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From September 20 – October 20, 2019, Pillsbury House Theatre will produce Talvin Wilks’s recent work, Jimmy and Lorraine: A Musing.

Jimmy and Lorraine is a witty and poignant portrait of the friendship between James Baldwin and Lorraine Hansberry, using real text from from journals, letters, and interviews.

JIMMY AND LORRAINE: A MUSING
By Talvin Wilks
Directed by Brian … Read more…

It’s official. Critics love Blood Knot!

Here’s what they’re saying:

Star Tribune:
“That tenderness and nuance, especially in the first act, are two of the things that make “Blood Knot” special. Another is the performances. Williams and Yoakam are delivering a master class in theatrical invention and humanity.”

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From May 17 – June 16, 2019, Pillsbury House Theatre will produce Athol Fugard’s Blood Knot, a parable of two brothers who share a one-room shack near Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Equally important today as it was at the time of its 1961 premiere, Blood Knot is a poignant, piercing metaphor for racial tension, powerfully acted by James A. Williams and Stephen Yoakam.

“For at least a decade, Marion McClinton, James Williams and Stephen Yoakam have dreamed of … Read more…

For two weeks only, March 13 – 24, 2019, Pillsbury House Theatre will premiere She Persists: The Great Divide III. She Persists examines our turbulent political climate through five brand-new 10-minute plays from local playwrights Cristina Florencia Castro, Casey … Read more…

We’re thrilled to announce our 2019 season, including the world premiere of She Persists: The Great Divide III; Athol Fugard’s masterful work Blood Knot; and the regional premiere of Talvin Wilks’s new work, Jimmy and Lorraine: A Musing. Though they differ greatly in place and time, the plays of our 2019 season find common ground at the place where art, politics, and humanity collide.

 

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.

Sara Richardson, Audrey Park, & Ashawnti Sakina Ford in She Persists: The Great Divide III. Photo by Rich Ryan.

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Renegade-ism: Artists on the Edge
Three Weeks of New Work
February 13 – 29, 2020 | 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-ismArtists 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, Natalia Choi, Lidia Sanguma and Oanh Vu

Crucial Excursions is a series of vignettes following characters who are all searching; for creativity, for inspiration, for purpose, or for something unknown even to them. Watch as the stories of the The Quilter, The Vinyl Collector, The Musician, The Grandmother, The Magician, and The Mother are woven together through textiles, puppetry, music and more in the first-ever collaborative piece by Monkeybear’s Harmolodic Workshop.

Monkeybear’s Harmolodic Workshop supports Native, Black, IPOC 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, mayfield brooks & Vie Boheme
Call to Remember is a shared offering of improvisation, experimentation, and conjuring exploring Black pedagogy, artistry, and activism in dance. Launching a yearlong collaboration, four nationally-renowned dancers will come together in Minneapolis for the first time ever to create a work that prioritizes Blackness and explores remembrance as a means to cultivate community.
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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
POSTPONED – NEW DATES COMING SOON
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. Featuring 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, 2020
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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TICKET INFORMATION
Pillsbury House Theatre continues to offer pick-your-own-price tickets for all of its Mainstage productions.

Season passes and single tickets are on sale now: purchase here or by calling 612-825-0459. For information about group sales, call 612-787-3622.

ALSO IN THE 2020 SEASON

Chicago Avenue Project
The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread: Monday, February 3rd, 2020
Shows at 4 PM and 7 PM
Free & Family Friendly

Naked Stages
December 10 – 19, 2020
Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30 PM
Tickets Are Pick-Your-Price (Regular: $16)

