the road weeps, the well runs dry

Ansa Asyea, George Keller, and Traci Allen in THE ROAD WEEPS, THE WELL RUNS DRYMagical, epic, urgent, and poetic, the road weeps, the well runs dry explores issues of spirituality and identity, education and migration, through the story of Wewoka, Oklahoma, the first all-black town in America. Black Seminoles, people of both African- and Native-American heritage, watch all they have built collapse in a clash between the new religion and the old way when the well water runs dry. This exciting play by Marcus Gardley will be seen all over the United States in 2013. Directed by Marion McClinton; dramaturgy by Nakissa Etemad.

Note: This play contains mature themes and adult content. Recommended for ages 15 and up. Run time is about 2 hours, 30 minutes with intermission.


All tickets are Pay-What-You-Want. Pick your own price for every performance, every night.
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All remaining performances of The Road Weeps, The Well Runs Dry by Marcus Gardley are SOLD OUT. Our box office will begin a wait list one hour before all our sold out shows. You must be present to get on the wait list. Please note that we generally sell only 5 to 10 tickets off the wait list; and no matter where you are on the wait list, we cannot guarantee admission.

September 27 – October 27, 2013

Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm
Sundays at 3:00 pm

Additional Important Dates:

  • Post-Show Discussions with our Community Partner, Waite House: Friday, Oct. 4th; Wednesday, Oct. 9th; and Wednesday, Oct. 16th
  • Pre-show discussion with partner Artistic Directors: Sunday, Oct. 13th at 2:00 p.m.
  • Free Child Care: Friday, Oct. 11th and Sunday, Oct. 20th (call 612-825-0459 for reservations)
  • ASL Interpreted Performance: Sunday, Oct. 20th
  • Audio-Described Performance: Sunday, Oct. 13th
  • Post-Production Discussion: Nov. 4th at 10:00 am, and Nov. 15th at 3:00pm

Post-Show Foodie Special:
Continue your conversations after the performance at Blackbird Cafe on 38th and Nicollet. Show them a program after the performance you attend and receive 20% off an after-show dessert!

Art From Indian Territory: Contemporary Native Art from Oklahoma:
We are fortunate to be presenting the road weeps, the well runs dry at the same time as the Art from Indian Territory exhibit at All My Relations Gallery. Featuring the work of eleven Native artists from Oklahoma, it speaks to the indigenous experience in a state that is home to thirty-nine federally recognized tribes, and it addresses peoples’ connection to their sacred homelands and the land to which they were relocated. This show will run through October 12th, 2013. More information at

Follow the Road across the nation... the road weeps, the well runs dry by Marcus Gardley. Lark Play Development Center, New York, NY. Perseverance Theatre, May 2013, Juneau, AK. Pillsbury House Theatre, Sept-Oct 2013, Minneapolis, MN. Los Angeles Theatre Center, Oct-Nov 2013, Los Angeles, CA. USF School of Theatre and Dance, April 2014, Tampa, FL. Wewoka, OK & Indiantown, FL: The play's setting

Launching New Plays into the Repertoire

Pillsbury House Theatre is joining together with 4 theatres around the country to launch the road weeps, the well runs dry into the American Theater repertoire. See the play people will be talking about from coast to coast at Pillsbury House Theatre September 27 to October 27, 2013.

Led by the Lark Play Development Center, Launching New Plays into the Repertoire is a national initiative to transform the American theater repertoire to reflect shifting demographics and emerging issues of local, national and global concern. This is accomplished by “creating a movement” around a single playwright’s vision by a consortium of five theaters that commit to developing and producing what many consider “risky” plays and to engage in local and national conversations about each play’s relevance and potential impact. The first three pilot rounds of this program, involving 12 individual theaters and three playwrights, will be completed by June 2014.

Playwright Marcus Gardley and his play, the road weeps, the well runs dry is the centerpiece of Cycle II. The consortium of theaters producing this play consists of the Los Angeles Theatre Center, Perseverance Theatre, Pillsbury House Theatre and the University of South Florida. In advance of each production, conversations around the play’s themes of migration, identity and education. This initiative is made possible with leadership support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with additional funding from The Nathan Cummings Foundation.


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