Conceived in the wake of the 2006 school shootings in the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania, Jessica Dickey's fictional exploration of a real-life tragedy allows us to glimpse into the world of Amish culture and to come to grips with the true limits of compassion and forgiveness. Praised by The New York Times as "extraordinary," The Amish Project is a devastating and beautiful one-woman performance that compels us to question the paths we take at the crossroads of grief, rage, and clemency.
Made popular by the Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds musical comedy film, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is based on the true story of Miss Mona's Chicken Ranch, a legendary Texas brothel that remained open for almost 70 years while law enforcement looked the other way. Protected by a friendly sheriff and frequented by governors, senators, mayors and even victorious college football teams, Miss Mona's cozy bordello thrives in the small town of Gilbert -- until a puritan nemesis in the guise of a crusading do-gooder focuses his television cameras and his righteous indignation on the institution and tries to bring it down. Now at Bloomington Center for the Arts, Artistry presents The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, a fun musical romp featuring big songs and big hair that's "utterly charming, lively and genial," according to the New York Daily News.
First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in a baby carriage. Tanya Barfield's poignant and funny new play tells the story of Erica and Vicky, love and a relationship that spans decades. Moments of the past collide with fragments of the present in this kaleidoscopic telling of the loves and loses of coupledom. Bright Half Life is contemporary play with a theme as timeless as the ages.
Directed by Ellen Fenster. Starring Sarah Agnew and Jasmine Hughes.
Playwright Bruce Norris' clever and provocative comedy on race, class and real estate, Clybourne Park puts a new spin on Lorraine Hansberry's landmark A Raisin in the Sun, contrasting the same cultural issues in a northwest Chicago neighborhood 50 years apart. In 1959, a white couple sets off a community controversy when they inadvertently sell their bungalow to the area's first black family. Half a century later, gentrification issues arise when a black couple clashes with the white couple who want to buy and remodel the same house. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2011 and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play, Clybourne Park now comes to the Yellow Tree Theatre in Osseo.
After years in seclusion, a family must navigate a new and unfamiliar world -- a post-apocalyptic landscape filled with challenges and crises humanity has never faced before. Loyalties are tested, bonds are made and limits are broken as we discover what it truly means to be a family, and explore the balance between our values and our survival. Set in the not-too-distant future, Family Unit is a high-energy and highly original youth ensemble work presented by the talented high school students of the Main Street School of Performing Arts at The Southern Theater in Minneapolis.
When a king sends his three sons to find their brides, two return with fair ladies but the youngest returns with...A FROG?! Acclaimed storyteller David Gonzalez masterfully weaves this classic Russian folk tale with a rich, multimedia experience using video projections, live musicians and an original jazz-funk score. The Frog Bride has everything you need for a rousing tale - a royal ball, a curse, a broken heart and the search for true love - performed with an energetic and skillful modern twist in what The New York Times calls "absorbing, funny and suspenseful, it is, in the great tradition of storytelling, enchanting."
1837. Trekking for six days and six nights in a blistering cold Minnesota winter, legendary Boundary Waters voyageur George Bonga is tasked with tracking down a fugitive Ojibwe warrior accused of murdering a white man. A multilingual man of mixed blood, Bonga lived on the boundaries of Black, White, and Ojibwe. Is Bonga really tracking down a murderer, or is he chasing his own demons?
Strippers! Showstoppers! Stage Mothers! Theater Latte Da and Hennepin Theatre Trust return for the fourth year of Broadway Re-Imagined with the great American musical Gypsy. Set during the fading vaudeville circuit of the 1920s and the birth of burlesque, Gypsy portrays the rise of famed performer Gypsy Rose Lee, and Momma Rose, the stage mother, who steamrolls everyone in her way to propel her daughter to stardom.
Amidst rampant McCarthyism, an ensemble of women find themselves stoking the fires of a burgeoning queer social scene. As the women begin to examine their own fears and love, they discover what it means to truly see themselves-- even if society may not be ready for it. Set in a pre-Stonewall America, June captures the thrilling and daring spirit behind gender, sexual and individual identity. Incisive, profound and deeply moving, June will take you on a nuanced journey of acceptance when it takes to the stage of The Southern Theater.
