Friday, June 7, 2019

7 pm

Broadway, Circa 1986

7:00 pm

Bryant Lake Bowl Theater
810 W Lake St. Minneapolis, MN 55408

$5-$20 sliding scale on Thursday, $20/$15 in advance on Friday and Saturday
Call 6128258949
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Presented by Presented by Junkyard Cabaret
  • Cabaret/variety

Join Mistress Ginger for a queer musical romp through Broadway of the 1980s. Expect shoulder pads, roller skates, and frisky felines galore. All your fave showtunes will be there. Think Cats, Phantom, Les Miz and more. Meanwhile, Ginger regales you with tales of her adventures in coming out queer, leading one and all on a bedazzled journey to luscious liberation. Meow!

Starring Mistress Ginger and directed by David Hanzal, with costumes by Nancy Pohl, lighting design by Heidi Eckwall, and film by Kevin Obsatz. 

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Small Mouth Sounds

7:30 pm

Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55408

$37 - $47
Call 612.822.7063
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Presented by Jungle Theater
  • Drama
  • Comedy

MAY 18 - JUNE 16, 2019

Tuesday – Saturday 7:30 p.m.
Sunday 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

by Bess Wohl
directed by Lauren Keating


After a sold-out national tour, this 2016 New York Times Critics’ Pick will take on new life here at the Jungle. In the overwhelming quiet of the woods, six wildly disparate urbanites embark on a silent retreat. The Huffington Post calls it, “a play unlike any other;” Variety claims it’s “flawless.” Filled with awkward and insightful humor, Drama Desk Award-winner Bess Wohl’s Small Mouth Sounds is the unique and compassionate new play that asks how we address life’s biggest questions when words fail us.

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How It's Gon' Be: A World Premiere

7:30 pm
Runs 110 minutes

Mixed Blood Theater
1501 South 4th Street Minneapolis, MN 55454

Pay What You Can
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Presented by Underdog Theatre
  • Drama

With adulthood looming in the distance, Jahaan and his friends enjoy the last precious moments of Summer vacation. When Jahaan’s father returns after a year away, the world stops spinning for a moment and lines are drawn in the sand. A poetic exploration of missed connections and feelings too great to speak aloud.

Written by JuCoby Johnson

Diretcted by H. Adam Harris

Assistant Directed by Joy Dolo Afinson


Kory LaQuess Pullam

Amiee K. Bryant*

Brian Grandison

Rajané Katurah

Dan Ajak

Wariboko Semenitari

*Member of Actor's Equity Association

Designed by Leazah Behrens, Emmet Kowler, and Marshall Fenty

Stage Managed by Salima Seale

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Sea Cabinet

7:30 pm
Runs 75 minutes

Southern Theater
1420 S. Washington Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55454

Presented by Theatre Elision
  • Musical

Sea Cabinet (Music by Gwyneth Herbert and Fiona Bevan; Book by Heidi James) is a song cycle of linked songs about memory, obsession, love and the sea.  A woman walks the beach alone, obsessively collecting every discarded and washed-up object she finds.  She takes them home to catalogue each one with the care and rigor of a scientist. Each item sings with the memory of a secret sea-set story.  Written and originally performed in England, this will be the U.S. premiere of the work. This 75-minute song cycle is performed in one-act with no intermission.

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My Sister in This House

7:30 pm
Runs 100 minutes

The Crane Theater
2303 Kennedy Street NE Minneapolis, MN 55413

Call 612-234-7135
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Presented by Theatre Pro Rata
  • Drama

This award-winning drama by Wendy Kesselman explores the true story of two sisters who murdered their employer and her daughter in 1930s France. What drove these two young women, who served as maids in the household, to such a desperate act? Class conflict, family dysfunction, loneliness, and love all play a role in this complex and devastating tale. The story of Christine and Léa Papin has spawned more than two dozen books, plays, and movies. What drew Theatre Pro Rata to Kesselmans script is the way it gives the sisters humanity. The production's designers are playing with a very haute couture aesthetic: Were digging in to the nightmare of it, which is very tantalizing, says director Carin Bratlie Wethern.

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7:30 pm

  • Opening night

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

$20 - $60
Call 651.291.7005
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Presented by Flying Foot Forum, a Park Square Theatre in Residence
  • Drama
  • Dance

Photographer Peter Adamson finds himself on a journey with his translator Faruk to save Faruk’s wife during the Bosnian war in the 1990s. Friendship, love and painfully beautiful moments come to life with full-ensemble street dance and driving songs by Chan Poling (Glensheen, The Suburbs). With drama, dancing, and music by Chan Poling, Heaven is created and directed by Joe Chvala of Flying Foot Forum, a Park Square Theatre in Residence. “This is theater that grabs you by the shoulders and shakes you in your seat.” (How Was the Show)

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7:30 pm

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

Call 763-422-1838
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Presented by Lyric Arts
  • Drama

Directed by Austene Van

Sixty years after its premiere, A Raisin in the Sun—the first play by a woman of color to debut on Broadway—is widely considered to be one of the best and most important plays ever written.

