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Pillsbury House Theatre is excited to announce its 2017 season, including a world premiere of The Great Divide: Plays for a Broken Nation; an area premiere one-woman show Pike St., written and performed by Obie-Award-winning playwright Nilaja Sun; and ≈ [Almost Equal To] by Sweden’s foremost playwright Jonas Hassen Khemiri. The 26th season of plays confronts a number of contemporary issues, ranging from the political landscape to the economy.

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"captivating, magical, funny, poignant" -cherryandspoon.com "goes beyond tragedy to hope" -Pioneer Press "thought-provoking, frequently funny, consistently surprising" -MinnesotaPlaylsit

The reviews are in! THE CHILDREN “goes beyond tragedy to hope.” and is “a thought-provoking, frequently funny, consistently surprising piece of work.”

The Children by Michael Elyanow, Directed by Neol Raymond, Sept 16 - Oct 16

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.

2018 Season

THE 2018 MAINSTAGE SEASON

 

THE GREAT DIVIDE II: PLAYS ON THE POLITICS OF TRUTH
MARCH 14 – 25, 2018 + EXTENSION MARCH 28 – 31

Five short plays directed by Noël Raymond
By Christina M. Ham, Jessica Huang, Tim J. Lord, Stacey Rose, and Andrew Rosendorf with music by DJ Chamun
Audio Description: Saturday, March 24
American Sign Language Interpretation: Friday, March 23

What’s the difference between fact and truth, and does it matter? What happens when our firmly embedded beliefs become facts? Is ‘truth’ a political concept? In a time when these questions are more relevant than ever, Pillsbury House Theatre commissioned five new 10-minute plays by local writers addressing the division in this country through the lens of the notion of ‘truth.’ The plays of The Great Divide II bring five new, unique voices to the discussion that began with our acclaimed 2017 production of The Great Divide: Plays for a Broken Nation.

 

DAT BLACK MERMAID MAN LADY / THE SHOW
JUNE 1 – JUNE 24, 2018
Wednesdays – Saturdays at 7:30 PM

Sundays at 3 PM
by Sharon Bridgforth, directed by Ebony Golden
Audio Description: Saturday, June 9
American Sign Language Interpretation: Friday, June 8

Dat Black Mermaid Man Lady / The Show is a performance processional that celebrates multiple ways of embodying gender. The characters HoneyPot, Miss Kitty and dat Black Mermaid man lady work with Oya, Osun and Yemaya (Yoruba deities) to train in a next generation healer, as they lift communal prayers to the Light. In performance all present are invited to make offerings to this world of womanizing, piano playing, knife carrying she’roes and old people that fly. Performers sing, move, tell stories, call the audience to process, chant, holler back, build altars –  celebrate life.  All present are responsible for the Journey. dat Black Mermaid Man Lady / The Show is part of the dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/Home project. For more go to: http://datblackmermaidmanlady.com.

dat Black Mermaid Man Lady was made possible by the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards program, The Whitman Institute, Thousand Currents Artist In-Residence Program, development support from New Dramatists Creativity Fund (a program made possible by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) and is a project of Creative Capital.

 

WEST OF CENTRAL
SEPTEMBER 14 – OCTOBER 14, 2018

by Christina M. Ham, Directed by Haley Finn
Audio Description: Friday, September 21
American Sign Language Interpretation: Friday, September 28

The year is 1966 and the remnants of the Watts Riots are still smoldering against the backdrop of South Central Los Angeles. When a mysterious woman stumbles into the office of private eye Thelma Higgins looking to warn her husband that his life might be in danger, she soon discovers that the man she’s been married to for ten years is not who he claims to be. As her investigation leads her on a tangled trail of deceit, corruption, and treacherous backroom deals, she and her husband must learn to trust one another again to find out who’s trying to kill him and why. This fast-paced noir explores the racial tensions that arose from the ashes of the Riots and the local political treachery that creates the racial fissures that fracture us.

 

TICKET INFORMATION

Season passes: Pick-your-price season passes (regular price: $100; minimum price: $65) are on sale now 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: Individual pick-your-price tickets for the 2017 Season are available online or by calling 612-825-0459.

Groups: Call Rachel Fettig at 612-825-0459, or email her at rachelf@pillsburyhousetheatre.org.

About

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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Past Seasons

  • 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
  • Death Tax by Lucas Hnath, directed by Hayley Finn, 3/15
  • The Gospel of Lovingkindness by Marcus Gardley, directed by Marion McClinton, 6/15
  • Prep by Tracey Scott Wilson, directed by Noel Raymond, 9/15
  • Bright Half Life by Tanya Barfield, directed by Ellen Fenster, 2/16
  • Scapegoat by Christina M. Ham, directed by Marion McClinton, 6/16
  • The Children by Michael Elyanow, directed by Noel Raymond, 10/16
  • The Great Divide: Plays for a Broken Nation by Benjamin Benne, Alan Berks, Christina M. Ham, Katie Ka Vang and James A. Williams, directed by Ellen Fenster, music by DJ Chamun, 4/17
  • Pike St by Nilaja Sun, directed by Ron Russell, 6/17
  •  ≈[almost equal to] by Jonas Hassen Khemiri, directed by Noel Raymond, 10/17

The freshest, most challenging work in town.” —MplsStPaul Magazine

Best theatre for drama” —City Pages

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