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Park Square goes home for the holidays with Dot

Park Square goes home for the holidays with Dot

December 8 – January 7

Saint Paul, Minn., November 7, 2017 – Park Square continues its 43rd season on the Proscenium Stage with the Midwest premiere of Colman Domingo’s comic drama Dot, directed by E.G. Bailey. Domingo’s twisted, hilarious, and critically acclaimed play grapples with aging parents, midlife crises, and the heart of a West Philly neighborhood.
Memory is a funny thing. The holidays are always a wild family affair at the Shealy house. But this year, as Dot (Cynthia Jones-Taylor*) struggles to hold on to her memory, her adult children grapple with how to balance care for their mother and care for themselves. Filled with laughter and heartbreak, uproariously funny yet emotionally tender, Dot is a testament to the enduring bonds of family.

Although Dot is only actor and playwright Domingo’s third play, he has developed a signature blend of comedy and drama. “It’s part of our tradition — to confront tragedy with comedy, to laugh to keep from crying,” says director Bailey. I love the characters, their humanity, their candor, and sense of humor… there’s obviously a lot of love between them. ” Of his work, Domingo said in a 2015 interview, “I think it is a play for people trying to figure out where they are and what is the next step … you have to examine where you’ve been, where you are now and where you are going.”

Dot also features Kalimi Baxter,* Ricardo Beaird, Maxwell Collyard, Michael Hanna,* Jasmine Hughes,* and Anna Lakin.

The production team for Dot includes Andrea Heilman (Set Designer), Foster Johns (Dialect Coach), Christy Johnson (Sound Designer), Rebecca Karstad (Costume Designer), and Michael Kittel (Lighting Designer).

*Member, Actors Equity Association


Dot Performance Schedule

Previews begin Friday, December 8, and continue through Thursday, December 14. December 15 is Opening Night, and the run continues through January 7.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. except for Saturday and Sunday matinees, which begin at 2 p.m. All performances are on the company’s Proscenium Stage in Saint Paul’s historic Hamm Building, 20 W. Seventh Place.


Tickets

Previews: $20/$27/$37; Regular Run: $25/$40/$60

Discounts are available for seniors, members of the military, those age 30 and under, groups, and ASL/AD patrons. Tickets are on sale at the Park Square ticket office, 20 W. Seventh Place, or by phone: 651.291.7005, (12 noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday), or online at parksquaretheatre.org.


Calendar

Previews: Dec 8-14

Opening Night: Dec 15

Run: Dec 16 – Jun 7

Performance Calendar for Dot at Park Square Theatre in Saint Paul, Minnesota

*B 99¢ (not a preview) /  *ASL 2pm only  / *C 7:30pm only
 7:30pm   2:00pm
P – Preview  B – 99¢ Bargain
D – Post-show Discussion  O – Opening Night
ASL – American Sign Language
AD – Audio Description  C – Open Captioning

 


Next on the Andy Boss Thrust Stage:

CARDBOARD PIANO

By HANSOL JUNG
Directed by SIGNE V. HARRIDAY
Midwest Premiere
Previews: January 19-25, 2018
Opening Night: January 26, 2018
Regular Run: January 27 – February 18, 2018
Andy Boss Thrust Stage

Is our capacity for love greater than violence? In Northern Uganda, the daughter of an American missionary and a local teenage girl steal into a candlelit church to exchange vows in a secret wedding ceremony. But when an escalating civil war encroaches on their fragile union, they cannot escape its reach. Confronting the cost of intolerance, this powerful drama examines violence, the struggle to rebuild, as well as the human capacity for love and forgiveness.


PARK SQUARE THEATRE
20 W. Seventh Place, Saint Paul
Ticket office: 651-291-7005 or parksquaretheatre.org

Steinbeck’s classic returns to Park Square

Steinbeck’s classic returns to Park Square

November 9 – December 16

Saint Paul, Minn., October 19, 2017 – Park Square’s new staging of the perennial favorite Of Mice and Men begins next month. The popular education production will offer a limited number of public performances this season. Annie Enneking in her Park Square directing debut, directs Steinbeck’s adaptation on the intimate Andy Boss Stage Thrust Stage. One of the seminal works of American literature, Steinbeck’s tale is a quintessential document of the American dream to rise above.

 

Lennie and George are scraping to buy a home of their own. When Lennie (E.J. Subkoviak) stirs up trouble, George (Michael Paul Levin) must choose between protecting his friend or staying the course towards the American dream. This new production, driven by music and the clashing cultures of Latino, white and black migrant workers, puts you in the gritty palm of the American spirit.

“What fascinates me about the tale is that it really is about freedom, and how dangerous it is to want something,” says Enneking. “I empathize with everyone or see their point of view. It’s about longing, desire, wanting to connect to human beings and not knowing how to do that. It can be scary to say, ‘Here’s my dream,’ because it could be snuffed out.”

Of Mice and Men also features Avi Aharoni (Whit), Jeromy Darling (Carlson), Jane Froiland (Curley’s wife), Patrick O’Brien* (Candy), Jason Rojas* (Slim), Peter Simmons (The Boss), Payton Woodson (Crooks), and Vincent Hannam (Curley). Candy’s dog (Boo) lives with Jessie Scarborough-Ghent.

