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Penumbra’s 45th season, ‘A Step Toward Healing’ premieres and returns ‘Black Nativity’ – Twin Cities

Penumbra’s 45th theatrical season, Step Toward Healing, “Black Cradle” returns for the holidays in December and kicks off 2022 with Thurgood, a one-person play based on Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. There is also a world premiere and festival that concludes with a multi-year residency.

“We are extending our wings this year, growing in a new silhouette, in our lives as a center for racial healing. We will have plenty of exciting announcements to share with you throughout the year, and our theater season is the first of many,” Penumbra Artistic Director Sarah Bellamy said in a press release. .

The pre-eminent African American theater in the United States announced in August 2020 that it will continue to perform on stage, but is also expanding community and racial equality programs. The Penumbra Center for Racial Healing started over four decades ago in the Rondo neighborhood of St. Paul over four decades ago, and will also add a wellness center. In June, Penumbra learned that she would receive a $5 million grant from billionaire Mackenzie Scott, the ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

Here’s what’s coming:

“Black Cradle” (December 24 – 24) features music by Sanford Moore with the Kingdom Choir of Life and Friends and choreography by Leslie Parker.

“Thurgood” (March 10-27) directed by Lou Bellamy and presented in partnership with Portland Playhouse. It features Penumbra member Lester Purry as Thurgood Marshall, the architect of the historic state that desegregated America’s public schools.

“Weathering” by playwright and Penumbra member Harrison David Rivers will have its world premiere from April 28 to May 22. Penumbra describes it as “an intimate portrait of a couple navigating a heavy loss, guided by a circle of generations of women attending the sacred labor of grief.”

The AshLab Festival wraps up its main theater season from June 16-26. Ash Laboratory is a multi-year technical residency. The show will feature the artists’ work through language, choreography, sound and story.

Also in the new season, Penumbra’s Let’s Talk series returns with talks on climate change, criminal justice reform, and equity in health and education. The virtual series is sponsored by Sarah Bellamy and features local and national guest committee members.

Flexible packages and single tickets go on sale to the public at 10am. October 18. For more information, go to penumbratheatre.org Or call the box office at 651-224-3180.

Penumbra will require proof of vaccination from all members of the public. Children under 12 years of age and ticket holders who have not been vaccinated must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result received within 72 hours prior to entry. All members of the public must be masked inside the venue regardless of vaccination status.