Pillsbury House + Theatre is thrilled to announce the bull-jean stories, the first show of the 2023 season, performing January 12 through February 5, 2023. Continuing a series of Windham-Campbell prize winner Sharon Bridgforth’s work at PH+T, the bull-jean stories stars Ivey award winner and PH+T Resident Teaching Artist Aimee K. Bryant as she embodies a variety of characters that invite audiences to travel through the warm, hilarious, and poetic world of Bridgforth’s woman-loving-woman bull-dog-jean. Celebrating African-American herstory, survival, healing, and sapphic love, the bull-jean stories navigates tales of grief while chronicling the course of love returning again and again.
“Sharon’s work embodies everything that I want to express as an artist. She writes bold, funny, vulnerable, soulful characters who are finding their way to love,” says Aimee K. Bryant. “Performing in her plays Is always a spiritual experience. Her work trains me to be in fierce gratitude and love with my own story, with myself and with my ancestors.”
The bull-jean stories continues an ongoing collaboration and partnership between Harriday and Bridgforth that included October’s The bull-jean Experience and will bring to the stage two of Bridgforth’s performance novels recently published by 53rd State Press under the title of bull-jean & dem/dey back. The world premiere of Bridgforth’s bull-jean/we wake in summer 2023 directed by Associate Company Member Daniel Alexander Jones continues this dynamic series. All three productions empower audiences to embrace unyielding compassion, tactile poetry and the ability to heal and love in the face of loss.
The bull-jean stories
Written by Sharon Bridgforth, performed by Aimee K. Bryant*
Directed by Signe V. Harriday
Signe V. Harriday | Producer
Noël Raymond | Producer
Elizabeth MacNally* | Production & Stage Manager
Mina Kinukawa | Scenic Designer
Dameun Strange | Composer/ Sound Designer
Abbee Warmboe | Prop Designer
Tom Mays | Light Designer
Amber Brown | Costume Designer
Katie Deutsch | Technical Coordinator
Claudia Errickson | Technical Director
Kellie Larson | Rigger
Gabriel Penaloza-Hernandez | Assistant Stage Manager
Nicole DelPizzo | Carpenter and Painter
* denotes those appearing with the Actors’ Equity Association.
Wednesdays-Saturdays at 7PM. Sundays at 3PM. January 22nd will include ASL Interpretation. January 26th will include Audio Description
Pick-your-price tickets are on sale now. Each show will be capped at 70 people. FACIAL MASKS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND.