Join professional actor and Macalester College Professor Harry Waters for a re-enactment of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 1962 speech to the Minneapolis convention of the United Packinghouse Workers, where King drew connections between the labor and civil rights struggles. Music and related readings will complement his performance.
TCDP TOP PICK: Should you choose to see Theatre in the Round’s production of Treasure Island, your evening may go something like this: an usher takes you to your seat, walking you across the treasure map painted on the stage, and the first thing you notice is the smell of wood and smoke. When you take your seat, you realize you never left the set at all, because rigging and seagulls and pirate paraphernalia adorn the walls around you. Then the lights come down, the waves roll, and the story begins. You join Billy Bones in singing “Dead Man’s Chest” in spite of yourself. Soon Jim and the pirates are dashing through the aisles beside you and perching in the balconies above you, and you wonder for a split second if you remembered to feed the cat before going in search of buried treasure.- read the complete review by Madeline Salmon
From April 26-May 18, Illusion Theater celebrates our food community with I Love To Eat: A Love Story With Food, a play that salutes a man who appreciated the secrets of a good menu: to tempt, to satisfy and to bring conversation. Writer James Still takes us back to 1984, where we spend an operatic evening with James Beard. Throughout the 90 minutes, Beard reminisces about his glory years through gossipy phone calls, inventive cooking and wistful longing for a grand love story to call his own.
TCDP TOP PICK: Theatre Terra Firma originally formed as a small group of friends who wanted to create a company that allowed students and recent graduates to have a bridge from school to the Twin Cities rich theater scene. Since then, we have premiered several original works by young playwrights and created a large and talented network of actors and artists in the area. We are especially excited and proud to have created the now annual tradition of "Shake in a Day," which is a 24-hour Shakespeare project we put on in Horton Park in St Paul. Out of the Frying Pan is a culmination of a lot of hard work, and a little bit of a break from our normal repertoire. The play, written in 1940, is about six young actors looking for their big break, so it fits perfectly with what our company is all about! We have such a talented cast, and the show has so many great comic moments—it is sure to be enjoyed by all ages! - Jessie West
Community Voices is a space for reader contributions—including news articles, opinion essays, and personal stories—moderated, but not edited, by Daily Planet staff. We invite you to post stories, send us stories, or suggest stories for inclusion in Community Voices. The opinions expressed by Community Voices contributors are their own and not necessarily the opinion of the TC Daily Planet.