MARCUS; OR THE SECRET OF SWEET: Sept. 12 – Oct. 5, 2014

Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet. By Tarell Alvin McCraney; directed by Marion McClinton

For the final installment of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s acclaimed “Brother/Sister Plays” trilogy, 16-year-old Marcus is haunted by dreams and dogged by doubts from his friends and family. Days before an ominous storm on the Louisiana bayou, Marcus journeys to discover who he is and where he comes from by unraveling the secrets of his deceased father Elegba. As Marcus pieces together his own ancestral legacy with help from his tightly-knit, inter-generational community, he realizes the special power that being “sweet” brings.

directed by Marion McClinton
featuring Jamila Anderson, Nathan Barlow, Aimee K. Bryant,  Lauren Davis, Joy Dolo, Darius Dotch, Thomasina PetrisMikell Sapp, James A. Williams, and Ahanti Young

September 12 – October 5, 2014

Wednesdays – Saturdays at 7:30 pm
Sundays at 7:00 pm
Select weekend matinees at 1:00 pm
For specific dates and times, view the calendar.

Additional Important Dates:

  • Post-Show Discussions with our Community Partner, Out4Good:
    Thursday, September 18 at 7:30pm
    Sunday, September 28 at 7:00 pm
    Thursday, October 2 at 7:30 p.m.
  • ASL Interpreted Performance: Friday, September 26 at 7:30 pm
  • Audio-Described Performance: Friday, September 26 at 7:30 pm
  • Bike to the Guthrie: Join us for a group bike ride from Pillsbury House to the Guthrie Theater
    Friday, September 19th (meet at Pillsbury House at 6:45 pm)
    Sunday, September 28th (meet at Pillsbury House at 6:15 pm)
    More information here »

in the Dowling Studio at the Guthrie Theater

818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN
Directions, parking, and public transit


Tickets on sale through the Guthrie Box Office: 612.377.2224 or

Wed & Sun evenings; weekday matinees $22
Thu and Fri evenings $26
Sat evenings; Sat and Sun matinees $30
Previews + Rush Tickets (as available) $15

Students and Seniors: Save $3/ticket
Groups: Contact Kelsye at 612-787-3622 or

Run time: 80 minutes, no intermission

Content Advisory:
This play contains sexual content and strong language. Recommended for ages 16 and up.
Strobe lights and gun-shot sounds are used during this performance.

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Continue the Conversation: Post-Show Discussion Questions

Reviews and Features on Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet

The Orishas of “The Brother/Sister Plays”

MARCUS; OR THE SECRET OF SWEET from Pillsbury House Theatre on Vimeo.

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