The Viking and The Gazelle is a romantic comedy about the budding courtship of a Twin Cities couple with the role of race thrust upon their relationship. African-American Michelle was born and raised on Chicago’s Southside, while White Robert is from the Minneapolis suburb of Hopkins. Sparks fly in the hearts of the new couple, yet a happy ending is no foregone conclusion. With a cast of seven characters, Michelle and Robert find love’s battlefield surprisingly fraught with the biases of society, including with their trusted confidants; not to mention Robert’s deep dark secret.
The Viking and The Gazelle is a play about having the courage to express who we are in a world that expects conformity, and the tensions created by the clash of cultures within an interracial relationship; all wrapped within a romantic comedy. Audiences will laugh, while questioning their own assumptions about race in America. In the land of “Minnesota Nice” where racial bias is seemingly diminishing, tough and relevant conversations erupt in this wonderful play that, though pointedly frank, does not take itself too seriously.
Dr. William Bengtson and Suzanne Bengtson are two Minneapolis-based new co-writers and producers who began their interracial romantic relationship, the loose inspiration for the play, at middle-age in 2011. They have humorously brought their experiences to stage using characters who each represent an amalgamation of actual individuals and society.
Directed by Shá Cage and E.G. Bailey.
- Starting Friday, November 29th, 2019, repeats every day until Sunday, December 15, 2019 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm