Penumbra Theatre Company

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  • Go to www.penumbratheatre.org for specific ticket information or call the Box Office at 651-224-3180.

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    • September 16, 2018 - May 22, 2019

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  • Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 10am to 4:30pm, call 651-224-3180 or go online to www.penumbratheatre.org for show descriptions, dates, times and ticket purchase.

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  • Accessible to Disabled
  • Can Accommodate Groups of 45 or more
  • African American Heritage

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  1. An Oversimplification of Her Beauty

    An Oversimplification of Her Beauty

    270 N Kent St
    St Paul, MN 55102-1744
    Call: (651) 224-3180

    Terence Nance’s debut film is a beautiful and haunting story of unrequited love. Its genre unclassifiable, An Oversimplification of her Beauty (2012) is a mash-up of home video, fiction, animation, puppetry, voiceover, and nonfiction shorts. The film has a truly textural feel, almost a homemade collage, as a lover attempts to capture the magnetism of his longing. Drawing inspiration from the rich tapestry of African American visual art, from Romare Bearden and Jacob Lawrence to record sleeves and cartoons, the film explores the mysterious realms of desire, longing, and love.

    Penumbra’s REEL Talks are film screenings followed by a provocative discussion about the themes. Reel Talks are free, but reservations are required.

  2. benevolence

    benevolence

    270 N Kent St
    St Paul, MN 55102-1744
    Call: (651) 224-3180

    A world premiere by Ifa Bayeza
    Directed by Talvin Wilks

    A small, segregated town is about to be turned upside down as fate brings a young boy from Chicago to a candy counter in Money, Mississippi. The second play in Ifa Bayeza’s powerful trilogy about Emmett Till, benevolence is a haunting, unforgettable portrait of the collateral damage surrounding a case that gained international attention and sparked the Civil Rights Movement. Penumbra produced Bayeza’s award-winning The Ballad of Emmett Till in 2014
    to critical acclaim. Join us for this second chapter as we open ritual space to remember and reconnect our hearts with our history in service of a better tomorrow.

  3. Black Nativity

    Black Nativity

    270 N Kent St
    St Paul, MN 55102-1744
    Call: (651) 224-3180

    By Langston Hughes
    Directed by Lou Bellamy
    Musical direction by Sanford Moore with the Kingdom Life Church Choir
    Choreography by Uri Sands
    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 Kingdom Life Church Choir, and the stirring choreography of Uri Sands of TU Dance. Join us for an experience full of joy, community, and spirit.

  4. Family Portraits: Stories from Our Community

    Family Portraits: Stories from Our Community

    270 N Kent St
    St Paul, MN 55102-1744
    Call: (651) 224-3180

    What are the stories passed down in your family? Who are the keepers of these stories? For this special Sunday Supper, Penumbra’s teaching artists will guide Story Tables inviting each person attending to share a cherished family tradition or tale. Join us for a nourishing meal and a celebration of communal storytelling. All ages. Includes dinner and reading.

    For over forty-one years Penumbra has illuminated the depth and breadth of the African American Experience. This year Penumbra is offering opportunities for families to get involved and explore African American heritage.

  5. Finding Refuge

    Finding Refuge

    270 N Kent St
    St Paul, MN 55102-1744
    Call: (651) 224-3180

    Flipping the script.

    Reception at 6pm; Program at 7pm

    How does a place become home? What do we carry with us? What is sacred to the ground? For generations of displaced peoples, the Rondo neighborhood has been a place to plant roots. Some still experience the shock of being uprooted from the land, while others till the soil seeking refuge after migration. A celebration of the customs, rituals, and stories that keep us connected, from the diverse voices of Rondo.

    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.

  6. for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf

    for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf

    270 N Kent St
    St Paul, MN 55102-1744
    Call: (651) 224-3180

    By Ntozake Shange
    Directed by Sarah Bellamy and Lou Bellamy
    Choreography by Ananya Chatterjea

    This 1974 classic which Ntozake Shange called a choreopoem, was conceived just two years before Penumbra Theatre was born. From its humble creation to critical acclaim on Broadway, the Obie Award-winning play has excited, inspired, and transformed audiences across the country. Shange’s fearless prose vividly paints intimate portraits of the pain and jubilation that women of color experience from girlhood throughout life. Shange was groundbreaking in her efforts to shatter the silence that protected abusers of women. for colored girls is a brave reckoning, a celebration, a healing ceremony, and perhaps most profoundly, an example of the awesome power a chorus of women’s voices can have.

  7. Let's Talk: Ancient Future

    Let's Talk: Ancient Future

    270 N Kent St
    St Paul, MN 55102-1744
    Call: (651) 224-3180

    AfroFuturism and Our Ancestral Past

    Reception at 6pm; Program at 7pm

    AfroFuturism is an aesthetic, philosophical, and visionary framework that combines elements of science fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, Afrocentrism, and magical realism with non-Western cosmologies in order to critique not only the present-day dilemmas of black people, but also to revise, interrogate, and re-examine the historical events of the past. Join us for a conversation with thought leaders working to fashion the guiding principles, strategies, and practices of sustainability to support black diasporic artistic production and systemic social change.

  8. Let's Talk: Bearing Witness

    Let's Talk: Bearing Witness

    270 N Kent St
    St Paul, MN 55102-1744
    Call: (651) 224-3180

    The Power of Story

    Reception at 6pm; Program at 7pm

    An essential part of enacting justice is the acknowledgment of historic abuses. The power of bearing witness to trauma, to omitted histories, and to personal testimony has been demonstrated perennially at Penumbra Theatre. Join us for a conversation exploring the ways in which artists act as conduits for healing, awareness raising, and action around issues of race and social justice.

