History Theatre RAW Stages Comes to the Minnesota History Center in January

For immediate release

Release dated: 
December 18, 2013
Media contacts: 

Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 • jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 • megan.lawson@mnhs.org

Wendy Jones • Minnesota History Center • 651-259-3411 • wendy.jones@mnhs.org

Quick facts: 

Event: RAW Stages New Works Festival
Date: Jan. 14 to 19, 2014
Time: 7 p.m. or 2 p.m.
Place: Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul MN 55102-1903
Cost: $10 per reading/$25 for a RAW STAGES Pass (4 performances.)
Phone: 651-259-3000, 800-657-3773
Website: http://www.minnesotahistorycenter.org

History Theatre RAW Stages Comes to the Minnesota History Center in January

This year the History Theatre is bringing the RAW Stages New Works Festival to the Minnesota History Center. Set in the 3M auditorium, the new venue is sure to attract repeat ticket holders as well as a new audience of history fans.

This January the History Theatre presents three brand new commissions by Garrison Keillor, Jeffrey Hatcher and Carlyle Brown and revisits a script another step closer to production.

Tickets are $10 per reading or a Festival Pass can be purchased for all four readings for $25. Tickets can be purchased through the History Theatre box office by calling 651-292-4323, email boxofc@historytheatre.com or online.

  • Boundary Waters by Carlyle Brown
    Date: Jan. 14, 2014
    Time: 7 p.m.

    George Bonga was a fur trader and Voyageur in the Boundary Waters, living on the boundaries of Black, White, and Ojibwe. In the Minnesota winter of 1837, over the course of five days and six nights George Bonga tracks down an Ojibwe man accused of murdering a white man at the trading post on Cass Lake. Is Bonga really tracking down a murder or is he chasing his own demons?

  • Debutante Ball by Eric Pogi Sumangil
    Date: Jan. 15, 2014
    Time: 7 p.m.

    Around Valentine's Day, local Filipino-Americans get together for the annual Debutante's Ball. It's an event filled with pageantry and elegance - plus a fair amount of teen angst and rebellion. Through hip-hop and Filipino love songs, this new play explores the struggles between tradition and assimilation, parental pressure and independence.

  • Glensheen by Jeffrey Hatcher with Chan Poling
    Date: Jan. 16, 2014
    Time: 7 p.m.

    The mansion. The money. The marriage. The murders. The mystery. Now - The Musical.

  • Radio Man by Garrison Keillor
    Date: Jan. 19, 2014
    Time: 2 p.m.

    NOTE: This reading is not performed by Garrison Keillor.
    On a cold winter night, the creator of "A Prairie Home Companion" is visited by his characters Guy Noir, Private Eye and the cowboys Dusty and Lefty, residents of Lake Wobegon and his own family ghosts who are dissatisfied with their lives to which he simply says, "Lighten up." Song and dance is the cure. Cheerfulness is a choice. Sorrow is generic: what truly shines is comedy. He persuades them one by one and sends them away singing and at the end, confesses his own skepticism. "We are walking toward the cliff and as we come closer to it, we need to walk faster."

The RAW STAGES Festival is an important opportunity for new works to take their first brave steps from the page to the stage, in the hands of a cadre of talented actors and directors. RAW STAGES consists of four scripts-in-progress performed as staged readings on four different evenings.

About the Minnesota History Center

The Minnesota History Center is located at 345 Kellogg Blvd. W. in St. Paul. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays (admission is free on Tuesdays from 5 to 8 p.m.), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Auxiliary aids and services are available with advance notice. For more information, call 651-259-3000 or 1-800-657-3773.

The Society’s calendar of events is posted online at www.mnhs.org/calendar. The website also has information about all of the Society’s programs, museums and historic sites.

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, the Society preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.