The Empathy Project

Park Square Theatre presents the Full Circle Theater Company production of


Streaming at no cost

FEB 10-27, 2022

By Stephanie Lein Walseth
Directed by Claribel Gross

Full Circle Theater

“There are so many moving stories about the experiences of folks across our state and how we can walk a mile in their shoes to better understand each other.” -Rick Shiomi, Full Circle Co-Artistic Director and Park Square Artistic Associate.

Two women are holding the edges of a large coral-colored scarf and are lifting it in the air.

The Empathy Project explores empathy across geographic, political, and racial divides based on interviews of rural and urban Minnesotans—people like your neighbors, your friends, or even yourself. The production investigates the power and limits of empathy in a deeply fractured world.

After two years in development and two online readings, The Empathy Project by Stephanie Lein Walseth was performed on Park Square’s Andy Boss Stage in November of 2021. Directed by Claribel Gross, the fully staged production featuree a cast of nine: Song Kim, Dominique Jones, Shanan Custer, Oogie_Push, Siddeeqah​ Shabazz, Kim Vasquez, Peter Colburn, Marci Lucht, and Joshua C. Larson.

It also featured original compositions by Paul Damico-Carper, and choreography by Mary Harding. Designers include: Tom Mays (lighting design), Karin Olson (associate lighting designer), Mina Kinukawa (set design), Khamphian Vang (costume design) and Quinci Bachman (sound design). Production photos by Stephen Hage.

Run time: 90 minutes

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The cast of The Empathy Project, nine people in all. They are seated on a curb with a colorful mural behind them.

Photo credit: Stephen Hage & Mural by DeAnne Parks

Two people hug each other. One's head is hidden behind the other, the face of the person we see is peaceful.

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