Announcing Our 2019 Season!

We’re thrilled to announce our 2019 season, including the world premiere of She Persists: The Great Divide III; Athol Fugard’s masterful work Blood Knot; and the regional premiere of Talvin Wilks’s new work, Jimmy and Lorraine: A Musing. Though they differ greatly in place and time, the plays of our 2019 season find common ground at the place where art, politics, and humanity collide.

About the plays:

SHE PERSISTS: THE GREAT DIVIDE III
Five short plays by Cristina Florencia Castro, Casey Llewellyn, Oya Mae Duchess-Davis, Philana Omorotionmwan & Aamera Siddiqui
Directed by Noël Raymond

March 13 – 24
Wednesdays – Saturdays at 7:30 PM
Sundays at 3 PM

In 2018, Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court amid allegations of sexual assault. For the first time in years, Roe v. Wade fell into constitutional danger. At the same time, the #metoo movement sparked a national dialogue around power and consent, and record numbers of women ran for public office. In a country continuing to fracture along political fault lines, women were on the frontlines of the divide. Following the tradition of The Great Divide I & II, Pillsbury House Theatre has commissioned five short plays on the state of women in the current political climate. Featuring all-women playwrights, actresses, and production staff, She Persists: The Great Divide III is a theatrical experience by, for, and about women.

BLOOD KNOT
By Athol Fugard
Directed by Marion McClinton

May 17 – June 16
Wednesdays – Saturdays at 7:30 PM
Sundays at 3 PM

Athol Fugard’s early masterpiece Blood Knot is an unflinching exploration of race, apartheid and the complicated nature of family. At the time of its 1961 premiere, Blood Knot was the first South African play to be produced with an interracial cast. The play follows Morris and Zachariah, brothers divided by skin color but bound by blood, as they navigate poverty, love, and their complicated relationship. Featuring James A. Williams and Stephen Yoakam, two of the Twin Cities’ most beloved actors, Blood Knot is a tour de force of raw and honest emotion. Masterfully written and powerfully acted, Blood Knot turns an unblinking eye on the underbelly of our humanity.

JIMMY AND LORRAINE: A MUSING
Written and Adapted by Talvin Wilks
Directed by Brian Jennings

September 18 – October 13
Wednesdays – Saturdays at 7:30 PM
Sundays at 3 PM

Jimmy and Lorraine: A Musing is a meditation on the American political climate of the late 50’s and early 60’s through the eyes of two of the most significant artists of the time, James Baldwin and Lorraine Hansberry. Using text from journals, letters, interviews, and more, Wilks brings Baldwin and Hansberry to life through their own words, deftly weaving their art, relationships, politics and identities into the tapestry of the play. The result is a captivating and intimate journey into the stories of two radical artists, friends, and revolutionaries. A foundational new work, Jimmy and Lorraine holds a mirror to the history of race, art and politics in America.

TICKET INFORMATION
Pillsbury House Theatre continues to offer pick-your-own-price tickets for all of its Mainstage productions.

Season passes and single tickets are on sale now: purchase here or by calling 612-825-0459. For information about group sales, call 612-787-3622.

ALSO IN THE 2019 SEASON

Chicago Avenue Project
Fortune Favors the Bold:  April 22 & 23, 2019
The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread: December 8 & 9, 2019
Free & Family Friendly

Drag Story Hour
February 16, March 23, May 19, & June 22
Varying Locations
Free & Family Friendly


Naked Stages
January 16 – 25, 2020
Pick-Your-Price Tickets

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