Lou Bellamy

TONIGHT! KFAI MINNECULTURE SPECIAL: PENUMBRA THEATRE: Darkness into Light - 7:30 PM KFAI 90.3/106.7/Stream@www.KFAI.org

It's been a privilege to produce this upcoming documentary special featuring the story of St. Paul's own nationally recognized Black theatre company - Penumbra Theatre - now celebrating its 34th Anniversary as the only Twin Cities theatre producing plays by, of and for the African-American community, but beloved by all theatre-goers everywhere. Among its laurels is its record of 27 world premieres of important plays by Black playwrights and the starting place for all of plays penned by the late August Wilson, most of them produced in larger, regional venues and presented on Broadway and in film. Here at Penumbra is where it started not just for August Wilson, who wrote many of his scathing insights into the Black culture in every decade of the 20th Century in restaurants and coffee shops along Selby Avenue in St. Paul, but of many other contributors to the Black experience and translated on-stage. We meet many members of the highly revered company of actors and performers, each of them, "stars in their own right," says founding Artistic Director Lou Bellamy.

Andy Driscoll&CivicMedia present a KFAI MINNECULTURE SPECIAL:PENUMBRA THEATRE: Darkness into Light (Audio file available below)

On-air date: 
Wed, 07/21/2010

Written, Produced and Directed by Andy Driscoll (CivicMedia/Minnesota)

It's been a privilege to produce this upcoming documentary special featuring the story of St. Paul's own nationally recognized Black theatre company - Penumbra Theatre - now celebrating its 34th Anniversary as the only Twin Cities theatre producing plays by, of and for the African-American community, but beloved by all theatre-goers everywhere. Among its laurels is its record of 27 world premieres of important plays by Black playwrights and the starting place for all of plays penned by the late August Wilson, most of them produced in larger, regional venues and presented on Broadway and in film. Here at Penumbra is where it started not just for August Wilson, who wrote many of his scathing insights into the Black culture in every decade of the 20th Century in restaurants and coffee shops along Selby Avenue in St. Paul, but of many other contributors to the Black experience and translated on-stage. We meet many members of the highly revered company of actors and performers, each of them, "stars in their own right," says founding Artistic Director Lou Bellamy.

Funded in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Foundation.

Complete credit list inside.


29:15 minutes (20.08 MB)