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In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre says
Grandmothers hold memory and loose memory and lose memory; they have a broad understanding of love- a wide geography that one may get lost in. A grandmother suffers the loss of a grandchild, navigates grief, and retrieves memory - sharing it in a new world run by, loved by, kept whole by a solidarity of grandmothers.

The emotional heart of the piece is fired by compassion for the death of so many young African Americans at the hand of civil power. A robust cohort of collaborators, horizontally arrayed, present a full-length puppet-play that inverts a convention, putting a grandmother’s wandering, transformation and adventures at the center (rather than leaving her in the parentheses). The piece involves contemporary accounts of flight and exile, with special attention paid to the witness, report and transmission of story and memory.

As Petrus writes:
What are all of the layers of a grandmother? For real. The woman who nurtured your nurturer? In working on this piece I have been summoned by all of the wild women in my blood, and was revealed small glimmers of insight. Grandmother is a force of earned warriorhood and sensual wildness. Who better to lead us as a protagonist into the wildwood of the soul that grief baptizes us in? Who better to be transcended into the lushness of her own sweetness and rebirth?

Co-written by Erik Ehn and Junauda Petrus
Directed by Alison Heimstead
Narrated by Laurie Carlos
Musical Direction by Matt Larson
Created by the Ensemble

Tickets $15

Friday, Sept 23 - 7:30pm (Pay What You Can)
Saturday, Sept 24 - 2:30pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, Sept 25 - 2:30 pm
Friday, Sept 30 - 7:30pm*Post Show Discussion
Saturday, Oct 1 - 2:30pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, Oct 2 - 2:30pm

Show length: 1 hour - no intermission

Recommended for Age 16 +

*There will be a Post-Show Discussion with the artists & playwrights on the evening of September 30th

Queen features performances by Steve Ackerman, Julie Boada, Masanari Kawahara and Junauda Petrus. The Queen team also includes the skills of: Patty Gille, Daniel Polnau, Anna Cerelia Battistini, Quinn Rivenburgh, Madison Mellon, Heidi Eckwall, and Mimmi Sjoberg

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, and a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation.

Also thank you to the Playwrights’ Center for the amazing support of the development of this piece through their McKnight National Residency Program.
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