40TH ANNIVERSARY GALA
Presented by Target
May 20, 2017
Twin Cities Public Television Studios
In 2017 the country’s preeminent African- American theatre has a landmark anniversary. For 40 years, Penumbra has played a singular role in American arts, presenting ground-breaking work, launching the careers of award-winning playwrights and actors, nurturing the regional arts community, and championing black art as a force for social change. That legacy deserves a once-in-a-lifetime celebration.
On May 20th Penumbra will host an intimate, black-tie gala in downtown Saint Paul. Presented by Target, the evening will feature soul-food-inspired dining, performances by company members, and more surprises for our guests. Constanza Romero will be joining us to bestow the inaugural August Wilson Visionary Award in honor of her late husband—the Pulitzer-prizewinning playwright and our dear friend August Wilson.
Additional sponsorship support provided by 3M, Best Buy, Medtronic, Delta Airlines, the McKnight Foundation, Stevens Foster Financial, Paul Acito and Margaret Clouthier Acito, Kris Arneson Cutler and Clint Cutler, and Bob Olafson.
Questions? Contact Karla Williams, Director of Advancement (firstname.lastname@example.org | 651.288.6794).
41ST SEASON: CROSSING LINES
Color, culture, sexuality, class. What happens when we dare to cross society’s difficult divides? This season, Penumbra presents stories of people fighting to be seen, accepted, respected, and loved — not as the world dictates, but as they are. Join us to celebrate the struggles and strength of those who don’t live inside the lines.
Penumbra Theatre produces artistically excellent, thought-provoking, relevant art that illuminates the human condition through the prism of the African American experience.
Penumbra’s Let’s Talk Series creates space for compassionate and challenging conversations around issues of social justice, equity, and the arts. Hosted by Sarah Bellamy, the event begins at 6:00pm with refreshments and light bites, followed by a 90-minute presentation and discussion.
Join us for film screenings followed by provocative discussion about the themes. REEL Talks are free, but reservations are required. Each event begins at 7:00pm.
“Penumbra Theatre is a classical, historical and, cultural mecca that allows for a platform for Black people to work, create...to thrive as artists.”
—PaviElle French, Emmy Award-Winning Artist