Thursday, March 1, 2018

10 am

Solo Emerging Artist Celebration

10:00 am

Dowling Studio
818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415

$9
Call 612.377.2224
Buy tickets online

Presented by Guthrie Theater
  • Cabaret/variety
  • Experimental

Three groundbreaking, local solo artists — Antonio Duke, A.P. Looze and Ifrah Mansour — perform solo pieces in repertory in the Guthrie’s first-ever Solo Emerging Artist Celebration.

Antonio Duke
Tears of Moons
Through poetry and prose, inspired by An Iliad, Duke embodies victims of racial violence from 1955–2015, chronicling hate crimes against African Americans and exploring mankind’s addiction to violence.

  • Saturday, February 24 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 1 at 10 a.m.
  • Sunday, March 4 at 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Antonio Duke is an actor and playwright who strives to create stories that embody the black diaspora as authentically as possible. In his writing he focuses on mythology, which possesses “an intimacy and epic quality he’s driven to explore.” Duke is passionate about making ancient stories anew with modern circumstances. A recent graduate of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program, Duke has worked onstage with Penumbra Theatre, Teatro Del Pueblo, Pillsbury House Theatre, Climb Theatre, Pangea World Theatre, Open Eye Figure Theatre, Mission Theatre Company; Day In, Day Out Productions and Nebraska Shakespeare Festival.

A.P. Looze
Foray Softly
Sometimes you find what you’re looking for, sometimes you don’t, and sometimes you find something else entirely. Follow them on an exploration of foraging, and take a journey to places where the most tender version of self may arise.

  • Sunday, February 25 at 1 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 4 at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m.

A.P. Looze is an artist who seeks the truth, and goes on heartfelt and honest adventures to find it. They make work that touches on concepts of spirituality and healing by way of personal narrative, investigation and inquiry of past experience, and whatever is at their fingertips or on their mind. Their work has been performed as part of 20% Theatre Company’s Naked I and Q-Stage, at Queertopia, Patrick’s Cabaret, Bryant Lake Bowl and Madame.

Ifrah Mansour
How to Have Fun in a Civil War
In a captivating refugee story of resilience, Mansour revisits her childhood memories of the 1991 Somali Civil War. Layering poetry, puppetry, video and interviews, she confronts violent history with humor.

  • Sunday, February 25 at 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 28 at 10 a.m.
  • Saturday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 11 at 1 p.m.

Ifrah Mansour is a Somali multimedia artist, performer and educator who uses art to bridge cultures and generations. “My artwork is informed by my lived experience, and that of my community as Muslim refugees and Somali immigrants.” Mansour binds multiple genres to create multi-sensory artwork that illuminates the invisible stories of immigrants. Her artwork takes the form of plays, poetry, installations, puppetry and community collaborations. Her work has been seen at the Minnesota State Fair and Northern Spark Festival, as well as by primarily East African immigrant youth and elders at educational performances. Recent art and performance works include My Aqal, Somalia’s Balloon, Lablaab the Spill, Isug, Corn for Ayayo, and the films Stray and Can I Touch It currently on display as part of the “I am Somali” exhibition at Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Programming in the Dowling Studio is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. All tickets to performances that are a part of the Level Nine Series are $9.

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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

10:30 am
Runs 110 minutes

SteppingStone Theatre
55 VICTORIA ST N, Saint Paul, MN 55104

Presented by SteppingStone Theatre
  • Drama
  • Kids

A full-length drama by Ed Shockley, adapted from the novel by Mildred D. Taylor.

Ten year old Cassie Logan knows a few things about life. She knows that her family is filled with love and strength and that the land they own will help them stand tall. Based on the Newberry-Award winning novel by Mildred D. Taylor, Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry tells the story of a young girl growing up in 1933 Mississippi, and discovering that the world was not what she expected.

Recommended for grades 3 and up.

Run Time: 110 minutes with intermission

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1 pm

Driving Miss Daisy

1:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Ives Auditorium, Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center
11411 Masonic Home Dr, Bloomington, MN 55437

$23-$28
Call 952-948-6506
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Presented by Happy For That Theatre
  • Drama

Set in mid-century Atlanta, the play, Driving Miss Daisy, tells the story of an elderly Jewish matron, Daisy Werthan, and her chauffeur, Hoke Coleburn. At first, Daisy is none to happy about being forced to rely on a black man to get from one place to the next. Gradually, however, Hoke wins her over, and during the 25-year span of the play, the two develop a deep-rooted affection.

