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Watson: trusty sidekick to Sherlock Holmes; loyal engineer who built Bell's first telephone; unstoppable super-computer that became reigning Jeopardy champ; amiable techno-dweeb who, in the present day, is just looking for love. These four constant companions become one in this brilliantly witty, time-jumping, loving tribute (and cautionary tale) dedicated to the people—and machines—upon which we all depend.
Everyone has a different view. Amy's view is that love conquers all. In 1979 Amy visits her mother, the West End actress Esme Allen, with a big favor to ask and a brash new boyfriend in tow. When the pair meet, Amy will find the views she holds so dear are painfully tested as she has to decide what's worth fighting for. What none of them can know is that the events of that day will set in motion a chain reaction which will dramatically change their lives forever.
Inspired by the life of German film director Leni Riefenstahl, Aunt Raini is an incisive look at the tensions between art and politics, family legacy and personal identity. During a visit from her great-aunt Raini (Maggie Bearmon Pistner), successful gallery owner Katharine (Heidi Fellner) struggles to keep her family's past buried. The threat of exposure intensifies when she introduces Raini to her Jewish boyfriend Joel (Michael Torsch), a struggling photographer exploring Judaism in his work. When Katharine inherits her great-aunt's original film reels that document Adolf Hitler and the rise of the Nazi Party, Joel and Raini's companion Horst (Dan Hopman) force her to confront the truth: whether Raini's art is inextricably tied to its subject matter or can be judged for its artistic merit alone.
Based on a true story, Bars and Measures, a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere, is the fascinating tale of two brothers. One a classical pianist. The other a jazz bass player. One a Christian. The other a Muslim. One living in freedom. The other in jail. Separated by bars, the brothers try to reconcile their differences through the language they know best. Music. A beautiful journey through faith, family, melody and time.
Long-time Penumbra company member Daniel Alexander Jones returns to the Twin Cities with Black Light, the newest iteration of performance featuring the original and elegant Jomama Jones. Moving and grooving between song and monologue, the diva and soulful songstress explores love and life with extraordinary style and strength. Featuring original songs from Jones' forthcoming album Flowering, created with Bobby Halvorson, Black Light includes music by celebrated pianist Samora Pinderhughes and vocalists Laura Jean Anderson and Kelly Erin Sloan. Representing radical love at the heart of black and queer theatre, Jomama Jones' joyous reflections expand our capacity for love.
This timeless holiday tradition is treasured by families across the Twin Cities. Today, kids who grew up with Black Nativity are returning with their own families. Under the direction of Lou Bellamy and the musical direction of Sanford Moore, this homegrown Christmas show returns with exceptional lead vocalists, the outstanding Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church Choir, and the stirring choreography of Uri Sands of TU Dance. Join us for an experience full of joy, community, and spirit.
Based on Toni Morrison's first novel, The Bluest Eye is a heartrending coming of age story about a young black girl in 1940s Ohio. Pecola Breedlove wants nothing more than to be loved, but she's only met with ridicule and abuse. Confronting turmoil at home, she prays for Shirley Temple's blue eyes, believing their beauty is the only thing standing between her and the happiness of the white girls at school. By turns beautiful and harrowing, this powerful adaptation explores the destructive power of a racist society and the strength of a community attempting to embrace an era of change.
"To create something new, we must first love what is old." Set in San Francisco's Chinatown in the late fifties, Flower Drum Song is a funny and moving story which explores what it means to be an American and touches the history of every person whose forbearers once arrived as strangers to these shores. The new, fully revised version includes David Henry Hwang's Tony Award-nominated text. This co-production with Mu Performing Arts is directed by Randy Reyes.
Why is it so hard to grow up? GIRL is a good girl: smart, beautiful, and a little rebellious, or, as her family would say, "hard-headed." For the most part, she has played by the rules, finishing college and then graduate school. She is perfectly poised for success, but something is in her way. Floundering in love, life, and career, GIRL goes on a journey to discover what she's missing, but wherever she goes, there she is. Eventually, GIRL learns that what she's seeking is herself: powerful, grounded, and so much stronger than she thought. A groundbreaking new musical by Zakiyyah Alexander and Imani Uzuri, Girl Shakes Loose is the soulful story of one woman's search for herself. Based on the lush poetry of Sonia Sanchez and featuring a stirring original score, you won't want to miss this world premiere. Brimming with hope, humor, and headstrong passion, you'll cheer GIRL on, remembering your own journey along the way.
Based on the celebrated novel, The House on Mango Street is a series of vignettes – sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous – about a young Latina growing up in Chicago. Determined to leave her impoverished neighborhood, she discovers writing is both her way out and her path back to the place where she invented herself. Written by Sandra Cisneros, this is a newly adapted production, freshly imagined for the Proscenium Stage by Amy Ludwig, and directed by Signe V. Harriday.
Winner of the 1936 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Idiot's Delight is a romantic commentary on greed, idealism, love, and the grim realities of war. An eccentric assortment of characters are stranded together in a European mountaintop resort at the outbreak of war, including a munitions magnate, his mysterious Russian mistress, and an American song and dance man with his chorine companions "Les Blondes." Girl Friday Productions brings its signature large ensemble cast to this dramatic comedy with musical accents, set in a world on the brink.
