20 17 18 41ST SEASON
LETTER FROM THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Fifty years ago a young couple
We’re not far from that fight.
This season we explore what
was thrust into the national spotlight
Even today interracial couples and
happens when the boundlessness
because they fought for their love to be
families are met with curiosity, scrutiny,
of love meets the boundaries of
recognized. Richard and Mildred Loving,
and in this racially tense time,
our identities. Powerful drama and
aptly named, didn’t intend to change
contempt. They represent an anxiety
provocative conversations will inspire
history—they just wanted to protect
about a breakdown of racial hierarchy
us to move beyond the barriers of our
their family. They took their fight to the
in the U.S. that goes back centuries.
skin toward the beating of our hearts.
highest court and with Loving v. The
In 2017 we find ourselves defending
Join us to celebrate the courage of
State of Virginia, the Supreme Court
progress we never imagined would be
those who love outside the lines, who
declared anti-miscegenation laws
imperiled, but we also find that we are
fight to be all of who they are, and in
unconstitutional. The year was 1967.
capable of reaching beyond ourselves
doing so, urge us to manifest a more
to imagine our world anew.
loving, inclusive America.
COLOR, CULTURE, SEXUALITY, CLASS. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DARE TO CROSS SOCIETY’S DIFFICULT DIVIDES? THIS SEASON, PENUMBRA PRESENTS STORIES OF PEOPLE FIGHTING TO BE SEEN, ACCEPTED, RESPECTED, AND LOVED — NOT AS THE WORLD DICTATES, BUT AS THEY ARE. JOIN US TO CELEBRATE THE STRUGGLES AND STRENGTH OF THOSE WHO DON’T LIVE INSIDE THE LINES.
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Penumbra’s Summer Institute is a multi-year leadership development program training young artists to critically engage the world around them and to respectfully take action to realize the luminosity of their dreams. Students explore who they are and discover their own power to make change. Join us for two weekends of activist art as we celebrate brave new voices in theatre!
Fearless voices unite. AUGUST 5, 2017 AT 7PM 7 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– An evening of original ensemble work written and performed by first year students who are standing up and speaking out about their world. Witness their bravery and welcome their leadership.
Honest. Outspoken. Face to face. AUGUST 12, 2017 AT 7PM 12, 2017 AT 7PM ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Featuring original monologues written and performed by second year students who employ the power of their art to address issues that concern them. The evening includes a postshow discussion facilitated by the artists.
“My daughter came away from Summer Institute on fire to use the power of art to foster empathy and shift debilitating social patterns, especially racism.” —Wendy Morris, Parent
Wedding ALICE CHILDRESS’
Band A LOVE/HATE STORY IN BLACK AND WHITE DIRECTED BY LOU BELLAMY
CAN LOVE SURVIVE IN A HOSTILE WORLD?
OCTOBER 19 THROUGH NOVEMBER 12, 2017
–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– In a small South Carolina town by the sea, Julia keeps to herself. Her love, Herman, arrives after dark with a wedding cake—a symbol of their decade long commitment and secret vows to one another. Unable to legally marry, these star-crossed lovers—one black, one white—live in constant
fear of arrest or worse. The rules that govern society don’t govern the heart, and Julia and Herman risk safety and security for love. Will the price be more than they can bear? Written in 1972, this passionate classic stirs the heart and proves searingly relevant as race takes center stage in American politics.
BOOKEND CLASSES OCTOBER 23 AND NOVEMBER 6 AT 12:30PM Learn more about the play with other curious theatre lovers! At the first Bookend class, explore the script and gain insight into the production. Then, see the play on your own. Finally, return for the second Bookend class to enjoy a lively discussion about the issues the play illuminates. POST-PLAY DISCUSSIONS OCTOBER 26 AND NOVEMBER 2 AND 9, 2017 Join us for a moderated conversation with the artists to learn more about the work and hear the unexpected stories behind its creation.
“An unforgettable piece of theatre.” SEATTLE WEEKLY
“the Twin Cities’ most soulful holiday tradition” - STAR TRIBUNE
Black LANGSTON HUGHES’
NATIVITY DIRECTED BY LOU BELLAMY
A SOUL-STIRRING CELEBRATION MARKS ITS 30TH YEAR. BLACK NATIVITY
Musical direction by Sanford Moore with the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church Choir and choreography by Uri Sands
NOVEMBER 30 THROUGH DECEMBER 24, 2017 This timeless holiday tradition is treasured by families across the Twin Cities. Today, kids who grew up with Black Nativity are returning with their own families. Under the direction of Lou Bellamy and the musical direction of Sanford Moore, this homegrown Christmas show returns with exceptional lead vocalists, the outstanding Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church Choir, and the stirring choreography of Uri Sands of TU Dance. Join us for an experience full of joy, community, and spirit.