 The production team for Of Mice and Men includes Elin Anderson (Costume Designer), Michael Kittel (Lighting Designer), Mina Kinukawa (Set Designer), and Robert-Bruce Brake (Properties Designer). Jared Ziegler* is Stage Manager and Michaela Johnson is the Assistant Director. Jorge Rodriguez and Samm Nordstrom are on the run crew.

*Member, Actors Equity Association

 


Of Mice and Men Performance Schedule

Select dates Thursday, November 9 through Saturday, December 16 (see the calendar below).

Show times: 7:30 p.m.

All performances are on the Andy Boss Thrust Stage in the lower level of Saint Paul’s historic Hamm Building, 20 W. Seventh Place.


Tickets

$25/$40/$60

Discounts are available for seniors, those under age 30, and groups.

Tickets are on sale at the Park Square ticket office, 20 W. Seventh Place, or by phone: 651.291.7005, (12 noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday), or online at parksquaretheatre.org.


Calendar

Evening show schedule Nov 9 – Dec 16

Of Mice and Men Performance Calendar
 7:30pm


School performances scheduled Nov 6 – Dec 15


Black = 9:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30 by arrangement
Red = 10:30, 11:00, 11:30 by arrangement
Call for ASL dates.

School Peformance Questions:
Please contact Quinn Shadko
Phone: 651.291.9196
Email: education@parksquaretheatre.org

Hamlet: The Danish Prince is reincarnated at Park Square

Hamlet:  The Danish Prince is reincarnated at Park Square

October 13 – November 11

Saint Paul, Minn., September 14, 2017 – Park Square continues its 43rd season with a world premiere adaptation of Hamlet by Joel Sass. Although Sass is a frequent interpreter of the Bard, Hamlet marks his first foray into Shakespeare’s canon for Park Square; following adaptations of Oliver Twist and Great Expectations and recent stagings of The Realistic Joneses and Good People. The production is supported by Shakespeare in American Communities, a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and Arts Midwest.

“This very old story still has so much penetrating insight into the hopes and fears of the human heart and the forces that drive us: love, thirst for power, and revenge,” says Sass, who also directs and has designed the production’s scenery.

Devastated by his father’s death and disgusted by his mother’s hasty marriage to his hated uncle, Denmark’s Prince Hamlet (Kory LaQuess Pullam) has hit the rock bottom of despair. Now the ghost of his father appears, claiming the uncle murdered him – driving Hamlet to avenge a crime that may or may not be a product of his own imagining. Explore Shakespeare’s definitive psychological murder mystery through a new lens. Within a stark contemporary setting and an atmosphere filled with modernist music, Sass takes us on a journey into the mind of Hamlet. A young diverse cast, with women playing some traditionally male roles, adds a new dimension to characters you may think you know – but will see in a new way.

Of the casting, Sass says, “In addition to the overall inclusivity of the world we’re representing, we’re shifting gender in characters like Barnarda, Polonia, and Horatio, so we have more women walking the halls of Elsinore, expanding the notion of who carries power in these plays, and certainly giving us opportunities for more complicated subtext in relationships.”

In addition to Kory LaQuess Pullam, the cast for William Shakespeare’s Hamlet includes, Charles Numrich, Kathryn Fumie, Charles Hubbell,* Theo Langason, Wesley Mouri,* Maeve Coleen Moynihan, Tinne Rosenmeier, Sandra Struthers,* and Imani Vaughn-Jones.

The Creative team for William Shakespeare’s Hamlet includes Alice Frederickson (Costume Designer), Michael P. Kittel (Lighting Designer), Kathy Maxwell (Video Designer), C. Andrew Mayer (Sound Designer), Christopher Mayer (Scenic Designer), Aaron Preusse (Fight Chorographer) and Connor McEvoy (Properties Designer). Laura Topham* is Stage Manager and Sam Diekman is Assistant Stage Manager. J.P. McLaurin is the Assistant Director.

 

William Shakespeare’s Hamlet Performance Schedule

Previews begin Friday, October 13, and continue through Thursday, October 19.

October 20 is Opening Night, and the run continues through November 11.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. except for Saturday and Sunday matinees, which begin at 2 p.m.

All performances are in the company’s Proscenium Stage in Saint Paul’s historic Hamm Building, 20 W. Seventh Place.

 

Ticket Prices

Previews: $20, $27 and $37. Regular Run: $25, $40 and $60. Discounts are available for seniors, those under age 30, and groups. Tickets are on sale at the Park Square ticket office, 20 W. Seventh Place, or by phone: 651.291.7005, (Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday), or online at www.parksquaretheatre.org.

Prince Hamlet (Kory LaQuess Pullam) Hamlet photo

*Member, Actors Association

 

Calendar

Previews: Oct 13-19

Opening Night: Friday, Oct 20

Runs through Nov 11

Tickets: Previews: $20 – $37; Regular Run: $25 – $60

PARK SQUARE THEATRE, Proscenium Stage

20 W. Seventh Place, Saint Paul

Ticket office: 651-291-7005 or www.parksquaretheatre.org

 


Next on the Andy Boss Thrust Stage:

OF MICE AND MEN

By JOHN STEINBECK
Directed by ANNIE ENNEKING

LIMITED PERFORMANCES!

