Thursday, September 26, 2019

10 am

ROALD DAHL’S JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH

10:00 am
Runs 60 minutes

Stages Theatre Company
1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343

$14-$16
Call 952-979-1111
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Presented by Stages Theatre Company
  • Musical
  • Kids

ROALD DAHL’S JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH

September 20 – October 10, 2019

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Words and Music by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
Book by Timothy Allen McDonald
Based on the book James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

AN ADVENTURE OF ENORMOUS PROPORTIONS!

ALL AGES

Capture the journey of a lifetime as we kick-off our season with one of Roald Dahl’s most heartwarmingly quirky stories. When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach and launches a voyage of gigantic proportions. During their cross-ocean travels, James and the peach’s oversized insect residents encounter hunger, sharks and loads of disagreements, and James must learn to use his quick wit to finally land on New York’s Empire State Building. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score this adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery will charm one and all.

CAST

Georgia Becker (Ensemble), Faith Culbertson (Spiker), Mia Dougherty (Ensemble), Edric Duffy (Ensemble), Lillian Hochman (Earthworm), Ella Kozak (Ensemble), Isabella Larson (Ensemble), Sadie Nelson (Spider), Alanna Nyberg (Ensemble), Lindsay Odegaard (Sponge), Trent Ramert (Ladahlord), London Rogers (Ensemble), Sam Rosewarne (Ensemble), Arianna Sanford (Ladybug), Jon Schumacher (James), Laura Silmser (Centipede), Daniel Untiedt (Grasshopper) and Mazzy Wagner (Ensemble)

CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR – Sandy Boren-Barrett, DIRECTOR – Melanie Salmon-Peterson, STAGE MANAGER – Emily Sullivan, PUPPET DESIGNER – Kim Ford, PROPS DESIGNER – Jim Hibbeler, TECH DIRECTOR – Gretchen Katt, SET DESIGNER – Mina Kinukawa, MUSIC DIRECTOR – JC Lippold, COSTUME SUPERVISOR – Christa Ludwig, CHOREOGRAPHER – Laura Mahler, LIGHTING DESIGNER – Grant E. Merges, COSTUME & MAKE UP DESIGNER – Stacey Palmer

James and the Giant Peach-TYA is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

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12 pm

ROALD DAHL’S JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH

12:30 pm
Runs 60 minutes

Stages Theatre Company
1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343

$14-$16
Call 952-979-1111
Buy tickets online

Presented by Stages Theatre Company
  • Musical
  • Kids

ROALD DAHL’S JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH

September 20 – October 10, 2019

MORE INFORMATION

Words and Music by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
Book by Timothy Allen McDonald
Based on the book James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

AN ADVENTURE OF ENORMOUS PROPORTIONS!

ALL AGES

Capture the journey of a lifetime as we kick-off our season with one of Roald Dahl’s most heartwarmingly quirky stories. When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach and launches a voyage of gigantic proportions. During their cross-ocean travels, James and the peach’s oversized insect residents encounter hunger, sharks and loads of disagreements, and James must learn to use his quick wit to finally land on New York’s Empire State Building. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score this adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery will charm one and all.

CAST

Georgia Becker (Ensemble), Faith Culbertson (Spiker), Mia Dougherty (Ensemble), Edric Duffy (Ensemble), Lillian Hochman (Earthworm), Ella Kozak (Ensemble), Isabella Larson (Ensemble), Sadie Nelson (Spider), Alanna Nyberg (Ensemble), Lindsay Odegaard (Sponge), Trent Ramert (Ladahlord), London Rogers (Ensemble), Sam Rosewarne (Ensemble), Arianna Sanford (Ladybug), Jon Schumacher (James), Laura Silmser (Centipede), Daniel Untiedt (Grasshopper) and Mazzy Wagner (Ensemble)

CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR – Sandy Boren-Barrett, DIRECTOR – Melanie Salmon-Peterson, STAGE MANAGER – Emily Sullivan, PUPPET DESIGNER – Kim Ford, PROPS DESIGNER – Jim Hibbeler, TECH DIRECTOR – Gretchen Katt, SET DESIGNER – Mina Kinukawa, MUSIC DIRECTOR – JC Lippold, COSTUME SUPERVISOR – Christa Ludwig, CHOREOGRAPHER – Laura Mahler, LIGHTING DESIGNER – Grant E. Merges, COSTUME & MAKE UP DESIGNER – Stacey Palmer

James and the Giant Peach-TYA is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

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1 pm

Ripcord

1:00 pm

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

$25-36
Call 612-440-7529
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Presented by Sidekick Theatre
  • Comedy

A sunny room on an upper floor is prime real estate in the Bristol Place Senior Living Facility, so when the cantankerous Abby is forced to share her quarters with new-arrival Marilyn, she has no choice but to get rid of the infuriatingly chipper woman by any means necessary. A seemingly harmless bet between the women quickly escalates into a game of practical jokes and one-upmanship, revealing hidden truths that neither wants exposed. Written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, Ripcord is uproarious and heartwarming comedy.

