*Commissioned by Pillsbury House Theatre with the support of a Joyce Award.
From the playwright of Buzzer comes Prep, a powerful story that exposes the trauma faced by African-American high school students navigating today’s educational system. Chris is a spiritually focused go-getter who is respected around school. His friend Oliver is good hearted but on the edge of going down the wrong path. Ms. Michelle, their principal, struggles to keep focused as she supports her ‘scholars’ and diffuses mounting tensions. As the story unfolds, the students wrestle with dynamics of loyalty, friendship and injustice while trying to protect a secret that could change the course of their lives.
At once an urgent appeal to end the violence erupting on the streets and realize the potential of our youth, Prep examines the effects of racism and class in our cities’ schools.
Starring Kory LaQuess Pullam, Ryan Colbert and Jodi Kellogg.
by Tracey Scott Wilson, directed by Noel Raymond
starring Kory Laquess Pullam, Ryan Colbert and Jodi Kellogg
September 18-October 18, 2015
Wednesdays – Saturdays at 7:30 pm
Sundays at 3:00 pm
at Pillsbury House Theatre
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Box Office Hours:
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6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Wednesdays – Saturdays during performances
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Additional Important Dates:
- Post-Show Discussions with our Community Partner, Pillsbury United Communities: September 27 and October 7
(If you’ve already seen the show, you’re invited to return for any of the above discussion dates. Discussions start immediately following the performance and last about 30 minutes.)
- ASL Interpreted Performance: Saturday, September 26 at 7:30 pm
- Audio-Described Performance: Saturday, October 3 at 7:30 pm
Run time: 90 minutes, no intermission
Recommended Age: 14+ (for language and depicted violence)
During the run of The Gospel of Lovingkindness, we asked audience members to share their wish for our community’s future. These wishes will be added to the stream of community wishes at the Arts on Chicago Wish Well on the corner of 35th Street and Chicago Avenue, but here are a few highlights:
The reviews are in! THE GOSPEL OF LOVINGKINDNESS “resonates in age of ‘Black Lives Matter,'” is “passionate, painful, powerful [and] poetic,” and has “a savage, breathless, you-can’t-peel-your-eyes-away edge.”
From the playwright of THE ROAD WEEPS, THE WELL RUNS DRY comes an equally powerful and poetic contemporary drama inspired be true events. Two young men growing up on the South Side of Chicago, Manny’s life is on track, and Noel’s life is derailing. Manny just sang at the White House; Noel just got kicked off the basketball team. When their paths cross, they risk everything for their dreams, leaving behind two grieving mothers and a city on the verge.
Pillsbury House Theatre presents a live Jazz at Lincoln Center webcast of Cécile McLorin Salvant singing Billie Holiday on Saturday, April 11. The performance will be broadcasted in HD at 8:30 p.m. CST. Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended.
Does DEATH TAX have you wondering about your own end-of-life preparedness? Check out these free upcoming workshops on Health Care Directives and Estate Planning 101 at Pillsbury House + Theatre:
The reviews are in! Death Tax is “a slim but powerful play” (Star Tribune), “smart, funny, thought-provoking” (Cherry and Spoon), and “an appealing and human performance” (Pioneer Press).
Pillsbury House Theatre hopes you continue the conversations that our productions inspire. After you’ve seen DEATH TAX, share your thoughts with us online, attend a post-show discussion, or consider the following discussion questions wherever you wind up after the show.
A suspenseful and captivating dark comedy by Lucas Hnath about the tensions between family and money, life and death.
The term “death tax” has been used since the nineteenth century to refer to a broad group of taxes (estate taxes, inheritance taxes, legacy taxes and succession taxes) imposed after the death of an individual. Today, however, the term is more commonly used to negatively refer to the estate tax, a federal tax on the transfer of a person’s property following that person’s death.
