Sunday, September 15, 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

Pippin, a mid-life crisis

2:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

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

$25
Call 612-389-9010
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Presented by Theatre 55
  • Musical

PIPPIN; a mid-life crisis, directed by Richard Hitchler, with choreography by Sandy Agustin, and musical direction by Jill Cronk Schendel. 

As told by an ensemble of actors, PIPPIN is the fantastical story of a prince, who is searching for his purpose in life and his own “corner of the sky”. Encouraged by the Leading Player, Pippin dabbles in bloody battle, licentious entanglements, and savvy political maneuvers, only to discover that true happiness is more complicated than it appears. With infectious music by Stephen Schwartz and classic choreography from Bob Fosse, PIPPIN is both a humorous allegory and a dark tale of false appearances and empty promises.

Typically performed by angsty 20-something’s trying to find their way in the world, Theatre 55 is taking a different approach; a mid-life crisis. “After a certain age (roughly 50), we all go through this period of questioning - “What am I going to do with my life now?” “, says Richard Hitchler, founder and director. “This is an even more important question as we enter the second half of our lives. And we’re exploring what it means for people who have achieved a certain amount of prestige in the lives, but want to find true meaning and leave a legacy before they move on.” adds Hitchler.

About Theatre 55

Theatre 55 was formed with the purpose of developing lifelong learning through theatre performance and education. Our vision is to enrich the lives of elders as artists, audiences, and learners through educational performance art. Theatre 55 is currently fiscally sponsored through Springboard for the Arts and runs in part through the generous grants from the Minnesota Regional Arts Council and the Aroha Foundation. Theatre 55 aims to produce more high-energy, impactful plays and utilizing the senior artists of our community. We strive to engage with vibrant seniors living throughout the Twin Cities and beyond through classes, workshops, showcases, and performance.

 

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Bent

2:00 pm
Runs 125 minutes

  • Closing night

Phoenix Theater
2605 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Presented by The BAND Group
  • Drama

A Man. A Pink Triangle. A Journey to Dignity. In this intimate play, centered around the Nazi persecution of homosexuals, a man must choose outing himself but face the ultimate consequence. BENT serves as a reminder than any community can have their rights stripped away by hate-mongering forces, but shows that the human heart can never be stripped away.

The BAND Group will partner with Out Front on this production.  OutFront’s mission is to create a state where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people are free to be who they are, love who they love, and live without fear of violence, harassment, or discrimination.
Find out more at www.outfront.org

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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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Smokey Joe’s Café

2:00 pm

Ordway Center
345 Washington Street Saint Paul, MN 55102

$48-$122
Call 651-224-4222
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Presented by Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
  • Musical

SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller, the Grammy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated smash, made history as Broadway’s longest running musical revue. The show features 40 of the greatest songs of the past century, including showstopping classics like “On Broadway,” “Stand by Me,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Hound Dog,” “Love Potion No. 9,” “Spanish Harlem,” “Yakety Yak,” and “Charlie Brown.”

This refreshing, sizzling-hot, new production of the show, directed and choreographed by Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Joshua Bergasse (Broadway’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and On the Town, Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance, and NBC’s Smash), will appear in Minnesota for the first time, bringing these sensational rock and roll songs to a new generation.

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BRIGHT STAR

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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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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Arden of Faversham

Arden of Faversham

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
  • Drama

Classical Actors Ensemble presents the Twin Cities premiere of this anonymous Elizabethan true crime drama staged as a 1940s film noir. Directed by Joseph Papke.

 

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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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3 pm

Immaculate Heart

3:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

The Crane Theater Studio
2303 Kennedy St NE #120, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Tickets: $20, $18 Fringe/Student/Senior
Call 6128168479
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Presented by Freshwater Theatre
  • Drama
  • Comedy

This September, we proudly present a world premiere from Freshwater Co-Artistic Director Ruth Virkus – Immaculate Heart.

When Marina meets shy, devout Clare at a beginners’ knitting class, they have an immediate connection, changing Clare’s world and putting them on a collision course with Father Paul, forcing all three to confront their natures in ways none of them expect.

Set in and around the confessional of a parish church, Immaculate Heart is an exploration of sexual identity on the asexual spectrum, faith and privilege.

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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
Buy tickets online

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

Swede Hollow Ghost Sonata

Swede Hollow Park, St. Paul, MN
Patrons enter Swede Hollow Park at the Drewry Street Pedestrian Tunnel. Entrance at the intersection of Drewry Lane and Beaumont Street East.