This Pulitzer Prize winning masterpiece is a delicate depiction of simmering racial tensions, the inevitable passage of time, and the universal experience of aging. Playwright Alfred Uhry creates two outsiders who come to a mutual respect, each one grounded in their staunch independence, unbending strength, and stubborn integrity. In 1988, Driving Miss Daisy won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Best Off-Broadway Play. The play was then produced as a Hollywood movie starring Jessica Tandy, Morgan Freeman and Dan Akroyd. In 1990, the movie version won 4 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Screenplay and Best Makeup. Don’t miss this LIVE performance of a timeless masterpiece with Mary Kay Fortier-Spalding as Daisy, Eric Wood as Hoke, and Dann Peterson as Boolie!

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7 pm

The Wiz

7:00 pm

Children's Theatre Company
2400 Third Ave S, Minneapolis, MN

Presented by Children's Theatre Company & Penumbra Theatre
  • Musical
  • Kids

Ease on down the road with Dorothy and her friends in this dazzling mixture of rock, gospel and soul music. Embark on this Oz-some adventure through a magic land where you will meet funky monkeys, winkies, Addeperle and Evilene. You don’t need a wizard – just believe in yourself to find home and feel that brand-new day!

January 23-March 18, 2018

A Children’s Theatre Company and Penumbra Theatre Production of
The Wiz
Adapted from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Book by William F. Brown
Additional material by Tina Tippit
Music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls
Directed by Lou Bellamy
Choreographer Patdro Harris
Best enjoyed by all ages
 

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You Can't Take It With You

7:00 pm

Lyric Arts Main Street Stage
420 E. Main St. Anoka, MN 55303

$21-$30
Call 763-422-1838
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Presented by Lyric Arts Main Street Stage
  • Comedy

By Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
Directed by Adrian Lopez-Balbontin

Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s You Can’t Take It With You centers on the delightfully eccentric Sycamore family, which allows each member to pursue his or her own ambition in the home. Their routine is disrupted Alice Sycamore, who has a regular job, wants to bring her fiancé and his stuffy Wall Street family to dinner. As the families meet for the first time, the audience is treated to one of the most uproariously funny culture clashes to ever grace the stage.

This Pulitzer Prize-winning farce, recently revived on Broadway, is one of the most popular and successful plays of modern times.

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Seven

7:00 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Frank W. Bridges Theatre
1900 8th Avenue NW, Austin MN

$13
Call 507-433-0595
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Presented by Riverland Theatre
  • Drama

By Paula Cizmar, Catherine Filloux, Gail Kriegel, Carol K. Mack, Ruth Margraff, Anna Deavere Smith, and Susan Yankowitz
Directed by Susan V. Hansen

Seven is a groundbreaking work of documentary theatre that captures the remarkable lives of a diverse and courageous group of women fighting for women's and children's rights around the world. A collaboration by seven award-winning female playwrights, the play is based on personal interviews with seven women who have triumphed over enormous obstacles to bring about major changes in their home countries. In an era when women's rights are at the forefront of our national conversation, Seven is a commanding reminder of the transformative power of women's leadership in our world.
Rated PG-13.

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Constance in the Darkness: A Musical in Miniature

7:30 pm
Runs 70 minutes

Open Eye Figure Theatre
506 E 24th Street, Minneapolis, MN

$10-20
Call (612) 874-6338
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Presented by Open Eye Figure Theatre
  • Comedy
  • Musical

This adventure short-circuits the trappings of Disney ‘Princess’ culture and plumbs the mysteries of the constellations in a funny, fanciful, and poignant hero’s journey about a mother who has gone missing and an astronomer-daughter determined to find her.

Aided by her trusted sidekicks Bobo the Bear and Lamby-Lamb, Constance must first confront the evil Queen Harmonica and her dreaded army of saxophones!

Filled with ingenious puppetry, lavishly orchestrated songs, and madcap performances featuring Open Eye regulars Emily Zimmer and Maren Ward, Constance celebrates a new kind of princess who navigates a complicated past and uncertain future as she trains her telescope out to the stars as well as into the human heart.

