MINNEAPOLIS: Pillsbury House Theatre has announced its 2019 season, including three mainstage productions.
The season will start with She Persists: The Great Divide III (March 13-24), a collection of five short plays by Cristina Florencia Castro, Casey Llewellyn, Oya Mae Duchess-Davis, and Philana Omorotionmwan and Aamera Siddiqui. The commissioned plays are about the state of women in the current political climate, and will feature female casts and creative teams. Noël Raymond will direct.
Next up will be Blood Knot (May 17-June 16), by Athol Fugard, about brothers divided by skin color but bound by blood, as they navigate poverty, love, and their complicated relationship under South African apartheid. The cast will feature James A. Williams and Stephen Yoakam, and Marion McClinton will direct.
Following will be Jimmy and Lorraine: A Musing (Sept. 18-Oct. 13), written and adapted by Talvin Wilks, a meditation on the American political climate in the 1950s and 1960s through letters, interviews, and journals of James Baldwin and Lorraine Hansberry. Brian Jennings will direct.
In addition to the mainstage season, the theatre will also present free performances of Fortune Favors the Bold (April 22-23) and The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread (Dec. 8-9) as part of the Chicago Avenue Project.
Programming will also include Drag Story Hour at varying locations (Feb. 16, March 23, May 19, and June 22).
Pillsbury House Theatre will also present Naked Stages (Jan. 16-25), featuring new works.
Founded in 1992, Pillsbury House Theatre produces mainstage shows, hosts afterschool programs, and develops works with a teen ensemble.