Longtime Pillsbury House + Theatre collaborator Mikell Sapp (Breaking Ice, Broke-ology, The Great Divide, Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet, What to Send Up When It Goes Down) will kick off Pillsbury House + Theatre’s 30th Anniversary season exploring dynamic solo work created by artists whose stories challenge and affirm community with the premiere of his first solo project, the uproarious and heartfelt Charlie
Brown Black, directed by Talvin Wilks, May 28 – June 12 on the Pillsbury House + Theatre Mainstage.
Mikell Sapp. Design by Alice Butts. Photo Credit: Antonio Richardson.
A dynamic and comedic solo performance by actor Mikell Sapp, Charlie
Brown Black chronicles his trials and successes in becoming a theatre artist and navigating the challenges of race as a young Black man from Alabama encountering the culture shock of Minnesota. This raw and entertaining comic strip style telling weaves stories, memories and reflections on today’s complicated racial landscape to take audiences on a wild ride that illuminates struggles, faces hard truths and celebrates triumphs. With vulnerability and wit, Charlie Brown Black explores what it means to be a Black artist in an ever “awakening” world and continues the legacy of Black humor and storytelling that reminds us of our connections and reflects our humanity.
Written and Performed by Mikell Sapp*
Directed by Talvin Wilks
Signe V. Harriday | Producer
Noël Raymond | Producer
Elizabeth MacNally* | Production & Stage Manager
Christopher Heilman | Set Designer
Amber Brown | Costume Designer/ Wardrobe
Kathy Maxwell | Video Designer
Merritt Rodriguez | Light Designer
Antonio Richardson | Photo/Video Content
Katie Deutsch | Technical Coordinator/ COVID Manager
* denotes a member of the Actors’ Equity Association.
SHOWTIMES include a Preview May 27 with performances May 28, June 1-4, and June 8-11 at 8:00PM. Sundays May 29, June 5 & 12 at 5:30PM. Thursday June 2’s performance will include Audio Description, and Thursday June 9’s performance will include ASL Interpretation.
Pick-your-price tickets are on sale now. Each show will be capped at 50 people. FACIAL MASKS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND.