Penumbra Theatre Announces 2013-2014 Season
(5/20/2013) - Penumbra Theatre has announced 15 events offered within the 2013-2014 Season. The season marks the 37th year for Penumbra and it will celebrate the staging of plays and the introduction of new events to deepen and enrich the theatre experience. New events include Let's Talk Theatre hosted by Sarah Bellamy, the Claude Edison Purdy Individual Artist Festival, and ALOUD: A Festival of New Work by Third Year Summer Institute Students.
ZEN SHORTS Opens 4/12 at Stages Theatre Company
(4/5/2013) - "Zen Shorts" is an extraordinary story featuring a wise panda, Stillwater, who teaches three siblings valuable life lessons. Written by Jon J. Muth, "Zen Shorts" opens April 12 at Stages Theatre Company (STC) and is especially for ages 3 - 7.
SHERLOCK HOLMES Returns to Park Square in July
(3/27/2013) - Park Square closes its season June 2013 with the beguiling thriller SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE SUICIDE CLUB, a new script by Jeffrey Hatcher. A fast-paced mash-up of the unforgettable characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and 'The Suicide Club' by Robert Louis Stevenson, this script has its roots in Park Square's last wildly popular homage to the great sleuth, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily (2010). "David Ira Goldstein (Artistic Director of the Arizona Theatre Company, former Artistic Director of Actor's Theatre of Saint Paul) and Jeff Hatcher were in the audience at that show," explains Park Square Artistic Director Richard Cook. "Jeff boasted he could write an even better Sherlock and David Ira said 'then I'll commission it.'" David Mann directs and Steve Hendrickson returns once again as the absurdly smart Holmes, this time in a thriller with multiple murders in which Holmes is either target or suspect.
Penumbra Theatre Extends SPUNK Through 4/14
(3/25/2013) - Penumbra Theatre announced the addition of seven performances of SPUNK, due to popular demand. The extension runs through Sunday, April 14, 2013. The seven additional performances of the extended run are:
Park Square Presents STICK FLY, April 26-May 19
(2/22/2013) - A relaxing weekend on Martha's Vineyard: Two brothers of an affluent African American family bring their girlfriends home to meet their parents. One girlfriend is white and affluent; the other is black but grew up on the low end of the economic scale. Dad is in residence, but Mom never shows up. As family secrets unravel and sibling rivalries flare, class distinctions rise to the surface. Tony-nominated director Marion McClinton, recently profiled as a Minnesota Original on tpt, directs Stick Fly.
The Penumbra Theatre to Present SPUNK, 2/14-4/7
(2/19/2013) - Penumbra Theatre announced today the opening of SPUNK, adapted by George C. Wolfe from "Three Tales" by Zora Neale Hurston, music by Chic Street Man. The production will open Thursday, March 14 and run through April 7, 2013 at Penumbra Theatre.
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Returns to Park Square, 4/4-14
(2/5/2013) - Harper Lee's Pulitzer-prize winning classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, returns to Park Square after sold-out performances in 2011. Set in a small town in Alabama in 1935, it is a story of one man's pursuit of justice in a climate of racial inequality. The novel's hero Atticus Finch serves as an iconic inspiration for tolerance and integrity; his eight-year-old daughter Scout remains among the most beloved young characters in literature with her pluck, smarts and willingness to understand the perspectives of others. Directed by David Mann, this large-scale staging of Christopher Sergel's adaptation includes a gospel chorus and an evocative set designed by Joel Sass. To Kill a Mockingbird is on stage for eight general audience performances April 4-14, 2013.
Park Square Theatre Presents JOHNNY BASEBALL, Now thru 2/10
(1/18/2013) - Park Square Theatre presents the regional premiere of Johnny Baseball, a touching new musical that deals with baseball, love, and the "Curse of the Bambino"-on stage tonight, January 18-February 10, 2013. With a lively score, and a grand finale that features a curse-busting home run, Johnny Baseball delivers a whole lot entertainment.
Melissa Hart Will Conduct Voice Workshop at BTAC, 2/16
(1/8/2013) - Bloomington Theatre and Art Center (BTAC) will welcome Tony-nominated Broadway actress Melissa Hart for a special 1-day acting workshop for musical theater performers called Voice: The Actor's Instrument. She will visit BTAC for this educational opportunity on Saturday, February 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
History Theatre Announces RAW STAGES, 1/7-12
(1/4/2013) - A 35th Anniversary Season is an excellent time to celebrate History Theatre's unparalleled track record of commissioning, developing, and producing new works for the professional stage: 112 in 35 years! An important part of the process of developing new scripts is soliciting feedback from the audience. To that end, History Theatre produces RAW STAGES, a festival of works-in-progress. Audiences are invited to see staged readings of the scripts that are currently in development and then provide feedback directly to the playwright and to History Theatre's artistic leadership. Some scripts are seen in RAW STAGES multiple times before appearing on stage; some scripts only have one public reading before they are slated for production; and occasionally a script never makes it past the staged reading phase.