November 9 – December 16, 2017

Andy Boss Thrust Stage

Lennie and George are scraping to buy a home of their own. When Lennie stirs up trouble, George must choose between protecting his friend or staying the course towards the American dream. This new production, driven by music and the clashing cultures of Latino, white and black migrant workers, puts you in the gritty palm of the American spirit.


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Henry and Alice: The hilarious couple enter unknown territory at Park Square

Henry and Alice:  The hilarious couple enter unknown territory at Park Square

September 15 – October 22

Saint Paul, Minn., Aug. 12, 2017 – Park Square Theatre opens its 43rd season with the American premiere of Michele Riml’s uproarious Henry and Alice: Into the Wild on the Andy Boss Thrust Stage. Following Park Square’s 2014 hit Sexy Laundry, this new play revisits the raucous lovers as they face sudden uncertainty on the brink of retirement. Staged by Mary M. Finnerty, who helmed Riml’s first installment, the comedy is a touching exploration of what happens when you can’t always get what you want but find sometimes you get what you need.

Riml hasn’t decided whether Into the Wild is a sequel or Sexy Laundry a prequel. Finnerty calls the new version “a second date with Henry and Alice as they tackle their midlife crisis in the great outdoors, among bears, pesky mosquitos and an even peskier relative.”

Henry and Alice: Into the Wild is a riotous follow-up to the smash hit Sexy Laundry, and our favorite married couple is back in another laugh-a-minute comedy. When Henry loses his job, he and Alice are forced to reconsider their dreams for a comfortable retirement. In an attempt to make the sparks fly again (and keep costs down), they forgo their usual summer cottage for a humble campsite and a copy of Camping for Dummies. John Middleton* returns to Park Square to reprise his role as Henry, this time joined by another Park Square regular, Carolyn Pool,* as his wife Alice. Melanie Wehrmacher rounds out the cast as an interloping family member.

Drawing from her own experiences in marriage (and on a disastrous camping trip), Michele Riml has revisited the married duo that has made her one of Canada’s most critically acclaimed playwrights. Equally renowned for her plays for young adults, including works on bullying, eating disorders, and school shootings, Riml approaches her adult comedies with a similar degree of seriousness. Comic writing is not about gags and shtick; “It’s about what makes people,” Riml said in a 2013 interview. “It isn’t that you have to be funny. It’s that you have to be truthful.”

The production team for Alice and Henry: Into the Wild includes Jake Davies (Sound Designer), Rebecca Karstad (Costume Designer), Michael P. Kittel (Lighting Designer), and Christopher Mayer (Scenic Designer).


Henry and Alice: Into the Wild Performance Schedule

Previews begin Friday, September 15, and continue through Thursday, September 21.

September 22 is Opening Night, and the run continues through October 22.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. except for Saturday and Sunday matinees, which begin at 2 p.m.

All performances are in the company’s Andy Boss Thrust Stage in Saint Paul’s historic Hamm Building, 408 St. Peter Street.


Ticket prices

Previews: $25, $27 and $37. Regular Run: $25, $40 and $60. Discounts are available for seniors, college students, those under age 30, and groups.

Tickets are on sale at the Park Square ticket office, 20 W. Seventh Place, or by phone: 651.291.7005, (12 noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday), or online at parksquaretheatre.org.

 

*Member, Actors Equity Association


Calendar

Previews: Sept 15-21
Opening Night: Sept 22
Runs through: Oct 22

P: Preview, B: Bargain Preview, O: Opening Night, D: Post-show Discussion, AD: Audio Description, C: Open Captioning, C*: Valid for evening performance only.

PARK SQUARE THEATRE, 408 St. Peter St., Saint Paul

Ticket office: 651-291-7005 or www.parksquaretheatre.org

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Macbeth — Something Wicked This Way Comes

Macbeth — Something Wicked This Way Comes

The troubled thane takes his reign March 17 – April 9


Saint Paul, Minn., February 24,  2017 – Park Square continues its 42nd season on the Andy Boss Stage with a new adaptation of Macbeth, adapted and directed by Jef Hall-Flavin. Following the recent success of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet, the timeless tragedy of palace intrigue and power grabs continues Park Square’s new tradition of reinventing Shakespeare’s canon for modern audiences.

Every time I direct a classic play, I always have to ask, ‘why now?’ and what scares me about the play is how belief trumps morality,” says director and adaptor Jef Hall-Flavin. “Macbeth’s faith in the prophecy that he will become King somehow gives him permission to create his own moral code and commit acts of murder. To me, that’s the definition of theocracy, and it’s the scariest notion in the play. After studying some original printings of the text, I discovered that the witches are most often referred to as ‘sisters.’ So in our production, we present not sorcery, but religion as the key to the destructive impulses in the play. It’s amazing to me that Shakespeare’s 400-year-old language speaks to our own political climate with such brutal parallels.