POST-PLAY DISCUSSIONS DECEMBER 7, 14, AND 21, 2017 Join us for a moderated conversation with the artists to learn more about the work and hear the unexpected stories behind its creation.
FREDERICK DOUGLASS NOW
History mixed and remixed. BY ROGER GUENVEUR SMITH JANUARY 25 THROUGH 28, 2018 Part of the Claude Edison Purdy Festival –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Two hundred years ago Frederick Douglass was born into slavery. Likely the son of his slavemaster, Douglass liberated himself at twenty years old and began a new life using his exceptional skills as an orator, writer, journalist, and politician to fight for the abolition of slavery, women’s suffrage, and an end to racial discrimination. He died arguably the most recognized abolitionist in the world. In this poetic remix, acclaimed artist Roger Guenveur Smith lifts up the legacy of this great man, weaving his story through a modern constellation of American power, politics, and promise.
“....incisive, socially trenchant…”
- LA TIMES
When can you ever truly be yourself? BY KHANISHA FOSTER DIRECTED BY LOU BELLAMY FEBRUARY 8 THROUGH 18, 2018 World Premiere Part of the Claude Edison Purdy Festival –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– As a small child she learned that her cherished grandmother loved her but condemned her parents’ interracial relationship. As a young actress she learned to play the part, even if it meant leaving parts of herself behind. Since then, Khanisha Foster has spent a lifetime refusing to color inside the lines. Join us for a candid look at what it means to find joy in the struggle to be recognized for all of who we are. POST-PLAY DISCUSSION FEBRUARY 15, 2018 Join us for a moderated conversation with the artist to learn more about the work and hear the unexpected stories behind its creation.
CLAUDE EDISON PURDY
was a founding member of Penumbra who believed that an artist’s greatest responsibility was to tell the truth, no matter how daunting. In his honor, this festival celebrates the insightful, independent voices of contemporary black theatre artists, their courage and vision.
H A R R I S O N DAV I D R I V E R S â€™
DIRECTED BY TALVIN WILKS
PROTEST, POETRY AND THE POLITICS OF LOVE. THIS BITTER EARTH
–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Neil is a handsome, wealthy white man who is a passionate advocate for civil rights. Jesse is an introspective black playwright coming to terms with his own activism. As racial tensions mount with the extrajudicial killings of black men throughout the country, the young couple is forced to contend with the politics of their love. Written poetically by Harrison David Rivers, this timely story is a haunting reminder of the strength it takes to love outloud.
APRIL 26 THROUGH MAY 20, 2018 BOOKEND CLASSES APRIL 30 AND MAY 21 AT 12:30PM Learn more about the play with other curious theatre lovers! At the first Bookend class, explore the script and gain insight into the production. Then, see the play on your own. Finally, return for the second Bookend class to enjoy a lively discussion about the issues the play illuminates.
POST-PLAY DISCUSSIONS MAY 3, 10, AND 17, 2017 Join us for a moderated conversation with the artists to learn more about the work and hear the unexpected stories behind its creation.
Penumbra’s Let’s Talk Series creates space for compassionate and challenging conversations around issues of social justice, equity, and the arts. Hosted by Sarah Bellamy, the event begins at 6pm with refreshments and light bites, followed by a 90-minute presentation and discussion.
RACIAL IDENTITY DEVELOPMENT
How do we come to terms with race? For some it’s a struggle, for others it’s simply a fact, and some never think about it at all. How do our racial and ethnic identities inform our values, perceptions, and beliefs? How do we ensure that our children develop a positive racial identity? Join us for a conversation about how we learn to know ourselves through race.
Today, approximately 40 percent of adoptions in America are transracial—and that number is growing. In decades past, adoptive parents were encouraged to raise their children as though race didn’t matter; today acknowledging difference is encouraged. While some advocates of transracial adoption believe the practice makes America increasingly “colorblind,” others strongly object to a practice that pulls apart ancestral families and identities. Join us as we explore the personal stories, policies, and politics of transracial adoption.