2015 MAINSTAGE SEASON
March 6 — April 5, 2015
by Lucas Hnath, directed by Hayley Finn
Weeks before the New Year (and the new estate tax taking effect), the ailing Maxine is convinced that her estranged daughter is bribing Nurse Tina to expedite her demise. But, when Maxine offers an enticing deal of her own, Nurse Tina finds herself at a moral crossroads. A suspenseful and captivating dark comedy, Death Tax raises timely questions about the tensions between family and money, life and death. “Provocative…whip-smart…You really can’t ask for anything more.” —Chicago Sun-Times
The Gospel of Lovingkindness
May 29 — June 28, 2015
by Marcus Gardley, directed by Marion McClinton
From the playwright of the road weeps, the well runs dry, comes an equally powerful and poetic contemporary drama inspired be true events. Two young men growing up on the South Side of Chicago, Manny’s life is on track, and Noel’s life is derailing. Manny just sang at the White House; Noel just got kicked off the basketball team. When their paths cross, they risk everything for their dreams, leaving behind two grieving mothers and a city on the verge. “The Gospel of Lovingkindness is an ambitious prayer; one that pleads for a deeper appreciation for the value of life, as well as an end to violence and the circumstances that create it.” –Newcity Stage.
September 18 – October 18, 2015
by Tracey Scott Wilson, directed by Noël Raymond
Commissioned by Pillsbury House Theatre through a 2014 Joyce Award, Prep is inspired by a number of recent local events with racial overtones that have stirred up emotions and conflict. Playwright Tracey Scott Wilson spent a month in the Twin Cities earlier in 2014, immersing herself in conversation with community members that have been part of these experiences. As in her 2012/13 production of Buzzer, Scott Wilson’s goal with this play is to cut through political correctness and broach off-limits topics in order to inspire genuine conversations about race.
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ABOUT THE MAINSTAGE SERIES
Since 1992, we’ve brought contemporary work to life in productions that combine nerve and verve. From our intimate 96-seat theatre in south Minneapolis, we’ve produced over 40 productions, including more than a dozen area premieres. Among the celebrated playwrights whose works have been presented are Athol Fugard, Ed Bullins, Tony Kushner, Lisa Jones, Lorraine Hansbury, Tennessee Williams, Leroi Jones and Lanford Wilson.
- Yacub: Mad Scientist or Genius? by Homer Jackson director Ralph Remington 2/92
- Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act by Athol Fugard director Ralph R. 7/92
- Gerry Girouard Dancers in The Shadows of the Diamond Realm 7/92
- Danny and the Deep Blue Sea by John Patrick Shanley director Ralph Remington 1/93
- Slow Dance on the Killing Ground by William Hanley director Ralph Remington 3/93
- Power Tools by Xavier Leonard director Ralph Remington 6/93
- The Taking of Miss Janie by Ed Bullins director Ralph Remington 9/93
- Azande in Les Mannequins by Azande director Azande 9/93
- The Colors of Desire by Alexs Pate and David Mura director Ralph Remington 2/94
- Savage in Limbo by John Patrick Shanley director Ralph Remington 3/94
- Thoughts from a Cultural Revolutionary by Ralph Remington director Ralph Remington 4/94
- Combination Skin by Lisa Jones director Dawn Renee Jones 7/94
- MultiCultiBoho Sideshow by Alexs Pate director Ralph Remington 11/94
- This City of Dreams by Walter Allen Bennett,Jr. director Ralph Remington 3/95 9/95
- The Hittite Empire in Undersiege Stories by the Hittite Empire 6/95
- The Punic Wars by Sirius B 7/95
- Extremities by William Mastrosimone director Ralph Remington 3/96
- Sexual Perversity in Chicago by David Mamet director Dwight Callaway 8/96
- Bring the Children Home by Marci Rendon directors Noel Raymond & Heidi Hunter Batz 9/96
- Streamers by David Rabe director Noel Raymond 2/97
- Women of Manhattan by John Patrick Shanley director Ralph Remington 7/97
- The Brunette Breck Girl by Heidi Arnesan director Heidi Arnesan 7/97