Conceived and created by Michael Sommers and Josef Evans
Book, music and lyrics by Josef Evans
Designed by Michael Sommers
Directed by Annie Enneking
Performed by Emily Zimmer and Maren Ward
Lighting by Michael Murnane

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Solo Emerging Artist Celebration

7:30 pm

Dowling Studio
818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415

$9
Call 612.377.2224
Buy tickets online

Presented by Guthrie Theater
  • Cabaret/variety
  • Experimental

Three groundbreaking, local solo artists — Antonio Duke, A.P. Looze and Ifrah Mansour — perform solo pieces in repertory in the Guthrie’s first-ever Solo Emerging Artist Celebration.

Antonio Duke
Tears of Moons
Through poetry and prose, inspired by An Iliad, Duke embodies victims of racial violence from 1955–2015, chronicling hate crimes against African Americans and exploring mankind’s addiction to violence.

  • Saturday, February 24 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 1 at 10 a.m.
  • Sunday, March 4 at 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Antonio Duke is an actor and playwright who strives to create stories that embody the black diaspora as authentically as possible. In his writing he focuses on mythology, which possesses “an intimacy and epic quality he’s driven to explore.” Duke is passionate about making ancient stories anew with modern circumstances. A recent graduate of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program, Duke has worked onstage with Penumbra Theatre, Teatro Del Pueblo, Pillsbury House Theatre, Climb Theatre, Pangea World Theatre, Open Eye Figure Theatre, Mission Theatre Company; Day In, Day Out Productions and Nebraska Shakespeare Festival.

A.P. Looze
Foray Softly
Sometimes you find what you’re looking for, sometimes you don’t, and sometimes you find something else entirely. Follow them on an exploration of foraging, and take a journey to places where the most tender version of self may arise.

  • Sunday, February 25 at 1 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 4 at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m.

A.P. Looze is an artist who seeks the truth, and goes on heartfelt and honest adventures to find it. They make work that touches on concepts of spirituality and healing by way of personal narrative, investigation and inquiry of past experience, and whatever is at their fingertips or on their mind. Their work has been performed as part of 20% Theatre Company’s Naked I and Q-Stage, at Queertopia, Patrick’s Cabaret, Bryant Lake Bowl and Madame.

Ifrah Mansour
How to Have Fun in a Civil War
In a captivating refugee story of resilience, Mansour revisits her childhood memories of the 1991 Somali Civil War. Layering poetry, puppetry, video and interviews, she confronts violent history with humor.

  • Sunday, February 25 at 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 28 at 10 a.m.
  • Saturday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 11 at 1 p.m.

Ifrah Mansour is a Somali multimedia artist, performer and educator who uses art to bridge cultures and generations. “My artwork is informed by my lived experience, and that of my community as Muslim refugees and Somali immigrants.” Mansour binds multiple genres to create multi-sensory artwork that illuminates the invisible stories of immigrants. Her artwork takes the form of plays, poetry, installations, puppetry and community collaborations. Her work has been seen at the Minnesota State Fair and Northern Spark Festival, as well as by primarily East African immigrant youth and elders at educational performances. Recent art and performance works include My Aqal, Somalia’s Balloon, Lablaab the Spill, Isug, Corn for Ayayo, and the films Stray and Can I Touch It currently on display as part of the “I am Somali” exhibition at Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Programming in the Dowling Studio is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. All tickets to performances that are a part of the Level Nine Series are $9.

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Anne of Green Gables

7:30 pm

Beverly & John Lord Knight Performance Hall
University of Northwestern - St. Paul 3003 Snelling Ave N St. Paul, MN 55113

$15 - $18
Call 651-631-5151
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Presented by UNW Theatre
  • Comedy
  • Kids

Stern Marilla and her warm-hearted brother Mathew hoped to adopt a boy to work on their farm. But the orphanage sends young, befreckled Anne by mistake, and their lives will never be the same. Her warmth and wit affects everyone around her - even, eventually, the cold Marilla! We follow Anne through her rebellious years, her transformation into a young woman, and her romantic pairing with Gilbert. This play has been charming audiences around the world and forms a lasting bond between the audience and one of literature's most unforgettable characters.

