Workhouse Theatre Company –

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


November 2015 Updates

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 continue 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.  For more information on our readings or how to submit your script, keep reading!

Sam Pearson reading of
Deboarh Yarchun’s
Bomber’s Moon
What:  Reading of Eli Effinger-Weintraub’s Mama Death At The Door, with moderated discussion by our Co-Artistic Director, Bethany Hummel, immediately following the reading

When: Monday, December 14th at 7 PM

Where: The Capri Theater – 2027 West Broadway, Minneapolis, MN  55411

Synopsis:  Mrs. is dying.  She calls on Mama Death and her apprentice Crystal, the town’s shrouding women, to see her to the other side and help her family continue their lives without her.  Mrs.’ son Walker calls local mortician Wayne Wilmington to counteract the chaos Mama Death represents to him.  With Mrs.’ daughter-in-law Sherrilyn on her side and granddaughter Del on whatever side will cause the most trouble at the moment, the tension of old ways versus new, self versus community, and honor for the dead versus respect for the living pushes the family to its limits.  When the dust settles, one question remains: what does how we choose to die say about how we have chosen to live?

The Playwright: Eli Effinger-Weintraub is a playwright and prosaist celebrating the magical in the mundane.  Gadfly Theatre Productions premiered her play Girl Gumshoe & Detective Dad in October 2014; she is a many-time writer for Theatre Unbound’s 24:00:00 Xtreme Theatre Smackdown; and her short plays have appeared in festivals around the country.  Eli is honored to be part of the writing team for Theatre Unbound’s fall 2015 project, the collaborative Title IX, about women in sports.  Her prose publications, fiction and nonfiction, run the gamut from Steampunk Tales and Electric Velocipede to AlysonBooks, Seal Press, and Llewellyn Worldwide.  Eli lives in Minneapolis with her wife and frequent inspiration, visual and fiber artist Leora Effinger-Weintraub.

The reading is directed by our Co-Artistic Director, Richard Jackson, and will be followed by a discussion with our Co-Artistic Director, Bethany Hummel.

Join us at The Capri!

Upcoming Readings


Monday, January 11, 2016, 7pm

Elle Thoni – Woolly

Could the woolly mammoth roam the tundra once more? De-extinction specialist, Dr. Robin Slater, is attempting to figure out how. Yet, as she prepares to share her findings on TedTalk, Robin and members of her family begin to disappear into the Arctic.

Monday, February 8, 2016, 7pm

Thomas Klocke – Book of Hours

Two 21st century gay hustlers double as models for a manuscript Illuminator painting marginalia in the 1300s. Crossing time and space from present day urban life to the Middle Ages, Klocke’s play explores subjects of censorship, religious practices, social responsibility, the Church’s function as government in the 14th Century, and all the varied connotations of “marginal.”

Monday, March 14, 2016, 7pm – TBA

Monday, April 11, 2016, 7pm – TBA


Monday, May 9, 2016, 7pm

Tira Palmquist – Ten Mile Lake

Maggie should have known it was a fool’s errand to return to Ten Mile Lake; after all, if her father had wanted her to know he was dying, he would have called her himself. It would be easy to just turn around and head back to Portland, especially since he seems to get along better with his new nurse Donny than he ever did with her. But, now that she’s home, Maggie can’t seem to leave, and maybe… just maybe she doesn’t really want to.

Call For Playwrights!

There’s still a few days left before our December 15th deadline.

Playwrights with ties to Minnesota (living and working in MN, or with friends and family currently living in state) can submit the first 25 pages of their play online for consideration to be part of our monthly new play reading and audience feedback series, the Greenhouse Project.  For further details and to submit the first 25 pages of your play, click HERE


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