Announcing Our 2020 Season!

We couldn’t be more excited to announce our 2020 season!

The lineup includes the world premiere of Renegade-ism: Artists on the Edge, Christina M. Ham’s play with music, Nina Simone: Four Women, and the world premiere of Flip the Script: The Great Divide IV.

Though they differ in subject, time and place, the productions in our 2020 season meet at the place where art, politics, and justice collide.

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ABOUT THE LINEUP:

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Renegade-ism: Artists on the Edge
Three Weeks of New Work
February 13 – 29 | Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30 PM

renegade-ism (n): The creation of art outside of an institutional setting, or three weekends of performances featuring local independent artists.

During Renagade-ism: Artists on the Edge, nothing is off the table. Join us for three weekends of brand new works and experience art outside the box, including puppetry, dance, improv, and more. Featuring a new group of performers each week!

WEEK 1:
Crucial Excursions
by Monkeybear’s Harmolodic Workshop
created and directed by Chamindika Wanduragala, Artistic Director
Performers & collaborators: Kallie Melvin, Antoine Martinneau, Chitra Vairavan, Magdalena Kaluza, Andrew Young, Stayci Bell, Liping Vong, Denise Hanh Huynh, Ty Chapman and Oanh Vu
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Monkeybear’s Harmolodic Workshop supports Native/POC in developing creative and technical skills in contemporary puppetry. Through workshops and developmental programs, they create opportunities for artists to create their first works of puppetry and develop further in the form.
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WEEK 2:
Call to Remember
Leslie Parker with Collaborators Amara T. Smith and mayfield brooks
With Special Guest Vie Boheme
Call to Remember is a sharing/offering of improvisation, experimentation, and conjuring through Black Pedagogy, Artistry and Activism.
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WEEK 3: Blackout Improv
Blackout Improv is an all-black improv troupe based in Minneapolis that’s a mix of comedy, social justice, and arts access. They seek to put more Black performers on more stages, to create comedic dialogue around serious truths, and to provide improv access for Black students.
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Nina Simone: Four Women
By Christina M. Ham
Directed by Faye M. Price
April 17 – May 17
POSTPONED due to COVID-19
Wednesdays – Saturdays at 7:30 PM | Sundays at 3 PM

In this powerful play inspired by Nina Simone’s song “Four Women,” Simone and three other women find themselves in the rubble-filled 16th Street Baptist Church on the day of the 1963 bombing, in which four young girls were killed. As riots erupt outside, the women must come to terms with the tragedy and with each other if they are to move forward. Incorporating Simone’s most popular Civil Rights anthems, Nina Simone: Four Women is an electrifying testament to the radical and healing power of art.

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Flip the Script: The Great Divide IV
Eight short plays by Alan Berks, Cristina Florencia Castro, Andrew Rosendorf & Aamera Siddiqui
Directed by Noël Raymond
September 25 – October 25
Wednesdays – Saturdays at 7:30 PM | Sundays at 3 PM

A lot has happened since 2016, when the widening political division in our country sparked the idea for the first Great Divide production. As we head into the 2020 election year, Flip the Script: The Great Divide IV invites four past Great Divide playwrights to create new 10-minute works responding to their earlier pieces. Equal parts reflection and radical imagining, Flip the Script is an incisive exploration of the past, present and future of the American political divide.

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