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Pillsbury House Theatre’s 2015 season includes a world premiere by Tracey Scott Wilson and an area premiere by Marcus Gardley, which will be directed by Marion McClinton.

Many of the characters in Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet are named after Yoruban orishas. An orisha (also spelled òrìṣà) is a spirit or deity that mediates between the natural and supernatural worlds. Here’s a glimpse into the features of certain characters’ orishas.

Marcus Reviews

“See this intoxicating play: it will make you want to leave dreary and frigid Minnesota and move to moonstruck Louisiana, a land of sun-showers, nighttime assignations on the bayou, intricate family relations, powerful friendships.” Read the full review

Pillsbury House Theatre hopes you continue the conversations that our productions inspire. After you’ve seen Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet, share your thoughts with us online; attend a post-show discussion; or consider the following discussion questions wherever you wind up after the show…

Wa Wo (“Come Watch” in Yourba), is a series of projects and events organized by artist Sam Ero-Phillips in response to Pillsbury House Theatre and The Mount Curve Company’s co-production of Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet, playing September 12 – October 5 in the Dowling Studio at the Guthrie Theater.

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

Young Marcus is haunted by dreams of his ancestors and dogged by doubts from his friends and family in this coming-of-age, coming-out story set in the Louisiana bayou. The final installment of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s acclaimed “Brother/Sister Plays” trilogy, Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet is a Pillsbury House Theatre and The Mount Curve Company co-production, presented by the Guthrie Theater.

Mercy Killers reviews: “Strong” “So emotionally-charged” “Kicks down walls” “Raw, immediate”

“The best theater kicks down walls, pulls off the gloves and starts swinging. Mercy Killers…is that kind of play.” –HowWasTheShow.com
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“I And This Mystery Here We Stand” is a print-based public art installation by Natasha Pestich that responds to Pillsbury House Theatre’s Spring 2014 production of Michael Milligan’s play MERCY KILLERS.

Mercy Killers

Michael Milligan brings his internationally acclaimed show to the Pillsbury House Theatre stage. Joe, a blue collar mechanic with a red state perspective, recounts the lengths he will go to care for his beloved wife. A detailed and emotional journey, Mercy Killers is an unflinching look at health care in the United States.

"A brave, disturbing but accessible piece of theater" -Pioneer Press "extremely compelling theater" -Cherry and Spoon "offers contemporary resonances and eschews easy answers" -Pioneer Press "A topical two-hander about free speech ,violence and the effects of bullying." -Star Tribune "intense, dark, and often perceptive" -City Pages "two strong actors in difficult roles" -Minnpost

“There are many things to admire about Johnna Adams’ play, “Gidion’s Knot,” now on stage at Pillsbury House Theatre. It’s a brave, disturbing but accessible piece of theater that offers contemporary resonances and eschews easy answers.” —Dominic Papatola, Pioneer Press
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2015 MAINSTAGE SEASON

Death Tax

March 6 — April 5, 2015
by Lucas Hnath, directed by Hayley Finn
Weeks before the New Year (and the new estate tax taking effect), the ailing Maxine is convinced that her estranged daughter is bribing Nurse Tina to expedite her demise. But, when Maxine offers an enticing deal of her own, Nurse Tina finds herself at a moral crossroads. A suspenseful and captivating dark comedy, Death Tax raises timely questions about the tensions between family and money, life and death. “Provocative...whip-smart...You really can’t ask for anything more.” —Chicago Sun-Times

The Gospel of Lovingkindness

May 29 — June 28, 2015
by Marcus Gardley, directed by Marion McClinton
From the playwright of the road weeps, the well runs dry, comes an equally powerful and poetic contemporary drama inspired be true events. Two young men growing up on the South Side of Chicago, Manny’s life is on track, and Noel’s life is derailing. Manny just sang at the White House; Noel just got kicked off the basketball team. When their paths cross, they risk everything for their dreams, leaving behind two grieving mothers and a city on the verge. “The Gospel of Lovingkindness is an ambitious prayer; one that pleads for a deeper appreciation for the value of life, as well as an end to violence and the circumstances that create it.” –Newcity Stage.

