Sunday, September 8, 2019

1 pm

On the Verge; Or the Geography of Yearning

1:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Commonweal Theatre
208 Parkway Ave. N Lanesboro, MN 55949

$15 - $35 General Admission
Call 8006577025
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Presented by Commonweal Theatre Company
  • Drama

Heed the call to discovery! Journey through uncharted territories! With wit, nerve, and proper British sensibilities, Mary, Fanny, and Alexandra bushwhack their way through Terra Incognita—the last uncharted land on the globe. These intrepid explorers test their friendship and courage as they come face to face with psychics, yetis, trolls, and…Cool Whip?! With wonder, humor and grace, On the Verge (or The Geography of Yearning) navigates the search for our place in the world.

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2 pm

BRIGHT STAR

2:00 pm

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

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

Inspired by a real event, Bright Star tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and ’40s. When literary editor Alice Murphy meets a young soldier just home from World War II, he awakens her longing for the child she once lost. Haunted by their unique connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past – and what she finds has the power to transform both of their lives. Featuring the Grammy-nominated country, folk, and bluegrass score by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Bright Star is an uplifting theatrical journey which is as refreshingly genuine as it is daringly hopeful.

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ESCAPED ALONE and HERE WE GO by Caryl Churchill

2:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Gremlin Theatre
550 Vandalia, St. Paul, MN 55114

$25-30, pay-what-you-can on Sept 7
Call 1-800-838-3006
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Presented by Frank Theatre
  • Drama
  • Comedy

ESCAPED ALONE presents a 55-minute elliptical view of the apocalypse, fantasy intricately wired with politics. Four women in their 70s gather for tea in an English garden, combining small talk and the everyday anxieties of contemporary life, juxtaposed to the cataclysmic possibilities that teeter on our response to dire warnings of climate change and environmental devastation.Their gossipy everyday conversations lay bare their psychological troubles — from depression to fear of cats, from an “accidentally” dead husband to agoraphobia — punctuated starkly with surreal apocalyptic monologues. Which world is real? How are they connected?

Churchill peers into the void with HERE WE GO, a poetic triptych of mortality. She presents, in reverse order, a man nearing the end of life, his view from the threshold of the afterlife, and the reminiscences at his funeral. In the first scene, a group has gathered at a party after a funeral, remembering the man who has passed. In the second scene, a man observes the afterlife—Valhalla, Charon, and other mythical representations appear to him. But has he died? In the third wordless section, we see the intimate relationship between a frail man winding down his life with a caregiver.

And yet, reviews repeatedly refer to these plays as Churchill’s funniest work yet!

Cast features Maria Asp, Charla Marie Bailey, Patrick Bailey Barbra Berlovitz, Cheryl Willis, Janis Hardy. Production team: Director, Wendy Knox; Set Design by Joe Stanley; Costume Design by Kathy Kohl; Lighting Design by Mike Wangen; Sound design by Dan Dukich; Stage Managed by Glenn Klapperich.

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THE BIRDS

2:00 pm

Theatre in the Round
245 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis MN 55454

$22 regular price
Call 612-333-3010
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Presented by Theatre in the Round Players
  • Drama

Masses of birds have suddenly begun to attack people, driving strangers Nat and Diane to take refuge in an isolated, abandoned cabin. With no electricity and scarce food, their precarious existence is threatened even more by the arrival of a volatile young woman. With a nod to Daphne du Maurier’s story (that inspired Alfred Hitchcock’s film), playwright McPherson creates his own dark, claustrophobic drama of survival in the face of society’s collapse.

Directed by Seth Kaltwasser, the cast includes: Aidan Gallivan, Matthew Kraft, Nick Menzhuber, and Laura Wiebers..

 

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ESCAPED ALONE and HERE WE GO by CARYL CHURCHILL

2:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Gremlin Theatre
550 Vandalia Street Saint Paul, MN

$25-30
Call 612-724-3760
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Presented by Frank Theatre
  • Drama
  • Comedy

Frank Theatre is thrilled to present two new short plays by Caryl Churchill, whose work Frank has presented many times in the company’s 30-year history. ESCAPED ALONE and HERE WE GO deliver an evening of theatre by perhaps the greatest living playwright.

