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Paper Dolls Reefer Madness Sylvia Almost, Maine Underpants Suburb

Paper DollsPaper Dolls

by Timothy Braatz
Directed by G.J. Clayburn
September 18 - October 3, 2009

Dan Peltzman
Shelly Reed
Heidi Berg
Ashley Davis
G.J. Clayburn
Lighting Design
Bill Sather
Sound Design
Rick Raasch
Costume Design
Lisa Clayburn
Props Design   Mike Kanne
Set Design   Darren T. Hensel
Sculpture Design   Brian Riebe
Technical Director   Andi Billig
Producer   Nigel Linden
Producer   Jim Vogel

World Premiere!

Johnny, a papier-mâché artist, lives with his girlfriend, Millie, who supports him financially but doesn't appreciate his artistic vision. Millie and two friends are arrested at a death penalty protest, sparking an argument, among these four comfortable white Americans, about racial stereotypes and the sincerity and effectiveness of liberal protest, and inspiring Johnny to begin a sculpture about John Brown, the nineteenth-century abolitionist who chose dramatic action over polite protest. When Millie insists that Johnny tear down the sculpture (which is in her living room) Johnny walks out, then returns with a better idea. To raise awareness about injustice in the judicial system, he begins building sculptures of real people unfairly sentenced, including Harlan Russell, an African American death row inmate who may be innocent. This is a play about art, race, and how far well-meaning people will or will not go to uphold their ideals and challenge injustice.

This activity is made possible, in part, by funds provided by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council through a grant from The McKnight Foundation and an appropriation by the Minnesota Legislature.

Friday, September 18 at 7:30 p.m. Friday, September 25 at 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 19 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, September 26 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 3 at 7:30 p.m.

All performances at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center's Black Box Theatre in Burnsville, Minnesota.