Set on Chicago’s South Side, the play revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family. When her deceased husband’s insurance money comes through, Mama Lena dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood. Her son Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans: buying a liquor store and being his own man. Meanwhile, granddaughter Beneatha dreams of medical school.

The Younger family’s heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a timeless document of hope and inspiration.

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7:30 pm
Runs 150 minutes

  • Opening night

Bloomington Center for the Arts
1800 W. Old Shakopee Road Bloomington, MN 555431

Call 952-563-8575
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Presented by ALIVE & KICKIN
  • Cabaret/variety
  • Storytelling

Your favorite Rockin Seniors, ALIVE & KICKIN, take the stage once again with an ALL NEW spectacular musical production of stories and songs.  "LOVE is ALIVE & KICKIN " is a Musical Journey that boldly reflects the true to life roller-coaster ride of our hearts and the many flavors of love!  Fasten your seat belt and join the wild ride!

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Spring Awakening Book & Lyrics by Steven Sater & Music by Duncan Sheik

7:30 pm
Runs 140 minutes

  • Opening night

Gremlin Theatre
550 Vandalia Street, Saint Paul, MN 55114

Call 952-491-0779
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Presented by The Chameleon Theatre Circle
  • Drama
  • Musical

Directed by MN Fringe Artistic Director, Jay Gilman, this angsty rock musical was adapted from the seminal play about the trials and tribulations of growing up.

The winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, told by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater through what Entertainment Weekly called, "the most gorgeous Broadway score this decade," Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with a poignancy and passion that is illuminating and unforgettable.

This landmark musical is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock and roll that is exhilarating audiences across the nation like no other musical in years.

It is Germany, 1891, a world where the grown-ups hold all the cards. The beautiful young Wendla explores the mysteries of her body and wonders aloud where babies come from... until Mama tells her to shut it and put on a proper dress. Elsewhere, the brilliant and fearless young Melchior interrupts a mind-numbing Latin drill to defend his buddy, Moritz – a boy so traumatized by puberty that he can't concentrate on anything... not that the Headmaster cares. He strikes them both and tells them to turn in their lesson. One afternoon, in a private place in the woods, Melchior and Wendla meet by accident and soon find within themselves a desire unlike anything they've ever felt. As they fumble their way into one another's arms, Moritz flounders and soon fails out of school. When even his one adult friend, Melchior's mother, ignores his plea for help, he is left so distraught that he can't hear the promise of life offered by his outcast friend, Ilse. Naturally, the Headmasters waste no time in pinning the "crime" of Moritz's suicide on Melchior to expel him. And soon, Mama learns that her little Wendla is pregnant. Now the young lovers must struggle against all odds to build a world together for their child.

This celebration of rebellion provides the perfect opportunity to feature performers of all types, as well as the creative flexibility with the use of costumes, set pieces and lighting. Featuring a pop rock score, this is an ideal show for talented vocalists with strong acting abilities. Join this group of late nineteenth century German students on their passage as they navigate teenage self-discovery and coming of age anxiety in a powerful celebration of youth and rebellion in the daring, remarkable Spring Awakening.

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A Raisin in the Sun

7:30 pm

Lyric Arts Main Street Stage
420 East Main Street, Anoka, MN 55303

Call (763) 422-1838
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Presented by Lyric Arts Main Street Stage
  • Drama

By Lorraine Hansberry
Directed by Austene Van

Sixty years after its premiere, A Raisin in the Sun—the first play by a woman of color to debut on Broadway—is widely considered to be one of the best and most important plays ever written.

Set on Chicago’s South Side, the play revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family. When her deceased husband’s insurance money comes through, Mama Lena dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood. Her son Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans: buying a liquor store and being his own man. Meanwhile, granddaughter Beneatha dreams of medical school.

The Younger family’s heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a timeless document of hope and inspiration.

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The Sins of Sor Juana at Open Book

7:30 pm
Runs 130 minutes

Open Book
1011 Washington Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55415

Call 612-203-9502
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Presented by Ten Thousand Things
  • Drama

Directed by Marcela Lorca

Featuring Pedro Bayón, Sun Mee Chomet, Ryan Colbert, George Keller, Jason Rojas, Thallis Santesteban and Ava Saunders

This romantic and humorous play inspired by the true story of famed writer Juana Inés de la Cruz, a woman of great resilience who was determined to break the conventions of seventeenth century Mexico.

