THE CHILDREN is a mythical, multilayered reimaging of the classic Greek tragedy following Medea’s children known as A Brother and A Sister, as they fight for their lives in the wake of their parents’ devastating split. This poignant play asks the tough question, is it possible to survive a difficult childhood and go on to have a good life? Can we love, can we heal, and can we find hope?
“The brilliance of Ham’s script is in taking a huge event and bringing it down to the intimate level of just these characters…Scapegoat is an excellent example of the breadth and power of the Twin Cities theater community…A powerful play, masterfully executed, which illuminates how the past carries forward to today.” –MNTheaterLove
Christina Ham’s sweeping new drama is inspired by one of the deadliest massacres in US history. Part one of Scapegoat takes place in Elaine Arkansas in 1919, when Black sharecroppers Effie and Virgil while attempting to organize with others for better wages are met with violence by white residents, leading to one of the biggest race riots American history. In part two of the play, two interracial couples accidentally stumble upon present day Elaine only to discover the effects of history in their “post-racial” world.
THE 2017 MAINSTAGE SEASON
THE GREAT DIVIDE: PLAYS FOR A BROKEN NATION
APRIL 19 – 30, 2017
five short plays directed by Ellen Finster
By Benjamin Benne, Alan Berks, Christina M. Ham, Katie Ka Vang and James A. Williams and music by DJ Chamun
Are we entering into our New Normal, or is this just a phase? Is ‘whitelash’ real, or just another piece of ‘fake news’? Pillsbury House Theatre commissioned five new 10-minute plays by local writers responding to the deeply partisan split on the direction of our country. In polarizing times of national upheaval and civil unrest, how do we deal with competing truths? Where does the election leave us, as individuals, as communities, as a country? The Great Divide is a personal, powerful and visceral response to the political animosity that has become our post-election reality.
MAY 31 – JUNE 18, 2017
by Nilaja Sun, directed by Ron Russell
Nilaja Sun, the playwright/performer of the Obie Award-winning No Child (seen at PHT in 2010) comes to the House with her solo show, Pike St., for a limited three-week run. Sun’s virtuosic performance style brings to life a vibrant community of colorful characters on Manhattan’s Lower East Side as they come together to prepare for an impending hurricane. With a keen political eye and gentle humor, Sun’s rich portrayals of three generations of a Puerto Rican family, an octogenarian downstairs neighbor, and a host of friends brings Pike St. and the people within it to life.
“[Nilaja Sun] portrays three generations of a Puerto Rican family…bringing each to life with a radiant grace that makes her virtuosity seem as natural as breathing.” –New York Times
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SEPTEMBER 16 – OCTOBER 22, 2017
by Jonas Hassen Khemiri, directed by Noël Raymond
Jonas Hassen Khemiri is one of Sweden’s best-known contemporary writers, and his outrageously dark political comedy ≈ [Almost Equal To] premiered to sold-out audiences at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm. In the play, everyone is overrun by numbers, begging, earning, scheming and stealing as they collide with the economy surrounding them. Politically subversive, ≈ [Almost Equal To] is a sharp exploration of money in modern life.
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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.
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- 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
“The freshest, most challenging work in town.” —MplsStPaul Magazine
“Best theatre for drama” —City Pages