Macbeth (Michael Ooms*) schemes and murders his way to the throne. Set against a shattered mirror, this taut production reveals leadership derailed by self-absorption, equivocation, and seeing things that aren’t really there. Tempted by the prophecies of three wayward sisters, Macbeth’s aim to be King of Scotland compels him into a nightmarish realm of evil, deceit, and murder. Monstrous actions run rampant as he and Lady Macbeth give in to unstoppable drives of savagery and political atrocity.

The original House of Cards, Macbeth is among Shakespeare’s most enduring tragedies, as it investigates the motivations and mayhem at the heart of power-grabbing. Shakespeare’s unnerving tragedy begins and ends with ferocious battles, supernatural horrors, and famously gorgeous poetry.

Macbeth features Gabriele Angieri, Neal Beckman, Laura Esping*, Garry Geiken*, Guillermo Rodriguez, Naveh Shavit-Lonstein, Eric Sumangil*, Vanessa Wasche*.

The production team for Macbeth includes Sarah Bahr (Costume Designer), Michael P. Kittel (Lighting Designer), Evan Middlesworth (Sound and Music), and Joseph Stanley (Set Designer).

*Member, Actors Equity Association


Macbeth Performance Schedule

Previews begin Friday, March 17, and continue through Thursday, March 23. March 24 is Opening Night, and the run continues through April 9, with additional performances for student matinees.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. except for Saturday and Sunday matinees, which begin at 2 p.m. All performances are on the company’s Andy Boss Thrust Stage in Saint Paul’s historic Hamm Building, 20 W. Seventh Place.

Ticket prices: Previews: $27 and $37. Regular Run: $40 and $60. Discounts are available for seniors, those under age 30, and groups. Tickets are on sale at the Park Square ticket office, 20 W. Seventh Place, or by phone: 651.291.7005, (12 noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday), or online at parksquaretheatre.org.


Tickets

Previews: $27/$37; Sliding Scale Night on March 30
Regular Run: $40/$60

PARK SQUARE THEATRE, 20 W. Seventh Place, Saint Paul
Ticket office: 651-291-7005 or parksquaretheatre.org


Calendar Information

Previews: Mar 17-23
Opening Night: Mar 24
Run: Mar 25-Apr 9 (plus student matinees through May 5)

 

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*B valid for matinee performance
*C valid for evening performance
P: Preview
B: Bargain Preview 99¢ – $7.99  (Advance Bargain Preview Tickets are Sold Out)
D: Post-show Discussion
O: Opening Night
M: Musings
ASL: American Sign Language
AD: Audio Description
C: Open Captioning


Next on the Proscenium Stage:

THE (CURIOUS CASE OF THE) WATSON INTELLIGENCE

By MADELEINE GEORGE
Directed by LEAH COOPER

Previews: April 7-13, 2017
Opening Night: April 14, 2017
Regular Run: April 15-30, 2017
Proscenium Stage

Four Watsons: trusty sidekick to Sherlock Holmes; loyal engineer who built Bell’s first telephone; unstoppable super-computer that became reigning “Jeopardy” champ; amiable techno-dweeb just looking for love. This brilliantly witty, time-jumping, loving tribute is dedicated to the people – and machines – upon which we depend.


Media Contact:
Connie Shaver, 612.308.5785
connieshaver@charter.net

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Park Square’s 2016-2017 Casting Announcement

Season Features Area Premieres, New Commissions, and Old Favorites

Saint Paul, Minn., August 10, 2016 — Park Square Theatre is ramping up for its 2016-2017 theatre season, which features two world premiere adaptations, the regional premieres of critically acclaimed comedies and dramas, and the return of audience and family favorites. The season is a showcase of the Twin Cities diversity and talent.

 

The season begins on the Proscenium Stage on September 9 with David Ives’s smash hit comedy The Liar. Cliton (Zach Curtis) can’t tell a lie, but his master Dorante (Sha’ Cage) can’t tell the truth. Dorante is in hot pursuit of one woman, but thinks she is another, which leads to amazing mix-ups and breathtakingly intricate lies. Sharp and saucy modern language adds zest to this sparkling urbane romance. Doug Scholz-Carlson will direct the uproarious comedy, which will also feature India Gurley, Rex Isom Jr., JuCoby Johnson, Michael Ooms, and Sara Richardson, with music performed by Don Livingston. The production team includes Rebecca Bernstein (Costume Designer), Mike P. Kittel (Lighting Designer), Eli Schlatter (Scenic Designer), and Abbee Warmboe (Properties Designer). (Sept 9 – Oct 2, 2016)

 

The opening show on the Andy Boss Thrust Stage, scheduled to start on September 23, 2016, will be the area premiere of Will Eno’s The Realistic Joneses. Meet Bob (JC Cutler) and Jennifer (Angela Timberman) and their new neighbors, John (Eric “Pogi” Sumangil) and Pony (Jane Froiland), two suburban couples who have even more in common than their identical homes and their shared last names. As their relationships begin to irrevocably intertwine, the Joneses must decide between their idyllic fantasies and their imperfect realities. Joel Sass will direct and design the set. The production team includes Cole Bylander (Costume Designer), Mike P. Kittel (Lighting Designer), C Andrew Mayer (Sound Designer), and Abbee Warmboe (Properties Designer). (Sept 23 – 0ct 16, 2016)

