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A boy. A girl. A nurse's office. One of them, an accident-prone goofball and the other a darkly witty cynic. Follow 30 years in the friendship, injuries, and scars of Kayleen and Doug.

. . .Rajiv Joseph’s Gruesome Playground Injuries feels fresh despite 6 years on the shelf. It has a talented cast of two playing quirky characters, an organizing schtick (the terrible injuries that people invite and inflict on themselves), and a dose of heartwarming sentiment to unite the laughs and drama. A piece that will leave you energized and renewed, provided that you’re not worried about codependency.
— Twin Cities Arts Reader
Scene 1, Age 8: Face Split Open Photo by: Matt Karst

Scene 1, Age 8: Face Split Open

Photo by: Matt Karst

Scene 5, Age 18: Pink Eye Photo by: Matt Karst

Scene 5, Age 18: Pink Eye

Photo by: Matt Karst

GPI was an extremely moving piece that takes you through two connected lives threaded together by misfortune and injury. It’s deeply relatable, truly serious, and charmingly funny at all the perfect times. Each actor brings their best to the production and it really shows. Laughs, tears, and touching moments. Gruesome Playground Injuries is a must see.
— Connor Smith, 8/3/2017
I was totally sold. Despite the glowing reviews, I wasn’t sure this would be my cup of tea. But only if I were dead could I be anything less than enthralled by these performances.
— Max Haliperin, 8/6/2017