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Past Seasons

  • Yacub: Mad Scientist or Genius? by Homer Jackson director Ralph Remington 2/92
  • Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act by Athol Fugard director Ralph R. 7/92
  • Gerry Girouard Dancers in The Shadows of the Diamond Realm 7/92
  • Danny and the Deep Blue Sea by John Patrick Shanley director Ralph Remington 1/93
  • Slow Dance on the Killing Ground by William Hanley director Ralph Remington 3/93
  • Power Tools by Xavier Leonard director Ralph Remington 6/93
  • The Taking of Miss Janie by Ed Bullins director Ralph Remington 9/93
  • Azande in Les Mannequins by Azande director Azande 9/93
  • The Colors of Desire by Alexs Pate and David Mura director Ralph Remington 2/94
  • Savage in Limbo by John Patrick Shanley director Ralph Remington 3/94
  • Thoughts from a Cultural Revolutionary by Ralph Remington director Ralph Remington 4/94
  • Combination Skin by Lisa Jones director Dawn Renee Jones 7/94
  • MultiCultiBoho Sideshow by Alexs Pate director Ralph Remington 11/94
  • This City of Dreams by Walter Allen Bennett,Jr. director Ralph Remington 3/95 9/95
  • The Hittite Empire in Undersiege Stories by the Hittite Empire 6/95
  • The Punic Wars by Sirius B 7/95
  • Extremities by William Mastrosimone director Ralph Remington 3/96
  • Sexual Perversity in Chicago by David Mamet director Dwight Callaway 8/96
  • Bring the Children Home by Marci Rendon directors Noël Raymond & Heidi Hunter Batz 9/96
  • Streamers by David Rabe director Noël Raymond 2/97
  • Women of Manhattan by John Patrick Shanley director Ralph Remington 7/97
  • The Brunette Breck Girl by Heidi Arnesan director Heidi Arnesan 7/97
  • Burn This by Lanford Wilson director Ralph Remington 10/97
  • The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window by Lorraine Hansberry directors D. Callaway & Ralph R. 2/98
  • Where I’m At conceived, developed and directed by Heidi Hunter Batz 3/98
  • Dutchman by LeRoi Jones director Brian Goranson 6/98
  • A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams director Leah C. Gardiner 2/99
  • Shelter (staged reading) by Dwight Hobbes director Ralph Remington 6/99
  • Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches by Tony Kushner director Noël Raymond 2/00
  • The House That Crack Built by Djola Branner director Heidi Hunter Batz 10/00
  • Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika by Tony Kushner director Noël Raymond 3/01
  • The Gimmick by Dael Orlandersmith director Sharon Walton 7/01
  • Mr. Bundy by Jane Martin director Faye Price and Sari Ketter 3/02
  • The Bi Show (in collaboration with Mama Mosaic) director Noël Raymond 5/02
  • Boesman and Lena by Athol Fugard director Noël Raymond 10/02
  • [sic] by Melissa James Gibson director Noël Raymond 2/03
  • Evidence of Silence Broken (in collaboration with Tru Ruts Endeavors) director Daniel Alexander Jones 4/03
  • Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train by Stephen Adly Guirgis director Stephen DiMenna 10/03
  • Far Away by Caryl Churchill director Noël Raymond 3/04
  • Talking Masks (in collaboration with Carlyle Brown and Company) director Carlyle Brown 5/04
  • Bel Canto by Daniel Alexander Jones director Stephen DiMenna 10/04
  • The Story by Tracey Scott Wilson director Sharon Walton 3/05
  • Hot Comb by Kimberly Joy Morgan director Dr. Tawnya Pettiford-Wates 5/05
  • An Almost Holy Picture by Heather McDonald director Noël Raymond 9/05
  • Hot Comb ’06 director Dr. Tawnya Pettiford-Wates 1/06
  • Phoenix Fabrik director Daniel Alexander Jones 6/06
  • Bugby Tracey Letts director Stephen DiMenna 10/06
  • Underneath the Lintelby Glen Berger director Noël Raymond 2/07