 

The season continues on the Boss Stage October 28 – November 20, 2016 with Lorraine Hansberry’s groundbreaking and inspirational A Raisin in the Sun, directed by Warren C. Bowles. This fiercely moving portrait of a family living and struggling on Chicago’s South Side in the 1950s was the first play written by an African-American woman to be produced on Broadway. The Washington Post hails it as “one of a handful of great American plays – it belongs in the inner circle, along with Death of a Salesman, Long Day’s Journey Into Night and The Glass Menagerie.” The play will star Greta Oglesby as the matriarch Lena and Darius Dotch as her son Walter Lee. The cast also includes Aimee K. Bryant, Robert Gardner, Neal Hazard, Theo Langason, and Am’Ber Montgomery. The production team includes Lance Brockman (Set Designer), Mike P. Kittel (Lighting Designer), and Evan Middlesworth (Sound Designer).

 

On the Proscenium Stage, the crowd-pleasing holiday slot in the line-up is the return of The Soul of Gershwin: The Musical Journey of an American Klezmer, created and written by Joseph Vass with music by George Gershwin and lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward. 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 (Michael Paul Levin), joined by three stunning singers (Maud Hixson, Geoffrey Jones, and Maggie Burton) and a fantastic Klezmer band, reveals the folk songs, blues, jazz, Yiddish theatre, cantor chants, and opera woven into songs like I Got Rhythm and Embraceable You. Peter Moore will direct. The production team includes Dean Holztman (Set Designer), Jacob M. Davis (Sound Designer), Mike P. Kittel (Lighting Designer), and Jason Resler (Costume Designer). (December 2-31, 2016)

 

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic musical Flower Drum Song comes to the Proscenium Stage January 20 – February 19, 2017. 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. The co-production with Mu Performing Arts celebrates Mu’s 25th season anniversary and will be directed by Mu’s Artistic Director Randy Reyes. Flower Drum Song is in auditions at this writing—watch for a special announcement! The production team includes Andrew Fleser (Music Director, Conductor, & Arrangements), Penelope Freeh (Choreographer), Mina Kinukawa (Set Designer), Andrea M. Gross (Costume Designer), Jacob M. Davis (Sound Designer), Mike Kittle (Lighting Designer), Abbee Warmboe (Prop Designer).

 

Last season’s smash hit world premiere Nina Simone: Four Women returns to the Andy Boss Thrust Stage February 7-26, 2017. Back by popular demand and with added music, Christina Ham’s play, directed again by Faye M. Price, stars Regina Marie Williams as the legendary singer. Writing Mississippi Goddam in a bombed Birmingham church, Simone meets three strong women bound by tragic circumstance. Together, they sing their truth and rise triumphant. Aimee K. Bryant and Traci Allen Shannon round out the cast. The production teams include Trevor D. Bowen (Costume Designer), Lance Brockman (Set Designer), Patricia Brown (Choreographer), Jacob Davis (Sound Designer), Sanford Moore (Musical Director), Mike Wangen (Lighting Designer), and Sadie Ward (Properties Designer).

 

The season continues on the Andy Boss Thrust Stage with a world premiere commissioned adaptation of Macbeth by Jef Hall-Flavin. Shakespeare’s great tragedy explores the darkest corners of the human heart as the ambitious Macbeth (Jason Rojas) schemes and murders his way to the throne. Filled with raw ambition and greed that seems ripped from the headlines, the cast also includes Garry Geiken and Gabriele Angieri. The casting and production team assignments continue at this writing. (March 17 – April 9, 2017)

 

The area premiere of The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence will take place on the Proscenium Stage April 7-30, 2017. Madeline George’s comic drama was a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize. Four Watsons: trusty sidekick to Sherlock Holmes; loyal engineer who built Bell’s first telephone; unstoppable super-computer that became reigning “Jeopardy” champ; amiable techno-dweeb just looking for love. This brilliantly witty, time-jumping, loving tribute is dedicated to the people – and machines – upon which we depend. Leah Cooper will direct the cast which includes H. Adam Harris, Kathryn Fumie, and Paul de Cordova. The production team includes Lance Brockman (Set Designer), Kathy Kohb (Costume Designer), Katharine Horowitz (Sound Designer), and Mike Kittle (Lighting Designer).

 

David Hare’s modern classic Amy’s View continues the season on the Proscenium Stage May 12 – June 4, 2017, directed by Gary Gisselman and starring Linda Kelsey. Everyone has a different view. Amy’s view is that love conquers all. In 1979 Amy (Tracey Maloney) 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. The production team includes Joseph Stanley (Set Designer), Aaron Chvatal (Costume Designer), and Mike P. Kittel (Lighting Designer).

