1 hour prior to performance

Penumbra Theatre
270 N. Kent St
St. Paul, MN 55102

Thursday, February 21, 28 & March 7, 2019

Saturday, March 9, 2018 at 7:30pm

Map & Directions


Ifa Bayeza’s
BENEVOLENCE (World Premiere)
Directed by Talvin Wilks

A small, segregated town is about to be turned upside down as fate brings a young boy from Chicago to a candy counter in Money, Mississippi. The second play in Ifa Bayeza’s powerful trilogy about Emmett Till, benevolence is a haunting, unforgettable portrait of the collateral damage surrounding a case that gained international attention and sparked the Civil Rights Movement. Penumbra produced Bayeza’s award-winning The Ballad of Emmett Till in 2014 to critical acclaim. Join us for this second chapter as we open ritual space to remember and reconnect our hearts with our history in service of a better tomorrow.

Order a package of your choice and receive 10 percent off the regular ticket price, free ticket exchange privileges, and lost ticket insurance. You can purchase online or by calling 651.224.3180 Monday through Friday, from 10am-4:30pm.

Single Tickets
Purchase online or call 651.224.3180 Monday through Friday, from 10 to 4:30pm.

Study Guide
Penumbra Theatre’s Study Guide Library is meant to provide patrons with in-depth reading material on the plays we present during our main-stage season. Download our free study guide at

benevolence is sponsored by the Bush Foundation as part of “Black History with Penumbra.”


“A searing drama premieres at Penumbra.” via StarTribune
“Emmett Till’s legacy is staged in a drama that…hums atop fantastic performances” via Minnesota Monthly
“benevolence grows slowly in Penumbra’s dark, devastating tale” via Pioneer Press
“World Premiere of benevolence at Penumbra Theatre” via Broadway World
“benevolence Will Blow You Over” via Compendium
“Benevolence at Penumbra Theatre” via Cherry and Spoon
“benevolence” via Talkin Broadway

“The second play in a trilogy inspired by Emmett Till looks for hope after racial violence” via StarTribune
“A Master Class in Black Theater with Talvin Wilks” via Mpls StPaul
“benevolence tracks lives that went on after Emmett Till was gone” via Pioneer Press
“New play looks at the lives touched by Emmett Till’s death” via MPR News
“Ifa Bayeza’s powerful lynching trilogy moves on to part two: benevolence” via CityPages
“Ifa Bayeza’s ‘Benevolence’ world premiere in Saint Paul” via Kare11


Tuesday, February 12, 2019 // 7:30PM

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 // 7:30PM

Thursday, February 14, 2019 // 7:30PM

Friday, February 15, 2019 // 7:30PM

Saturday, February 16, 2019 // 2:00PM

Saturday, February 16, 2019 // 7:30PM

Sunday, February 17, 2019 // 2:00PM

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 // 10:00AM

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 // 7:30PM

Thursday, February 21, 2019 // 7:30PM

Friday, February 22, 2019 // 7:30PM

Saturday, February 23, 2019 // 2:00PM

Saturday, February 23, 2019 // 7:30PM

Sunday, February 24, 2019 // 2:00PM

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 // 10:00AM

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 // 7:30PM

Thursday, February 28, 2019 // 7:30PM

Friday, March 1, 2019 // 7:30PM

Saturday, March 2, 2019 // 2:00PM

Saturday, March 2, 2019 // 7:30PM

Sunday, March 3, 2019 // 2:00PM

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 // 10:00AM

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 // 7:30PM

Thursday, March 7, 2019 // 7:30PM

Friday, March 8, 2019 // 7:30PM

Saturday, March 9, 2019 // 2:00PM

Saturday, March 9, 2019 // 7:30PM

Sunday, March 10, 2019 // 2:00PM