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.

Chicago Avenue Project: 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

The Chicago Avenue Project: Once in a Blue Moon

Chicago Avenue Project: Once in a Blue Moon

Pillsbury House Theatre’s award-winning Chicago Avenue Project presents Once in a Blue Moon.

With a colorful cast of dragon slayers and dragon tamers, haunted volcanoes, intergalactic fashion police, and a hypocritical hypochondriac, Once in a Blue Moon features 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 6 and 7, 2013

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

at Pillsbury House Theatre, 3501 Chicago Avenue S., Minneapolis
Directions and Parking Info »

Admission is free —just show up! All ages welcome.

The Plays:

Taj Ruler and Rykiah in The Adventures of A and M: Haunted Volcano! by Jen Scott, directed by Adam Gauger

Carolyn Pool and Arley in Bunny and the Bot by Paige Collette, directed by Rachel Austin

Matt Guidry and Alonso in Dragon Slayer of South Minneapolis by Cory Hinkle, directed by Jamil Jude

Katie Kaufmann and Diego in No Mystery Too Small by Levi Weinhagen, directed by Per Jans0n

Jamila Anderson and Jazmin in Flowers for Snow by Nathan Young, directed by Mary Keepers

Ivory Doublette and Rashell in Intergalactic Fashion Police by Heather Meyer, directed by Jennifer Blagen

H.Adam Harris and Aaron in Dragon Tamer by Carlyle Brown, directed by Brian Balcom

Ricardo Vazquez and Abi in The Hypocritical Hypochondriac written and directed by Jessica Huang

Dustin Bronson and Malachi in The Not so Great Ori’gamee by Jeffrey Hatcher, directed by Terry Hempleman

Joetta Wright and Gabriel in Big Foot in the Jungle by Lisa Brimmer, directed by Jill Underwood

Chicago Avenue Project’s MARK MY WORDS begins rehearsal

Pillsbury House Theatre presents
The Chicago Avenue Project:
MARK MY WORDS
featuring neighborhood kids and the best local professional artists
October 22 and 23, 2012

Minneapolis, MN – This fall local performing arts professionals team up with neighborhood kids for the 16th year of Pillsbury House Theatre’s award-winning Chicago Avenue Project. MARK MY WORDS features some of the Twin Cities’ top theatre artists, actors, and directors in ten original, short plays written by South Minneapolis youth.

“It’s my favorite theater experience of the whole year,” says Randy Reyes, professional actor and director. Writer Levi Weinhagen says, “You think you’re coming in to teach the kids so much but half way through you realize you’re learning more from them than they are from you.”

MARK MY WORDS premieres at Pillsbury House Theatre, 3501 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis, on Monday, October 22 at 7:00 pm and Tuesday, October 23 at 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm. All performances are free and open to the public.

Including the professional talents of Sarah Agnew, Jamila Anderson, Rachel Austin, Patrick Bailey, Brain Balcom, Sarah Bellamy, Mark Benzel, Lisa Brimmer, Josh Campbell, Nathan Christopher, Brian Columbus, Leah Cooper, Yolanda Cotterall, Paul DeCordova, Jess Finney, Dylan Fresco, Aaron Gabriel, Beth Gilleland, Brian Grandison, Peter Christian Hansen, H. Adam Harris, Jamil Jude, Suzie Juul, Mary Keepers, George Keller, Ben McGovern, Mo Perry, Taj Ruler, Randy Reyes, James Rodriguez, Mikell Sapp, Randy Shmeling, Maggie Smith, Nathan Tylutki, Saymoukda Vongsay, Levi Weinhagen, Phyllis Wright, and Seniz Yargici Lennes.

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 Chicago Avenue Project gives every child—regardless of their circumstances—the opportunity to discover that he or she has a lot of value to offer. 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.

About Pillsbury House Theatre
Unlike any other theatre in the country, Pillsbury House Theatre is a professional theatre within an inner-city neighborhood center—and a multicultural company of artists whose purpose is to engage a broad community in art and theatre with programs and productions that provoke reactions to the world around us.

Now in its 20th anniversary season, Pillsbury House Theatre is proud to be a professional theatre unlike any other. In partnership with Pillsbury United Communities, one of the largest human services organizations in the state, Pillsbury House Theatre demonstrates that the highest quality art is an integral part of all healthy communities.

CALENDAR EDITORS:

CHICAGO AVENUE PROJECT: MARK MY WORDS

October 22 at 7:00 p.m.
October 23 at 4:00 p.m.
October 23 at 7:00 p.m.

Pillsbury House Theatre
3501 Chicago Avenue S.
Minneapolis, MN 55407

Admission is free; seats are first-come, first-served.
All ages welcome.

Hi and lo res photographs and interviews available on request.

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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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