 

Park Square’s 42nd season concludes on the Proscenium Stage with Might As Well Be Dead: A Nero Wolfe Mystery by Joseph Goodrich, who penned Park Square’s 2011 Hitchcockian thriller Panic and record-setting The Red Box. Peter Moore will direct the adaptation of the novel by Rex Stout. 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 (E.J. Subkoviak) and his devoted sidekick (Sam Pearson) into a web of deceit, one that even the master sleuth may regret taking on. Michael Paul Levin will reprise his characterization of Inspector Cramer. The production team includes Elena Giannetti (Assistant Director), Rick Polenek (Set Designer), Mike P. Kittel (Lighting Designer), A. Emily Heaney (Costume Desigenr), Anita Kelling (Sound Designer), and Abbee Warmboe (Prop Designer). Might As Well Be Dead is a world premiere commission by our Mystery Writers Producers’ Club. (June 16 – July 30, 2017)

 

The full calendar of sixteen projects includes the returns of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The House on Mango Street, expected to play to more than 30,000 students. Signe V. Harriday will be making her Park Square Theatre directing debut with The House on Mango Street, which will offer two public performances October 21 and 22, 2016. The cast includes Atquetzali Quiroz and Hope Cervantes as younger and older Esperanza, respectively, as well as Paulino Brener, Charisma Pruitt, Guillermo Rodriguez, and Pedro R. Bayon. The production team includes Annie Cady (Costume Designer), Christopher Kit Mayer (Set Designer), and Mike P. Kittel (Lighting Designer).

 

All shows will be in Park Square’s two theatre performance spaces in the Historic Hamm Building, 408 St. Peter Street, downtown Saint Paul. Shows, dates and artists are subject to change.

Season tickets are on sale now and available at 651.291.7005 or online at www.parksquaretheatre.org. Packages begin at $99 and can be expanded to include all 15 shows in the season, including productions by our partners Sandbox Theater, Theatre Pro Rata, and Girl Friday Productions, plus the three productions in the education series. Single tickets are on sale now.

 

THE 2016-17 SEASON

The Liar by David Ives (Comedy, Area Premiere), directed by Doug Scholz-Carlson. Sparkling urbane romance with sharp and saucy modern language. (Proscenium Stage, Sep 9 – Oct 2, 2016)

The Realistic Joneses by Will Eno (Comedy/Drama, Area Premiere), directed by Joel Sass. Two suburban couples between idyllic fantasies and imperfect realities. (Andy Boss Thrust Stage, Sept 23 – Oct 16, 2016)

The House on Mango Street (drama) by Sandra Cisneros, adapted by Amy Ludwig, directed by Signe V. Harriday who will be making her Park Square Theatre directing debut. This series of vignettes – sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous – reveal a young Latina growing up in Chicago. (Proscenium Stage, public dates Oct 21 – 22, full run Oct 11 – Nov 4, 2016)

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry (Drama), directed by Warren C. Bowles. America’s landmark drama about hope, change, and the future. (Andy Boss Thrust Stage, Oct 28 – Nov 20, 2016)

The Soul of Gershwin: The Musical Journey of an American Klezmer, created and written by Joseph Vass. Music and Lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin with additional Lyrics from Porgy and Bess by DuBose Heyward, (Musical) directed by Peter Moore. A creative melding of different cultures that created our distinctive “American Songbook.” (Proscenium Stage, Dec 2 – 31, 2016)

Big Money
Produced by Sandbox Theatre
World Premiere Created by the Sandbox Theatre Ensemble; Led by Derek Lee Miller

The ever-innovative ensemble will devise another world premiere story told with imagination and plenty of movement, this time based on the life of Michael Larson, who cracked the code of the 1980s game show “Press Your Luck.” (Andy Boss Thrust Stage, Jan 12 – 28, 2017)

Flower Drum Song, with music by Richard Rodgers; lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, revised book by David Henry Hwang (Comedy Musical), directed by Randy Reyes, co-produced with Mu Performing Arts.

The history of every person whose forbearers once arrived as strangers to these shores. (Proscenium Stage, Jan 20 – Feb 19, 2017)

Nina Simone: Four Women written by Christina Ham (Play with Music), directed by Faye M. Price. Regina Marie Williams returns as the one and only Nina Simone who broke barriers and rules in this honest and heart-filled exploration of life, music and beauty. (Andy Boss Thrust Stage, Feb 7 – 26, 2017)

Macbeth by William Shakespeare (Drama) adapted and directed by Jef Hall-Flavin. The great tragedy explores the darkest corners of the human heart as the ambitious Macbeth schemes and murders his way to the throne. (Andy Boss Thrust Stage, Mar 17 – Apr 9, 2017)

The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence by Madeleine George (Comedy/Drama, Area Premiere), directed by Leah Cooper. Brilliantly witty, time-jumping tribute dedicated to the people – and machines – upon which we depend. (Proscenium Stage, Apr 7 – 30, 2017)

Amy’s View by David Hare (Drama, Regional Premiere) directed by Gary Gisselman. The smallest events can set in motion a chain reaction that can dramatically change lives forever. (Proscenium Stage, May 12 – Jun 4, 2017)

