Blackness Is… Arts Festival
curated and produced by MN Black Theatre Circle
Performance times vary (see the schedule)
Featuring 13 dynamic performances spanning theater, dance, music, film and poetry, this three-day virtual festival will honor the rich history and legacy of Black artistry in Minnesota. Meet the performers, review the schedule and plan to join us for this free weekend of celebration presented in partnership with the Guthrie. All are welcome to participate!
Guthrie Theater Virtual Benefit
Friday, June 25 at 7 p.m. CDT
Join us this summer for a special evening of music and memories, featuring a concert by Leslie Odom, Jr. of Hamilton fame and beloved local actor Regina Marie Williams as emcee. Together, we’ll celebrate 15 years in our current building, reflect on where we’ve been and raise funds to support the Guthrie’s future.
Watch it again
written and performed by DOMINO D’LORION, MICHAEL McKITT and IAN McCARTHY
In this moving choreopoem written and performed by Guthrie B.F.A. alums, three Black boys sit on a stoop and discuss what it means to love deeply, question tradition, be queer and be unapologetically Black in the world today.
Missing Mississippi Moons
written and performed by ANTONIO DUKE
directed by ELLEN FENSTER
Inspired by his grandfather’s story, local actor/playwright Antonio Duke embodies a mosaic of characters struggling to find their power in the Jim Crow era.
The Uprising Volume II: Black HERstory
a DARK MUSE PERFORMING ARTS production
written and directed by VANESSA BROOKE AGNES
Featuring performances by 11 Twin Cities artists, this powerful piece spans significant historical eras while celebrating the experiences and contributions of Black womxn.
Tears of a Willow
by OYA MAE DUCHESS
directed by ATLESE ROBINSON
An illumination of both the pain and hope that grows out of the Black experience, this filmed reading of three short plays explores how Black families and communities must deal with and recover from generations of harm inflicted by societal systems.
by DR. MICHAEL PUNTER
directed by HAYLEY FINN
illustrated by GRACIE STOCKTON
Streaming in two parts May 7‒8 at 7:30 p.m. CDT
Presented by the University of Minnesota/Guthrie B.F.A. Actor Training Program’s graduating company of 2021, this original work fuses live performance and digital illustration to tell the story of a girl who believes she is a prophet of God after surviving a tragedy in her small Minnesotan town.