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7 pm

Big, Little Monster: a new musical!

7:00 pm
Runs 70 minutes

Art House North
793 Armstrong Avenue, Saint Paul, MN

$12-$20 ($5 off opening weekend)
Call 612-547-9839
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Presented by Bucket Brigade
  • Musical
  • Kids

Bucket Brigade Presents: Big, Little Monster
Book and Lyrics by Jeremiah Gamble
Music by Noah Riemer

A monstrously fun, silly and surprisingly moving new musical for humans of all ages!

September 27th-October 12th
Art House North, 793 Armstrong Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55102

Runtime approximately 60 minutes, presented in one act.

All humans know that monsters are scary, but a lesser-known fact is that monsters are never, EVER scared. Then why is Jr. Monster afraid for his first day of Fright School? And can he find the courage to do what no monster has ever dared? A new musical reminding all of us who struggle with fear and anxiety that we're not alone.

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Smokey Joe's Cafe

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

NorShor Theatre
211 E Superior St., Duluth MN 55802

$350-$50
Call 218.733.7555
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Presented by The Duluth Playhouse
  • Musical
  • Dance

Shimmy over to the NorShor Theatre to see Broadway’s longest-running musical revue that will blow the roof off and bring the house down!

Leiber and Stoller practically invented rock n’ roll, and Smokey Joe’s Cafe isn’t just great pop music; it’s compelling musical theatre.

Nominated for seven Tony Awards, this show features electrifying hits made famous by the likes of Elvis Presley, the Coasters and the Drifters. Enjoy classic tunes, like “On Broadway,” “Yakety Yak, “Jailhouse Rock,” “Love Potion #9,” and “Stand By Me.”

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On the Verge; Or the Geography of Yearning

7:30 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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BRIGHT STAR

7:30 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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AUBERGINE

7:30 pm

Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place, Saint Paul, MN 55102

$20 – $55
Call 651.291.7005
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Presented by Park Square Theatre
  • Drama

A son cooks a meal for his dying father to say everything that his words can’t. Lyrical, humorous and full of love, this is a story of an intergenerational Korean family struggling to relate across emotional, linguistic and cultural divides. When words fail, a home-cooked meal transcends differences and brings us together in this heartwarming drama by Julia Cho and directed by Flordelino Lagundino.

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Immaculate Heart

7:30 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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Cabal

7:30 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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If the Spirit Moves

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Elision Playhouse
6105 42nd Avenue North, Crystal, MN

Presented by Theatre Elision
  • Musical

A disillusioned expat Dadaist artist returns after World War I. Needing to earn a living, she sets out to impersonate a spirit medium—only to discover that she is the real deal.  A shell-shocked war hero, a charity matron mourning her daughter, and a young war widow flock to the reluctant medium and are spontaneously healed. A wealthy male client falls in love with her. When her former love comes courting in the form of a directionless Dada poet, she must choose, not only between two men, but two radically different outlooks on life.  If the Spirit Moves is a tender tale of recovery and healing in which rich and poor, living and dead, transcend their differences through laughter, tears, and hope for a brighter tomorrow. 

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Bone Mother - photo by Matthew Glover

Bone Mother

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

The Museum of Russian Art
5500 Stevens Ave Minneapolis, MN 55419

$5-$40
Call 1-800-838-3006
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Presented by Sandbox Theatre & The Museum of Russian Art
  • Drama
  • Storytelling

A world premiere show in a one of a kind venue, Bone Mother is folklore come to life in the air above you. A new play created from scratch by Sandbox’s aerial wing The Swingset, Bone Mother is an examination of femininity’s untamable perseverance, its kinship with nature, and its expression through a spectrum of genders -- all in the face of society’s history to deny, ignore, repress and vilify its progress.

In the depths of a dark Russian forest, in a house perched atop chicken legs and surrounded by a fence of flaming skulls, lives a hideous old crone named Baba Yaga. Do you dare enter? In the forest there are wild things – ostracized, forgotten, shadow things. And you. Who will you be in the moonlight?

