Chicago Avenue Project

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2019 CHICAGO AVENUE PROJECT:

Fortune Favors the Bold
Performed by CAP kids and their acting mentors & written by local playwrights
Monday, April 22 at 7 pm
Tuesday, April 23 at 4 pm

The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread
Performed by CAP kids and their acting mentors & written by local playwrights
Monday, February 3 at 4pm and 7 pm
Tuesday, February 4 at 4 pm

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

CHICAGO AVENUE PROJECT NEWS:

This fall, our afterschool program will be an expanded Chicago Ave Project (CAP) curriculum for K-5th grade paired with our Youth Action CREW for … Read more…
The Devil is in the Details

Pillsbury House Theatre’s Chicago Avenue Project presents THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS, November 6 and 7, featuring seven short plays by neighborhood youth in partnership with professional dramaturgs, and performed and directed by some of the Twin Cities’ best theatre artists.

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Chicago Avenue Project - Elvis Has Left the Building

Elvis Has Left the Building features nine 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.

Out on a Limb

Pillsbury House Theatre’s Chicago Avenue Project presents OUT ON A LIMB, November 3 and 4, 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.

About

ABOUT THE CHICAGO AVENUE PROJECT:

Since 1996, the Chicago Avenue Project has brought local youth together with the Twin Cities’ best adult playwrights, actors, and directors to create and produce original plays.

The Chicago Avenue Project features two performances each year. For the spring performance, kids and their adult acting mentors star in 10-minute plays written just for them by adult playwrights. For the winter performance, kids and their adult playwriting mentors write 10-minute plays that are performed by adult actors. The result is original theatre that is heartwarming, hilarious, and infused with the brilliance of young minds.

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, too. The Chicago Avenue Project gives every child—no matter their circumstances—the opportunity to discover that they have a lot of creativity and value to offer.

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Past Seasons

PAST SEASONS OF CHICAGO AVENUE PROJECT:

2018
A Hot Potato
The Ball is in Your Court

2017
We’re All in the Same Boat!
Speak Your Mind

2016
It’s not Rocket Science: The Best of the Chicago Avenue Project
The Devil is in the Details

2015
Elvis Has Left the Building
Drastic Times Call for Drastic Measures

2014
Easy as Pie
Out on a Limb

2013
Once In a Blue Moon
Take the Cake

2012
It’s Raining Cats and Dogs
Mark my Words!

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

an integral part of Pillsbury United Communities

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