Chicago Avenue Project

2014 CAP Productions

Easy as Pie
Monday, May 12, 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 13, 4:00 and 7:00 p.m.

Out on a Limb
Monday, November 3, 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 4, 4:00 and 7:00 p.m.

All performances are free and family friendly. Just show up!

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
Directions and Parking Info »

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
Directions and Parking Info »

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
Directions and Parking Info »

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

Rachel Austin (left) and Carolyn Pool (right) read through The Bunny and the Bot with Arley (middle)

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

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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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/44052009

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The 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.

Chicago Avenue Project, Fall-2011

“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.

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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.

2012
It's Raining Cats and Dogs - April 30 & May 1, 2012
Mark my Words! - October 22 and 23, 2012

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

Winner of the White House's 2005 Coming Up Taller Award