Youth

2012 CAP Productions

It's Raining Cats and Dogs Monday, April 30, 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, 4:30 and 7:00 p.m. (Title TBA) Monday, October 22, 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 23, 4:30 and 7:00 p.m.

Out on a Limb

Pillsbury House Theatre’s Chicago Avenue Project presents Out on a Limb, featuring ten original, short plays written by neighborhood youth in partnership with professional dramaturgs, and performed and directed by some of the Twin Cities’ best theatre artists.

November 3 and 4, 2014

Monday at 7:00 pm
Tuesday at 4:00 and 7:00 pm

at Pillsbury House Theatre, 3501 Chicago Avenue S., Minneapolis
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Admission is free —just show up! All ages welcome.

The Plays

Twerk Team by Amir
direction by Adrian Balbontin, dramaturgy by Steve Moulds, starring Christian Bardin and Gregory Parks

The Future of Walmart by Cicely
direction by Chava Curland, dramaturgy by Deborah Yarchun, starring Valarie Falken and Beverly Cottman

The Theme of Love + The Theme of Fighting by Diego
direction and dramaturgy by Sharif Abu-Hamdeh, starring Carolyn Pool and Jason Rojas

The Coyote of Wall Street by Gabe
direction by Terry Hempleman, dramaturgy by Eliza Rasheed, starring Dylan Fresco and Heather Bunch

Hole by Manny
direction by Mel Day, dramaturgy by Jacob Devine, starring Dustin Bronson and Rachel Austin

The Two Lovebirds by Marlin
direction by Molly Van Avery, dramaturgy by Saymoukda Vongsay, starring Suzie Cheng and Sam Pearson

Frenemies by Mimi
direction by Cheryl Willis, dramaturgy by Basil Kreimendahl, starring Taous Khazem and Esther Ouray

Masters of Dishwashing Two by Nat
direction by Crystal Spring, dramaturgy by Josef Evans, starring Brant Miller and Katie Kaufmann

A Girl Gone Missing and a Thief to Discover by Neveah
direction by Dudley Voigt, dramaturgy by Kate Tarker, starring Jamila Anderson and Neal Skoy

The Mystery by Samaria’h
direction by Addie Gorlin, dramaturgy by Amber Patton, starring Joy Dolo and Sandra Struthers

artwork and illustrations by Cicely, Neveah, Bella, and Phebe

From the Kitchen of: Chicago Avenue Project. Recipe: Easy as Pieas Pie

Pillsbury House Theatre’s award-winning Chicago Avenue Project presents Easy as Pie, featuring ten original, short plays written by professional playwrights, directed by professionals, and performed by some of the Twin Cities’ top theatre artists in partnership with South Minneapolis youth.

May 12 and 13, 2014

Monday at 7:00 pm Tuesday at 4:00 and 7:00 pm

at Pillsbury House Theatre, 3501 Chicago Avenue S., Minneapolis
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Admission is free —just show up! All ages welcome.

The Plays

Ferocious Beasts
by Jessica Huang, directed by Matt Guidry, and starring Regina Williams and Marlin

Minne-mwahahaha
by Jake Jeppson, directed by Ellen Conn, and starring Nike Kadre and Alonso

Finders Keepers?
by Lisa Brimmer, directed by Megan Lembke, and starring Jamila Anderson and Diego

Vector
by Deborah Yarchun, directed by Brant Miller, and starring Dylan Fresco and Lamonte

Spit V. Take
by Steve Ackerman, directed by Christopher Allen, and starring Carly Wicks and Gabe

The Game Master
by Anton Jones, directed by Emily Gill, and starring Carolyn Pool and Arley

Finding Maui
by Heather Meyer, directed by Sheila Regan, and starring Aimee Bryant and Nat

The Magical Shoes
by May Lee-Yang, directed by Terry Hempleman, and starring Sam Pearson and Amir

Peperoni or Peace: a General’s Last Choice
by Jen Scott, directed by Jess Finney, and starring Caitlin Rogers and Manny

Zog the Magnificent
by Joseph Evans, directed by Jenny Ward, and starring Joy Dolo and Mimi

Chicago Avenue Project presents: Take the Cake

Chicago Avenue Project presents: Take the Cake

Pillsbury House Theatre’s award-winning Chicago Avenue Project presents Take the Cake.

Take the Cake features eight original, short plays written by neighborhood youth in partnership with professional dramaturgs, and performed and directed by some of the Twin Cities’ top theatre artists.

November 18 and 19, 2013

Monday at 7:00 pm
Tuesday at 4:00 and 7:00 pm

at Pillsbury House Theatre, 3501 Chicago Avenue S., Minneapolis
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Admission is free —just show up! All ages welcome.

The Plays:

FRIENDS OF GLORY
by Marlin, direction and dramaturgy by Jess Huang, starring Sara Marsh and Adia Morris

COOKIE MONSTER WITH SPECIAL GUEST DR. BEEP THE ALIEN COMING IN 5-4-3-2-1!
by Alonso, direction by Matt Sciple, dramaturgy by Jake Jeppson, starring Wade Vaughn and Kate Guentzel

THE BROKEN NAILS
by Rashell, direction by Nathan Christopher, dramaturgy by Deborah Yarchun, starring Hope Cervantes and Rachel Austin

THE STOLEN PHONE
by Diego, direction by Anton Jones, dramaturgy by Dominic Orlando, starring Seniz Yargici Lennes and Matt Rein

DESTROYER’S DISGUISE
by Lamonte, direction by Suzy Messerole, dramaturgy by Lisa Brimmer, starring Paul DeCordova and Signe Harriday

BREAKING THE FENCE: GNOMES FOLLOWING THEIR DREAMS
by Gabe, direction by Randy Reyes, dramaturgy by Steve Ackerman, starring Jason Rojas and Josh Wilder

THE RABBIT AND THE ROCK
by Arley, direction by Carin Bratlie, dramaturgy by Stanton Wood, starring Taj Ruler and Andy Hilbrands

TITLE? (A MYSTERY)
by Bella, direction and dramaturgy by Jess Finney, starring Jamila Anderson and Shavunda Horsley

ABOUT THE CHICAGO AVENUE PROJECT:

Since 1996, the Chicago Avenue Project brings together the Twin Cities best adult playwrights, actors, and directors who volunteer to work one-on-one with neighborhood youth on the creation and production of an original play. Individual children develop close mentoring relationships with at least four adults who are successful in their creative fields while adult professional artists share the chance to perform in wildly imaginative plays as talking guinea pigs, horses, computer gaming systems, and other indescribably unique characters. The project is not about teaching youth to perform, though they do learn acting—nor is it about teaching them how to write plays, though they learn that as well. The Chicago Avenue Project gives every child—no matter their circumstances—the opportunity to discover that he or she has a lot of value to offer.
2011 On the Other Hand Table for Two 2010 Over the Top Table for Two 2009 Forward/Reverse Eyes on the Prize 2008 All or Nothing Up Up and Away 2007 Grin and Bear It Heard It through the Grapevine Face the Music 2006 Sky’s the Limit – The Best of the Chicago Avenue Project All Dressed Up & Nowhere to Go Sumthin’ Fishy Going On! 2005 All Washed Up Life of the Party 2004 You Snooze You Lose Breakfast of Champions 2003 Buzzword The Cat’s Out of the Bag 2002 Lights Out: Plays in the Dark Keep the Ball Rolling Opposites Attract

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