The Gospel of Lovkingkindness. Photo of Thomasina Petrus and Namir Smallwood connected by the Chicago skyline.

From the playwright of the road weeps, the well runs dry comes a contemporary drama inspired by true events and countless tragedies. The Gospel of Lovingkindness is a powerful and poetic story about two black mothers and their sons whose lives are shattered by the heartbreak of gun violence.

Two teenage boys on Chicago’s South Side: one struggles to stay on the track his mother has put him on, and the other is all his mother had hoped he would be. When their paths cross, history repeats herself, leaving behind two grieving mothers and a city on edge.

The Gospel of Lovingkindness is at once an urgent appeal for an end to gun violence and a prayer for forgiveness, dignity, and hope.

“a rollercoaster of emotions, from unequivocal joy to heart-wrenching sorrow and everything in between” –Newcity Stage

Gardley crafts a very poetic script that’s more reminiscent of a gospel hymn than a traditional stage play. In many respects, it works. The same passion you’d hear from a choir singing in a church is felt in each spoken line.” –Chicago Theater Beat

by Marcus Gardley, directed by Marion McClinton
starring Aimee K. Bryant, Thomasina Petrus, Namir Smallwood, and James A. Williams

May 29 – June 28, 2015

Wednesdays – Saturdays at 7:30 pm
Sundays at 3:00 pm

at Pillsbury House Theatre

3501 Chicago Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN
Directions and parking | Accessibility

Tickets: Buy tickets online or call 612-825-0459.

Pick Your Price. Pay what you want for every performance, every night. (Regular price: $25)
Box Office Hours:
9:30 am – 4:30 pm, Mondays – Fridays
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Wednesdays – Saturdays during performances
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Sundays during performances
Groups: Contact Kelsye at 612-787-3622 or

Additional Important Dates:

  • Post-Show Discussions with our Community Partner, Oak Park Youth and Family Center:
    Sunday, June 7, 3:00 pm
    Thursday, June 11, 7:30 pm
    Wednesday, June 17, 7:30 pm
    Friday, June 26, 7:30 pm
    (If you’ve already seen the show, you’re invited to return for any of the above discussion dates. Discussions start immediately following the performance and last about 30 minutes.)
  • Audio-Described Performance: Friday, June 12 at 7:30 pm
  • ASL Interpreted Performance: Saturday, June 20 at 7:30 pm
  • Free Child Care: For children 16 months and older. Call 612-825-0459 for reservations.
    Sunday, June 7, 3:00 pm
    Sunday, June 14, 3:00 pm

Run time: 90 minutes, no intermission
Recommended Age: 13+ (for language and depicted violence)

Warning: Strobe lights and theatrical gun shots are used during this production.

Restaurant Partner: The Rabbit Hole
Head over to The Rabbit Hole, located in the northeast corner of Midtown Global Market, after each 7:30pm performance to discuss the show over delicious food and drink!

What is Lovingkindness? from Pillsbury House Theatre on Vimeo.

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