 

Featuring:

Carolina Gwinn

Chasya Hill

Megan Campbell Lagas

Henry Ellen Sansone

Heather Stone

 

With Live Music Composed and Performed by:

Emily Kastrul

Anna Johnson

Sarah Larsson

Willow Waters

 

Production Staff:

Evelyn Digiloramo - Co-Director, Project Lead

Danielle Siver - Co-Director, Project Lead

Isabel Patt - Stage Manager

Mandi Johnson - Costume Designer

Bryon Gunsch - Lighting Designer

Rehema Mertinez - Creation Assistant

Matthew Glover - Marketing & Graphic Designer, Photographer

Michelle Massey – Event Manager, TMORA

 

This activity is made possible 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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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

7:30 pm
Runs 135 minutes

Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE Osseo, MN 55369

$26 - $30
Call 763-493-8733
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Presented by Yellow Tree Theatre
  • Drama

Fifteen-year-old mathematical genius Christopher has never ventured alone beyond the edge of his road. He detests being touched, can’t stand small talk, and the slightest disruption of his ritualized world sends him into an earth-shattering tantrum. It’s 7 minutes past midnight and the neighbor’s dog is dead. Finding himself a suspect, he takes it upon himself to solve the mystery, embarking on a thrilling journey that upturns his world. Intense, hopeful, and profoundly moving, Curious Incident has been hailed a phenomenal combination of storytelling and spectacle. Winner of 5 Tony Awards including Best Play!

Cast: Stacia Rice, Laura Esping, Zachary Schnitzer, Melina Kordich, Alexcia Thompson, Dylan Ward, Peter Simmons, Matthew Lolar, and Corey Mills.

SEPTEMBER 13th – OCTOBER 13th
Wed. - Sat. @ 7:30pm, Sun. @ 2:00pm
Added matinees Wed. Sept. 25th | Sat. Oct. 5th | Sat. Oct. 12th @ 2:00pm

TICKETS
www.yellowtreetheatre.com
box office: 763-493-8733

Wed. & Thurs. $26 | Fri. & Sat. $30 | Sat. & Sun. matinees $28
Students, seniors 65 & up and groups of 10 or more receive $3 off these prices

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Shame of Thrones: Stupidity War

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

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

$25-$36
Call 612-332-6620
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Presented by Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
  • Comedy
  • Improv

Follow our intrepid heroes (Lauren Anderson, Denzel Belin, Doug Neithercott, and Taj Ruler) as they prepare for epic battle against the most dangerous enemy of all:  SHAME.  Can they survive cancel culture, social media, and the self-loathing that accompanies just being Minnesotan?  Join the guilt-trip of a lifetime at the BNW’s hilarious and all-new sketch comedy show, Shame of Thrones: Stupidity War

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8 pm

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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ESCAPED ALONE and HERE WE GO by CARYL CHURCHILL

8:00 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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Pray the Gay Away

8:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Cowles Center for the Preforming Arts
528 Hennipen Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55403

$20
Call 612-206-3600
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Presented by Murray and Peter Presents
  • Comedy
  • Musical

Arab-American twins come out as gay to mom and turn

the hilarious and touching story into a raucous comedy

 

Pray The Gay Away, a true life story, 

plays in Minneapolis September 12 - 22

 

Some moms cry. Some moms give hugs. When the Zakar Twins’ uber-Christian mom learned that both her sons are gay, she threw holy water at them and began quoting Leviticus. The Instagram models turned their hilarious and unique story into a best-selling book and now a stage play, Pray The Gay Away, appearing at the Cowles Center in Minneapolis from September 12 - 22. Tickets are available at www.zakartwins.com

The true-life coming out comedy chronicles 26-year old Michael and Zach as they face awkward sexual encounters, coming out to each other, and their biggest foe – Mom, a woman who not only gave birth to what she calls one regret – but two. The hilariously and poignant play shows what it’s like growing up as gay, Iraqi-American twins in post 9/11 America. Pray the Gay Away was inspired the night Mom snuck into their bedroom and force fed them “holy grapes,” determined to “de-gay” them.

The Zakar twins are leaders in the LGBT community where they blaze a path for queer people who come from Near and Middle Eastern cultures. Their high internet profile led to an appearance on the 2018 season premiere of Tosh.O and the publication of their memoir, an Amazon #1 bestseller.

“It was confusing for our Mom,” Zach said, “in Iraq, being gay isn’t something that you discuss openly. She was worried about how the community would talk about us in a negative light. It was difficult to see her take it so hard, she basically cried and prayed for 90 percent of our coming out process.”

The show, directed by Eric Swanson and produced by Murray and Peter Present, is written by Bobby Brower and the Zakar twins, explores the awkwardness of coming of age as well as a touching testimonial to the love of family and religion.

“Our mom would shove religion down our throats,” Zach joked. “But honestly, we are who we are because of our upbringing. The message of Christianity – and any religion – is acceptance and love for all.” 

Tickets and show information are available at www.zakartwins.com. Follow the Zakar Twins on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @ZakarTwins. 

 

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ESCAPED ALONE and HERE WE GO by Caryl Churchill

8:00 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
Buy tickets online

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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