Raw Stages 2018
$15 per reading/$30 Raw Stages Pass
RAW STAGES New Works Festival is a workshop process in which playwrights work with professional actors, directors, and dramaturgs to develop their script, and it’s often the first time playwrights have the chance to hear their work out-loud. To reserve your seat, call the box office at 651-292-4323 or buy tickets online
Do you like your theater 'Naked' or 'Raw'? (Star Tribune, Rohan Preston, 1/10/18)
January 11–January 14, 2018
Thursday, January 11, 7:30pm
by Richard Chin
Directed by Anya Kremenetsky
During WWII, conscientious objectors test the limits of their willpower by volunteering for a controversial University of Minnesota experiment on starvation.
Cast: Mark Benninghofen, Eric Knutson, Grant Sorenson, Josh Zwick, Wesley Mouri, Summer Hagen
Photo credit: Volunteers Gerald Wilsnack and Marshall Sutton, c.1945. Image is from the Minneapolis Newspaper Collection, Hennepin County Library Special Collections.
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The Spy Musical
Friday, January 12, 7:30pm
by Laurie Flanigan Hegge with music by Robert Elhai
Directed by Ron Peluso
The daring and ingenious Betty Pack - a Minnesota-born socialite turned secret agent - uses her seductive charm to change the course of WWII.
Cast: Caroline Innerbichler, Ann Michels, Kendall Anne Thompson, Joel Liestman, Juan Rivera, Gary Briggle, Randy Schmeling, Jon Hegge, Wesley Mouri
Photo credit: Amy Thorpe, late 1930s
Not For Sale
Saturday, January 13, 2:00pm
by Kim Hines and Barbara Teed
Directed by Richard D. Thompson
In the 1960s, a Minnesota realtor loses everything in his attempt to sell houses to minority families in all-white neighborhoods.
Cast: Charles Fraser, Carolyn Pool, Alejandra Tobar Alatriz, Juan Rivera, Ron Collier, Melina Kordich, Terry Hempleman, Michael Paul Levin, Shanan Custer, Evie Bair, Maia Hernandez
Sisters of Peace
Sunday, January 14, 2:00pm
by Doris Baizley
Directed by Ron Peluso
Four Catholic nuns and real-life sisters Jane, Brigid, Kate and Rita McDonald take to the streets to stand up against injustice – with plenty of singing, Irish humor, and several stops in jail along the way.
Cast: Sue Scott, Cathy Fuller, Katherine Ferrand, Wendy Lehr, Peggy O'Connell, Caroline Innerbichler, Nat Fuller, Ricardo Vazquez
Photo credit: Sisters of St. Joseph in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The McDonald Sisters in 1961 visiting their parents' farm (© K.J. McDonald)