Thursday, March 26, 2020

7 pm

The Black and Funny Improv Festival

7:00 pm

  • Opening night

HUGE Improv Theater
3037 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN

  • Comedy
  • Improv

What started out as a small, one day workshop and panel has evolved into a weekend full of shows, panels, workshops, and celebration featuring performers of color from across the country - open to audiences of every color. 

Shows will begin Thursday, March 26nd, at 7:00pm and take over all programing through the weekend with workshops during the day and shows at night, until the festival wraps up Sunday March 24th at 11pm. Each night will be a mixture of critically acclaimed visiting groups such as My Momma’s Biscuits, Stir Friday Night, two international ensembles, and Blackout.

The goal of Black And Funny Improv Festival is to create awareness within the Black community in the Twin Cities that improv is an art form that they can do and benefit from. The dream is to see the improv scene as a place where everyone is welcome, to share in a space that is respectful to everyone, and celebrate ourselves and our differences while building each other up and having fun. 

Stay tuned to blackandfunny.com for schedule and tickets. Tickets will be $15 per show with options for multi-show passes. 
 

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Ice Shanty #3

7:00 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Douglas Town Hall Parking Lot
PARKING IS OFF-SITE (Shuttles departing from) 12409 240th St E, Hampton, MN

Presented by (lumin)theater lab
  • Drama

“They wanted seclusion... isolation... to be far off the grid. Just a weekend of drinking and ice fishing in the desolate frozen tundra. What they got was the monster in Ice Shanty #3.”

This original world premier is a thriller written by (lumin)theater lab founding member Rob Andersen! Directed by (lumin)theater lab company member Libby Wasylik.

This immersive experience performs in a barn south of Hastings. PARKING IS OFF-SITE Patrons will park at Douglas Town Hall, and be shuttled to the performance space.

All performances start at 7pm; with shuttles departing roughly every ten minutes starting at 6:25 pm (accommodations can be made for patrons who are physically unable to utilize the shuttle service. please email us at [email protected])

Performances: March 20 - 22; March 26 - 29; April 2 - 4 (all performances at 7:00pm, shuttle service starts at 6:25 pm)

Park at Douglas Town Hall: 12409 240th St E, Hampton, MN;
(The crossroads of Minnesota Hwy 61, CR 50 and CR 20.)

CAST
(in order of appearance)
Teri: Caitlin Weber
Francis: Joren Skov
Suzi: Tia Tanzer
Steph: Belinda Burkitt
Maggie: Kelli Tatum
Duey: David Blissenbach
Bo: Jeremy Sundheim

PRODUCTION CREW:
Director: Libby Wasylik
Stage Manager/Asst. Director: Theo Ebarb
Asst. Stage Manager: Mikaela Vogland
Producer: Leah Christine
Costume Designer: Kari McCord
Lighting Designer: Dave Wasylik
Props Designer: Suellen Weber
Set Designer: Libby Wasylik
Sound Designer: Theo Ebarb
Fight Choreographer/Intimacy Director: Mason Tyer
Graphic Design: Andrew Hill & Allison Buckner

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Thunder Knocking on the Door at North Garden Theater

7:30 pm
Runs 135 minutes

North Garden Theater
929 Seventh Street West St Paul, MN 55102

$15-$45
Call 6122039502
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Presented by Ten Thousand Things
  • Musical

Directed by Marcela Lorca
Music Direction by Sanford Moore

Featuring Ronnie AllenBrian BoseRajané Katurah, Greta Oglesby and T. Mychael Rambo

This mythical tale takes place at the crossroads of “here and there,” where Marvell Thunder, a mysterious shapeshifter, challenges Glory, a blind songstress, to a magical duel on the Delta Blues guitar.

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THE RED SHOES

7:30 pm
Runs 75 minutes

Open Eye Theatre
506 E 24TH STREET MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55404

$10-26
Call (612) 874-6338
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Presented by Open Eye Theatre
  • Drama
  • Comedy

 

THE RED SHOES takes its title from a classic Hans Christian Andersen story of a young girl and a pair of red shoes, and thrillingly re-imagines it as a film noir fairytale.

Somewhere in the heart of the Big City, our heroine is hiding in a tiny apartment, fearful of venturing out, or of letting anyone (or anything) in. But she’s not alone. A pair of haunted red shoes is delivered to her doorstep, and they propel our her into a harrowing film noir adventure through the labyrinths and spiral staircases of her own mind, where she must face down her fears of what lurks in the subway tunnel, and discover what fate has in store for her up on the rooftop! 

Equally humorous and hair-raising, THE RED SHOES draws inspiration and influences from vintage detective novels, black and white film noir movies of the 1930s and ’40s, and case studies of amnesia and multiple personality. The inventive use of manipulated objects, dolls, and masks provide a dream-like quality to the unfolding adventure.