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A Midsummer's Night Dream

7:30 pm

Rarig Center
330 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455

$7-$17
Call 612-624-2345
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Presented by UMN Theatre Arts & Dance
  • Drama
  • Comedy

A Midsummer Night’s Dream conjures a world steeped in fairy magic—what is real and what is imagined? Is it a dream or a nightmare? “Contagious fogs” fall on the land, rivers overflow, the seasons alter all because the fairy queen and king are quarrelling. Neither reason nor law applies in this fairy realm, as Bottom the Weaver observes, “Love and reason keep little company.” Directed by faculty member Barbra Berlovitz, co-founder and former artistic director of the celebrated Theatre de le Jeune Lune.

Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Barbra Berlovitz

Performance Dates:
Thursday, February 22, 7:30pm
Friday, February 23, 7:30pm
Saturday, February 24, 7:30pm
Sunday, February 25, 2:00pm
Thursday, March 1, 7:30pm
Friday, March 2, 7:30pm
Saturday, March 3, 7:30pm
Sunday, March 4, 2:00pm

Running time: TBA
ASL & Audio Described performances: TBA
General admission

Tickets:
$17 General public
$12 U of M Faculty/Staff/Alumni/Retirees
$7 Students (any college or under 18)
Purchase tickets at z.umn.edu/Midsummer or by calling 612-624-2345 

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The Royale

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE Osseo, MN 55369

$23 - $28
Call 763-493-8733
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Presented by Yellow Tree Theatre
  • Drama

The Royale
by Marco Ramirez

directed by Austene Van

Yellow Tree Theatre

February 2 – March 4
Jay ‘The Sport’ Jackson dreams of being the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. But it’s 1905 and, in the racially segregated world of boxing, his chances are as good as knocked out. Told in six rounds and set in a boxing ring, The Royale is inspired by the often overlooked story of Jack Johnson, a boxer who quickly became the most famous black man in the world. But at the height of the Jim Crow era, victory for a black man over a white man posed untold dangers and Jay quickly finds himself fighting for more than just a title. Written by award-winning American writer Marco Ramirez (Sons of Anarchy, Orange is the New Black), Yellow Tree is thrilled to host the regional premiere of this extraordinary new play! “Original and graceful, The Royale packs a punch!”–The New York Times

Featuring: David Murray, James Craven, Santino Craven, Tamala Lacy and Charles Fraser

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Assassins

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Ritz Theater
345 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

$29 - $53
Call 612-339-3003
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Presented by Theater Latte Da
  • Musical

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by John Weidman
Directed by Peter Rothstein
Music Direction by Jason Hansen

A multiple Tony Award-winning theatrical tour-de-force, Assassins combines Stephen Sondheim’s signature blend of intelligent lyrics and stunning music with a panoramic story of our nation’s culture of celebrity and the violent means some will use to obtain it. The musical provides a glimpse into the psychology of America’s four successful and five would-be presidential assassins. Bold, original, disturbing, and alarmingly funny, Assassins has been called “the most controversial musical ever written.”

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A Raisin in the Sun

7:30 pm

Park Square Theatre's Andy Boss Thrust Stage
20 West 7th Place, Saint Paul, MN 55102

$27 - $60
Call 651-291-7005
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Presented by Park Square Theatre
  • Drama

Back by popular demand! The proud but poor Younger family captivated audiences with their passion, hope and zest for living in the face of adversity. A life insurance legacy ignites dreams for a home, education and ultimately a destiny they can call their own in the first Broadway play by an African-American woman.  “A sterling production at Park Square.” — StarTribune, 2016

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Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Pinwheel Arts & Movement Studio
2731 East 25th Street Minneapolis, MN 55406 United States

Presented by 21/40 Productions
  • Drama
  • Comedy

After the traumatic death of a childhood pet, CB begins to question the existence of an afterlife. And nobody seems to care. His sister is too busy with drama club, his ex-girlfriend is in lock up, and his friends are too high to help. With nowhere else to turn, he pours his heart out to a piano player  one of the kids he normally bullies  and their friendship has the entire school on edge.

Drug use, sexual identity, and teen violence are investigated unflinchingly in this unauthorized parody of the Peanuts.

DOG SEES GOD has not been authorized or approved in any manner by the Charles M. Schulz Estate or united Features Syndicate, which have no responsibility for its content.

