2015-2016 Season


SEASON 5

 

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BEST OF ENEMIES: Postponed

ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED: APRIL 22 – MAY 22, 2016

 

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

In 2015 we expanded Open Window Theatre and our presence at the Metropolis Minneapolis building, investing in our future near the Hennepin Theatre District of Minneapolis. This expansion was a blessing to us in a multitude of ways and we are grateful to our many donors who helped make it possible. It also came at an opportune time with our sold-out run of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in December 2015.

But our expansion also opened up an unexpected can of worms with the City of Minneapolis, exposing some property-wide code violations that are the full responsibility of the property owners to remedy (CLICK HERE to read the open letter to our landlords and CLICK HERE to read our open letter to the City of Minneapolis). We are one tenant among several at the Metropolis Minneapolis property. As of 2015 we’ve grown to lease 7,300 sq.ft. in a 40,000 sq.ft. building. And yet we are the only tenant suffering negative consequences from the building-wide code violations. Our business has been drastically impacted due to uncooperative landlords and city officials who fail to direct their attention to the real source of the problem. Because of this we made the difficult decision to cancel our planned Spring 2016 production of Mark St. Germain’s Best of Enemies and postpone it to the start of Season 6.

MOVING FORWARD

We want to thank all of our patrons, supporters, volunteers, staff, and cast & crew members for an incredible Season 5, and while we’re sad to have to cut this season short we remain very excited and optimistic about what our future holds.

We ask you to please pray for us during this challenging time as we fight back against the oppressive and unjust situation we find ourselves in, and please consider making the most generous tax-deductible gift possible right now to help us get through this transition period. Nobody does professional, redemptive live theater like Open Window and we need your generous support now more than ever to remain a powerful and ever growing force in arts & culture.

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P.O. Box 16067
St. Paul, MN 55116

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PREVIOUSLY THIS SEASON…

 

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OCTOBER 16 – NOVEMBER 1

Co-Directed by Kari Steinbach and Jeremy Stanbary
Featuring Elizabeth Efteland, Vanessa Gamble, and Jeremy Stanbary
Stage Manager: Sharayah Bunce, Props & House Management: Nathan Farley, Scenic Designer: Jane Ryan, Lighting Designer: Adam Raine

SPECIALS

The playwright, Buzz McLaughlin, will be with us opening weekend at all performances October 16 & 17!

  • Post-show Talkbacks:  following both performances on Saturday, Oct. 17 we will host a post-show talkback with playwright, cast & directors. Talkbacks will start a few minutes after the show ends and will last approx. 45 minutes.
  • Lobby Art Exhibit:  we have partnered up with Partnership Resources to exhibit artwork from persons with developmental disabilities who take art classes through their PARTnership art program.

ABOUT THE PLAY

An enthralling tour de force, this award winning play centers on Michael, who leads us through the experience of his reunion with his developmentally disabled older sister Lindsey after a self-willed separation of nearly eighteen years. We discover that Lindsey is an artist of extraordinary skill and has started receiving serious attention from the mainstream art world. She also has a strong need to reestablish contact with her brother. Her guardian, mentor, and friend is a nun, Sister Anne, a woman of keen intelligence and spirit whom Michael was in love with years before. 

Michael is invited to become involved once again in his sister’s life as her only living blood relative. Reluctantly Michael meets with Sister Anne and the resulting clash of world views coupled with the history of their past relationship throws them into a complicated and emotionally charged encounter which ultimately allows Michael to come to terms with Lindsey–a journey from total rejection to an embracing of her humanity and worth as a person. In the process he discovers a new sense of himself and his own spirituality.

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DECEMBER 4 – 30

Directed by Joy Donley

Featuring: Jack Alexander (Edmund), Josie Axelson (Susan), Matthew Berdahl (Tumnus/Father Christmas), Jeremiah Cox (Peter), Elizabeth Efteland (Centaur), Jade Grutsch (Unicorn), Mikaela Kurpierz (White Witch), Vladimir Messing (Dwarf/Elf), Arnie Roos (Mr. Beaver), Peter Simmons (Aslan), Madeline Ann Sundheim (Lucy), Karen Wiese-Thompson (Mrs. Beaver) and Kevin Whitby (Fenris Ulf).

Production Team: Lowell Rice (Stage Manager), Jane Ryan (Set Designer), Rick Rees (Costume Designer), Adam Raine (Lighting Design), Mike Anderson (Fight Choreographer), Michael Pearce Donley (Original music and sound design), Nate Farley (Props Designer).

ABOUT THE PLAY

In this full-length dramatization, award winning playwright, Joseph Robinette, faithfully recreates the wonderful world of C.S. Lewis’ Narnia. Here is the heroic tale of love, faith, courage, and giving; the life and death struggle for control of Narnia and the grandeur of the triumph of good over evil which has captivated audiences of all ages. Join us for this fun and creative production featuring a professional cast of adult & child actors as they bring this timeless story to life in our newly renovated theatre! After the show, children can meet Father Christmas and receive a small gift.

Approx. runtime:  100 minutes (including intermission)

Groups of 10+ receive a 20% discount and school groups receive an even bigger discount. Call 612-615-1515 for details.

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FEBRUARY 19 – MARCH 20

Written by Anonymous
Directed by Jeremy Stanbary
Approx. runtime = 90 minutes (no intermission). Recommended for ages 10+. Minimum age restriction: 4 yrs.

REVIEWS

Cherry and Spoon“…this 90-minute production directed by Jeremy Stanbary utilizes music, movement, and a beautifully diverse cast…[it] presents the ancient message in a cool, modern, and innovative way.” Read more

Rift Magazine“Director Stanbary’s multi-layered production demands great concentration to appreciate its complexity. But the audience’s reward for doing so is a unique theatre experience and an appreciation of the universality of its moralistic themes.” Read more

Matthew Everett“The most striking (and welcome) element of Open Window’s production of Everyman is its diversity… Even though the text is hundreds of years old, Open Window Theatre puts a fresh new spin on and a lot of energy into the story of Everyman… it’s got a simple message of redemption that’s well worth hearing.” Read more

ABOUT THE PLAY

EVERYMAN is the most justly celebrated of all the old English morality plays and holds an important place in theater history. We’re giving a modern twist to this timeless classic, setting Everyman’s journey to death and the afterlife in an urban jungle with live music, creative movement, and a diverse cast of both men & women rotating into the title role. Whether you’re in search of a unique and thought-provoking entertainment event or a spiritually enriching Lenten experience, this historical piece of live theater is just the thing for you!

 

“EVERYMAN” KARE 11 INTERVIEW…