The Amen Corner
a Penumbra Theatre Company production of
The Amen Corner
by James Baldwin
directed by Lou Bellamy
The Twin Cities’ own Greta Oglesby returns to the Guthrie thrust stage for the first time since her groundbreaking portrayal in Caroline, or Change — a performance critics hailed as “pitch-perfect,” “brilliant,” and the “performance of a lifetime” — to play the charismatic Sister Margaret Alexander in James Baldwin’s inspiring play with music. The fiery and unfaltering Sister Margaret, leader of a devoted congregation in Harlem, has dedicated years of her life to serving the Lord. But when her son unexpectedly reunites her with her estranged husband, a jazz musician, she risks losing her standing in the church and the son she has tried to keep on a religious path. Produced by Penumbra Theatre Company and directed by Penumbra’s founder and artistic director Lou Bellamy, The Amen Corner features music by a nine-member gospel choir from Minneapolis’ Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church. Don’t miss this exultant, soul-stirring masterpiece about earthly imperfection and the connection between faith and family.
| Margaret Alexander
||Faye M. Price
||Dennis W. Spears
||Charla Marie Bailey
H. Adam Harris
Brian Curtis James
|Scenic Designer||Vicki Smith
|Sound Designer||Scott W. Edwards
||Mathew J. LeFebvre|
||Mary K. Winchell
| Assistant Stage Manager
||Elizabeth R. MacNally
| Properties Master
VIDEO: KARE 11: 'The Amen Corner' with Greta Oglesby
VIDEO: KARE 11: Dennis Spears stops by to talk 'The Amen Corner' with Diana Pierce
VIDEO: Twin Cities Live: Greta Oglesby discusses this "very human story"
VIDEO: WCCO-TV: Angela Davis interviews Amen Corner's Greta Oglesby
VIDEO: StarTribune: Great Oglesby rehearses for 'Amen Corner'
VIDEO: NBC's Rock Center: "Northern Exposure: Lou Bellamy, a force in theater"
MPR: Penumbra's Bellamy: Time is right to put on 'Amen Corner'
StarTribune: No research required for Greta Oglesby
Minnesota Monthly: The Show That's 30 Years in the Making
City Pages: Penumbra merges secular and sacred in 'The Amen Corner'
WCCO-TV: Curiocity: Q&A with the Soulful Star of 'The Amen Corner"
StarTribune: The five spot: The Amen Corner is one of five faves of the moment