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Melancholy Play: A Chamber Musical by Sarah Ruhl and Todd Almond

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

  • Opening night

Crane Theater
2303 Kennedy St. NE, Minneapolis, MN

Presented by Theatre Elision
  • Comedy
  • Musical

“Melancholy Play: A Chamber Musical” is playwright Sarah Ruhl's first musical based on her 2002 play of the same title.  It tells the story of Tilly, whose melancholy is of such exquisite quality that it causes every stranger she meets to fall in love with her. One day, inexplicably, Tilly becomes happy, and wreaks havoc on the lives of her paramours.  Tilly’s hairdresser becomes so melancholy that she turns into an almond and it’s up to Tilly to get her back.  The show's music by Todd Almond is magical, with singers accompanied by strings and piano. This is the Minneapolis premiere of this lovely show, which was first produced in New York City in 2012.  If you have never seen one of Ruhl's plays, it is time to correct that.  She is a two-time Pulitizer prize finalist, a Tony Award nominee, and a MacArthur "genius" grant awardee.  If you are already a fan, this is a rare opportunity to see her only (but hopefully not last) musical as she makes the case for the "defense of melancholy".

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The Pirates of Penzance

7:30 pm

Park Square Theatre's Proscenium Stage
20 West 7th Place, Saint Paul, MN 55102

$27 - $60
Call 651-291-7005
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Presented by Park Square Theatre
  • Comedy
  • Musical

Gilbert and Sullivan are on a steamer bound for the New York opening of their new hit – a roaring farce of sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, and hopeful young lovers. Unfortunately, they’ve left the score in London! They scramble to recreate the show with only the clothes in their trunks and ship mates for a cast. All the music you love in this hilarious steampunk operetta at sea. Gilbert and Sullivan's comedy-musical gets a fresh twist in this new production conceived and directed by Doug Scholz-Carlson.

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Age Against The Machine: BNW's Greatest Hits

7:30 pm
Runs 105 minutes

Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis MN 55403

$20-$34
Call 612-332-6620
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Presented by Brave New Workshop
  • Comedy

We’re sixty and we know it! Brave New Workshop is thrilled to kick off our 60th Anniversary season with a best-of show, featuring some of our funniest and most relevant material from recent (and not so recent) shows. From sock hops to death drops, "Age Against the Machine: BNW's Greatest Hits" will bring our funniest moments to the stage one more time, and show you why we’re the longest running (and best) satirical theatre in the world!

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21 Extremely Bad Breakups

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Red Eye Theater
15 West 14th St, Minneapolis, MN 55403

$10 - $26
Call 612-375-0300
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Presented by Walking Shadow Theatre Company
  • Drama
  • Comedy

Why can’t you get it together, find someone nice, and just be happy with them, dammit?!

Imagine the worst breakup ever.

No: even worse than that.

Revel in the absurd fears, tender hopes, and unrealized fantasies that make us act like idiots. This charming new show about love and its many catastrophes is probably appropriate for a date. Or not. It depends on the date.

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5 sisters wearing matching yellow scarves gather to show reverence against a brick wall.

THE RAVAGERS

The X Lab at Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55104

$15 - $25
Call 952-454-6777
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Presented by Savage Umbrella
  • Drama
  • Experimental

50 daughters. 50 sons. And a wedding night to remember. Loosely based on the ancient Greek play THE SUPPLIANTS by Aeschylus, THE RAVAGERS explores what happens when one daughter discovers herself at the precipice between obedience and resistance. This site-specific production weaves together themes of family strength and political power with the true stories of forbidden love under oppressive regimes. Lavender Magazine called the 2011 production, “ingenious and hauntingly evocative.” More information at www.SavageUmbrella.org

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Indecent

7:30 pm

Wurtele Thrust Stage
818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415

$29 - $77
Call 612.377.2224
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Presented by Guthrie Theater
  • Drama
  • Comedy

 

Inspired by the 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s The God of Vengeance – a play that follows a Jewish brothel owner and the lesbian romance between his daughter and a prostitute – Indecent charts the journey of a drama upheld as a groundbreaking piece of Jewish literature by some, and an act of obscenity by others. An ensemble of seven actors and three musicians portrays more than 40 roles to shed light on one of the most fascinating scandals in theater history. 

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Rabbit Hole

7:30 pm

Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave. White Bear Lake, MN

$25/$22 Adult | $22/$19 Senior/Student
Call 6514295674
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Presented by Lakeshore Players Theatre
  • Drama

This Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award® winner deals with how family members survive a major loss. The different ways of dealing with grief lead to dramatic (and sometimes humorous) confrontations.

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