Lightning Rod at Pillsbury House Theatre

Lightning Rod is a week-long works in process initiative now in its third iteration. Lightning Rod asks eighteen artists of and working for marginalized communities to respond to the now, conceiving and performing new work in seven days. Lightning Rod was conceived by Directing Producer Kat Purcell (2017) and is led by Artistic Co-Producer Marcela Michelle (2018) and Artistic Co-Producer Yoni Tamang (2019).
Photo credit = Jenny Zander
Drawing from curated prompts related to current events, and what’s on the hearts and minds of artists in our community, Lightning Rod is designed to be a time- and resource-limited invitation for artists of all backgrounds and skill levels to embrace those limitations as opportunities. It is an action of community involvement and political action, and an exercise in the most basic qualities of collaborative performance-making. Lightning Rod is essentially a queer project and is queer-led

The week-long intensive will begin August 11th, culminating in two performances on August 16th and August 17th at Pillsbury House + Theatre. Tickets are sliding scale $10-$25, and available online or at the door.

This year Lighting Rod is supported by the Community Arts Grant, funded by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council* and material support from our friends at Pillsbury House + Theatre

*This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Pillsbury House + Theatre
3501 Chicago Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55407

Friday August 16th (ASL Night) doors 7pm show 7:30pm
Saturday August 17th doors 7pm show 7:30pm

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Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets

Illustration credit = Gina Peña

Accessibility Statement:

++ no steps at entrance, door has accessibility button for automatic opening
++ limited number of parking lot spaces (free) on south side of building
++ two reserved accessible parking spots on south side of building
++ gender neutral stall bathroom on ground floor
++ women’s bathroom on third floor with elevator access
++ lights may be turned off during performance for full black out
++ loud noises, breaking pieces
++ no strobe lighting
++ no guarantee of scent free facilities, but there will be no scented fog or burning/smoke during performance
++ approximate length of is 100 minutes including a 10 minute intermission
++ raked audience with accessibility seating available at top row
++ approximately fifteen steps with hand rail to reach the stage
++ ASL interpretation available for Friday, August 16th performance

++ please reach out to us at any further information or support

++ please call (612)825-0459 if you wish to speak directly to Pillsbury Theatre staff

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