Prep

September 18 – October 18, 2015
by Tracey Scott Wilson, directed by Noël Raymond
A group of teachers change their students’ test scores so they will receive their annual bonuses, but racial and sexual tensions arise as they try to cover up their transgressions.

Commissioned by Pillsbury House Theatre through a 2014 Joyce Award, Prep is inspired by a number of recent local events with racial overtones that have stirred up emotions and conflict. Playwright Tracey Scott Wilson spent a month in the Twin Cities earlier in 2014, immersing herself in conversation with community members that have been part of these experiences. As in her 2012/13 production of Buzzer, Scott Wilson’s goal with this play is to cut through political correctness and broach off-limits topics in order to inspire genuine conversations about race.

TICKET INFORMATION

Season passes: Pick your price. (Regular price: $100. Minimum price: $65.)
Season passes are available online or by calling 612-825-0459. In order to take advantage of the pick-your-price option, YOU MUST CALL 612-825-0459 to purchase a pass.

Individual tickets: Pick your price. Individual tickets for the 2015 Season will go on sale in January 2015, online and over through our box office: 612-825-0459.

Groups: Call Kelsye at 612-825-0459, or email her at gouldk@pillsburyhousetheatre.org.

ABOUT THE MAINSTAGE SERIES

Since 1992, we've brought contemporary work to life in productions that combine nerve and verve. From our intimate 96-seat theatre in south Minneapolis, we've produced over 40 productions, including more than a dozen area premieres. Among the celebrated playwrights whose works have been presented are Athol Fugard, Ed Bullins, Tony Kushner, Lisa Jones, Lorraine Hansbury, Tennessee Williams, Leroi Jones and Lanford Wilson.
  • Yacub: Mad Scientist or Genius? by Homer Jackson director Ralph Remington 2/92
  • Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act by Athol Fugard director Ralph R. 7/92
  • Gerry Girouard Dancers in The Shadows of the Diamond Realm 7/92
  • Danny and the Deep Blue Sea by John Patrick Shanley director Ralph Remington 1/93
  • Slow Dance on the Killing Ground by William Hanley director Ralph Remington 3/93
  • Power Tools by Xavier Leonard director Ralph Remington 6/93
  • The Taking of Miss Janie by Ed Bullins director Ralph Remington 9/93
  • Azande in Les Mannequins by Azande director Azande 9/93
  • The Colors of Desire by Alexs Pate and David Mura director Ralph Remington 2/94
  • Savage in Limbo by John Patrick Shanley director Ralph Remington 3/94
  • Thoughts from a Cultural Revolutionary by Ralph Remington director Ralph Remington 4/94
  • Combination Skin by Lisa Jones director Dawn Renee Jones 7/94
  • MultiCultiBoho Sideshow by Alexs Pate director Ralph Remington 11/94
  • This City of Dreams by Walter Allen Bennett,Jr. director Ralph Remington 3/95 9/95
  • The Hittite Empire in Undersiege Stories by the Hittite Empire 6/95
  • The Punic Wars by Sirius B 7/95
  • Extremities by William Mastrosimone director Ralph Remington 3/96
  • Sexual Perversity in Chicago by David Mamet director Dwight Callaway 8/96
  • Bring the Children Home by Marci Rendon directors Noel Raymond & Heidi Hunter Batz 9/96
  • Streamers by David Rabe director Noel Raymond 2/97
  • Women of Manhattan by John Patrick Shanley director Ralph Remington 7/97
  • The Brunette Breck Girl by Heidi Arnesan director Heidi Arnesan 7/97
  • Burn This by Lanford Wilson director Ralph Remington 10/97
  • The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window by Lorraine Hansberry directors D. Callaway & Ralph R. 2/98
  • Where I’m At conceived, developed and directed by Heidi Hunter Batz 3/98
  • Dutchman by LeRoi Jones director Brian Goranson 6/98
  • A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams director Leah C. Gardiner 2/99
