Workhouse Theatre Company Updates

2008 recipient of the IVEY award
for Overall Excellence in Theater
for ‘Night Mother


June 2015 Updates


Free Public Reading on Monday!


Join us for our Public Readings Series which occurs on the second Monday of each month through June 2015 at The Warren Artist Habitat, located at 4400 Osseo Road, Minneapolis, MN  55412, at 7 pm.

What:  Reading of J.R. Spaulding Jr.’s The Cutthroat Game, with moderated discussion by our playwright-in-residence, Matthew A. Everett.

When: Monday, June 8th at 7 PM

WhereThe Warren Artist Habitat – 4400 Osseo Road, Minneapolis, MN  55412

Sam Pearson reading of Deboarh Yarchun’s
Bomber’s Moon 

Synopsis: The St. Juliana brothers.  They’re Union, they’re Italian, and they’re brothers.  Everything about them suggests a steadfast loyalty to one another.  That’s why when the youngest, Angelo, gets fired from his job at Scarborough Construction and falls prey to his own alcoholic anger, he calls on his brothers, Johnny and Butch, to clean up the mess he’s made.  The question is, how far are they willing to go when it comes to protecting their family? 

As a visceral and unrepentant story of vengeance, The Cutthroat Game explores the dynamics between the blue-collar working class and the privileged companies for whom they work.  It picks apart the anger that has risen from the growing problem of America’s inequitable distribution of wealth, and the consequential results of feeling trapped in a helpless, long-suffering life.

The PlaywrightJ.R. Spaulding Jr. grew up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  He received a B.A. in English Education and an M.A. in theatre history from Michigan State University.  As a theatre artist, he has worked as an actor, director, technical director, guest instructor, and playwright at theatres in Alaska, Maine, and various locations in between.  In 2007 he founded the Underground Theatre in his hometown and remains its artistic director to this day.  As a playwright, Spaulding’s short works have been workshopped and performed through the Scioto Society of Chillicothe, Ohio; the Michigan Interscholastic Forensics Association; the Mid- American Theatre Conference; and with the #NexGen one-minute play festival in Brooklyn.  His play, Wall: A Product of Resourcefulness and Efficiency in America’s Never-Ending Battle for Absolute Supremacy and General All-Around Kick-Assedness, was a finalist for the North American Actor’s Association London playreading festival, was selected for the staged reading festival at Detroit’s Magenta Giraffe theatre, and was produced at the Madlab theatre inColumbus Ohio where reviewers from the Columbus Underground called it “brilliantly written” and ranked it as one of the city’s 20 best productions for 2013.  In 2014, The Cutthroat Game was selected for the Panndora’s Box staged reading festival where Eric Marchese of the Orange County Register called it “…as combustible and heart-stopping as anything by Puzo.”  Hismonologue The Colonel, was published in the anthology InterJACtions: Monologues at the Heart of Human Nature, Volume III.  He currently lives in Michigan with his one dazzling wife, two loveable stepchildren, and his anxiety-ridden pitbull, Medea.

The reading is directed by our Artistic Director of Main Stage Productions, Richard Jackson, and features the talents of David Coral, Stephen Frethem, Dwight Gunderson, Bethany Hummel, Richard jackson, Joel Raney, Jeremiah Stich, and Lauren Wills.  There will be a discussion of the play with the playwright, Eli Effinger-Weintraub, immediately following the reading.  This discussion will be moderated by our playwright in residence, Matthew A. Everett

Playwrights About Town

Greenhouse Project playwrights Eli Effinger-Weintraub (Election Cycle, Para Bellum) and Deborah Yarchun (LARPers, The Aleph Complex, Portmanteaux, Great White, Bomber’s Moon) and Workhouse Theatre Company’s playwright in residence Matthew A. Everett (But Not For Love) all have their work featured in two upcoming June events.  Walking Shadow Theater Company and the natioinal One-Minute Play Festival organization are featuring Eli, Deborah, and Matthew along with 40 other playwrights in the 3rd annual Minneapolis One-Minute Play Festival on Saturday and Sunday June 20 and 21, 2015.   For tickets and more information, see  Eli, Deborah and Matthew also have excerpts of their scripts in Little Lifeboats’ 4th annual new play showcase T.E.A.S.E. (The Easy Access Script Experience) to connect writers and local producers of new plays, on Saturday June 27th at the Nimbus Theatre space.  For tickets and more information, visit



The Greenhouse Project


Play selections for our readings are culled from submissions to our play development program: the Greenhouse Project. The Greenhouse Project provides an opportunity for playwrights with ties to Minnesota to have their scripts evaluated for possible inclusion in our Public Reading Series.  Scripts with particular promise might be chosen for a Development Workshop and potentially a full scale production by WTC.  For more information regarding eligibility and submission guidelines, visit our website at 

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