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Cyber Monday Specials!

Share the joy of great theatre this holiday season with our 2 for 1 Cyber Monday Specials. Choose Area 1 (2 for $55-60) or Area 2 (2 for $40-45) tickets* to select Park Square performances!
Use code MON when ordering.

ONLINE ONLY! Cyber Monday Specials start Sunday, Dec 1, and are valid through Monday, Dec 2 at midnight. Offers do not apply to previously purchased tickets or with other offers.

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PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
On Stage through Dec 22, 2019
Love is a serious game and the Bennets are playing for keeps!

Cyber Monday Special Dates
Wednesday, Dec 18, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec 19, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec 20, 7:30 p.m.
BUY TICKETS to Pride and Prejudice


FACE TO FACE: OUR HMONG COMMUNITY
Mar 5-15, 2020
Community members tell their unique stories.

Cyber Monday Special Dates (All tickets 2 tickets for $30! No seating areas.)
Thursday, Mar 5, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Mar 6, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Mar 7, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Mar 8, 2:00 p.m.
BUY TICKETS to Face to Face

HOLMES AND WATSON
Jun 12-Jul 26, 2020

Sherlock Holmes is Dead, or is he?

Cyber Monday Special Dates
Thursday, Jun 25, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Jun 26, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jun 27, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jun 28, 2:00 p.m.
BUY TICKETS to Holmes and Watson


GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE ONLINE, BY PHONE or IN PERSON

Now through Dec 31, 2019, buy $80 in gift certificates and receive a $10 voucher for tickets through December 2020 – just for you! PURCHASE GIFT CERTIFICATES

 

*2019-2020 season seating areas. (No seating areas for Face to Face).
Graphic Seating Chart for Proscenium Stage - Please phone the ticket office at 651.291.7005 for assistance with accessibility and seat selectionGraphic Seating Chart for Boss Thrust Stage - Please phone the ticket office at 651.291.7005 for assistance with accessibility and seat selection

Black Friday Specials!

Share the joy of great theatre this holiday season with our 2 for 1 Black Friday Specials. Choose Area 1 (2 for $55-60) or Area 2 (2 for $40-45) tickets* to select Park Square performances! Use code FRI when ordering online, or call the ticket office at 651.291.7005.

Black Friday Specials are valid through Saturday Nov 30 at midnight. See details below.

Order online or call 651.291.7005 (The Ticket office is open Fri & Saturday 12-5 p.m.)

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PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
On Stage NOW – Dec 22, 2019
Love is a serious game and the Bennets are playing for keeps!

Black Friday Special Dates
Fridays: Dec 6, 13 & 20 at 7:30 p.m.
BUY TICKETS to Pride and Prejudice


FACE TO FACE: OUR HMONG COMMUNITY
Mar 5-15, 2020
Community members tell their unique stories.

Black Friday Special Dates
Fridays: Mar 6 & 13 at 7:30 p.m.
BUY TICKETS to Face to Face

HOLMES AND WATSON
Jun 12-Jul 26, 2020

Sherlock Holmes is Dead, or is he?

Black Friday Special Dates
Fridays: July 3, 10, 17 & 24 at 7:30 p.m.
BUY TICKETS to Holmes and Watson


GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE ONLINE, BY PHONE or IN PERSON

Buy $80 in gift certificates and receive a $10 voucher good for tickets through December 2020 – just for you!
PURCHASE GIFT CERTIFICATES

 

*2019-2020 season seating areas.
Graphic Seating Chart for Proscenium Stage - Please phone the ticket office at 651.291.7005 for assistance with accessibility and seat selectionGraphic Seating Chart for Boss Thrust Stage - Please phone the ticket office at 651.291.7005 for assistance with accessibility and seat selection

CHALLENGE MATCH ANNOUNCED

CHALLENGE MATCH INVESTMENT IN IN PARK SQUARE’S MISSION AND FUTURE

Saint Paul, Minn., November 22, 2019 – Park Square Theatre’s artistic director Flordelino Lagundino and executive director Michael-jon Pease announced today that a group of Park Square board members, long-time patrons, and the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation have compiled a $100,000 challenge to match gifts made to the theatre this season dollar for dollar.