Increasing racial violence. Gender parity dismissed. Rising class warfare. Newly gained ground for same sex couples and trans safety threatened. Immigrant status insecure. Mosques, synagogues, and sacred burial grounds desecrated. Is this the America we want for ourselves and our families? Our nation is at a critical crossroads. What can we do? Join us as we imagine the future for our country and chart a path of action forward together with compassion and courage.
Can we really look past race? When actors of color are cast in roles traditionally reserved for whites, does the story change? Is it ever okay to cast a white actor in a role intended for a person of color? Advocates of colorblind casting claim increased diversity on American stages. Critics see a dangerous rewriting of history. Join us for a conversation with directors, actors, and critics about the politics of colorblind casting.
The color of becoming. MONDAY OCTOBER 23, 2017 RECEPTION AT 6:00PM; PROGRAM AT 7:00PM
Imagining our way forward. MONDAY MARCH 12, 2018 RECEPTION AT 6:00PM; PROGRAM AT 7:00PM
Family bonds, racial barriers. MONDAY DECEMBER 11, 2017 RECEPTION AT 6:00PM; PROGRAM AT 7:00PM
Flipping the script. MONDAY MAY 14, 2018 RECEPTION AT 6:00PM; PROGRAM AT 7:00PM
JOIN US FOR FILM SCREENINGS FOLLOWED BY A PROVOCATIVE DISCUSSION ABOUT THE THEMES. REEL TALKS ARE FREE BUT RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. LOVING
Law vs. love. 123 minutes, 2016 MONDAY OCTOBER 30, 2017 AT 7PM
–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton star in this intimate portrayal of real life couple Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple who were sentenced to prison in Virginia in 1958 for getting married. Exiled to Washington, D.C., they decided to sue the state of Virginia leading to the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision that laws prohibiting interracial marriage are unconstitutional.
ONE DROP RULE
Shades of self. 45 minutes, 2001 MONDAY APRIL 2, 2018 AT 7PM
–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– What makes someone black? Is it “one drop of blood?” A way of speaking and dressing? Exploring a recurring and divisive issue in African American communities—skin color, this film is candid, sometimes painful, but also often funny. A look at race and the complexities of color.
LITTLE WHITE LIE
DEAR WHITE PEOPLE
––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Imagine learning that the life you’d been living for decades
Reckoning with the history you never knew. 65 minutes, 2014 MONDAY JANUARY 15, 2018 AT 7PM
was based on a lie. How do we come to terms with the sins and mistakes of our parents? Lacey Schwartz discovers that answering those questions means understanding her parents’ stories as well as her own. She pieces together her family history and the story of her dual identity using home videos, archival footage, interviews, and episodes from her own life. Little White Lie is a personal documentary about the legacy of family secrets, denial, and the power of telling the truth.
An open letter to America. 108 minutes, 2014 MONDAY MAY 7, 2018 AT 7PM In Justin Simien’s writer-director debut, a college student named Sam gets real on the radio about the subtle, pervasive racism in the United States. “Dear white people,” Sam begins, before talking about the myriad ways white folks try to appropriate or condescend black culture, from the way they use words like “thang” to the way an acquaintance of hers is dating a black guy as an apparent act of social rebellion. But how down is Sam? Is this really her behind the mic, or is she playing a part, too?
WINNER! 7 TONY AWARDS, INCLUDING BEST MUSICAL!
JANUARY 23 THROUGH MARCH 18, 2018
A Children’s Theatre Company and Penumbra Theatre Production of
At the Children’s Theatre Company United Health Group Stage
––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Adapted from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum Book by William F. Brown Additional material by Tina Tippit Music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls Directed by Lou Bellamy Choreographer Patdro Harris Best enjoyed by all ages
Ease on down the road with Dorothy and her friends in this dazzling mixture of rock, gospel and soul music. Embark on this Oz-some adventure through a magic land where you will meet funky monkeys, winkies, Addeperle and Evilene. You don’t need a wizard—just believe in yourself to find home and feel that brand-new day!
FEBRUARY 1 THROUGH FEBRUARY 28, 2018
CELEBRATE with penumbra CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY WITH PENUMBRA THEATRE! FOR FORTY-ONE YEARS PENUMBRA HAS ILLUMINATED THE DEPTH AND BREADTH OF THE AFRICAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE. THIS YEAR WEâ€™RE OFFERING YOU GREAT OPPORTUNITIES TO GET INVOLVED AND EXPLORE AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE. JOIN US FOR THIS SERIES OF FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENTS!
