I was born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. I spent my whole life there until I moved to Washington, D.C. to go to Howard University, where I studied theater arts with a concentration in musical theater. I didn't know anything about Minneapolis, but I came here for one year right after college—I had an apprenticeship at the Children's Theatre Company (CTC). After that I moved to Chicago, which was okay—Minneapolis had set the standard pretty high for the theater scene. Work eventually took me to a few more places around the country, and then I moved back here to Minnesota two years ago.
Ma-Yi Theater Company teams with playwright Lloyd Suh to create ambitious world premiere for CTC
Children's Theatre Company (CTC) recently launched their 2013-2014 season which includes the world premiere of The Wong Kids in The Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go! by Lloyd Suh. The play is co-produced by the Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning, Ma-Yi Theater Company after four years of collaboration. The process demanded a commitment by two theatres to produce a wildly inventive inter-planetary odyssey complete with space creatures and levitating rocks. Ma-Yi's Artistic Director Ralph Peña will direct the production this October on CTC's Cargill Stage before taking the show to New York.
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra heads to North Minneapolis—and offers tickets for free
Jay Gabler, Front Row Seat
While the Minnesota Orchestra sweats out the mid-September deadline to resolve contract negotiations before music director Osmo Vänskä quits, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO)—an equally world-class band—are moving forward with a full season of programming, including three performances of chamber music at the historic Capri Theater in North Minneapolis.
Twin Cities rapper sets out to prove he's not a disabled rapper, but a rapper with a disability
Harry Colbert, Jr.
Coming to the club I arrive in a hybrid/Blow the brains out, now the mind's undecided/When I'm pullin' up, they attention undivided/You ain't robbin' me and I ain't Batman's sidekick.
Rick Ross? Two Chains? Ludacris? Lil' Wayne? Nope, it's none of the above. Those witty lyrics are from the mind of metaphorical Golden Valley rapper Mykal57, on his single, "Candy Paint," a tale of the rapper's affinity for his tricked out wheels.