Student Matinees

Bring your students to see a show and stay afterwards for a post-play discussion. Educators will also be provided with a study guide, standard-based curriculum, and contextual essay. Tickets for students, teachers, and chaperones are $8 per person and can be reserved by calling 651.224.3180 or emailing Anita Robinson at Please provide your contact information, the total number of seats you would like to reserve, and date you would like to attend. Recommended for audiences ages 14 and up.

Ntozake Shange’s
for colored girls
Directed by Sarah Bellamy and Lou Bellamy
Choreography by Ananya Chatterjea

This 1974 classic which Ntozake Shange called a choreopoem, was conceived just two years before Penumbra Theatre was born. From its humble creation to critical acclaim on Broadway, the Obie Award-winning play has excited, inspired, and transformed audiences across the country. Shange’s fearless prose vividly paints intimate portraits of the pain and jubilation that women of color experience from girlhood throughout life. Shange was groundbreaking in her efforts to shatter the silence that protected abusers of women. for colored girls is a brave reckoning, a celebration, a healing ceremony, and perhaps most profoundly, an example of the awesome power a chorus of women’s voices can have. Reserve your seats today to one of the following student matinees:

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 // 10:00AM
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 // 10:00AM
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 // 10:00AM


Ifa Bayeza’s
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.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 // 10:00AM
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 // 10:00AM
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 // 10:00AM


A Penumbra Theatre and Theater Mu co-production
Prince Gomolvilas’
The Brothers Paranormal
Directed by Randy Reyes

In response to a nationwide increase in sightings of “Asian- looking ghosts,” two entrepreneurial Thai-American brothers launch a ghost-hunting business. When the siblings investigate the home of an African American couple displaced by Hurricane Katrina, what’s real and what’s fantasy clash against a shocking truth. This witty and haunting story is brought to you in partnership by Theater Mu and Penumbra Theatre.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 // 10:00AM
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 // 10:00AM
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 // 10:00AM