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Pillsbury House Theatre Announces 2 World Premieres for 2020

The Twin Cities company will present new works by local playwrights as part of the lineup.

MINNEAPOLIS: Pillsbury House Theatre has announced its 2020 season, featuring three full productions, a new-play festival, and a performance by the company’s youth ensemble.

The season will kick off with the world premiere of Renegade-ism: Artists on the Edge (Feb. 13-29, 2020), three weekends of new works featuring puppetry, dance, and improv from local independent artists. The series will include Crucial Excursions by Monkeybear’s Harmolodic Workshop, created and directed by Chamindika Wanduragala; Call to Remember, by Leslie Parker with collaborators Amara T. Smith and mayfield brooks and featuring special guest Vie Boheme; and Blackout Improv, the all-Black improv troupe based in Minneapolis.

Next up will be Christina M. Ham’s Nina Simone: Four Women (April 17-May 17). The play, based on Simone’s song Four Women, is about the young girls who died in the 1963 Alabama church bombing. Faye M. Price will direct.

The season will conclude with Flip the Script: The Great Divide IV (Sept. 25-Oct. 25), featuring eight short plays by by Alan Berks, Cristina Florencia Castro, Andrew Rosendorf, and Aamera Siddiqui. The project is a response to the works created for The Great Divide in 2016, about the political division following that year’s U.S. presidential election. Noël Raymond will direct.

In addition to the mainstage season, Pillsbury House Theatre will present the Chicago Avenue Project’s family-friendly show The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread (Feb. 4, 2020) by local playwrights. Also, Pillsbury’s fellowship program will conclude with new works presented as part of the Naked Stages series.

Founded in 1992, Pillsbury House Theatre produces mainstage shows, hosts after school programs, and develops works with a teen ensemble.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story said the company is located in Chicago instead of Minneapolis.

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