Free (Donations accepted and Reservations Recommended)
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Presented by Sod House Theater and Black Label Movement
  • Drama
  • Dance

Audiences will set off on an outdoor, guided, theatrical promenade through the park, stopping along the way to experience moving vignettes within a recreated world that evoke the early history of Swedish immigration to the area in the 1850s. Using Swedish Playwright August Strindberg’s play The Ghost Sonata as a starting point of inspiration, this stellar cast of local, multidisciplinary performers will bring to life the community that once lived in the park, sharing tales that resonate with the ongoing, current day stories and experiences within St. Paul’s East Side.

Working closely with local businesses and organizations, this project also includes additional community events designed to spark conversations about the rich history of this incredible neighborhood.

SWEDE HOLLOW GHOST SONATA AUXILIARY COMMUNITY EVENTS 

Conversations in St. Paul’s East Side Communities
*FREE EVENT - RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED*
Monday, August 26th
7:00-9:00 pm
Co-presented by and at the East Side Freedom Library - 1105 Greenbrier St, St Paul, MN 55106

Join members of the cast, artistic team, and the local community as East Side Freedom Library creates and leads a gathering space for residents, artists, and attendees to share stories about their lives and experiences.

 

Honoring Space and Place: What Does the Site Now Called Swede Hollow Mean to You?
*FREE EVENT - RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED*
Sunday, September 15th 
4:00-5:00 pm (pre-show)
Indigenous Roots Cultural Center - 788 E 7th St, St Paul, MN 55106

Panelists will discuss the area now known as Swede Hollow; its histories, the cultural communities connected to the land, and its continuing significance in the life of the city.. After the panel, attendees can explore shops and restaurants in the area before making their way to that evening’s performance only a few blocks away.

Walking History Tour of Swede Hollow Park
*TICKETED EVENT - RESERVATIONS REQUIRED*
Saturday, September 21st
3:30-5:00 pm (pre-show)
Begins at East Side Freedom Library - 1105 Greenbrier St, St Paul, MN 55106

Led by the building’s co-executive director Peter Rachleff, tours begin at the East Side Freedom Library and use Payne Avenue as a spine along which to follow the experiences of such 19th century immigrants as Swedes, Irish, Germans, and Italians, to those of our contemporary neighbors, such as Hmong, Somali, Mexican, and Karen. After the tour, attendees can explore shops and restaurants in the area before making their way to that evening’s performance in the park.

Stories of Immigration on St. Paul’s East Side
*FREE EVENT - RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED*
Sunday, September 22nd
4:00-5:00 pm (pre-show)
Co-presented by and at the East Side Freedom Library - 1105 Greenbrier St, St Paul, MN 55106

Panelists will share personal, historical, and contemporary stories of immigration to St. Paul’s East Side. Following the event, attendees can explore shops and restaurants in the area before making their way to that evening’s performance only a few blocks away.

Resonances and Reverberations: Contemporary Immigration Issues in Minnesota and Beyond
*FREE EVENT - RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED*
Saturday, September 28th
8:00-9:00 pm (post-show)
St. Paul Brewing - 688 Minnehaha Ave E, St Paul, MN 55106 

After the performance, patrons and guests are invited join us at St. Paul Brewing for our panelist conversation exploring contemporary issues surrounding immigration to the state and the country. How do the histories of immigration to Swede Hollow speak to the challenges that current migrants face as they move across borders and boundaries? Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase, and all are welcome. 

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This activity is made possible in part by the Knight Foundation, the David and Leni Moore Family Foundation, the City of Saint Paul Cultural Sales Tax Revitalization, and by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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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

Smokey Joe’s Café

7:30 pm

Ordway Center
345 Washington Street Saint Paul, MN 55102

$48-$122
Call 651-224-4222
Buy tickets online

Presented by Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
  • Musical

SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller, the Grammy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated smash, made history as Broadway’s longest running musical revue. The show features 40 of the greatest songs of the past century, including showstopping classics like “On Broadway,” “Stand by Me,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Hound Dog,” “Love Potion No. 9,” “Spanish Harlem,” “Yakety Yak,” and “Charlie Brown.”

This refreshing, sizzling-hot, new production of the show, directed and choreographed by Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Joshua Bergasse (Broadway’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and On the Town, Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance, and NBC’s Smash), will appear in Minnesota for the first time, bringing these sensational rock and roll songs to a new generation.

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