The Unit Collective will perform its November Madness: The Thanksgiving No One Wanted! on Tuesday, Nov. 25, at 7 p.m., in the The Playwright’s Center, 2301 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis. Food is served at 7 p.m., with the Madness beginning at 7:30 p.m. Suggested donation: $5
The performance includes Chris Garza, Signey Harriday, Lindsey Samples, Jon Peterson, Suzie Cheng, Alex Yang, Andrea Gutierrez, Rich Remedios, Crystal Spring, Rachel Flynn, Joy Dolo, Tisch Jones, Lauren Diesch, Jay Kistler, Katie Herron Robb, Sandy C’Moua, Michael Terrell Brown, and Indira Addington
With plays set in Totalitarian Country 1960s, Pilgrim New World, Arizona illegal immigrant children lock up, The South, and the Old West, written by: Eliza Rasheed, Aamera Siddiqui, Darrell Coles, Mahmoud Hakima, and Janaki Ranpura
Los Angeles-based Unit Collective member Joe Luis Cedillo came up with this prompt for November. As he explains, ” The prompt for me comes from the idea what if the people getting together for Thanksgiving are not suppose to be together?”
Other than receiving an assigned locale, there are three other requirements to be included in the plays:
1. Talking Turkey
2. Line: “…you’ll never believe me but I’m going to tell you anyway…”
3. A single autobiographical detail: A favorite dish or one the writer absolutely hate has to appear at some point in play
If you haven’t been to Madness before, here’s how it works. Each month, a new Producing Playwright from the Unit Collective picks a theme. Five to six playwrights will have a few weeks to write a 10-minute piece inspired by that theme. On the night of Madness, each piece is given approx. 30 minutes of rehearsal/staging time.
The intention of the Madness by the Unit Collective is to create and explore a collaborative process between the playwright, the director, and the actors with feedback from the audience. Find out more online at http://www.unitcollective.org.
Calling all Artists
The Unit Collective is looking for committed, creative, collaborative minds to join our crew. We meet monthly to shape the course of Madness and our other projects, and each of us commit to producing Madness once or twice per year. Any theater artist or lover is welcome to apply. Send an email to u[email protected] with your interest.