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Mixed Blood Theatre Presents the World Premiere of ANIMATE Photo Mixed Blood Theatre Presents the World Premiere of ANIMATE
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 1, 2021

Mixed Blood Theatre presents the World Premiere of ANIMATE by Ken LaZebnik, performed at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, September 17-26, 2021.

Playwrights' Center Announces 37th Annual PlayLabs Festival Photo Playwrights' Center Announces 37th Annual PlayLabs Festival
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 13, 2020

For the 37th annual presentation of PlayLabs Festival, the premier new play incubation program, the Playwrights' Center is meeting the changing needs of the moment. Public readings will be presented online and the festival roster has expanded to include four playwrights developing their work.

Mixed Blood To Host Theatrical Reading Of The Mueller Report Photo Mixed Blood To Host Theatrical Reading Of The Mueller Report
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 15, 2019

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan has adapted the drama, 'The Investigation: A Search for the Truth in Ten Acts' from former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's report.  This edited 80-minute version focuses primarily on Mueller's findings around whether President Trump obstructed justice. Artistic Directors and theatrical talent from throughout the Twin Cities are donating their time and imagination to bring this report alive.  The event is free and open to all.  Come participate in the shaping of our country's future.

BWW Review: BLOOD KNOT at The Pillsbury House Theatre: A Play Just as Relevant Now as Photo BWW Review: BLOOD KNOT at The Pillsbury House Theatre: A Play Just as Relevant Now as 1961
by Braden Joseph - Jun 4, 2019

Blood Knot by Athol Fugard, currently playing at The Pillsbury House Theatre is a show that was first performed in 1961 and is still just as poignant today. A 'blood knot' is explained in the show as a bond by blood that will never be undone. In this case, the knot ties two brothers together in South Africa in 1960, then heavily racially segregated. One brother, Zachariah, is black and the other, Morris, is white.  

BWW Review: Sobering and Resonant Regional Premiere of THE CHILDREN at Jungle Theater Photo BWW Review: Sobering and Resonant Regional Premiere of THE CHILDREN at Jungle Theater
by Karen Bovard - Jan 20, 2019

Under Sarah Rasmussen as Artistic Director, the 150 seat Jungle Theater in Minneapolis punches above its weight frequently, mounting finely tuned productions of important new works. They've done it again with the current show: a play for grownups called THE CHILDREN, the first production in the US after the Broadway run. Three accomplished veteran actors with Twin Cities roots, working under Casey Stangl's direction, drop us into a contemporary apocalyptic twist on a 'kitchen sink' play. Only here, environmental disaster has established a new normal where water and food are rationed, electricity is spotty, and questions of morality and mortality are immediate and intertwined.

Playwrights' Center Announces 2018-19 McKnight Theater Artist Fellows Photo Playwrights' Center Announces 2018-19 McKnight Theater Artist Fellows
by Julie Musbach - Jun 6, 2018

The McKnight Theater Artist Fellowships at the Playwrights' Center recognize Minnesota theater artists other than playwrights whose work demonstrates exceptional artistic merit. The fellowship provides a $25,000 award as well as access to $7,000 in development funds. Selection is based on a commitment to theater arts, evidence of professional achievement and a sustained level of excellence in the applicant's work.

 Photo JoAnne Akalaitis Returns To The Guthrie With World Premiere Of BAD NEWS! I WAS THERE…
by Julie Musbach - May 23, 2018

The Guthrie Theater (Joseph Haj, artistic director) announced it will present BAD NEWS! i was there… created and directed by JoAnne Akalaitis with Kate Atwell, Greg Taubman and Ashley Tata with original music and sound by Bruce Odland. Playing June 2-3, 2018, for four performances only, this unique theater experience will take place in the Guthrie lobbies in promenade style, which requires patrons to stand and walk during the performance. A limited number of chairs will be available for accessible seating.

Joel McKinnon Miller, Chase Masterson, and More Cast in THE 24 HOUR PLAYS Photo Joel McKinnon Miller, Chase Masterson, and More Cast in THE 24 HOUR PLAYS
by Julie Musbach - Feb 21, 2018

Hennepin Theatre Trust and University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) School of Fine Arts have announced casting for the second annual performance of THE 24 HOUR PLAYS¬ģ on Monday, March 26 at 8 p.m. at the historic Pantages Theatre (710 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis).

Playwrights' Center Sets Lineup for 2017 PlayLabs Festival Photo Playwrights' Center Sets Lineup for 2017 PlayLabs Festival
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2017

The Playwrights' Center's annual PlayLabs new play festival runs Monday, October 23, through Sunday, October 29, 2017. The featured playwrights are Jason Gray Platt ('Take Care'), Jen Silverman ('In the Time of the Volcano') and Alice Tuan ('A Humbling in St. Paul'), all Core Writers at the Center.

