Chicago Avenue Project

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2015 CAP Productions

Elvis has Left the Building
Monday, April 20, 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 21, 4:00 and 7:00 p.m.

Drastic Times Call for Drastic Measures
Monday, November 2, 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 3, 4:00 and 7:00 p.m.

All performances are free and family friendly. Just show up!


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Now in its 20th year, Pillsbury House Theatre’s award-winning Chicago Avenue Project returns on November 2nd and 3rd. Drastic Times Call for Drastic Measures features ten original, short plays written by South Minneapolis youth who are mentored and directed by Twin Cities theatre artists, and performed by professional actors, including Kimberly Richardson, Taous Khazem, and Clarence Wethern; with directors Eric F. Avery, a 2014 Naked Stages artist, and Leah Cooper.

November 2nd and 3rd, 2015

Monday at 7:00 pm Tuesday at 4:00 and 7:00 pm

at Pillsbury House Theatre, 3501 Chicago Avenue S., Minneapolis
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Admission is free —just show up! All ages welcome.

THE PLAYS
Alexa’s Play: They Are Always Watching
Playwright Mentor: Michelle Barnes
Directed by Lucas Skjaret

Starring Taous Khazem and Kimberly Richardson

 

Amir’s Play: Lifestyle
Playwright Mentor: Ryan Campbell
Directed by Brian Columbus

Starring Dustin Bronson and Melanie Wehrmacher

 

Cicely’s Play: Amnesia
Playwright Mentor : Tyler Olsen
Directed by Matt Sciple

Starring Calli McLellan and Clarence Wethern
Lamonte’s Play: John and Shawn’s Summer Vacation
Playwright Mentor: James Tyler
Directed by Addie Gorlin

Starring Vincent Hannam and Michael Hanna
Laelah’s Play: The Missing Crown
Playwright Mentor: Adrian Balbontin
Directed by Matt Sciple

Starring Janie Froiland and JuCoby Johnson
Manny’s Play: Ken Misses the Fly
Playwright Mentor: L.J. Johnson
Directed by Eric F. Avery
Starring Emily Grodzik and Zakary Morton

 

 

Mimi’s Play: The Haunted Principal’s Office
Playwright Mentor: Cristina Castro
Directed by Jefferson Slinkard
Starring Sarah Broude and Erin Roberts

 

 

Nat’s Play: Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream
Playwright Mentor: Carlyle Brown
Directed by Leah Cooper

Starring Anni Jordan-Amberg and Sam Bardwell
Nevaeh’s Play: The Enemies
Playwright Mentor: Jessica Huang
Directed by Stacy Schultz

Starring Alsa Bruno and Hope Cervantes
Za’ Mya’s Play: Realizing
Playwright Mentor: Erin Roberts
Directed by David Hanzal

Starring Emily Gunyou Halaas and Katie Kaufman

 

Chicago Avenue Project - Elvis Has Left the Building

Elvis Has Left the Building features nine original, short plays written by professional playwrights, directed by professionals, and performed by some of the Twin Cities’ top theatre artists in partnership with South Minneapolis youth.

Out on a Limb

Pillsbury House Theatre’s Chicago Avenue Project presents OUT ON A LIMB, November 3 and 4, featuring ten original, short plays written by neighborhood youth in partnership with professional dramaturgs, and performed and directed by some of the Twin Cities’ best theatre artists.

Easy as Pie, features ten original, short plays written by professional playwrights, directed by professionals, and performed by some of the Twin Cities’ top theatre artists in partnership with South Minneapolis youth.

Chicago Avenue Project presents: Take the Cake

Pillsbury House Theatre’s award-winning Chicago Avenue Project presents Take the Cake.

Take the Cake features eight original, short plays written by neighborhood youth in partnership with professional dramaturgs, and performed and directed by some of the Twin Cities’ top theatre artists.
November 18 and 19, 2013

Rachel Austin (left) and Carolyn Pool (right) read through The Bunny and the Bot with Arley (middle)

Pillsbury House Theatre’s award-winning Chicago Avenue Project presents “Once in a Blue Moon.” With a colorful cast of dragon slayers and dragon tamers, haunted volcanoes, intergalactic fashion police, and a hypocritical hypochondriac, “Once in a Blue Moon” features ten original, short plays written by professional playwrights, directed by professionals, and performed by some of the Twin Cities’ top theatre artists in partnership with South Minneapolis youth.

This fall local performing arts professionals team up with neighborhood kids for the 16th year of Pillsbury House Theatre’s award-winning Chicago Avenue Project. MARK MY WORDS features some of the Twin Cities’ top theatre artists, actors, and directors in ten original, short plays written by South Minneapolis youth.

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Thanks to Ben McGinley for great editing on our new Chicago Avenue Project video. It’s both a fun introduction if you don’t know the project and a treat full of charming interviews and scenes for those who do. Watch the video.

http://player.vimeo.com/video/44052009

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The second production of 2012 Chicago Avenue Project is coming Monday, October 22 and Tuesday, October 23. Performances at 7 pm both nights and also at 4:30 pm on Tuesday. This is the one where the kids write the plays and a duo of local professional actors bring them to life. Last year’s production included Frankenstein and the Walking Dead going to the Mall of America to see Taylor Lautner sing and the immortal line that “even the dead have feelings.” It also included a story of Vampire Strawberries, pictured below. (Photos by Aaron Fenster.)

Chicago Avenue Project, Fall-2011

“It’s Raining Cats and Dogs” features 10 short plays written by professional playwrights, directed by professionals and acted by some of Twin Cities top theatre artists in partnership with neighborhood kids.

Monday, April 30 at 7:00 pm
Tuesday, May 1 at 4:30 pm and 7:00 pm

*All performances are FREE and open to the public.
General admission. Cookies and milk served after the show.

About CAP

ABOUT THE CHICAGO AVENUE PROJECT:

Since 1996, the Chicago Avenue Project brings together the Twin Cities best adult playwrights, actors, and directors who volunteer to work one-on-one with neighborhood youth on the creation and production of an original play. Individual children develop close mentoring relationships with at least four adults who are successful in their creative fields while adult professional artists share the chance to perform in wildly imaginative plays as talking guinea pigs, horses, computer gaming systems, and other indescribably unique characters.

The project is not about teaching youth to perform, though they do learn acting—nor is it about teaching them how to write plays, though they learn that as well. The Chicago Avenue Project gives every child—no matter their circumstances—the opportunity to discover that he or she has a lot of value to offer.

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Past Seasons

2012
It’s Raining Cats and Dogs – April 30 & May 1, 2012
Mark my Words! – October 22 and 23, 2012

2011
On the Other Hand
Table for Two

2010
Over the Top
Table for Two

2009
Forward/Reverse
Eyes on the Prize

2008
All or Nothing
Up Up and Away

2007
Grin and Bear It
Heard It through the Grapevine
Face the Music

2006
Sky’s the Limit – The Best of the Chicago Avenue Project
All Dressed Up & Nowhere to Go
Sumthin’ Fishy Going On!

2005
All Washed Up
Life of the Party

2004
You Snooze You Lose
Breakfast of Champions

2003
Buzzword
The Cat’s Out of the Bag

2002
Lights Out: Plays in the Dark
Keep the Ball Rolling
Opposites Attract

Winner of the White House’s 2005 Coming Up Taller Award

an integral part of Pillsbury United Communities