Churchill’s sizzling work ESCAPED ALONE presents a 55-minute elliptical view of the apocalypse, fantasy intricately wired with politics. Four women in their 70s gather for tea in an English garden, combining small talk and the horrors of modern life. Their gossipy everyday conversations lay bare their psychological troubles — from depression to fear of cats, from an “accidentally” dead husband to agoraphobia — punctuated starkly with surreal apocalyptic monologues. Which world is real? How are they connected?

“It’s worth noting that simply writing a play featuring four women in their seventies without making it about their age is a reasonably subversive political act.” — The Atlantic

In the second piece, Churchill peers into the void with HERE WE GO, a poetic triptych of mortality. In the first scene, a group has gathered at a party after a funeral, remembering the man who has passed. In the second scene, a man observes the afterlife—Valhalla, Charon, and other mythical representations appear to him. But has he died? In the third wordless section, we see the intimate relationship between a frail man winding down his life with a caregiver.

“What Churchill has written is a striking memento mori for an age without faith; and although her play is brief, that in itself evokes the idea that we are here for a short time and then are suddenly gone.” — The Guardian 

Caryl Churchill has written for the stage, television, and radio. A renowned and prolific playwright, her plays include Cloud NineTop GirlsFar AwayDrunk Enough to Say I Love You?BlissLove and InformationMad Forest, and A Number. In 2002, she received the Obie Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2010, she was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.

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Britten's The Rape of Lucretia

2:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Minnsky Theatre
1517 Central Ave NE Minnepolis 55413

$25
Call (612) 930-1517
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Presented by Journey North Opera Company
  • Drama
  • Musical

Journey North Opera Company honorably presents Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia.
For nearly 2,500 years, the story of Lucretia has taken many forms. Depicted in art, literature and in Britten’s opera in 1946, there have been countless interpretations, each delivering the harsh realities of this story in their present day.

As the title indicates, The Rape of Lucretia contains scenes of violence and sexual assault. It is the mission of JNOC to deliver relevant and engaging expressions of opera and deliver our production with sensitivity.

In considering whether you will attend this production, please know that the creative team, as you may suspect about every room into which you may ever walk, contains survivors of sexual assault. And, while most operas contain thematic sexual violence, The Rape of Lucretia provides us the unique opportunity to see it with clear eyes and confront it directly. We want our stories to be told, heard, and felt. As with every aspect of combating sexual violence, it is crucial that we have a full and robust team of not only women but men to carry this weight together. Please boldly step forward with us.

Stage Director: Amanda Carlson
Principal Conductor: Brian Dowdy
Rehearsal & Performance Pianist: Jared Miller
Stage Manager: Stacie Cooper
Intimacy & Violence Choreographer: Mason Tyer
Costume Designer: Stacey Palmer
Set Designer: Brittany Pooladian
Producer: Colleen Meier

Cast List:
Lucretia - Briana Moynihan
Male Chorus - Wesley Frye
Female Chorus - Amy Wolf
Collatinus - Joel Mathias
Junius - Joe Allen
Tarquinius - Sullivan Ojala Helmbolt
Bianca - Christina Christensen
Lucia - Carole Schultz
Aerialist: Jolie Meshbesher

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Much Ado About Mothing

Much Ado About Nothing

2:00 pm

The LAB Theater
700 North 1st Street Minneapolis, MN 55401

$18 - 42
Call 651.321.4024
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Presented by Classical Actors Ensemble
  • Comedy

Classical Actors Ensemble presents Shakespeare's comic battle of the sexes, staged as a 1940s screwball comedy. Directed by Tom Conry.

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The Clemency of Tito’s Tennis Club: A Picnic Operetta

2:00 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Various Locations
Visit http://mixedprecipitation.org/shows/the-clemency-of-titos-tennis-club/ for locations throughout the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota.

$10-30
Call 1-800-838-3006
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Presented by Mixed Precipitation
  • Comedy
  • Musical

A new adaptation of Mozart’s opera, La Clemenza di Tito, with high stakes sports drama, natural disasters, and ‘80s new wave music!