“Park Square Theatre is an important part of the rich arts and culture community of Saint Paul and the greater MSP region,” says Ann Mulholland, Executive Vice President of the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation. “The foundation is proud to invest along with Park Square board members, in strengthening the financial future of this vital community organization.”

Picture of Artist Director Flordelino sits smiling in the seats of the Proscenium stage.

Artistic Director Flordelino Lagundino. Photo by Amy Anderson.

“The impact of these gifts will provide crucial support for our award-winning educational matinee program and main stage programming,” agrees Lagundino. “The generosity of these funders, along with all the donors who help meet the match, assures that plays like The Diary of Anne Frank and Face To Face – a project with members of the Twin Cities’ Hmong community – will give a diverse group a people the ability to see their stories on stage.”

Picture of Executive Director Michael-jon Pease standing in front of the theatre.

Executive Director Michael-jon Pease. Photo by Amy Anderson.

Pease reported that Park Square’s Give to the Max Day goals were exceeded and hundreds of patrons have been donating their tickets back and even making additional contributions towards this significant challenge match. “The dedication of the both long-standing and new fans is truly heartwarming,” he says. In November, Park Square announced significant financial losses which led to the cancellation of its winter and spring musicals.

“With these cancellations and the challenge match, we are using this time to pause and right size Park Square,” adds Lagundino. “We see a clear path forward in the light of this year’s financial reality and the generous response of our community.”

The Park Square season continues with PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Kate Hamill (Nov 15 – Dec 22, 2019); FACE TO FACE: OUR HMONG COMMUNITY with Ping Chong + Co. (Mar 5 – 15, 2020); HOLMES AND WATSON by Jeffrey Hatcher (Jun 12 – Jul 26, 2020); and a remount of MARIE AND ROSETTA by George Brandt (Dates TBD).

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

NOT ONLY ENTERTAINING BUT TIMELESS AND FEMINIST

A Pride and Prejudice Director’s Note from Lisa Channer

I’m not sure how I avoided her for so long but until Park Square artistic director Flordelino sent me Kate Hamill’s adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, I had never cracked a Jane Austen book. Ever. Not even Pride and Prejudice. I did not know what I was missing all those years! Her portrayals of family dynamics, gender, marriage and class through witty recognizable characters makes her not only entertaining but timeless and feminist.

That this play is funny is undeniable, but it is the desperate stakes of their world that roots all the humor and sets the context in which these characters play out their decisions. With no brothers to inherit the family home the Bennet women face the prospect of poverty, homelessness and desperation if they can’t “win” husbands. But also, for a woman in Regency era England, marriage meant “civil death” in which she ceases to be a separate human being with individual autonomous rights. Tough choice. Poverty or Erasure? And lest we congratulate our modern world too quickly, as recently as 1972 my own mother was unable to apply for a bank account in her own name without a husband’s signature and we still do not have an Equal Rights Amendment. And so Jane Austen remains current.

As I laugh at these brilliant characters in the hands of these talented actors, I am reminded of the great 17th century French playwright Molière. Like Molière, Austen is a genius of comedic social commentary, pointing out preposterous
social rules with a pen as sharp as a knife.

-Lisa Channer, director of Pride and Prejudice

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PARK SQUARE THEATRE PAUSES TO RIGHT-SIZE

Park Square Theatre pauses to right-size and roll out a new vision by its new leader

Saint Paul, Minn., October 29, 2019 – To better serve its stakeholders, Park Square Theatre has made the difficult decision to revise its season and cancel its planned productions of the major musicals EVITA and MISS YOU LIKE HELL.

