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Great News from Penumbra Theatre!
Lou spoke with the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society about Penumbra’s History, the challenges portraying African American life in the theatre, and his plans to hand over the running of the theatre to his daughter, Sarah.
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Dear Friends of Penumbra,

WE DID IT!!! We exceeded our goal….you ROCK!!

Thanks to you and 1,400 other individuals, companies and foundations we raised $359,000! We are fortunate to have such a loving and caring family. Thank you for your faith in us. It has been inspiring and humbling.

This support enables Penumbra to resume programming! We are excited to present SPUNK, a George C. Wolfe adaptation of Zora Neale Hurston’s Three Tales. This sensuous and witty show has a great cast to bring its rich mixture of storytelling, dance and the blues to life. The show will open March 14 so mark your calendars today. We hope you will join us for this celebration of life written by a pillar of the Harlem Renaissance.

We are proud to have RBC Wealth Management as the presenter of our spring season which will also feature the popular Let’s Talk Theatre and REEL Talk events. Details and tickets are available online at or through the box office at 651-224-3180.

For 36 years, Penumbra has been a reliable address for artists and audiences alike to pose difficult questions and find creative solutions together. Penumbra has been a safe place to grow, even when it’s hard, bridging what can feel like insurmountable differences by recognizing our shared humanity. Together we have mined the secrets of history, conjured the wisdom of our ancestors, and created theatre for the soul. We look forward to this new chapter in Penumbra’s history with you by our side.

It will be great to see you in the lobby again!

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Rock Center with Brian Williams

Penumbra Theatre to be featured on national NBC television show

"Rock Center with Brian Williams"

December 21, 2011: Pioneer Press

December 21, 2011: Pioneer Press, “Penumbra’s Bellamy profiled on NBC newsmagazine Monday Night,” Kathy Berdan.

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December 22, 2011: MPR News, State of the Arts

December 22, 2011: MPR News, State of the Arts, "Penumbra steps into the national TV spotlight," by Euan Kerr.

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2011-2012 Season Changes

The Penumbra Theatre announces changes for the 2011-2012 season.

2011-2012 Season Changes

December 21, 2011: Secrets of the City

December 21, 2011: Secrets of the City, "New Brian Williams’ Show to Feature Penumbra Theatre."

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Pat Evans' recent favorite things

The Penumbra Theatre is now staging the world premiere of I Wish You Love. It is a brilliant production based on this iconic singers life. The Twin Cities' own Dennis Spears brings his considerable talents to singing Cole's songs in a way that honors ...

Pat Evans' recent favorite things
by Patrick Evans

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Penumbra Theatre Presents 'I Wish You Love'

The late great Nat King Cole was an accomplished jazz musician, successful singer song writer and a television pioneer. A new play all about him is about to open at the Penumbra Theatre in St. Paul.

Penumbra Theatre Presents 'I Wish You Love'
by Kerry McNally

CBS Minnesota

Penumbra adds ‘I Wish You Love’ shows - next season

Penumbra today announced a special presentation of "I Wish You Love" in the 2011-12 season. Sixteen performances will be staged at Penumbra Nov. 18 to Dec. 4.

Penumbra adds ‘I Wish You Love’ shows - next season
by Kathy Berdan

Pioneer Press, May 2, 2011

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