 

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First Lady Suite

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Elision Playhouse
6105 42nd Avenue North, Crystal, MN 55422

Presented by Theatre Elision
  • Musical

First Lady Suite is an enthralling look into the lives of some of history’s most neglected figures, the wives of U.S. presidents.  The musical is presented in four vignettes.  The first piece, Over Texas, takes place aboard Air Force One on November 22nd, 1963. Mary Gallagher, the First Lady’s secretary, and Evelyn Lincoln, secretary to the President, are relaxing as they fly into Dallas.  While napping, Mary’s dreams become portentous nightmares as they are haunted by a ghostly Jackie and an eerie Lady Bird.  Where’s Mamie? is a time-travel fantasy as Mamie, melancholic and alone on her birthday, is paid a visit by the celebrated opera star Marian Anderson.  They travel to Algiers to confront Ike about an affair and warn him of the racial strife he’ll face later as President.  Olio presents first daughter Margaret Truman singing at a recital but constantly upstaged by First Lady Bess.  Eleanor Sleeps Here is a heart-rending examination of the relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok as they’re flown over Washington by Amelia Earhart. 

This 90 minute musical is performed with no intermission.  

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The Dixie Swim Club

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street, Excelsior, MN

$30 - $40
Call 952-474-5951
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Presented by Old Log Theatre
  • Comedy

Written by Jones Hope Wooten
Directed by Eric Morris

This touching comedy centers around five Southern women who became friends on their college swim team. The group sets aside a long weekend every August to recharge their relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina's Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other's lives. The play begins 22 years after they graduate from college. "The Dixie Swim Club" focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of thirty-three years. As their lives unfold and the years pass, these women increasingly rely on one another, through advice and raucous repartee to get through the challenges (men, sex, marriage, parenting, divorce and aging) that life flings at them. And when fate throws a wrench into one of their lives in the second act, these friends, proving the enduring power of 'teamwork', rally around their own with the strength and love that takes this comedy in a poignant and surprising direction. It is really a study in friendship and how it grows and changes through the years. 

Jones Hope Wooten are the authors of “Golden Girls” and “Savannah Sipping Society”

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What She Said Festival (POSTPONED)

7:30 pm

Underground Theatre
506 West Michigan Ave Duluth MN 55802

$20
Call 218-733-7555
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Presented by Duluth Playhouse at the Underground
  • Drama

This event is postponed. Please visit duluthplayhouse.org for updates!

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Hindsight is 2020: The Best of the Brave New Workshop

7:30 pm

Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55403

$30 - $36
Call (612)-332-6620
Buy tickets online

Presented by The Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
  • Comedy
  • Improv

The Brave New Workshop is all-in on throwback humor with its latest production, Hindsight is 2020: The Best of the Brave New Workshop. The renowned comedy theatre is bringing back all its best and brightest material, its most hilarious sketches, along with a few one-off weird ones from yesteryear. So, no matter how you remember the 2010s (a walk down memory pain, or full of raucous laughter), Hindsight is 2020: The Best of the Brave New Workshop is just the ticket to welcome in the brave new decade.

 

Written & Performed by: Lauren Anderson, Denzel Belin, Doug Neithercott and Taj Ruler

Musical Direction by: Jon Pumper

Technical Direction by: Matthew Vichlach

Directed by: Caleb McEwen

 

5 Previews:  Jan 30 & 31 Feb 1, 5, 6

Opening Night:  Friday, Feb 7

Show Run:  Feb 7, 2020 – May 23, 2020

The show runs weekends and select weekdays. Show times vary. Full schedule at https://www.bravenewworkshop.com/theatre/show-calendar/.

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Peter Pan, A Musical Adventure

7:30 pm

Beverly John Lord Knight Performance Hall
3003 Snelling Ave N St. Paul, MN 55113

Presented by University of Northwestern - St. Paul
  • Musical

Sail away on a high-flying journey with Peter Pan, Wendy, John, and Michael to the enchanted world of Neverland! Based on J.M. Barrie’s beloved tale about the boy who wouldn’t grow up and his band of Lost Boys, this heartwarming musical dazzles with a captivating score by Stiles and Drewe, the award-winning songwriting duo behind Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s smash hit Mary Poppins. This delightful production of the classic Peter Pan story is guaranteed to bring forth one’s inner child and send you reeling “Just Beyond the Stars.”

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The Mystery of Edwin Drood

7:30 pm

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

$30-$35
Call 763-422-1838
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Presented by Lyric Arts
  • Comedy
  • Musical

Join the colorful characters of the London’s Music Hall Royale—a delightfully loony Victorian theater troupe—as they present The Mystery of Edwin Drood, based on Charles Dickens’ final, unfinished novel. The story centers on the young and charming Edwin Drood, who has been mysteriously murdered—but, by whom? His leering romantic rival? Mysterious twins newly arrived from Ceylon? Or, someone else more dastardly and villainous?

Unfortunately, Dickens passed away before revealing the culprit. So, in order to solve the mystery, the killer must be chosen by audience vote, revealing a different ending each night.