  • Shelter (staged reading) by Dwight Hobbes director Ralph Remington 6/99
  • Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches by Tony Kushner director Noel Raymond 2/00
  • The House That Crack Built by Djola Branner director Heidi Hunter Batz 10/00
  • Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika by Tony Kushner director Noel Raymond 3/01
  • The Gimmick by Dael Orlandersmith director Sharon Walton 7/01
  • Mr. Bundy by Jane Martin director Faye Price and Sari Ketter 3/02
  • The Bi Show (in collaboration with Mama Mosaic) director Noel Raymond 5/02
  • Boesman and Lena by Athol Fugard director Noel Raymond 10/02
  • [sic] by Melissa James Gibson director Noel Raymond 2/03
  • Evidence of Silence Broken (in collaboration with Tru Ruts Endeavors) director Daniel Alexander Jones 4/03
  • Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train by Stephen Adly Guirgis director Stephen DiMenna 10/03
  • Far Away by Caryl Churchill director Noel Raymond 3/04
  • Talking Masks (in collaboration with Carlyle Brown and Company) director Carlyle Brown  5/04
  • Bel Canto by Daniel Alexander Jones director Stephen DiMenna 10/04
  • The Story by Tracey Scott Wilson director Sharon Walton 3/05
  • Hot Comb by Kimberly Joy Morgan director Dr. Tawnya Pettiford-Wates 5/05
  • An Almost Holy Picture by Heather McDonald director Noel Raymond 9/05
  • Hot Comb ’06 director Dr. Tawnya Pettiford-Wates 1/06
  • Phoenix Fabrik director Daniel Alexander Jones 6/06
  • Bugby Tracey Letts director Stephen DiMenna 10/06
  • Underneath the Lintelby Glen Berger director Noel Raymond 2/07
  • Lowby Rha Goddess director Chay Yew 6/07
  • Home  by Samm-Art Williams director Marion McClinton 10/07
  • Same Differenceby Samuel G. Roberson, Jr. director Anton Jones 2/08
  • Other by the Breaking Ice Company director Heidi Hunter Batz 3/08
  • Bulrusher by Eisa Davis director Marion McClinton 5/08
  • Blackbird by David Harrower director Stephen DiMenna 10/08
  • No Child by Nilaja Sun director Noel Raymond 2/09
  • Playlist by Aditi Brennan Kapil and the Breaking Ice Company director Heidi Hunter Batz 5/09
  • King of Shadows by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa director Randy Reyes 10/09
  • No Child ’10 by NIlaja Sun director Noel Raymond 2/10
  • Pa’s Hat by Cori Thomas director Marion McClinton 5/10
  • Vigil by Morris Panych director Stephen DiMenna 9/10
  • Broke-ology by Nathan Louis Jackson director James A. Williams 3/11
  • In the Red and Brown Water by Tarell Alvin McCraney director Marion McClinton, produced in partnership with The Mount Curve Company in the Dowling Studio at the Guthrie Theater, 5/11
  • The Pride by Alexi Kaye Campbell, director Noel Raymond, 10/11
  • Buzzer by Tracey Scott Wilson, director Marion McClinton, 2/12
  • Jomama Jones: Radiate Live! created by Daniel Alexander Jones in collaboration with Bobby Halvorson, 6/12
  • The Brothers Size by Tarell Alvin McCraney, directed Marion McClinton, produced in partnership with The Mount Curve Company in the Dowling Studio at the Guthrie Theater, 9/12
  • Buzzer by Tracey Scott Wilson, director Marion McClinton, produced in the Dowling Studio at the Guthrie Theater, 2/13
  • River See by Sharon Bridgforth, featuring Sonja Parks, 4/13
  • the road weeps, the well runs dry by Marcus Gardley, directed by Marion McClinton, 10/13
  • Gidion's Knot by Johnna Adams, directed by Noel Raymond, 3/14
  • Mercy Killers written and performed by Michael Milligan, 4/14
  • Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet by Tarell Alvin McCraney, directed Marion McClinton, produced in partnership with The Mount Curve Company in the Dowling Studio at the Guthrie Theater, 9/14
 

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