Full Circle Theater presents the premiere of Theater: A Sacred Passage at Dreamland Arts, 677 Hamline Ave., N. Saint Paul, MN, 55104, Nov. 6 – 22.
Theater: A Sacred Passage is an original performance piece devised by the five core artists of Full Circle from their personal journeys into theater. The artists/playwrights are Rick Shiomi, James Williams, Martha Johnson, Lara Trujillo and Stephanie Lein Walseth. Their stories embody the challenges and transformational experiences they have had in becoming theater artists and how their lives and work reflect the huge changes in our theater community over the past two decades. Theater: A Sacred Passage, helmed by Rick Shiomi and featuring dramaturgy by Martha Johnson, incorporates acting, storytelling, choreography and music, and is the debut production of Full Circle Theater Company.
The cast features Carolyn Pool, Rhiana Yazzie, Lara Trujillo, Siddeeqah Shabazz, Allen Malicsi, Matthew Thompson, Song Kim, John Stephens, Bethany McHugh and Marcos Lopez.
FULL CIRCLE ARTISTS/PLAYWRIGHTS
Rick Shiomi (co-artistic director) received the 2015 McKnight Distinguished Artist Award and the Ivey Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2012, and was a founding member and the artistic director of Mu Performing Arts for twenty years.
Martha Johnson (co-artistic director) was coartistic director of 21st Street Players in the 1980s,was a founding and core member of Mu Performing Arts, and directed and taught theater at Augsburg College for many years.
James Williams (artistic associate) is an award winning actor who has performed on Broadway and at major regional theaters and for several decades in Twin Cities theaters such as Penumbra, Mixed Blood, and the Guthrie. He has received several Ivey Awards and a 2015 McKnight Theater Artist Fellowship.
Lara Trujillo (artistic associate) has performed with numerous Twin Cities theater and music theater companies including the Minnesota Opera, the Ordway, Pantages, Mu Performing Arts, History Theater and Teatro del Pueblo.
Stephanie Lein Walseth (artistic associate) has worked as artist, educator, scholar, and administrator at such theaters as Penumbra, Mixed Blood, and Mu Performing Arts. She was an August Wilson Fellow at Penumbra Theatre and recently received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Theatre Historiography. She is the Director of Inquiry at Penumbra Theatre.
Carolyn Pool is a long time Twin Cities actor who received an Ivey Award for Two Sugars, Room For Cream. Rhiana Yazzie is a playwright, director, performer and producer who is the founder and artistic director of New Native Theater. Siddeeqah Shabazz has performed at 20% Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, and Artistry and is the Teen Programs Specialist at Pillsbury House. Allen Malicsi is a long time Twin Cities actor who worked with Mu Performing Arts, History Theater, and Chameleon Theatre. Matthew Thompson is a recent transplant from Illinois and has performed at several local theaters including Artistry, LexHam Community, and Locally Grown Theatres. Song Kim has worked with several local companies including Nimbus, We and Six Elements Theaters. John Stephens recently graduated from Macalester College with a BA in theater. He performed in several productions at Macalester and this is his debut professional performance. Bethany McHugh recently graduated from Carleton College with a BA in theater. She performed in many productions at Carleton and this is her debut professional performance. Marcos Lopez studied at the Guthrie Theatre and has performed at Theatre in the Round and Park Square Theatre.
Tickets can be purchased here. For more information, call 651-645-5506.
Thu, Nov 5 at 7:30 p.m. (Preview)
Fri, Nov 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Sat, Nov 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Sun, Nov 8 at 2:00 p.m.
Fri, Nov 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Sat, Nov 14 at 2:00 p.m.
Sat, Nov 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Sun, Nov 15 at 2:00 p.m.
Thu, Nov 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Fri, Nov 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Sat, Nov 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Sun, Nov 22 at 2:00 p.m.
FULL CIRCLE THEATER COMPANY
The mission of Full Circle is to produce heartfelt groundbreaking theater that artfully addresses issues of diversity and social justice for 21st century audiences. One of our core values is to produce theater that is multiracial and multicultural in its representation of life, and theater that is deeply inclusive of artists of color who share in the artistic leadership of the company. We also value theater that is deeply aware of feminist perspectives and that incorporates intergenerational artistic collaboration. We further value the creation of theater pieces based on personal narrative.
This production has been funded in part by a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council through funding by the Minnesota State Legislature through an appropriation and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek, which will screen at the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival on November 21st. She is profiled in FebOne1960.com Blog, Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.
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