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8 pm

Anna Johnson | Arneshia Williams

8:00 pm

Tek Box at the Cowles Center
528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403

Pay-what-you-wish to $15
Call 612-870-0309
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Presented by Red Eye Theater
  • Experimental

A split evening of new performance.

Choreographer and director: Arneshia Williams

Arneshia Williams blends a visceral mixture of modern and social dance vocabularies in this multimedia dance work. Layering classical genres in a diverse soundtrack, Williams shares her ever-shifting ruminations on themes of identity, time, and joy.

MATRYOSHKA: A Live Visual Album
Creator and performer: Anna Johnson
With Bella Yaga: Alana Horton, Joni Griffith, and Peter Morrow
And members of Mila Vocal Ensemble: Aleksandra Veriga, Laura Lentz Lanstad, and Sarah Callahan

In this live visual album, a woman enters a nonlinear dimension where she may experience herself as a microcosm of the universe. Anna Johnson brings together electric folk band Bella Yaga and guests from Mila Vocal Ensemble to tell a story of ancestral contact, necessary death and self-love in energys spiral flow through space-time. Drawing from a Slavic folk tale and the Wizard of Oz, the work collages original and traditional music, video projection, object theatre and dance to create ancient and psychedelic textures. A set of nesting dolls, or matryoshka as they are called in Russia, offers a visual metaphor for the layers of self, memory and universe that open throughout this ritual of transformation.


Thursday: Pay-what-you-wish
Friday and Saturday: $15/$10 Students with Valid ID

For transportation and parking information, please visit the Cowles Center website:

photo cr: Val Oliveiro

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Human Combat Chess 2019!

8:00 pm

  • Opening night

Christ Church Lutheran
3244 34th, Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55406

Presented by Human Combat Chess
  • Drama
  • Experimental

The best sport to never exist is back! Human Combat Chess is now an independently produced show, so we're going all out. This year we're not just inviting you to see the Championship, but the Semifinals as well. The Roses, Corsairs, Legion, and Dragons are bringing the best fighters in the Midwest Combat Chess League to battle for the Midwest Combat Chess League title, but is that all? Either way, things will never be the same!


New to Human Combat Chess? Welcome aboard! Human Combat Chess is a recurring show featuring different matches in a fictional sports league playing the sport of Human Combat Chess. Each team fields 16 players of all shapes and sizes that are assigned positions identical to those in the classic game of Chess, who are then ordered to move by their respective Kings. The similarities to Chess begin to unravel when a player moves into a piece occupied by another, as they now fight over the square! This choreographed fight can end with either piece as the victor, holding the square.

To bring you the most entertaining fights possible, we've assembled the best team of fight directors in the Twin Cities area. While some of our actors are taking the board for their first time, we give them ample rehearsal time to make sure each fight is a unique, exciting experience for the audience. This gives the audience the adrenaline rush of MMA with the reassurance that the fighters will come out of it safely.

Human Combat Chess combines the drama of theatre with the edge of your seat thrill of sports, and there's something for everyone. The event is family friendly. If you would take your kids to a hockey game, you should bring them along to Human Combat Chess!


Please be aware that this show is built around the concept of staged violence in many forms. There will be cheering, chanting, loud music, and other sounds typically found in a sports arena.

If you have any questions or want to see a list of possible triggering content, please contact house management or email [email protected].

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Mamma Mia!

8:00 pm
Runs 160 minutes

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
501 W. 78th St, Chanhassen, MN 55317

$53 - $93
Call 952.934.1525
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Presented by Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
  • Musical

One mom. One daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget!

ABBA's hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. A large cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers combine to make Mamma Mia! a guaranteed smash hit!     

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Birds of the Future

8:00 pm
Runs 75 minutes

Fresh Oysters Performance Research
512 East 24th St, Minneapolis, MN

Presented by Skewed Visions
  • Experimental

A new piece about apocalypse, chaos, and hope.
A taxonomy of failed utopian impulses.
A cycle of nostalgic atrophy.
The urge to transcend cyclic utopian collapse.
Tenderness, danger, migration, apocalyptic beauty.
Drawing into rather sharp relief our cultural desire for a simple, singular answer.
Toward a pursuit of possibility.
How we might reorganize the vast detritus of the world to build some semblance of safety and then pleasure.
We are living in the space of that edge right now.

Featuring performances from Erika Hansen, Megan Mayer, Felipe Mafasoli, and Charles Campbell.
Installation by Jess Kiel-Wornson.
Sound design and original music by Mike Hallenbeck.
Lighting by Heidi Eckwall.

Obstructed views only!

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