  • Lowby Rha Goddess director Chay Yew 6/07
  • Home by Samm-Art Williams director Marion McClinton 10/07
  • Same Differenceby Samuel G. Roberson, Jr. director Anton Jones 2/08
  • Other by the Breaking Ice Company director Heidi Hunter Batz 3/08
  • Bulrusher by Eisa Davis director Marion McClinton 5/08
  • Blackbird by David Harrower director Stephen DiMenna 10/08
  • No Child by Nilaja Sun director Noël Raymond 2/09
  • Playlist by Aditi Brennan Kapil and the Breaking Ice Company director Heidi Hunter Batz 5/09
  • King of Shadows by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa director Randy Reyes 10/09
  • No Child ’10 by NIlaja Sun director Noel Raymond 2/10
  • Pa’s Hat by Cori Thomas director Marion McClinton 5/10
  • Vigil by Morris Panych director Stephen DiMenna 9/10
  • Broke-ology by Nathan Louis Jackson director James A. Williams 3/11
  • In the Red and Brown Water by Tarell Alvin McCraney director Marion McClinton, produced in partnership with The Mount Curve Company in the Dowling Studio at the Guthrie Theater, 5/11
  • The Pride by Alexi Kaye Campbell, director Noël Raymond, 10/11
  • Buzzer by Tracey Scott Wilson, director Marion McClinton, 2/12
  • Jomama Jones: Radiate Live! created by Daniel Alexander Jones in collaboration with Bobby Halvorson, 6/12
  • The Brothers Size by Tarell Alvin McCraney, directed Marion McClinton, produced in partnership with The Mount Curve Company in the Dowling Studio at the Guthrie Theater, 9/12
  • Buzzer by Tracey Scott Wilson, director Marion McClinton, produced in the Dowling Studio at the Guthrie Theater, 2/13
  • River See by Sharon Bridgforth, featuring Sonja Parks, 4/13
  • the road weeps, the well runs dry by Marcus Gardley, directed by Marion McClinton, 10/13
  • Gidion’s Knot by Johnna Adams, directed by Noël Raymond, 3/14
  • Mercy Killers written and performed by Michael Milligan, 4/14
  • Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet by Tarell Alvin McCraney, directed Marion McClinton, produced in partnership with The Mount Curve Company in the Dowling Studio at the Guthrie Theater, 9/14
  • Death Tax by Lucas Hnath, directed by Hayley Finn, 3/15
  • The Gospel of Lovingkindness by Marcus Gardley, directed by Marion McClinton, 6/15
  • Prep by Tracey Scott Wilson, directed by Noël Raymond, 9/15
  • Bright Half Life by Tanya Barfield, directed by Ellen Fenster, 2/16
  • Scapegoat by Christina M. Ham, directed by Marion McClinton, 6/16
  • The Children by Michael Elyanow, directed by Noel Raymond, 10/16
  • The Great Divide: Plays for a Broken Nation by Benjamin Benne, Alan Berks, Christina M. Ham, Katie Ka Vang and James A. Williams, directed by Ellen Fenster, music by DJ Chamun, 4/17
  • Pike St by Nilaja Sun, directed by Ron Russell, 6/17
  •  ≈[almost equal to] by Jonas Hassen Khemiri, directed by Noel Raymond, 10/17
  • The Great Divide II: Plays on the Politics of Truth by Christina Ham, Jessica Huang, Tim J. Lord, Stacey Rose, and Andrew Rosendorf, directed by Noël Raymond, music by DJ Chamun, 3/18
  • dat Black Mermaid Man Lady / The Show by Sharon Bridgforth, directed by Ebony Noelle Golden, 6/18
  • West of Central by Christina Ham, directed by Hayley Finn, 9/18
  • She Persists: The Great Divide III by Cristina Florencia Castro, Casey Llewellyn, Oya Mae Duchess-Davis, Philana Omorotionmwan & Aamera Siddiqui, directed by Noël Raymond, 3/19
  • Blood Knot by Athol Fugard, directed by Marion McClinton, 5/19
  • Jimmy & Lorraine: A Musing by Talvin Wilks, directed by Brian Jennings, 9/19

The freshest, most challenging work in town.” —MplsStPaul Magazine

Best theatre for drama” —City Pages

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