Announcing Season 2018-19

Holidays gone wrong, messy love, a word from a human sacrifice, and of course — SMACKDOWN!!

Join us for a venturesome new season:

A Gertrude Stein Christmas
directed by JK Phillips & Melissa Simmons
devised by the ensemble from Gertrude Stein‘s play
Turkey and Bones and Eating and We Liked It
August 2-12
at the Minnesota Fringe

TU Core Company Member JK Phillips says, “There tend to be more productions of plays about Gertrude Stein than productions of her plays. That’s understandable. She was a mainstay of the expatriate artistic community in Paris of the 1920s, befriending people like Picasso, Hemingway, and Fitzgerald. And she had the guts to live openly with her partner, Alice B. Toklas. Her life was exceptional! But so were her words – and we want to see what we can make out of them.” Co-director Melissa Simmons adds, “If you’ve ever felt like an expatriate at your own family holidays, this show will ring a few bells.” Phillips most recently directed 2014’s Motherhood Out Loud; Simmons directed 2017’s Aliens with Extraordinary Skills.

The Clean House
by Sarah Ruhl

directed by Carolyn Levy
November 3-18, 2018
Gremlin Theatre, St. Paul

A cleaner who hates to clean, a doctor whose husband is struck down by love for a patient, and the quest for the perfect joke. Sarah Ruhl is a winner of the MacArthur Foundation Genius grant. Her plays include Eurydice and In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play. Award-winning director Carolyn Levy last worked with Theatre Unbound on best-seller The Good Fight. Levy says, “Life can be messy. Relationships can be messy. Aging and death can be messy. We can try obsessively (and futilely) to clean up those messes and create order out of chaos. Or we can embrace the mess and discover joy and growth in the disarray. Sarah Ruhl challenges us to grapple with theses life questions in a play that is complex, funny, poignant, often magical and sometimes in Portuguese.”

24:00:00 Xtreme Theatre Smackdown 2019
One night only!
January 12, 2019
SteppingStone Theatre, St. Paul

Dozens of the Twin Cities’ most bad-ass women theatre artists race the clock to create six new plays in the course of a single day.

Iphigenia and Other Daughters
by Ellen McLaughlin
directed by Taous Claire Khazem

February 23-March 10, 2019
Gremlin Theatre, St. Paul

The women of Greek tragedy speak out: Cassandra, who kills her husband for using her favorite daughter, Iphigenia, as a human sacrifice. Iphigenia, who was killed so that the gods would make the wind blow. Electra, who is determined to avenge her father’s murder. Chrysothemis, nobody’s favorite, who somehow keeps everything going. McLaughlin is well-known for her adaptation of Greek drama, including The Trojan Women and Ajax in Iraq. Taous Claire Khazem most recently worked with us on Silkworms (a nun play), where she appeared as the Prioress. Khazem says, “I’m excited to work on this modern retelling of an old story of vengeance and love through three short plays that intermingle poetry, sharp dialogue and magical chorus.”

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