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.

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The small town of Elaine is the flashpoint for this tale of social and racial unrest in 1919 Arkansas. Black sharecroppers Effie and Virgil are attempting to organize with others for better wages when emotions and violence erupt amongst White and Black residents, leading to one of the deadliest racial confrontations in American history. In part two of the play, two interracial couples accidently stumble upon present day Elaine only to discover the effects of history in their “post-racial” society.

by Christina M. Ham, directed by Marion McClinton and stars Jennifer Blagen, Dan Hopman, James A. Williams and Regina Marie Williams.

May 27 – June 26, 2016

Wednesdays – Saturdays at 7:30 pm
Sundays at 3:00 pm

at Pillsbury House Theatre

3501 Chicago Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN
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Tickets: Buy tickets online or call 612-825-0459.

Pick Your Price. Pay what you want for every performance, every night. (Regular price: $25)
Box Office Hours:
9:30 am – 4:30 pm, Mondays – Fridays
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Wednesdays – Saturdays during performances
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Sundays during performances
Groups: Contact Chris at 612-787-3622 or

Additional Important Dates:

  • Post-Show Discussions 
    • Thursday, June 2
    • Thursday, June 9
    • Thursday,  June 16
    • Thursday, June 23

The discussions will be facilitated by our community partner, The African American Leadership Forum.

  • ASL Interpreted Performance: Saturday, June 11 at 7:30 pm by Jonella Titus and Breanna Colaianni.
  • Audio-Described Performance: Saturday, June 18 at 7:30 pm by Laurie Pape Hadley.

Run time:   2:15 minutes, one intermission
Recommended Age: 13+ (for adult language)

Join us in 2016 for a season of area premieres—work that strikes at the heart of the American experience today: race relations, same-sex marriage, and personal growth.

Bright Half Life
by Tanya Barfield, directed by Ellen Fenster
January 22 – February 21, 2016

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in a baby carriage. Tanya Barfield’s engaging new play tells the story of Erica and Vicky, of love and a relationship that spans decades. Moments of the past collide with fragments of the present in this kaleidoscopic telling of the loves and loses of coupledom. Bright Half Life is a contemporary play with a theme as timeless as the ages. “This well-written portrayal of smart women finding, losing, and finding themselves and each other again, is profound…past, present, and future are contained in each moment, and every one of them feels full.” —New Yorker.


by Christina M. Ham, directed by Marion McClinton
May 27 – June 26, 2016

Christina Ham’s sweeping new drama is inspired by one of the deadliest massacres in US history. Part one of Scapegoat takes place in Elaine Arkansas in 1919, when Black sharecroppers Effie and Virgil while attempting to organize with others for better wages are met with violence by white residents, leading to one of the biggest race riots American history. In part two of the play, two interracial couples accidently stumble upon present day Elaine only to discover the effects of history in their “post-racial” world.


The Children
by Michael Elyanow, directed by Noël Raymond
September 16 – October 16, 2016

Is it possible to survive a difficult childhood and go on to have a good life? The Children is s a wildly theatrical, richly layered bend on classic literature infused with a contemporary twist. Based on Euripides’ Greek tragedy Medea, interwoven with events of the not so distant past, The Children delivers a whimsical combination of live action and puppetry that unwinds to an extraordinary journey of survival, hope and growth through the healing power of love.  “A must-see attraction and an instant classic.” – Los Angeles Times.


Also in the 2016 Season

Chicago Avenue Project – 20th Anniversary

April 18, 19

November 7 and 8

The Late Nite Series

October 29, November 12 and 19

Naked Stages

December 8–17

Ticket Information

Season passes: Pick-your-price season passes (regular price: $100; minimum price: $65) are on sale now online or by calling 612-825-0459. In order to take advantage of the pick-your-price option, YOU MUST CALL 612-825-0459 to purchase a pass.

Individual tickets: Individual pick-your-price tickets for the 2015 Season are available online or by calling 612-825-0459.

Groups: Call Chris Harrison at 612-825-0459, or email him at


Wish well cards spread out on a table. Do you have a wish for this community?

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:





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