2013 CAP Productions
Once in a Blue Moon
Monday, May 6, 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 7, 4:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Take the CakeAll performances are free and family friendly. Just show up!
Monday, November 18, 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 19, 4:00 and 7:00 p.m.
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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
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Admission is free —just show up! All ages welcome.
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 UnderwoodPillsbury 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.
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.
###Thanks to Ben McGinley for great editing on our new Chicago Avenue Project video. It’s both a fun introduction if you don’t know the project and a treat full of charming interviews and scenes for those who do. Watch the video.
http://player.vimeo.com/video/44052009The second production of 2012 Chicago Avenue Project is coming Monday, October 22 and Tuesday, October 23. Performances at 7 pm both nights and also at 4:30 pm on Tuesday.
This is the one where the kids write the plays and a duo of local professional actors bring them to life. Last year’s production included Frankenstein and the Walking Dead going to the Mall of America to see Taylor Lautner sing and the immortal line that “even the dead have feelings.” It also included a story of Vampire Strawberries, pictured below. (Photos by Aaron Fenster.)
Check this space in October for more update.“It’s Raining Cats and Dogs” features 10 short plays written by professional playwrights, directed by professionals and acted by some of Twin Cities top theatre artists in partnership with neighborhood kids.
Monday, April 30 at 7:00 pm
Tuesday, May 1 at 4:30 pm and 7:00 pm
*All performances are FREE and open to the public.
General admission. Cookies and milk served after the show.
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.
2012 Chicago Avenue Project video by McGinley Motion Behind the scenes with Chicago Avenue Project - Video by Usry Alleyne from Pillsbury House Theatre on Vimeo.
It's Raining Cats and Dogs - April 30 & May 1, 2012
Mark my Words! - October 22 and 23, 2012
On the Other Hand
Table for Two
Over the Top
Table for Two
Eyes on the Prize
All or Nothing
Up Up and Away
Grin and Bear It
Heard It through the Grapevine
Face the Music
Sky’s the Limit – The Best of the Chicago Avenue Project
All Dressed Up & Nowhere to Go
Sumthin’ Fishy Going On!
All Washed Up
Life of the Party
You Snooze You Lose
Breakfast of Champions
The Cat’s Out of the Bag
Lights Out: Plays in the Dark
Keep the Ball Rolling