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Song of Extinction
by EM Lewis, directed by Peter Rothstein
February 25 – March 20, 2011, Dowling Studio
A Theater Latté Da production.
Max, a musically gifted high school student, is falling off the edge of the world — and his biology teacher is the only one who’s noticed. A new play about the science of life and loss, the relationships between fathers and sons, Cambodian fields, Bolivian rainforests and redemption. Winner of the prestigious Steinberg New Play Award and the Los Angeles Drama Critic’s Award for Outstanding New Play, Theater Latté Da brings the regional premiere to the Twin Cities. This production contains strong language and smoking.
The Winter’s Tale
by William Shakespeare, directed by Jonathan Munby
January 29 – March 27, 2011 , Wurtele Thrust Stage
Re-Imagine Once Upon a Time…
Tragedy collides with comedy in this fairy tale that balances two worlds filled with music and dance: Sicilia resembling the Kennedy-era White House, and Bohemia capturing the freedom of rural Minnesota. Suspecting his wife has committed adultery with his childhood friend and consumed with unfounded jealousy, King Leontes of Sicilia abandons her and their newborn child, turning their royal dream into a nightmare. Sixteen years later the child has grown into a free-spirited young woman in Bohemia and unknowingly falls in love with the son of her father’s friend. But a twist of fate leads to long-kept secrets revealed and the family is reunited in a homecoming like never imagined.
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
February 10 – March 06, 2011, McGuire Proscenium Stage
by August Wilson, directed by Lou Bellamy
a Penumbra Theatre Company production
It’s 1927 and the fiery blues legend Gertrude “Ma” Rainey has a golden opportunity to lay down a hit record with her virtuoso band. Inside a cramped Chicago recording studio, the agony and rage bound up in the blues gets amplified when a young talent threatens to dethrone the queen.
Bill W. & Dr. Bob
Friday, Feb 4th to Sunday, Mar 6th,
By Stephen Bergman & Janet Surrey
Original Music Compositions & Arrangements by Roberta Carlson,
Directed by Michael Robins
Returning to the stage warm our hearts this winter, Bill W. & Dr. Bob starts the New Year off with a story about a world changing friendship. Bill W. & Dr. Bob is a remarkable and humorous story set around the lives and, more importantly, the friendship of Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith. Bill Wilson, a down and out stockbroker, and Dr. Bob Smith, a surgeon from Ohio, were both alcoholics that through a surprising series of events meet and form the friendship that is responsible for the creation of Alcoholics Anonymous. A universal story of the dangers of isolation and the healing powers of good connections this story is sure to leave the audience with warm feeling inside during these cold winter months.
February 4-March 20, 2011,
By Willy Russell, Directed by Bain Boehlke
“Gone to Greece—back in two weeks!” Shirley Valentine’s world is one of kitchens, cooking and faded dreams. At the age of 42, Shirley feels that her marriage and life are in a rut. She longs to “drink a glass of wine in the country where grapes are grown”, but when a friend invites her on holiday to Greece will Shirley have the courage to swap housework and drudgery for two weeks in the sun? Bain Boehlke directs the extraordinary Cheryl Willis in this witty, heartfelt comedy about breaking free, living life and starting over.
Mixed Blood Theatre
Agnes Under the Big Top, a Tall Tale
Written and directed by Aditi Brennan
Recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts’ 2009 Distinguished New Play Development Project The circus comes to town in Aditi Brennan Kapil’s new play, a funny and powerful adventure imagining the intersecting lives of immigrants in a U.S. city. Against the subterranean rhythms of a subway train, an itinerant subway busker, a Liberian home care worker, a former Bulgarian ringmaster and his wife, and an Indian call center escapee find and redefine themselves in today’s America
Theatre in the Round
Ring Round the Moon
by Jean Anouilh, directed by Leah Cooper
A grand ball is the setting for an enchanted evening of innocent young lovers, mistaken identities, scheming sophisticates — and identical twin brothers. Ring Round the Moon is French playwright Anouilh’s most produced work in this country, a fairy tale atmosphere with a smart satirical bite, funny and utterly charming.