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From June 1 – 24, Pillsbury House Theatre will produce the world premiere of dat Black Mermaid Man Lady / The Show, by Sharon Bridgforth, a performance processional celebrating the spirit of Black traditions. With dat Black Mermaid Man Lady / The Show, Bridgforth celebrates multiple ways of embodying gender and spirit, whisking the audience along on the journey to raise up a next generation healer. Join us for three weeks only as the cast, crew, and audience create … Read more…
From March 14 – 31, 2018, Pillsbury House Theatre will premiere The Great Divide II: Plays on the Politics of Truth. The show features brand-new 10-minute plays from five local playwrights that explore the political division in our country via the concept of ‘truth.’ The Great Divide II continues the conversation that began with last year’s popular production, The Great Divide: Plays for a Broken Nation. Playwrights include Christina M. Ham, Jessica Huang, Tim J. … Read more…
We’re excited to announce our 2018 season, including the world premiere of The Great Divide II: Plays on the Politics of Truth; the world premiere of dat Black Mermaid Man Lady by Sharon Bridgforth; and the world premiere of West of Central by Playwright-In-Residence Christina M. Ham. The plays of our 27th season delve deeply into the hot-button issues of our time, tackling political schisms, gender expression, and racial tensions with a keen eye. … Read more…

From September 15 – October 22, 2017, Pillsbury House Theatre will host the area premiere of ≈[almost equal to] by one of Sweden’s best-known contemporary writers, … Read more…

For three weeks only, May 31-June 18, Pillsbury House Theatre will host the area premiere of Pike St. by Nilaja Sun.

ABOUT THE PLAY:
Pike St. | May 31 – June 18, 2017 | Tickets
Written & Performed by Nilaja Sun
Directed by Ron Russell

In her amazing solo performance of Pike St., Nilaja Sun’s virtuosic performance style brings to life a vibrant community of … Read more…

2019 Season

OUR 2019 SEASON

Brian Grandison, Austene Van and Stephen Yoakam in 2018’s West of Central by Christina Ham.

 

SHE PERSISTS: THE GREAT DIVIDE III
Five short plays by Cristina Florencia Castro, Casey Llewellyn, Oya Mae Duchess-Davis, Philana Omorotionmwan & Aamera Siddiqui
Directed by Noël Raymond

March 13 – 24
Wednesdays – Saturdays at 7:30 PM
Sundays at 3 PM

In 2018, Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court amid allegations of sexual assault. For the first time in years, Roe v. Wade fell into constitutional danger. At the same time, the #metoo movement sparked a national dialogue around power and consent, and record numbers of women ran for public office. In a country continuing to fracture along political fault lines, women were on the frontlines of the divide. Following the tradition of The Great Divide I & II, Pillsbury House Theatre has commissioned five short plays on the state of women in the current political climate. Featuring all-women playwrights, actresses, and production staff, She Persists: The Great Divide III is a theatrical experience by, for, and about women.

BLOOD KNOT
By Athol Fugard
Directed by Marion McClinton

May 17 – June 16
Wednesdays – Saturdays at 7:30 PM
Sundays at 3 PM

Athol Fugard’s early masterpiece Blood Knot is an unflinching exploration of race, apartheid and the complicated nature of family. At the time of its 1961 premiere, Blood Knot was the first South African play to be produced with an interracial cast. The play follows Morris and Zachariah, brothers divided by skin color but bound by blood, as they navigate poverty, love, and their complicated relationship. Featuring James A. Williams and Stephen Yoakam, two of the Twin Cities’ most beloved actors, Blood Knot is a tour de force of raw and honest emotion. Masterfully written and powerfully acted, Blood Knot turns an unblinking eye on the underbelly of our humanity.

JIMMY AND LORRAINE: A MUSING
Written and Adapted by Talvin Wilks
Directed by Brian Jennings

September 18 – October 13
Wednesdays – Saturdays at 7:30 PM
Sundays at 3 PM

Jimmy and Lorraine: A Musing is a meditation on the American political climate of the late 50’s and early 60’s through the eyes of two of the most significant artists of the time, James Baldwin and Lorraine Hansberry. Using text from journals, letters, interviews, and more, Wilks brings Baldwin and Hansberry to life through their own words, deftly weaving their art, relationships, politics and identities into the tapestry of the play. The result is a captivating and intimate journey into the stories of two radical artists, friends, and revolutionaries. A foundational new work, Jimmy and Lorraine holds a mirror to the history of race, art and politics in America.

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 2019 SEASON

Chicago Avenue Project
Fortune Favors the Bold:  April 22 & 23, 2019
The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread: December 8 & 9, 2019
Free & Family Friendly

Drag Story Hour
February 16, March 23, May 19, & June 22
Varying Locations
Free & Family Friendly


Naked Stages
January 16 – 25, 2020
Pick-Your-Price Tickets

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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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