It is 1977, and in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, city officials threaten to level a makeshift taxi dispatch office where neighbors have gathered for years. At a time when safe and comfortable transit was not guaranteed for black customers, Becker's car service provided mobility and a modicum of respect for the community. Now his building has been identified as prime real estate for redevelopment, and he might be forced out of business. Meanwhile, his estranged son has been released from prison and wants to come home. As pressure mounts, Becker is forced to reckon with powers beyond his control. Jitney is an "explosive" and "gripping" portrait of African American life from the pen of one of America's greatest writers. Join us for a riveting production brought to you by the nationally-known and critically-acclaimed creative team at Penumbra Theatre.
For the first time in more than 20 years the Guthrie will stage Shakespeare's searing masterpiece. After years of ruling Britain in peace, a respected King Lear decides to relinquish his crown and divide his kingdom among his three daughters. But when their love and loyalty falter, so does Lear's sanity. King Lear is a gripping portrait of fathers, daughters and a once mighty ruler thwarted by his own hubris and betrayed by a vanishing mind.
"Well – what shall we hang? The holly or each other?" Set during Christmas 1183, The Lion in Winter tells the wickedly amusing tale of King Henry II, his imprisoned queen (released only for the holiday), and their three entitled sons who vie for the throne in a double-dealing division of the kingdom. With elegance and barbarism, devotion and disloyalty, this brutally funny family comedy is a high-stakes chess game where the pieces constantly change sides and no one is spared the sword.
Shakespeare's great tragedy explores the darkest corners of the human heart as the ambitious Macbeth schemes and murders his way to the throne. Filled with raw ambition and greed that seems ripped from the headlines.
California truck driver Larry Walters attached 45 helium-filled weather balloons to his lawn chair one afternoon and soared 16,000 feet into the sky. If you remember reading that in the paper 20 years ago, you may have had a good laugh. But for Larry, flying was serious business and his adventure meant everything to him. But then, this world is a tough place for dreamers.
Eleven years ago, wealthy Nebraska businessman James Herrold unjustly threw his only son, Paul, out of the family business. Now he wants Nero Wolfe to find Paul so he can make amends. But what if the young man doesn't want to be found? And what if he's the same Paul Herrold on trial for murder? This case draws the great detective and his devoted sidekick into a web of deceit, one that even the master sleuth may regret taking on.
A moving and delightful exploration of love and letting go. The story centers around an American mother whose young son is believed to be the reincarnation of a high Buddhist Lama. When Tibetan monks arrive unexpectedly, asking to take her child away for a life of spiritual training in India, she and her Tibetan husband must make a life-altering choice that will test their faith...and their hearts...
At the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement, brave women and men of all backgrounds said goodbye to their families, boarded buses and headed into the Deep South to battle discrimination. Arrested and imprisoned in Mississippi's notorious Parchman Farm Penitentiary, these Freedom Riders endured by creating a nightly variety show called "The Parchman Hour." The Parchman Hour is a captivating play with music, one that reveals a defining chapter in American history while celebrating the hope and resilience of a community that joined together to stand against segregation.
From the internationally renowned ensemble The Moving Company (core members of the former Theatre de la Jeune Lune), comes Refugia, a riveting investigation of the lives of those who find themselves navigating life's margins at the crossroads of transition. Composed of interconnected chapters and conveyed through music, movement, language and video, this world premiere – developed by the Guthrie – explores exile, borders and the displacement of peoples now and throughout time. At once funny and poetic, cinematic and theatrical, Refugia is a vital new work not to be missed.
For the Cavendishes, the "Royal Family" of Broadway, the show must go on. Set in 1920s Manhattan, this American classic (loosely based on the legendary Barrymore family) centers on three generations of actors, each at different stages in their careers. From an aging grande dame to a promising ingénue, together they confront a choice between secure, yet dull domesticity and an erratic, egocentric yet potentially fulfilling life on the stage. A brilliant, fast-paced comedy, The Royal Family is a masterfully written love letter to the Great White Way.
Full of humor and emotional depth, a fresh adaptation of Austen's treasured novel opens the season in a bright, bold and theatrical way. Set in late 18th-century England, Sense and Sensibility centers on sisters Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, whose lives are turned upside down when their father passes away suddenly, leaving them penniless and with reputations at stake. Together the women must learn to mix sense with sensibility to find happiness in a society where love is ruled by money.
Back by popular demand! This soulful play takes you back to early 1900s New York City— a creative melding of different cultures that created our distinctive "American Songbook." George Gershwin himself, joined by three stunning singers and a fantastic band, reveals the folk songs, blues, jazz, Yiddish theatre, cantor chants, and opera that fused into songs like "I Got Rhythm" and "Embraceable You." Created and written by Joseph Vass and directed by Peter Moore, this audience favorite features music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin with additional lyrics from Porgy and Bess by DuBose Heyward.