365 Days/365 Plays by Suzan-Lori Parks:
A 2017 Remix
Premiered May 2017 @ Penumbra Theatre (MN)
This production presents 45 short plays selected from Parks' 365 Days/365 Plays, viewed through a 2017 lens, to create a compelling theater experience. The plays range from hilarious parody and theater-of-the-absurd, to pieces of powerful lyricism and epic tragedy, and speak forcefully to past and present issues: major events in American history, racism, anti-war themes, and other pressing social concerns.
Our 2017 Remix aims to deeply involve diverse audiences in Parks' unique humor and vision of healing in America.
IN THEIR OWN WORDS: AUDIENCE REACTIONS TO 365 DAYS/365 PLAYS
"Absolutely fantastic. I got lost in it."
"Lots of food for thought infused with humor and humanity. Thank you. I really appreciated the diverse casting. Music was very expressive."
"So creative. Thought provoking. Well done on every level! Thank you so much!"
"I like Radical Inclusion...It will keep working on me."
THEATER: A SACRED PASSAGE
Premiered November 2015 @ Dreamland Arts (MN)
Sacred Passage is an original piece devised by the five core artists of Full Circle Theater from their personal life experiences in the world of theater. The piece incorporates acting, storytelling, choreography, music, and taiko drumming.
IN THEIR OWN WORDS: AUDIENCE REACTIONS TO THEATER: A SACRED PASSAGE
"The identity question for each of us—you bring it on powerfully and evocatively."
“Surprising, touching, humorous, generous.”
“Beautiful, funny, sad, illuminating, emotional, satisfying. A tapestry of human experience and exploration of diversity.”
“The stories were amazing and very bravely written. A few scenes hit awfully close to home.”
“Comprised of life stories and ‘passages,’ Theater: A Sacred Passage attests to the bracing power of narrative to move, teach, and inspire… Rarely have these intersections among historical, social, political, cultural and personal contingencies been so movingly and provocatively realized in staged performances as they are in Sacred Passage." - Diversity, equity, and inclusion expert Gordon Nakagawa
"[The show] is a smartly-directed production which weaves 5 local theatre artists' family stories and individual dreams with larger cultural forces: economics, racism, gender discrimination, more. The acting ensemble is superb, and the project is very moving." - Beth Cleary
"The interweaving of the different stories was so well done, nothing overdone, and all reaching the same goal. The disappointments and frustrations were good to see and helpful to note that within different cultures things can be the same. The individual racial identities were evident, but the stories showed that in reaching their artistic goals these artists are really not so different." - Kathie Goodale