Suspenseful Sci-Fi Thriller THE NETHER to Open at Jungle Theater Photo Suspenseful Sci-Fi Thriller THE NETHER to Open at Jungle Theater
by Julie Musbach - Aug 8, 2017

Casey Stangl (Fully Committed) returns to the Jungle from Los Angeles to direct Jennifer Haley's award-winning The Nether opening September 16 and on stage through October 15 at the Lyn-Lake neighborhood theater, 2951 Lyndale Ave. S. in Minneapolis. A smart and tightly wound drama, The Nether is both serpentine crime story and haunting sci-fi thriller exploring the consequences of living out private dreams in a world of ever-advancing technology.

Playwrights' Center Announces 2017-18 McKnight Fellows, New Core Writers
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2017

The Playwrights' Center is excited to announce the 2017-18 McKnight National Residency and Commission recipient, 2017-18 McKnight Fellows in Playwriting, 2017-18 McKnight Theater Artist Fellows, 2017-2020 Core Writers and 2017-18 Core Apprentices.

BWW Interview: 6 Questions & a Plug with KING LEAR's Sun Mee Chomet
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Mar 9, 2017

We've heard a lot about KING LEAR's two lead actors but now it's time for the women -- at least one of them. Sun Mee Chomet takes on Regan in this production at the Guthrie Theater and relishes her character's evil ways.

BWW Review: KING LEAR Kills at Guthrie Theater
by Karen Bovard - Mar 6, 2017

'Disciplined' may seem an odd word to apply to a production of KING LEAR, a tragedy that is about personal and societal dissolution into madness, both individually and at large. But the current mounting in Minneapolis earns that moniker, both in actorly control and design restraint. The result is a masterful rendering that eschews excess but allows the human relationships to be bared and centered.

Annual PlayLabs Festival Runs October 17‚Ä"23 at the Playwrights' Center
by Robert Diamond - Oct 4, 2016

The Playwrights' Center's 45th anniversary season kicks off October 17 with PlayLabs, a week-long new play festival featuring Core Writers Christina Ham ('West of Central'), Susan Soon He Stanton ('we, the invisibles') and Ken Urban ('The Remains'). Tickets are free and can be reserved at pwcenter.org/playlabs.

Mixed Blood Theatre Kicks Off 2016/2017 Season With Subversive Comedy BARBECUE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2016

BARBECUE is a darkly funny new play that turns the traditional family comedy on its head, forcing hilarious and uneasy revelations about the assumptions we make about poverty, race and social class.

Mixed Blood Theatre Kicks Off 2016/2017 Season With Subversive Comedy BARBECUE
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 2, 2016

BARBECUE is a darkly funny new play that turns the traditional family comedy on its head, forcing hilarious and uneasy revelations about the assumptions we make about poverty, race and social class.

Mixed Blood Theatre Sets 2016-17 Season
by Tyler Peterson - Jul 6, 2016

Mixed Blood Theatre today announced a new season with daring works and world premieres. From wildly irreverent comedies to deeply moving dramas, the company continues its tradition of putting the full spectrum of the ever-changing face of the US on stage, celebrating the breadth of our humanity in content and in form.

Jungle Theater to Present Conor McPherson's THE NIGHT ALIVE, Opening Today
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2015

The Jungle closes its 25th Anniversary Season with the regional premiere of the latest work by Conor McPherson, lauded by The New York Times as "the finest playwright of his generation." Joel Sass will direct THE NIGHT ALIVE, his third turn with a McPherson play at the Jungle after critical and audience acclaim with Shining City (2007) and The Seafarer (2009). The Night Alive opens November 6 and will be on stage through December 20 at the Lyn-Lake neighborhood theater, 2951 Lyndale Ave. So. in Minneapolis.

Jungle Theater to Present Conor McPherson's THE NIGHT ALIVE, Opening 11/6
by Tyler Peterson - Sep 30, 2015

The Jungle closes its 25th Anniversary Season with the regional premiere of the latest work by Conor McPherson, lauded by The New York Times as "the finest playwright of his generation." Joel Sass will direct THE NIGHT ALIVE, his third turn with a McPherson play at the Jungle after critical and audience acclaim with Shining City (2007) and The Seafarer (2009). The Night Alive opens November 6 and will be on stage through December 20 at the Lyn-Lake neighborhood theater, 2951 Lyndale Ave. So. in Minneapolis.

McKnight Fellows Austene Van and Sally Wingert to Present Works in Progress, 6/29
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2015

2014-15 McKnight Theater Artist Fellows Austene Van and Sally Wingert, along with their collaborators, will present selections from works in progress on June 29 at 7 p.m. at the Illusion Theater.

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