    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.

  9. Mule Bone

    Mule Bone

    270 N Kent St
    St Paul, MN 55102-1744
    Call: (651) 224-3180

    The only collaboration between Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes, two stars of the Harlem Renaissance, Mule Bone holds an unparalleled place in African American theater. Set in Eatonville, Florida - Hurston’s hometown and the inspiration for much of her fiction - this energetic and farcical play centers on Jim and Dave, a two-man song-and-dance team, and Daisy, the woman who comes between them. Overcome by jealousy, Jim hits Dave with a mule bone and hilarity and chaos ensue as the town splits into two factions: Team Jim and Team Dave. Ages 13 and up. Includes dinner and a reading.

    Sundays offer a day of rest, renewal, and togetherness within the black community. In February, you can join us for a communal meal and animated readings of classic black plays and stories performed by Penumbra Company members. A great event for the whole family to celebrate the creativity, tenacity, and sustenance of African American culture. Let’s nourish ourselves.

  10. REEL Talk: Daughters of the Dust

    REEL Talk: Daughters of the Dust

    270 N Kent St
    St Paul, MN 55102-1744
    Call: (651) 224-3180

    This 1991 independent film written, directed and produced by Julie Dash was the first feature film directed by an African American woman distributed theatrically in the United States. Set in 1902, it tells the story of three generations of Gullah or Geechee women in the Peazant family on St. Helena Island as they prepare to migrate to the North on the mainland. Notable for its lush cinematography and nonlinear storytelling, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.

    Reel Talks are free, but reservations are required.

  11. REEL Talk: The Language You Cry In

    REEL Talk: The Language You Cry In

    270 N Kent St
    St Paul, MN 55102-1744
    Call: (651) 224-3180

    The Language You Cry In (1998) is an amazing detective story that reveals meaningful links between African Americans and their ancestral past. Bridging hundreds of years and thousands of miles from the Gullah people of present-day Georgia back to 18th century Sierra Leone, it recounts the remarkable saga of how African Americans retained links with their African past through the horrors of the middle passage, slavery and segregation. “This is a story of memory, how the memory of a family was pieced together through a song with legendary powers to connect those who sang it with their roots.”

    Penumbra’s REEL Talks are film screenings followed by a provocative discussion about the themes. Reel Talks are free, but reservations are required.

  12. REEL Talk: The Last Angel of History

    REEL Talk: The Last Angel of History

    270 N Kent St
    St Paul, MN 55102-1744
    Call: (651) 224-3180

    The Last Angel of History (1996) is an alluring blend of science fiction and essay film. The story of a time-traveling “data thief” on a quest to crack a hidden code that will unlock his destiny blends archival video, photographs, and interviews with musicians, writers, and cultural critics whose meditations explain the origins and significance of AfroFuturism. The result is John Akomfrah’s passionate call for black people around the world to uncover our histories, so that we may know where we are going.

    Penumbra’s REEL Talks are film screenings followed by a provocative discussion about the themes. Reel Talks are free, but reservations are required.

  13. Staging God

    Staging God

    270 N Kent St
    St Paul, MN 55102-1744
    Call: (651) 224-3180

    Artistic Expressions of the Unknown

    Reception at 6pm; Program at 7pm

    Throughout history, various cultures have used songs, stories, poetry, and dance to communicate religious beliefs: Noh drama of Japan; the reverent preparation before Bharatanatyam dance in India; the plays written for holy festivals by the Greeks; the ritual storytelling and sensorial reenactment of the Pesach seder; or Egungun praise dance in Nigeria. Frequently, a storyteller is not only a narrator but also an actor, communicating morals and lessons to the audience by approximating the deities, and the performance itself is a votive offering. Join us as we investigate the intersections between ritual and performance, then and now.

    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.

  14. Summer Institute: AUTHENTIC

    Summer Institute: AUTHENTIC

    270 N Kent St
    St Paul, MN 55102-1744
    Call: (651) 224-3180

    Featuring the second year students of Penumbra’s renowned Summer Institute program, Authentic is an evening of original monologues written and performed by teens who employ the power of their art to address issues that concern them. The show is followed by a post-performance discussion facilitated by the artists.

    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!

  15. Summer Institute: AWAKE

    Summer Institute: AWAKE

    270 N Kent St
    St Paul, MN 55102-1744
    Call: (651) 224-3180

    Featuring the first year students of Penumbra’s renowned Summer Institute program, Awake is an evening of ensemble work that will provoke thought and inspire change.

    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!

  16. The Brothers Paranormal

    The Brothers Paranormal

    270 N Kent St
    St Paul, MN 55102-1744
    Call: (651) 224-3180

    A Penumbra Theatre and Theater Mu co-production
    By Prince Gomolvilas
    Directed by Randy Reyes

    In response to a nationwide increase in sightings of “Asian-looking ghosts,” two entrepreneurial Thai-American brothers launch a ghost-hunting business. When the siblings investigate the home of an African American couple displaced by Hurricane Katrina, what’s real and what’s fantasy clash against a shocking truth. This witty and haunting regional premiere is brought to you in partnership by Theater Mu and Penumbra Theatre.

Meetings & Conferences

  • Facility accommodates meetings for 30 or more
  • URL/Meetings Web Page: Email info@penumbratheatre.org or call the Box Office at 651-224-3180 for space rentals and private reception options.
  • Meeting/Convention Facilities (maximum capacity): 250
  • Banquet Facilities (maximum capacity): 250
  • Number of Meeting Rooms: 4
  • Largest Meeting Room (sq ft): 1500
  • Exhibit Space (sq ft): 1500
  • Catering Available
  • Commercial Air Service Nearby

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