Full Circle Theater


NOV 12–21, 2021

Boss Stage
By Stephanie Lein Walseth
Directed by Claribel Gross

A thought-provoking and uplifting project about understanding one another

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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.

This will be Full Circle’s first live, in-person and fully-staged production since 2019! After two years in development and two online readings, The Empathy Project by Stephanie Lein Walseth is finally hitting the stage. Directed by Claribel Gross, this fully staged production of The Empathy Project features 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 features original compositions by Paul Damico-Carper, and choreography by Mary Harding. Designers include: Tom Mays (lighting design), Mina Kinukawa (set design), Khamphian Vang (costume design) and Quinci Bachman (sound design).

Who should you bring? People interested in reaching across fences to get to know their neighbors and themselves a little better; those who like asking questions and listening deeply.

“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.


  • Preview (Nov 12) – $25
  • Regular Run – $30


  • Seniors (62 and up) – $5 off
  • Student (with ID) and Educators – $16 tickets
  • Military – $10 off with promo code MIL
  • Under age 30 – $21 tickets with promo code 30U

Dates and Showtimes

  • Fri, Nov 12, 7:30 pm | preview
  • Sat, Nov 13, 7:30 pm
  • Sun, Nov 14, 2:00 pm | American sign language (ASL); audio description: post-show discussion; pay as you’re able


  • Wed, Nov 17, 7:30 pm
  • Thurs, Nov 18, 7:30 pm
  • Fri, Nov 19, 7:30 pm | post-show discussion
  • Sat, Nov 20, 7:30 pm
  • Sun, Nov 21, 2:00 pm

An outline of Minnesota. It has been divided into boxes with pictures of the cast of The Empathy Project in them.

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


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