Nourishing our souls, bodies, and community. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Sundays offer a day of rest, renewal, and togetherness within the black community. Join us for a communal meal and animated readings of classic black plays and stories performed by Penumbra Company members. A great way for the whole family to celebrate the creativity, tenacity, and sustenance of African American culture. Let’s nourish ourselves.
A DAY OF ABSENCE
By Douglas Turner Ward SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2018 AT 4PM –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Uproarious emergencies occur when an imaginary Southern town is faced with the sudden and inexplicable disappearance of all its black citizens. A biting satire, this hilarious one act first presented in 1965 offers surprisingly relevant insight today. Ages 13 and up.
SELECTED CHILDREN’S STORIES FROM LANGSTON HUGHES
By Langston Hughes SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2018 AT 4PM –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Many people know of Langston Hughes’ poetry and short stories, but the celebrated writer composed stories for children too. Hughes wrote about brave African American explorers, saints, musicians, freedom fighters, athletes and even imaginary legends. Join us as we bring these poetic tales to life! Ages 5 and up.
Experience our acclaimed equity work in the heart of Rondo. SATURDAY FEBRUARY 3, 2018 AT 11AM –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Penumbra has steadfastly worked toward the elimination of racism through our performances and community programs. For the past decade our RACE Workshops have opened transformative dialogue among thousands of participants in government sectors, corporations, media, and universities. Again this year we bring the work home and offer you an opportunity to participate. Join our skilled facilitators and artists as we use the tools of theatre to get you thinking in new ways about race and identity in America. Recommended for ages 14 and up.
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A comprehensive approach to diversity and inclusion work that enriches the mind, body, and soul. Over four “seasons” participants build knowledge and skills to confront both interpersonal and structural inequity. Become sensitive and attentive to the needs of particular groups targeted based on race, gender, class, sexuality, age, disability, religion and/or place of origin. Sow seeds of equity in your workplace, neighborhood, school, and community. Year-long engagement.
Penumbra approaches issues of race and racism with the fundamental belief that we see difference. Workshops combine expert facilitation, a powerful exploration of race in America, monologues from artists, and opportunities for participants to use theatre as a way to problem-solve and model. The process celebrates difference, recognizes cultural nuance, and invites everyone to participate in the dialogue.
Celebrate African American history, culture, and art! Whether you’re interested in booking a formal presentation or hosting a contentrich conversation that includes live performance, we’ve got you covered. Available upon request.
Penumbra’s skilled staff members are regularly called upon to provide consultation and support for equity, diversity, and inclusion planning and implementation. We work with non-profits, schools, corporations, and other arts organizations both locally and nationally.
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SEASON PACKAGES ON STAGE
2017-2018 SEASON AT-A-GLANCE ON STAGE
SUMMER INSTITUTE: AWAKE AUG 5, 2017
SUMMER INSTITUTE: AUTHENTIC AUG 12, 2017
OCT 19 THRU NOV 12, 2017
RACIAL IDENTITY DEVELOPMENT OCT 23, 2017
OCT 30, 2017
NOV 30 THRU DEC 24, 2017
TRANSRACIAL ADOPTION DEC 11, 2017
LITTLE WHITE LIE
JAN 15, 2018
FREDERICK DOUGLASS NOW
JAN 25 THRU JAN 28 , 2018
RACE WORKSHOP FEB 3, 2018
SUNDAY SUPPER: A DAY OF ABSENCE
FEB 8 THRU FEB 18 , 2018
FEB 11, 2018
SUNDAY SUPPER: LANGSTON HUGHES FEB 25, 2018
MARCH 12, 2018
THIS BITTER EARTH
ONE DROP RULE
APR 26 THRU MAY 20, 2018
APR 2, 2018
COLORBLIND CASTING MAY 14, 2018
Penumbra Theatre produces artistically excellent, thought-provoking, relevant art that illuminates the human condition through the prism of the African American experience.
DEAR WHITE PEOPLE MAY 7, 2018
Penumbra’s Let’s Talk Series creates space for compassionate and challenging conversations around issues of social justice, equity, and the arts. Hosted by Sarah Bellamy, the event begins at 6:00pm with refreshments and light bites, followed by a 90-minute presentation and discussion.
Join us for film screenings followed by provocative discussion about the themes. REEL Talk is free, but reservations are required. Each event begins at 7:00pm.
OUR FAMILY PENUMBRA STAFF
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS Lou Bellamy Sarah Bellamy Paul Acito Katrice Albert Kris Arneson Cutler Kathleen Edmond Carson Funderburk Duane Johnson Kevin Maler
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