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Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet. By Tarell Alvin McCraney; directed by Marion McClinton

Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet. By Tarell Alvin McCraney; directed by Marion McClinton

For the final installment of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s acclaimed “Brother/Sister Plays” trilogy, 16-year-old Marcus is haunted by dreams and dogged by doubts from his friends and family. Days before an ominous storm on the Louisiana bayou, Marcus journeys to discover who he is and where he comes from by unraveling the secrets of his deceased father Elegba. As Marcus pieces together his own ancestral legacy with help from his tightly-knit, inter-generational community, he realizes the special power that being “sweet” brings.

directed by Marion McClinton
featuring Jamila Anderson, Nathan Barlow, Aimee K. Bryant,  Lauren Davis, Joy Dolo, Darius Dotch, Thomasina PetrisMikell Sapp, James A. Williams, and Ahanti Young

September 12 – October 5, 2014

Wednesdays – Saturdays at 7:30 pm
Sundays at 7:00 pm
Select weekend matinees at 1:00 pm
For specific dates and times, view the calendar.

Additional Important Dates:

  • Post-Show Discussions with our Community Partner, Out4Good:
    Thursday, September 18 at 7:30pm
    Sunday, September 28 at 7:00 pm
    Thursday, October 2 at 7:30 p.m.
  • ASL Interpreted Performance: Friday, September 26 at 7:30 pm
  • Audio-Described Performance: Friday, September 26 at 7:30 pm

in the Dowling Studio at the Guthrie Theater

818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN
Directions, parking, and public transit


Tickets on sale through the Guthrie Box Office: 612.377.2224 or

Wed & Sun evenings; weekday matinees $22
Thu and Fri evenings $26
Sat evenings; Sat and Sun matinees $30
Previews + Rush Tickets (as available) $15

Students and Seniors: Save $3/ticket
Groups: Contact Kelsye at 612-787-3622 or

Content Advisory:
This play contains sexual content and strong language. Recommended for ages 16 and up.
Strobe lights and gun-shot sounds are used during this performance.
Poetry Picnic, June 27, 6pm

Poetry Picnic, June 27, 6pm

Art Block leader Molly Van Avery is coordinating The Second Annual Poetry Picnic as part of her Art Block activities. A celebration of language, food and summer light, the event includes a free picnic dinner prepared by Youth Farm, music by Yonel jameson and Aida Shahghaemi, and poetry delivered to your blanket by powerful poets.

Paricipating poets include Nimo H. Farah, Chantz Erolin, Venessa Fuentes, Andrea Jenkins, Tish Jones, J. Otis Powell, Emmanuel Ortiz, Mire Regulus, Sun Yun Shin, Moheb Soliman and Molly Van Avery.

Friday, June 27th
6pm to Sunset

at Powderhorn Park Picnic Area
(35th Street between 12th and 13th Avenues)

FREE! All are welcome, rain or shine. Please bring your own blanket.


Pillsbury House Theatre’s Breaking Ice company teams up with the YWCA of Minneapolis for a special performance exploring the many ways racism and humor run hand-in-hand throughout the media and our culture. Is it OK to laugh at a racist joke? Why do so many TV shows rely on stereotypes and biases for character development and humor? Is there a healthy way to explore questions of racial justice through humor? Where is the line?  And how do you know when it has been crossed?

We invite you to join us to explore the intersection of race and humor and learn techniques for speaking up when you feel a line has been crossed.

Thursday, June 19
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

YWCA Downtown Minneapolis
1130 Nicollet Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55403

$10. RSVP by June 11

Scholarships available; email to inquire.

an Art Blocks project by Eduardo Cardenas

Artist Eduardo Cardenas is facilitating a community building art project with his neighbors to build and re-make playful structures.

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The Arts on Chicago Initiative continues in 2014 with three unique arts activities: Peter Haakon Thompson’s Temporary Table Tennis Trailer, Esther Ouray’s In the Pursuit of Happiness, and video from David Luke’s Upstream Animated.

These Arts on Chicago 2014 projects will be on display at the 38th and Chicago BBQ and Music Festival on June 14.  This celebration is aligned with the 38th and Chicago Business Association’s 9th annual BBQ & Music Festival from 11am to 3pm on the 3700 block of Chicago Avenue. The event will include music from Joel Schaan & Friends, Bozza Jazz Band, Project 55407, and The Anchorman plus specialty food trucks, children’s activities and snow cones will be available as this busy intersection is closed for the day.

Funding for 2014 Arts on Chicago projects is provided, in part, by the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, as part of Blue Cross’ long-term commitment to tackling the four leading causes of heart disease and cancer: tobacco use, obesity, lack of physical activity and unhealthy eating.  Each of the projects combines art with active living in some fashion.

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