Financial challenges, brought on by less than expected ticket sales and fundraising shortfalls, led to this difficult decision. “Park Square is taking this valuable opportunity to regroup so that we may become a stronger organization and meet the needs of the Twin Cities theater community,” states artistic director Flordelino Lagundino. “This was a very difficult decision to make as it causes hardships, especially to the artists working with us. As an actor and director, I do not take lightly the impact it has on the talented people I came to Minnesota to work with.”

Lagundino further states Park Square is working towards a healthy business model that supports stellar artistry for appreciative audiences. “It is a natural pattern for a 47-year-old theater to evolve, and this is part of that maturation process.”

The Park Square Theatre’s nine-show season continues with THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW and PAIGE IN FULL, both of which close this week. Upcoming productions include:  PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Kate Hamill (Nov 15 – Dec 22, 2019); FACE TO FACE: OUR HMONG COMMUNITY with Ping Chong + Co. (Mar 5 – 15, 2020); HOLMES AND WATSON by Jeffrey Hatcher (Jun 12 – Jul 26, 2020); and a remount of MARIE AND ROSETTA by George Brandt (Dates TBD).

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Your help is needed at this critical time. Make a donation today HERE.

Purchase tickets to Pride and Prejudice HERE.

For questions regarding subscriptions and ticketing, email tickets@parksquaretheatre.org.

 

PARK SQUARE’S FIRST TAKE ON JANE AUSTEN IS A FROLICSOME GAME OF GENDER POLITICS

BUT TRUE LOVE DOES WIN IN THE END

Neal Beckman, Sara Richardson, China Brickey and Kiara Jackson in Pride and Prejudice. Photo by Richard Fleischman.

Park Square Theatre rings in the winter holidays with its first ever production of a Jane Austen novel with the regional premiere of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (Nov 15 – Dec 22, 2019) adapted from the classic by Kate Hamill (SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, LITTLE WOMEN) and directed by Lisa Channer in her Park Square debut. This clever comedy offers a decidedly progressive take on the trials of Lizzy, Mr. Darcy, and the whole Bennet clan, with a few dance breaks thrown in for good measure.

“I love it because of the emphasis on the actor and the emphasis on theatricality,” says Park Square Theatre Artistic Director, Flordelino Lagundino. “Many of the actors play multiple roles and there is a sense of joy and abandon. Like the original Austen, it also gets to the depths of what it means to really fight for love and family.”

Many consider Austen to be one of the early feminist writers. To fully mine the gender politics of Austen’s most famous story, Hamill has constructed the role doubling in such a way that some characters have to be played by an actor of the opposite gender. Neal Beckman, for example, plays both Mr. Bingley and Bennet sister Mary, while McKenna Kelly-Eiding, who delighted audiences as Sherlock Holmes in KEN LUDWIG’S BASKERVILLE, plays the bumbling Mr. Collins and the dastardly Wickham.

Hamill also plays on the idea of the “perfect match,” by constructing the action like a game and or military strategy. “As I was writing, I started thinking about when you meet someone and you fall in love or something happens that changes your life beyond your control, and I wanted a way to make that more tangible. So, I thought bells are things you can’t ignore—church bells, wedding bells, alarm bells, door bells—they let us know something has changed, and I wanted to incorporate those in the script. So, every time something happens beyond the character’s control, something happens with a bell.”

Channer sets this decidedly frolicsome world as a play within a play. The entire proscenium stage will be open to the back wall with no side curtains, allowing the audience to see the actors preparing “offstage” for their next time in the “ring” which serves as the playing space.

The cast includes Sara Richardson* (Jane, Miss De Bourgh), China Brickey* (Lizzy), Kiara Jackson* (Lydia), Paul Rutledge (Mr. Darcy), McKenna Kelly-Eiding (Mr. Collins, Wickham), Neal Beckman (Mr. Bingley, Mary), Alex Galick* (Charlotte, Mr. Bennet), George Keller* (Mrs. Bennet).

