Twin Cities Theater Chat

S2E3 Mainstage: Passage at Pillsbury House + Theatre and Exposed Brick Theatre

September 19, 2023 Season 2 Episode 3
Twin Cities Theater Chat
S2E3 Mainstage: Passage at Pillsbury House + Theatre and Exposed Brick Theatre
Show Notes

On this episode, Jill Schafer of Cherry and Spoon and Carol Jackson and Julie Jackson of Minnesota Theater Love are joined by Suzy Messerole, the Co-Artistic Director of Exposed Brick Theatre and Signe V. Harriday, the Artistic Producing Director of Pillsbury House + Theatre.

We had a great time chatting about Passage, an upcoming co-production between Exposed Brick Theatre and Pillsbury House + Theatre of which Suzy Messerole and Signe Harriday are co-directors. They talk about their respective theaters, the power in collaboration, why they're optimistic about the theater world right now, and the unusual way they became collaborators.

"Set in the fictional Country X, a neocolonial client of Country Y, PASSAGE examines colonialism, power, and how societal imbalances affect interpersonal dynamics through the story of B, a local doctor, and F, an expat teacher, after their friendship is challenged during a fateful trip to a local attraction. Performances will take place at Pillsbury House + Theatre September 21 – October 15, 2023." (Pillsbury House + Theatre website)

Check out the organizational partners that will be presenting talkbacks during Passage: the Million Artist Movement, "a global vision and movement that believes in the role of ART in the campaign to dismantle oppressive racist systems against Black, Brown, Indigenous and disenfranchised peoples," the Native Youth Arts Collective, "a group of Native teens and young adult artists residing in the Little Earth and East Phillips neighborhoods in Minneapolis," and AshaUSA, " a non-profit organization focused on creating healthy, happy, and harmonious South Asian communities by engaging and empowering South Asian women, men, and children through culturally specific programs and services."

Also mentioned in this podcast: The history of Pillsbury House in the settlement house movement,  the book Liberated to the Bone by Susan Raffo, and the amazing synchronized swimming team: the Subversive Sirens.

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