Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Passage by Pillsbury House + Theatre and Exposed Brick Theatre

We went to one of our of our favorite local theaters this week to see a co-production by Pillsbury House + Theatre and Exposed Brick Theatre: The compelling, thought-provoking Passage by Christopher Chen.

From left to right. Back row: Valencia Proctor, James A. Williams, Marisa B. Tejeda*.
Front row: Clay Man Soo, Aamera Siddiqui, and Oogie_Push

The details from PH+T's website: 

Pillsbury House + Theatre and Exposed Brick Theatre are thrilled to come together to present Christopher Chen’s deeply humane, poignant, and affecting drama, PASSAGE. Set in the fictional Country X, a neocolonial client of Country Y, PASSAGE examines colonialism, power, and how societal imbalances affect interpersonal dynamics through the story of B, a local doctor, and F, an expat teacher, after their friendship is challenged during a fateful trip to a local attraction. Performances will take place at Pillsbury House + Theatre September 21 – October 15, 2023.

On Twin Cities Theater Chat (a production of the Twin Cities Theater Bloggers), we chatted with co-directors Suzy Messerole and Signe Harriday (S2E3), which was a fascinating conversation and we highly recommend checking it out.

We also just devoted a segment of Twin Cities Theater Chat Recommends (S2E4) to our bloggers' thoughts after seeing the show. Check that out too! Although you can hear what we thought on the podcast, we did not call out the fantastic artists who created this production and I am correcting that now! 

Passage was performed by an incredible compelling cast consisting of Alex Barreto Hathaway, Valencia Proctor, Oogie_Push, Aamera Siddiqui, Clay Man Soo, Marisa B. Tejeda, Antonio Rios-Luna, and James A. Williams.

Although it's a deceptively simple-looking production, the costumes, the set, the lighting and the sound were all beautifully done. Design work was by Sonya Berlovitz, Mina Kinukawa, Mitchell Frazier, Peter Morrow, and Stacey Schwebach. And it was Stage Managed by Lyndsey R. Harter and Assistant Stage Managed by Mayra Gurrola Calderón.

Branch out, theatergoers. Head to Pillsbury House + Theater to see a play that will capture your complete attention (110 super fast minutes, btw) and provide copious food for thought. 

Happy theatergoing!