What if humanity was inherently good? Sandbox steps 600 years into the future to tell the story of a matriarchal society guided by preservation and trust. Wilderness has reclaimed the planet. After two centuries teetering on the brink of extinction, the human population has stabilized and entered into a renaissance. Elite bands of women known as Seekers brave the harsh elements that separate a scarcely populated landscape, bringing with them messages of hope, history and knowledge to aid in rebuilding a more connected society. Our story starts with a call to action to cross the ocean in an effort to reconnect the western and eastern hemispheres for the first time in hundreds of years. As humanity works to rectify our destructive past, the dawning of a new human nature begins.
Based on a true story, Bars and Measures is an astonishing journey through faith, family, melody and time. This powerful tale stars Ansa Akyea and Darius Dotch as brothers Bilal and Eric. Both are accomplished musicians: one, a classical pianist, the other, a jazz bass player. One is Christian, the other Muslim. One is living in freedom and the other is in jail. Separated by bars, the brothers try to reconcile their differences through the language they know best: music.
In BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, a prince harshly turns a beggar woman away from shelter in his castle. She is secretly an enchantress, who, angered by the prince's lack of compassion, changes the prince into a hideous Beast and all the castles' human inhabitants into living objects. The enchantress tells the Beast that before the last petal falls from an enchanted rose, he must find true love or all will remain forever altered. Not far from the castle, in a small village, Belle lives with her father Maurice, an inventor. Belle is seen as odd by all but Gaston, a handsome yet highly egotistical man, who wants to marry her. Belle's father gets lost in the woods and stumbles upon the Beast's castle where he is welcomed by the walking, talking clock and candlestick. However, when the Beast discovers him, he is taken captive. When Belle finds out, she rushes to his aid and trades her freedom for her father's. The Beast is harsh at first, but eventually the two develop something deeper.
Amir Kapoor, a successful Pakistani-American lawyer, is happy, in love and about to land the biggest promotion of his life. But ethnicity collides with ambition when Amir and his wife, Emily, host a dinner party at their Upper East Side apartment. Friendly conversation soon turns confrontational and Amir makes a costly decision. A 2015 Tony Award nominee for Best Play and winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize, this 90-minute one-act has been described as a "blistering social drama about racial prejudices" (Variety) and a "combustible powder keg of identity politics" (Bloomberg). Don't miss this conversation-starter from one of the most promising playwrights in theater today.
Democracy can be pretty rough sometimes -- and that's never been more apparent than in the 2016 presidential election. But after over a year of twists and turns, arguments and emails, short fingers versus long fingers, the performers at Brave New Workshop are here to help you laugh the campaign pain away with their political satire show, Lady and the Trump. Nobody knows what bizarre and ridiculous things will happen as the presidential nominees duke it out for the White House, but one thing's for sure: everything and everyone will be satirized in this show at Minneapolis' Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre.
The musical captures the memorable day when four Rock n' Roll greats made music history. On December 4, 1956, an auspicious twist of fate brought together Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley at Sun Records' storefront studio in Memphis, TN. The man who made it happen was the "Father of Rock'n'Roll," Sam Phillips, who discovered them all. This was the only occasion the four legends-to-be played together, and it has come to be known as one of the greatest rock jam sessions of all time.
One of the most celebrated and lauded musicals in American theater, this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic contains a treasure trove of memorable songs from "Bali Hai" to "There is Nothin' Like a Dame" to "Some Enchanted Evening." Set in an island paradise during World War II, this sweeping romance tells the story of two couples - a U.S. Navy nurse and a French planter, and a Marine Corps lieutenant and a young local girl - and how their happiness is threatened by the dangers of war and prejudices of their times.
Inspired by a true story and developed as part of an actors' workshop, Trust delves into the issue of sexual abuse by a clergy member and the devastating effect that abject betrayal has not only on the survivor, but their family and the community as well. John Woehrle's new play, coming to the Lab Theater in Minneapolis' North Loop, tells the story of a young man about to graduate from a Catholic university, whose long-buried traumatic wounds reopen when he recalls that the mentor and priest who's just been appointed president of the college was, in fact, his childhood abuser.