2013 Naked Stages Fellows Announced

The 2013 Naked Stages artists are Emily Zimmer, Moheb Soliman, and Zainab Musa. Zainab has worked internationally as an actor as well as with local companies like Mixed Blood and Sandbox Theatre. Moheb is a poet and interdisciplinary artist new to Minnesota by way of Montreal and Egypt. Emily Zimmer is a regular performer on the Open Eye Figure Theatre stage as well as with Frank Theatre and Children’s Theatre Company.

A creative opportunity unlike any other in Minnesota, Naked Stages is a 7 month development program that provides time, financial support, and mentoring to three artists to develop their unique voices as performance artists and creators.

This year, Naked Stages changes from a four artist fellowship to a fellowship that provides more opportunities for three artists. In the past, the fellowship has culminated in two weekends of performances with two different artists performing each week. This year, two artists will perform their work over the course of two weeks while a third artist will create an installation in the Pillsbury House + Theatre building that will be open to the public overlapping the December performances.

About the 2013 projects

Emily Zimmer’s Three Figure$ will explore the poetics and problems of the financial crisis through the perspective of three different women.

Moheb Soliman’s project deals with circumnavigating the Great Lakes by land—exploring the place of nature in culture, parsing the terms of identity politics and environmentalism, and romancing the heart of a borderland.

Zainab Musa’s Enough is an examination of Musa’s current ethnic identity as a woman of African descent. “The way in which I speak and move through society has become a means to preserve a stereotype, through my consumption of American pop culture.” A self portrait and work in progress, this solo show seeks to challenge the audiences’ ideas of what defines an individual as “Black enough,” based on the mainstream messages they may have absorbed.

Naked Stages performances are December 4-7 and 11-14, 2013.  All tickets are Pick Your Price. (Regular price = $15). Performances begin at 7:30 Wednesday thru Saturday. Post-show discussions with the artists following every Thursday performance.

BOX OFFICE AND MORE INFO:   612-825-0459 or www.pillsburyhousetheatre.org

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