The Amen Corner

May 05 - June 17, 2012 on the Wurtele Thrust Stage

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.
Run Time: 3 hours 5 minutes including one intermission


David Alexander
Eric Berryman
Sister Sally
Shá Cage
Ida Jackson
Larea Carter
Brother Washington
James Craven
Crystal Fox
Hannibal Lokumbe
         Margaret Alexander
Greta Oglesby
Sister Boxer
Thomasina Petrus
Sister Douglass
Faye M. Price
Brother Boxer
Dennis W. Spears
Sister Moore
Austene Van
Charla Marie Bailey
Quintin Brown
Armyan Craven
Antonio Duke
Koya Frye
Jasmine Gilbert
H. Adam Harris
ShaVunda Horsley
Krystle Igbo-Obonna
Brian Curtis James
Benjamin Mandelbaum
Earl Milton
Kemi Ojelade
Antonio Richardson
Ashley Selmer
Joetta Wright

Artistic Staff

Director Lou Bellamy

Musical Director

Sanford Moore
 Scenic Designer Vicki Smith
Lighting Designer
Don Darnutzer 
 Sound Designer Scott W. Edwards 
Costume Designer
Mathew J. LeFebvre
Stage Manager
Mary K. Winchell
  Assistant Stage Manager
Elizabeth R. MacNally
 Properties Master
Steven Horstmann
 Dramaturg Jevetta Steele

Learn more

The Amen Corner Study Guide created by Penumbra Theatre Company
In Depth: The Gospel Truth I by Quinton Skinner


The Amen Corner production photo
The Amen Corner production photo
The Amen Corner production photo
The Amen Corner production photo
The Amen Corner production photo

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'





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


Star Tribune: The Righteous Woman Has a Past
Minnesota Monthly
: A Soul-Filled 'The Amen Corner'
Metro Magazine: Amen to That


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