Up: The Man in the Flying Chair
Produced by Theatre Pro Rata

By Bridget Carpenter; Directed by Carin Bratlie Wethern20 years ago Walter Griffin attached 45 helium-filled weather balloons to a lawn chair and found himself 16,000 feet above the world. Today he’s furiously holding onto his dreams and the faded memory of that glorious day, doing everything he can to keep his feet from touching the ground. (Andy Boss Thrust Stage, May 24 – Jun 11, 2017)

Might As Well Be Dead: A Nero Wolfe Mystery by Joseph Goodrich, adapted from the Novel by Rex Stout (Mystery, World Premiere Commission by our Mystery Writers Producers’ Club), directed by Peter Moore. The great detective and his devoted sidekick are drawn into a dangerous web of deceit. (Proscenium Stage, Jun 16 – Jul 30, 2017)

Idiot’s Delight
Produced by Girl Friday Productions
By Robert E. Sherwood; Directed by Craig Johnson

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. (Andy Boss Thrust Stage, Jun 29 – Jul 23, 2017)

 

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Six Characters in Search of an Author – Adapted and directed by Alan Berks

On the Andy Boss Thrust Stage April 19 – May 8, 2016


Media Contacts:

Connie Shaver, 612.308.5785
connieshaver@charter.net

Deborah Ervin, 651.214.9354
deb@wlproductions.org


St. Paul, Minn., March 28, 2016 –Park Square presents Wonderlust Production’s Six Characters In Search Of An Author: an engagement of Pirandello’s 94 year old, world-rocking, classic through the lens of social media, celebrity, and unscripted TV in an original reality television show, The Maze. Audiences aren’t just coming to a play; they’ll be the live, in-studio guests during filming for a reality show, and live-tweeting throughout.

Wonderlust Production’s Co-Founding Artistic Director, Alan Berks, penned the play and is also directing the piece which he first conceived of and produced in 2013. Fans of the first production said, “Putting it in the setting of a reality TV show was genius” and “The play generated a few hours of conversation with others who attended. . . I’d like to see it again in a different venue just to enjoy it a second time.”

The cast features T. Michael Brown, Rachel Finch, Kiara Jackson, Paul LaNave, Sam Landman, Gabriel Murphy, Sandra Struthers*, Dana Lee Thompson, Adam Whisner, Joe Wiener.

Adapted and Directed by Alan Berks
Costume Design by Andrea Gross
Puppets by Christopher Lutter-Gardella
Scenic Design by Zep Hults
Sound Design by Katharine Horowitz
Lighting Design by Jesse Cogswell
Video Design by Paul Moehring
Stage Manager Jacob Miller/Assistant Stage Manager Tracy Swenson

*Member Actors Equity Association

#WLreality #WLsix 

 

Six Characters In Search Of An Author. A reality TV show-within-a-play adaptation of a 94-year-old classic.

 

Previews are Tuesday-Thursday, April 19-21. Opening is Friday, April 22. Six Characters runs through Sunday, May 8. The show plays Tuesday through Sunday opening week, April 19-24, and then Wednesday through Sunday the following two weeks, April 27-May 8. Sunday shows are 2pm matinees. All others are at 7:30pm. Post-show discussions immediately follow the performances on Wednesday April 27, and Sundays May 1 and 8.

 

Tickets Prices: Previews are $27-$37. Regular shows are $40-$60. Students $15 with discount code COL. Tickets are available for purchase at www.parksquaretheatre.org and by phone: 651.291.7005.

More about Wonderlust Productions and Six Characters: Alan Berks first adapted Six Characters in 2013, and produced it under Alan Berks & Co. at the Gremlin Theatre. Since then, Alan Berks and Co. merged with Footprints Collective to form Wonderlust Productions in 2014. The company is led by Co-Founders Alan Berks and Leah Cooper. This is the company’s first production, although members of the Wonderlust team have extensive histories together; each is a seasoned veteran of the Twin Cities theater and arts community. Read more about them at: http://wonderlustproductions.org/people/

Last fall, Wonderlust held a residency at the University of St. Thomas, facilitated by Professor Amy Muse. Over the course of four weeks, the company worked with nine classes and nearly 200 students to learn how this young, media savvy/saturated age group felt about representation and identity – themes key to Pirandello’s play – via ways they experience today, such as social media, the internet, and reality TV. Their fascinating and intelligent input helped push the current production’s ideas farther to include social media in ways that are sure to delight. Audiences will be asked to participate in the role of a real live studio audience, on set for a reality show, and expected to actively engage throughout.

