Festival Fringe  (2003)

 Spirit of the Fringe -- Mervyn Stutter’s Pick of the Fringe, Edinburgh Festival Fringe (2003)

Hairline Highlight Award -- Hairline Magazine, Edinburgh Festival Fringe (2003)

 Jenny Award -- Winnipeg Fringe Festival (2003)

Spirit of the Fringe -- Ottawa Fringe Festival (2003)

Venue Favorite -- Ottawa Fringe Festival (2003)

Critic’s Pick -- Hamilton View (2003)

Fringe Fan Favorite -- Hamilton Fringe Festival (2003)

McKnight Artist Fellow in Dance (2003) (Megan McClellan)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

photo by Bill Cameron

The pair re-creates a ’30s sensibility with a bona fide, substantive message of hope that uplifts and astounds.

    

— Lavendar Magazine

Audiences love their work, and they're a joy to work with: professional, polished and prepared. 

— Jeff Bartlett, Weitz Center for Creativity, Carleton College

Your work charmed the audiences and...brought a much needed smile and joy to the audience in attendance and gave the festival the balance it looks for.

— Michael Uthoff - Artistic Director, Dance St. Louis

It's a beautiful piece which really lifts your heart.  By the end, you will feel that the world is a perfect place.

— The Prague Post

Crisp and clean, this show is a well-paced delight from beginning to end.  McCellan and Sostek's physical work is amazing.

— nytheatre.com

a beautiful piece of comic storytelling performed with an infectious charm by two versatile actors at the height of their powers

— What's On in London

The best show I have seen, “Trick Boxing,” a screwball play about crime and boxing that features rapid-fire dialogue and bursts of whimsy

— New York Times

a bouyant blend of dance, drama, humor and puppetry

— D Magazine

Thanks goodness, then, for Sossy Mechanics who do show biz old-style

uplifting and extremely entertaining

— Get Rhythm (Prague)

There is a spark between the two actors when they move that no words could illustrate the way their dance does.

— The Scotsman

dancers/choreographers Brian Sostek and Megan McClellan are the irresistable delights of the evening

— Minneapolis Star Tribune

Sossy Mechanics deliver a must-see performance in their elegantly simple production

— Theater Jones (Dallas)