Workhouse Theatre Company – September Updates

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


September 2015 Updates

THEY’RE BACK!!!  Free Public Reading on Monday!


You are cordially invited to join us for our Public Readings Series which occurs on the second Monday of each monththrough June 2016 at The Capri Theater in North Minneapolis.

We’re excited to begin our third season of readings!  Last year we received 86 submissions from playwrights – 33 from Minnesota, 6 regional, and 32 national; 20 women and 50 men, with 12 writers submitting more than one excerpt.  Seventeen of those submitting were returning writers with new material who had applied to us in our first year operating the Greenhouse Project.  Thirty-three full scripts were requested from playwrights for further consideration – 13 from women, and 20 from men, with 3 writers submitting more than one promising script for review.  Five of those scripts were given readings in 2014-15, and 7 have been scheduled for the coming year.

We’re also excited to relocate our readings to the Capri Theatre in North Minneapolis.  There’s even a parking lot eliminating the need to find street parking.  Please note the 8 pm start time for this reading.  This is a one-time later start time dictated by scheduling conflicts.  Directions to The Capri are available on our website along with a partial schedule of readings for the coming season.

Sam Pearson reading of
Deboarh Yarchun’s
Bomber’s Moon
What:  Reading of Jessica Huang’s Purple Cloud, with moderated discussion by our playwright-in-residence, Matthew A. Everett, immediately following the reading

When: Monday, September 14th at 8 PM (note the time change for this reading)

WhereThe Capri Theatre – 2027 West Broadway, Minneapolis, MN  55411

Synopsis:  When you’re Hapa, you know deep down you’re greater than the sum of your parts.  InPurple Cloud, three generations of Huangs deal with the multi-facets of their multiracial identities as – accompanied by four Jade Pieces – they embark on a mythical journey from China to Minnesota and back again.  Through three intertwining stories, the Huang family acculturates: Grandpa Lee emigrates from Shanghai to America during the Sino-Japanese War, his son Orville deals with his confusion as a first generation Asian-American, and his granddaughter fights for her Chinese-ness through the search for her true name.

The PlaywrightJessica is a multiracial, Minneapolis based professional playwright, recipient of a 2014 Metropolitan Regional Arts Council’s Next Step Grant, and a 2012 Many Voices Fellowship at the Playwrights’ Center.  Her plays which live at the intersections of race, gender, and community engagement have been developed and/or produced in the Twin Cities at Mu Performing Arts, the Minnesota Museum of American Art, the Minnesota Fringe Festival, Redeye Theater, The Playwrights’ Center, Pangea World Theater, and Pillsbury House Theatre, and nationally at 2nd Generation, the University of Missouri-Columbia, the Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists (CAATA), the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, and the Source Festival.  Her sold-out performance along the Green Light Rail Line about civic engagement and public transportation attracted audiences from as far as Fergus Falls.  For the past six years, she co-founded and co-led the Unit Collective, which has brought 200+ playwrights, actors, and directors from underrepresented communities together through a monthly production of short new plays.  In 2014, Purple Cloud was nominated as one of the best plays written by female playwrights in the last year by LA-based group, The Kilroys.  For more information about Jessica, visit her web page

The reading will be directed by Addie Gorlin, Producer in Residence at Mixed Blood Theatre, and features the talents of Megan Anderson, Kylee Brinkman, Erik Dagoberg, Anna Hashizume, Anika Kulander, Joseph Vang and Alex Yang. The reading will be followed by a discussion with the playwright moderated by our playwright in residence, Matthew A. Everett. 

We hope you’ll join us, and we look forward to seeing you!

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 

Support Workhouse Theatre Company


Workhouse Theatre Company is a Non Profit 501(c)3 corporation.  Donations are greatly appreciated to help offset the costs of everything we do, from workshops and readings to our award winning productions!  For more information on how to donate to WTC, check out our donation page at

You are cordially invited to come play with us!


Contact and Follow us!