Calendar Information

Previews: April 19-21
Regular Run: April 22 – May 8

Tickets

Previews: $27/$37; 2 Sugars Tuesday, April 19, all tickets are $20
Regular Run: $40/$60 with discounts for college students, those under 30 and seniors.

http://parksquaretheatre.org/box-office/shows/2015-16/six-characters-in-search-of-an-author/

PARK SQUARE THEATRE, Andy Boss Thrust Stage, 408 Saint Peter Street, Saint PaulTicket office: 651-291-7005 or www.parksquaretheatre.org

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Next on the Proscenium Stage:

Calendar Girls

By TIM FIRTH

Directed by MARY M. FINNERTY

Previews: June 17 – 23, 2016

Opening Night: June 24, 2016

Regular Run: June 25 – July 24, 2016

Proscenium Stage

 

When Annie’s husband dies of leukemia, she and her friends set out to raise funds for a local charity — by posing for a calendar completely in the buff. Positioned behind strategically placed flower arrangements, cakes, and knitting projects, the women discover the beauty within themselves and one another. When news of the women’s hilarious venture spreads like wildfire, the women find themselves exposed in ways they hadn’t anticipated, and they reach for a new level of understanding and friendship that will carry them through all the days to come. “…in the great good cause of cheering us up in hard times, Calendar Girls is just the ticket.” — Telegraph

http://parksquaretheatre.org/box-office/shows/2015-16/calendar-girls/

 

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PARK SQUARE THEATRE. 20 W. Seventh Place, Saint Paul. Ticket office: 651.291.7005. www.parksquaretheatre.org

Nina Simone: Four Women

The life, times, passion, and politics of America’s iconic singer come to Park Square Theatre, March 8-26

Saint Paul, Minn., Feb. 17, 2016 – Park Square Theatre continues its 41st season next month with the world premiere of Nina Simone: Four Women by Minneapolis playwright Christina Ham. Commissioned by Park Square Theatre with support from VSA Minnesota, Nina Simone: Four Women celebrates the life and music of one of America’s most iconic singers and traces Simone’s pioneering involvement in the Civil Rights Movement. Faye Price directs Regina Marie Williams* as the woman who raised her voice on behalf of all women made silent.

“The play looks at female solidarity through the lens of Nina Simone’s music,” says playwright Christina Ham. “While it celebrates the life and music of this artist, it also looks at how her music helped to transform the Civil Rights Movement. Her importance has been blotted out of the history books.”

Nina Simone’s velvet voice was unafraid to sing lyrics that cut right to the truth: “My skin is brown, my manner is tough…” From “I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl” to “Sinnerman,” and the “Four Women” of the title, her music explores the personal and political in context of the fight for civil rights. Simone’s lyrics weave together a story of four women left “feeling alienated and really low” due to the color of their skin. But through it all, they remain triumphant – four women proud “To Be Young, Gifted and Black” and sometimes even “Feelin’ Good.”

Against the explosive backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement, Nina Simone: Four Women examines the sustained violence against African-American women that has contributed to feelings of marginalization and self-loathing, behavioral problems, and mental illness—issues that have never been easy to discuss within any community. Compounded by shame, embarrassment, and disenfranchisement, these issues have too often been passed on from one generation to the next. Ms. Simone’s music, rooted in social activism, gives voice to these issues that have roiled African-American and minority communities.

Nina Simone: Four Women features Aimee K. Bryant*, Thomasina Petrus*, Traci Allen Shannon*, and Regina Marie Williams*.

The production team for Nina Simone: Four Women includes Faye M. Price (Director), Sanford Moore (Musical Director), Lance Brockman (Scenic Designer), Trevor D. Bowen (Costume Designer), Mike Wangen (Lighting Designer), Abbee Warmboe (Properties Designer) Gina Musto (Dramaturg) and Elizabeth MacNally* (Stage Manager).

*Member, Actors Equity Association

Performance Schedule: Previews begin Tuesday, March 8, and continue through Thursday, March 10. March 11 is Opening Night, and the run continues through March 26. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday. All performances are in the company’s Andy Boss Thrust Stage in Saint Paul’s historic Hamm Building, 408 St. Peter Street

Ticket Prices: Previews: $27 and $37. Regular Run: $40 and $60. Discounts are available for seniors, college students, those under age 30, and groups. Tickets are on sale at the Park Square ticket office, or by phone: 651.291.7005, (12 noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday), or online at www.parksquaretheatre.org.

CALENDAR INFORMATION
Previews: March 8-10
Regular Run: March 11-26

Tickets: Previews: $27/$37; Pay What You Will March 9; Regular Run: $40/$60
PARK SQUARE THEATRE, 20 W. Seventh Place, Saint Paul
Box office: 651-291-7005 or parksquaretheatre.org

New! Pay What You Will Wednesday (calendar code = $)

A price for you (yes you). Pay a sliding scale of $15, $25 or $35 for general admission seating. Reserve the seats you prefer for $40 (which includes a drink voucher).


 

LOVE PERSON
Written and directed by ADITA BRENNAN KAPIL
Previews: March 18-24, 2016
Opening Night: March 25, 2016
Regular Run: March 26 – April 10, 2016
Proscenium Stage

Free should be devoted to Maggie, but she may be falling in love with Ram – accidentally. Free is deaf, and Ram teaches Sanskrit, but in their late-night internet exchanges they discover a deep connection based on the mystical affinity between their languages. Four people struggle to communicate in ways they can all understand in this confirming multilingual tribute to the power of love. Even if you don’t look, speak or love like these characters, they will take you into your own heart’s journey.  “…a fascinating brew of emotion, wit and intellect that challenges its audience to reassess how the form of communication shapes understanding.” —Star-Tribune


 

PARK SQUARE THEATRE.  20 W. Seventh Place, Saint Paul. Box office: 651.291.7005. parksquaretheatre.org

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