In this adaptation of Mozart’s opera, a rag-tag group of players is resurrecting a defunct tennis club. But backstabbing, bitterness, and a murderous revenge plot threaten their rise to the top of Rome’s championship match. Will they find redemption before Mount Vesuvius covers them in ash? When can cheaters be forgiven? All is presented with the Picnic Operetta’s trademark style of playfulness, satire, and hope. Classic arias and duets from Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito soar across the garden alongside new wave and synth-pop hits by Devo, Berlin, Yaz, and Pat Benatar. Our operatic athletes will serve the audience some fresh edible bites as well.

Celebrating its 11th season, Mixed Precipitation brings an edible opera adventure to parks, farms, and gardens throughout MN in August and September.

Created by Producing Artistic Director Scotty Reynolds, Artistic Associate Jacob Miller, Music Director Gary Ruschman, and the Mixed Precipitation team, this late summer harvest celebration offers local flavors with picnic bites shared with the audience. It’s fun for everyone!  

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Cabal

2:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

The White Stag Lodge
2010 East Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN

$45
Call 612-375-0300
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Presented by Walking Shadow Theatre Company
  • Drama

Created by David Pisa and John Heimbuch

Forgotten alchemy. An ancient order. The pursuit of new magic.

A renegade magister’s quest threatens the Cabal’s very existence. Who should control this ultimate power? Enter the secret society and unlock the truth. 

Walking Shadow Theatre Company presents Cabal, a live theater experience with puzzles. An audience of 10 people explores an immersive environment, meeting characters and discovering large-scale, hands-on challenges.

Running July 11 - December 31. Tickets are now on sale through September. Additional months will go on sale approximately 1 month in advance.

Cabal lasts approximately 90 minutes. (It may be more or less, depending on how fast your group is at solving puzzles.)

Cabal is a theater performance, but does not have standard theater seats. As audience members move through the space, they may be asked to be stand or sit. Please be prepared to walk or move at least 600 feet during the course of the event. The venue and experience are wheelchair accessible.

Content advisory: flashing lights, sudden loud sounds.

More questions? Read our FAQ!

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5 pm

Cabal

5:00 pm
Runs 90 minutes

The White Stag Lodge
2010 East Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN

$45
Call 612-375-0300
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Presented by Walking Shadow Theatre Company
  • Drama

Created by David Pisa and John Heimbuch

Forgotten alchemy. An ancient order. The pursuit of new magic.

A renegade magister’s quest threatens the Cabal’s very existence. Who should control this ultimate power? Enter the secret society and unlock the truth. 

Walking Shadow Theatre Company presents Cabal, a live theater experience with puzzles. An audience of 10 people explores an immersive environment, meeting characters and discovering large-scale, hands-on challenges.

Running July 11 - December 31. Tickets are now on sale through September. Additional months will go on sale approximately 1 month in advance.

Cabal lasts approximately 90 minutes. (It may be more or less, depending on how fast your group is at solving puzzles.)

Cabal is a theater performance, but does not have standard theater seats. As audience members move through the space, they may be asked to be stand or sit. Please be prepared to walk or move at least 600 feet during the course of the event. The venue and experience are wheelchair accessible.

Content advisory: flashing lights, sudden loud sounds.

More questions? Read our FAQ!

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6 pm

Mamma Mia!

6:30 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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7 pm

Naïve. Super

7:30 pm
Runs 100 minutes

Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue | Minneapolis, MN, 55404 | United States

  • Comedy
  • Experimental

The adaptation of Erlend Loe's 1995 Norwegian cult novel "Naïve. Super." makes its national stage debut at Norway House.

Featuring a new performer every night, performing the play for the first time in dialogue with the director.

Preview: September 3 | Performances: September 4-8
All shows begin at 7:30pm
Preview Performance $10 | General Admission $20 | Norway House Members $15

Troubled by an inability to find any meaning in his life, the 25-year-old narrator of this deceptively simple novel quits university and eventually arrives at his brother's New York apartment.

In a bid to discover what life is all about, he writes lists. He becomes obsessed by time and whether it actually matters. He faxes his meteorologist friend. He endlessly bounces a ball against the wall. He befriends a small boy who lives next door. He yearns to get to the bottom of life and how best to live it.

Funny, friendly, enigmatic and frequently poignant - superbly naive.

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