The Production team includes:  Ruth Coughlin Lencowski (Vocal Coach), Annie Katsura Rollins (Scenic Designer), Sonya Berlovitz (Costume Design), Dan Dukich (Sound Designer), Karin Olsen (Lighting Designer), Josephine Everett (Properties Designer), Scott Stafford (Choreographer) Tim Komatsu (Park Square Theatre Dramaturgy Fellow), Rachael Rhoades (Advance Stage Manager), Megan Fae Dougherty (Production Stage Manager) Jaya Robillard (Assistant Stage Manager), Rane Oganowski (Wardrobe) Charlotte Deranek (Sound Board Operator)  *Member, Actors Equity Association

Ticket prices: Previews: $27-$37. Regular Run: $40-$60. Discounts are available for students, seniors, military personnel, 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 parksquaretheatre.org.   #PSTAusten   SEASON TICKETS are on sale now.  Subscription package prices begin at $66.

CALENDAR INFORMATION

Previews: Nov 15 – 21, 2019

Opening Night: Nov 22, 2019

Regular Run: Nov 22 – Dec 22, 2019

Tickets: Previews: $20-$37; Regular Run: $25-$65

PARK SQUARE THEATRE, 20 W. Seventh Place, Saint Paul

Ticket office: 651.291.7005 or parksquaretheatre.org

 

Participation Packs add to the fun at ROCKY HORROR!


On stage through Nov 2, including two special performances at 6:00 pm and 10:30 pm on Halloween!

Still need a ticket? Buy The Rocky Horror Show tickets HERE!


Audience participation is part of the fun at The Rocky Horror Show! The help you join in the revelry, we’ve put together participation packs that guide you to the level of interaction that feels right to you! The kits are available for purchase at the bar prior to the show, for just $5! While every region and fandom has there own signature jokes and audience callbacks, we’ve included the most classic and important props to support participation. Look for members of the cast, particularly the narrator, to demonstrate how to use the props throughout the show!

Park Square Theatre Participation Kit for Rocky Horror Show in order of use:

Confetti To throw at newlyweds Ralph Hapschatt and Betty Munroe at the beginning of the show. Many fans will bring rice, but our kit uses paper shredding for better effect/easier clean-up!

Newspaper When Brad and Janet are caught in the storm, Janet covers her head with a newspaper, and you should do the same.

Water gun To mimic the rainstorm Brad and Janet are caught in. Good thing you have a newspaper on your head! (be sure to fill-up your water gun before you head into the theatre!)

Tea Light Light up the place during the “There’s a light” verse of Over at the Frankenstein Place. Refrain from using lighters — you have a newspaper on your head!

Rubber Glove During and after the creation speech, Frank snaps his rubber gloves three times. Do the same in sync each time for an awesome sound effect.

Noisemakers At the end of the creation speech, the Transylvanians respond with applause and noisemakers. Go for it.

Bubbles At the end of the I Can Make You a Man (the Charles Atlas song) reprise, the Transylvanians blow bubbles as Rocky and Frank head toward the bedroom.

Toilet paper When Dr. Scott enters the lab, Brad cries out “Great Scott!” That’s your cue to toss rolls of toilet paper!

Playing card During the song I’m Going Home, Frank sings “Cards for sorrow, cards for pain.” Let the cards fly.

 

Have fun using your Participation Packs! Remember, they are available for purchase at the bar prior to the performance for $5!

Still need a ticket? Buy The Rocky Horror Show tickets HERE!

On stage through Nov 2, including two special performances at 6:00 pm and 10:30 pm on Halloween!

 

What is behind PAIGE IN FULL?

An Artist Statement from Paige Hernandez

Paige Hernandez in Paige in Full.

“With PIF (Paige in Full), I aimed to create what I wanted to see on stage: a positive story from a woman of color that is both uplifting and insightful. The show needed to blur cultural lines with infectious music, choreography that moved the story forward, poems that defied structure, accessible emotion, and a strong narrative of love, pain, and triumph.