- Burn This by Lanford Wilson director Ralph Remington 10/97
- The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window by Lorraine Hansberry directors D. Callaway & Ralph R. 2/98
- Where I’m At conceived, developed and directed by Heidi Hunter Batz 3/98
- Dutchman by LeRoi Jones director Brian Goranson 6/98
- A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams director Leah C. Gardiner 2/99
- Shelter (staged reading) by Dwight Hobbes director Ralph Remington 6/99
- Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches by Tony Kushner director Noel Raymond 2/00
- The House That Crack Built by Djola Branner director Heidi Hunter Batz 10/00
- Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika by Tony Kushner director Noel Raymond 3/01
- The Gimmick by Dael Orlandersmith director Sharon Walton 7/01
- Mr. Bundy by Jane Martin director Faye Price and Sari Ketter 3/02
- The Bi Show (in collaboration with Mama Mosaic) director Noel Raymond 5/02
- Boesman and Lena by Athol Fugard director Noel Raymond 10/02
- [sic] by Melissa James Gibson director Noel Raymond 2/03
- Evidence of Silence Broken (in collaboration with Tru Ruts Endeavors) director Daniel Alexander Jones 4/03
- Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train by Stephen Adly Guirgis director Stephen DiMenna 10/03
- Far Away by Caryl Churchill director Noel Raymond 3/04
- Talking Masks (in collaboration with Carlyle Brown and Company) director Carlyle Brown 5/04
- Bel Canto by Daniel Alexander Jones director Stephen DiMenna 10/04
- The Story by Tracey Scott Wilson director Sharon Walton 3/05
- Hot Comb by Kimberly Joy Morgan director Dr. Tawnya Pettiford-Wates 5/05
- An Almost Holy Picture by Heather McDonald director Noel Raymond 9/05
- Hot Comb ’06 director Dr. Tawnya Pettiford-Wates 1/06
- Phoenix Fabrik director Daniel Alexander Jones 6/06
- Bugby Tracey Letts director Stephen DiMenna 10/06
- Underneath the Lintelby Glen Berger director Noel Raymond 2/07
- Lowby Rha Goddess director Chay Yew 6/07
- Home by Samm-Art Williams director Marion McClinton 10/07
- Same Differenceby Samuel G. Roberson, Jr. director Anton Jones 2/08
- Other by the Breaking Ice Company director Heidi Hunter Batz 3/08
- Bulrusher by Eisa Davis director Marion McClinton 5/08
- Blackbird by David Harrower director Stephen DiMenna 10/08
- No Child by Nilaja Sun director Noel Raymond 2/09
- Playlist by Aditi Brennan Kapil and the Breaking Ice Company director Heidi Hunter Batz 5/09
- King of Shadows by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa director Randy Reyes 10/09
- No Child ’10 by NIlaja Sun director Noel Raymond 2/10
- Pa’s Hat by Cori Thomas director Marion McClinton 5/10
- Vigil by Morris Panych director Stephen DiMenna 9/10
- Broke-ology by Nathan Louis Jackson director James A. Williams 3/11
- In the Red and Brown Water by Tarell Alvin McCraney director Marion McClinton, produced in partnership with The Mount Curve Company in the Dowling Studio at the Guthrie Theater, 5/11
- The Pride by Alexi Kaye Campbell, director Noel Raymond, 10/11
- Buzzer by Tracey Scott Wilson, director Marion McClinton, 2/12
- Jomama Jones: Radiate Live! created by Daniel Alexander Jones in collaboration with Bobby Halvorson, 6/12
- The Brothers Size by Tarell Alvin McCraney, directed Marion McClinton, produced in partnership with The Mount Curve Company in the Dowling Studio at the Guthrie Theater, 9/12
- Buzzer by Tracey Scott Wilson, director Marion McClinton, produced in the Dowling Studio at the Guthrie Theater, 2/13
- River See by Sharon Bridgforth, featuring Sonja Parks, 4/13
- the road weeps, the well runs dry by Marcus Gardley, directed by Marion McClinton, 10/13
- Gidion’s Knot by Johnna Adams, directed by Noel Raymond, 3/14
- Mercy Killers written and performed by Michael Milligan, 4/14
- Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet by Tarell Alvin McCraney, directed Marion McClinton, produced in partnership with The Mount Curve Company in the Dowling Studio at the Guthrie Theater, 9/14
“The freshest, most challenging work in town.” —MplsStPaul Magazine
“Best theatre for drama” —City Pages