Guthrie Theater

Presents a

Full Circle Theater Company

Production of

May 4 - 20, 2018

At Guthrie Theater

Dowling Studio

Barbara Kingsley


James A. Williams


Roxane Battle

Assistant Director

“This is a love story.  It’s about mature love, marriage, romantic love, and familial love,” says director James Williams.  Set in the late 1940s against the backdrop of post-WWII recovery in America, this four- character, two-act play takes place in the segregated black neighborhood of Central Cleveland, where characters Mamie and Raymond Warren reside.  Mamie desperately needs household help after her husband has a serious accident. On the recommendation of a friend, Mamie hires a down-on-her-luck woman named Bessie, whose arrival brings surprises and new challenges. In this setting, Under this Roof explores themes of mature love, family, disability, and race on an ever-shifting axis, with often-unexpected comic, painful, and heartfelt results.

Dramaturg: Stephanie Lein Walseth
Disability Consultant: MacGregor Arney
Cast: Yolande Bruce, Brian A. Grandison, Laura Esping,  and Nathan R. Stenberg 
Designers: Katharine Horowitz, sound; Tom Barrett, lighting; Michael Burden, set and props; Amber Brown, costumes
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Full Circle Theater Company

Founded in 2014 to produce heartfelt, groundbreaking theater that artfully addresses issues of diversity and social justice for 21st century audiences. Debut production: Theater: A Sacred Passage, produced in 2015 - 16 at Dreamland Arts and toured to various venues in Saint Paul. 



Full Circle Board of Directors:

Gregory Anderson, Michael Katz, Ross Peterson, Christina Ogata, Moses Kariuki Ehlers, Martha J. Johnson, Gordon Nakagawa, Martha B. Johnson, Rick Shiomi


General Manager: 

Quinci Bachman


Full Circle Theater Company is a fiscal year 2018 recipient of a Cultural Community Partnership grant from Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.


“This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.”