I wanted a story that would help to reclaim the positive energy that hip hop was once known to create. I wanted a story that was all at once international, and “around the way”. Lastly, I wanted a story for little girls of color. I want them to know that no matter where they fall in the rainbow, their voice is interesting, unique and needs to be heard.

I credit a lot of the show’s inspiration to my younger brother and collaborator, Nick tha 1da. He gave me a CD of his beats and my creative wheels started turning. The music inspired 20+ characters, 18 poems, 7 live music (DJ) sets and 8 dance routines.

Theater needs a jolt of fresh air. Its audience isn’t getting any younger and its topics can’t compete with social media, technology and the current racial climate. The hip hop experience has evolved from records to cassettes; cds, to ipods; and now to the stage. Enjoy the visual mix tape.”

-Paige

Still image from Paige in Full.

Ticket prices $16-$30. Tickets are on sale at the Park Square Ticket Office, 20 W. Seventh Place, downtown Saint Paul, by phone: 651.291.7005, (12 noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday), or online at parksquaretheatre.org.   #PSTPaige

 DANCE, HIP HOP, THEATRE AND PERSONAL MEMOIR COMBINE IN A VISUAL MIX TAPE

PAIGE HERNANDEZ GIVES THEATRE A JOLT WITH HER UNIQUE MULTI-RACIAL EXPERIENCE

Paige Hernandez in Paige in Full.

Park Square Theatre announces a special one-week only presentation of PAIGE IN FULL by Paige Hernandez on the Boss Stage (Friday, Oct 25 – Sunday, Oct 27). This unique experience blends poetry, dance, media and music to share a multicultural girl’s journey through hip-hop to self-discovery. Since its premiere in 2010, this “visual mix-tape” has sold out performances throughout the country and garnered praise from critics and audiences alike for its energy, intelligence, and originality.  In addition to just three public performances, the show will play to schools at special weekday matinees.

“With Paige in Full, I aimed to create what I wanted to see on stage: a positive story from a woman of color that is both uplifting and insightful,” says creator Paige Hernandez.  “The show needed to blur cultural lines with infectious music, choreography that moved the story forward, poems that defied structure, accessible emotion, and a strong narrative of love, pain, and triumph. I wanted a story that would help to reclaim the positive energy that hip hop was once known to create. Lastly, I wanted a story for little girls of color. I want them to know that no matter where they fall in the rainbow, their voice is interesting, unique and needs to be heard.”

Paige Hernandez* (writer, choreographer, and performer) is a multifaceted artist, who is known for her innovative fusion of poetry, hip hop, dance and education. As a master teaching artist, Paige has taught throughout the country, to all ages, in all disciplines. The Huffington Post named Paige a “classroom hero” because of her outstanding arts integration and work with STEM initiatives. She has collaborated with The Lincoln Center (NY) and was commissioned by the National New Play Network in 2012.

The show is directed by Danielle A. Drakes* with live beats and sound design by Nick tha 1da.

*Member, Actors Equity Association

Ticket prices $16-$30. Tickets are on sale at the Park Square Ticket Office, 20 W. Seventh Place, downtown Saint Paul, by phone: 651.291.7005, (12 noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday), or online at parksquaretheatre.org.   #PSTPaige

PHOTOS parksquaretheatre.org/media/photos/

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Have You Heard of the Margolis Method?

Park Square actors, creative teams, and all theatre lovers, check out this FREE opportunity presented by Metro State University Theater Underground/Student Life Leadership Development.

We are invited to this workshop with award-winning theatre artist Kari Margolis on Monday, Oct 21, 6:30 – 9 p.m. in the Andy Boss Rehearsal Hall in the lower level of the Hamm Building.

Please dress in clothing fit for movement (sweatpants, t-shirts, yoga gear, etc.). Note: Kari encourages participants to work barefoot. Join us for a night to Discover, Explore, Expand and Connect!

To register, send an email to jonathanbeller@metrostate.edu

margolismethod.org