Did you know that more than 100,000 children in this country are currently living without a permanent home? Just Before Sleep centers around Justin and Tara, two siblings who must come to terms with the sudden changes that have upended their life. This thought-provoking drama -- presented at Minneapolis' Howard Conn Fine Arts Center and starring talented young actors from the Youth Performance Company -- gives voice and dignity to a family that struggles to survive on the streets while seeking shelter through a seemingly endless maze of social agencies.
Loaded with saucy innuendos, mistaken identities and slamming doors, Ken Ludwig's Lend Me a Tenor opens on the eve of a gala opera fundraiser in 1934. When the world-famous Italian superstar set to headline the event suddenly becomes, um ... unavailable, the show's impresario must scramble for a replacement. The ensuing confusion quickly turns into a hilarious screwball comedy that was a smash hit on Broadway. With three Tony Awards and subsequent productions in 25 countries, Lend Me a Tenor now comes to the Black Box Theater at Merrill Community Arts Center in Woodbury.
They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines. Direct from Broadway comes Newsies, the smash-hit, crowd-pleasing new musical from Disney. Winner of the 2012 Tony Awards for Best Score and Best Choreography, Newsies has audiences and critics alike calling it "a musical worth singing about!" (The New York Times). Filled with one heart-pounding number after another, it's a high-energy explosion of song and dance you just don't want to miss. Based on true events, Newsies tells the captivating story of a band of underdogs who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York. It's a rousing tale about fighting for what's right...and staying true to who you are.
Only One Sophie explores the rituals of a Midwestern American Jewish family as seen through the eyes of twelve-year-old Michael. Through song and story, this touching musical moves back and forth in time. In one scene, the scene looks in on the 1960 funeral of the family's matriarch Sophie, with the family gathering to sit Shiva at Michael's house. Then, you're whisked further back in time to 1905 and Sophie's "walk across Poland" to America. Only One Sophie explores the young boy's craving to understand his place in the world and by the end of the piece Michael learns about his family's secrets, his true heritage and how to let go. Playwright Michael Robins' work is steeped in the influences of Jewish immigrant culture and traditions as they connect and conflict with a modern American Jewish upbringing. Experience this poignant tale at the Illusion Theater in Minneapolis.
Enter Pirates! Set sail with Pericles, Prince of Tyre, on an action-packed, epic journey. In heroic fashion, Pericles woos a princess, fights a famine, weathers storms and a shipwreck, wins the hand of his wife, loses her at sea, and entrusts his only child to a king and queen. From a riddle to a heartrending reunion, Shakespeare's tale charts one man's sweeping voyage from a headstrong youth to a sage, world-weary man, with humor, pathos and passion.
This thrilling Shakespearean masterpiece features one of the theater’s most entertaining villains
— the deformed yet charismatic Richard, Duke of Gloucester, who boasts that he “can smile and
murder whiles I smile”. The diabolical Richard carves a murderous path through his own family
to take the English throne. But to seize power is one thing; to hold on to it, another — and
Richard soon finds the ghosts of his past rising up to challenge his rule.
Based on the inspiring true-life story, Ruby! The Story of Ruby Bridges isn't just a play about a young girl coming of age in 1960s New Orleans. It's also about the civil rights movement, and the change enacted by the brave men and women fighting for equality. Depicted in a famous painting by Norman Rockwell, Bridges was the first African-American child to attend an all-white school in Louisiana, where the six-year-old youngster somehow found the courage to withstand vicious threats and discrimination on a daily basis. This powerful original play receives its world premiere at Saint Paul's SteppingStone Theatre in celebration of Black History Month.
A huge hit when it debuted at the New York Fringe Festival and went on to enjoy several successful New York runs, Silence! The Musical now comes to The Lab Theater in Minneapolis. Created by Jon and Al Kaplan as a parody of the 1991 Academy Award-winning thriller The Silence of the Lambs, this outrageously over-the-top, raunchy spoof features Clarice, Hannibal, Buffalo Bill and a singing chorus of tap-dancing lambs delivering vulgar songs and rapid-fire one-liners. The hilarity is going to slay you!