A winner of five Tony Awards in 1986, this charming and inventive show-within-a-show is a rip-roaring whodunit and a rollicking evening of jolly good musical fun.

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8 pm

THROUGH THE NARROWS: A Creative Social Distance Event

8:00 pm
Runs 60 minutes

Z Puppets Rosenschnoz
On-line! On-Demand! @zpuppets.org

$3-35
Call 612-724-1435x2
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Presented by Z Puppets Rosenschnoz
  • Drama
  • Storytelling

Flatten the curve, fire up the imagination! An online, on-demand audio puppetry experience intertwining stories of the crossing of the Red Sea and the Trail of Tears.

Opening Saturday, March 21 at 7 pm (for World Puppetry Day) continuing through May 1

Wherever you are and whenever you want during this run, tune in to hear:

A 3500 year-old Jewish woman recounts her crossing of the Red Sea as a 6-year-old Cherokee boy bears witness to the Trail of Tears. Together, they fill in parts of history that often go missing. With the music by Greg Herriges, slide across centuries and continents to travel the rich emotional landscape from struggle to triumph. Directed by artist/activist Laurie Witzkowski and featuring images of the puppets, by photographer Bruce Silcox, puppetry artists Shari Aronson and Chris Griffith (Cherokee tribal member) weave a story inspired by their own ancestries.

Recommended for adults and youth ages 9+ (Through the Narrows features intense subject matter and verbal descriptions of historically accurate violence)

FREE access for all Native American Tribal Members and people who live or work in Central Neighborhood in Minneapolis (thanks to a grant from CANDO).

Pay-What-You-Will General Access (starting at $3, no one turned away from access).

To register, go to this link: <https://zpuppets.org/through-the-narrows>

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Meredith Willson's The Music Man

8:00 pm
Runs 143 minutes

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
501 W. 78th St, Chanhassen, MN

$53 - $93
Call 9529341525
Buy tickets online

Presented by Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
  • Comedy
  • Musical

The citizens of River City have got trouble… That’s a capital T, that rhymes with P and stands for “Professor” Harold Hill. He’s a charming, fast-talkin’ traveling salesman who goes city to city starting youth marching bands. Hill promises to teach the kids and raises the money to purchase the instruments and uniforms. There’s just one person who can’t tell the difference between a trombone and a treble clef – Professor Hill.  Everyone is simply enamored by Professor Hill, everyone except for the suspicious town librarian, Marian Paroo.

On a campaign to rid River City of the impending demise of their youth, Professor Hill condemns a variety of activities – including Mayor Shinn’s new pool table in the town parlor. Shinn, incensed, begins an investigation into Professor Hill’s true credentials.  Marian sees right through Professor Hill’s marching band scheme. She’s ready to tell Professor Hill off until she sees her self-conscious little brother, Winthrop, shed his shyness when he picks up a shiny, new cornet. The trouble really begins when Marian’s heart beats a little faster for Professor Hill.

Get into a little trouble with Meredith Willson’s five-time Tony Award-winning musical featuring the unforgettable songs “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “Ya Got Trouble,” “Wells Fargo Wagon” and “Till There Was You.” Don’t miss this classic, all-American musical for every generation.

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Beowulf: A Virtual Performance

8:00 pm
Runs 60 minutes

Presented by Walking Shadow Theatre Company
  • Drama
  • Storytelling

BEOWULF
translated and adapted by CHARLIE BETHEL
performed by JOHN HEIMBUCH
directed by AMY RUMMENIE
dramaturgy by SARAH HELLER
presented by WALKING SHADOW THEATRE COMPANY
promotional art by ERIK A. EVENSEN

Walking Shadow Co-Artistic Director John Heimbuch performs Charlie Bethel's fierce hourlong retelling of Beowulf.

This is a faithful and accessible adaptation of the classic Old English poem about a warrior king and some famous monsters, modernizing the wit, vigor, and meaty language of the original Anglo-Saxon epic.

This performance is entirely online, and can be attended from the comfort of your living room! You can access it here:

CLICK HERE FOR THE LIVE STREAM

NOTE: The live feed will be active 15 minutes before the scheduled performance time. Please arrive early to test your connectivity.

YOU DO NOT NEED A RESERVATION, just visit Walking Shadow's Facebook Page at one of these performance times:

  • Thursday 3/26 @ 8:00pm Central
  • Saturday 3/28 @ 8:00pm Central
  • Sunday 3/29 @ 2:00pm Central
  • Thursday 4/2 @ 8:00pm Central
  • Saturday 4/4 @ 8:00pm Central
  • Sunday 4/5 @ 2:00pm Central

THIS EVENT IS FREE on Facebook. (Additional options for supporting the company will be found on our Facebook page during the show.)

YOU DO NOT NEED A FACEBOOK ACCOUNT to view this livestream.

Runtime: approximately one hour.

Content Warning: Beowulf contains vivid descriptions of physical human/monster violence. Please contact us with any specific questions about content.

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