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JUST US: Out of the Cycle, Into the Circle
Sabathani Community Center
Minneapolis, MN
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St. Stephens Human Services is proud to present zAmya Theater Projects latest creation  JUST US: Out of the Cycle, Into the Circle. The production will premier at Sabathani Community Center on November 16th during National Hunger and Homelessness week.  JUST US: Out of the Cycle, Into the Circle is written by the zAmya Theater troupe with dramaturgical support from playwright Josef Evans and original songs by Caroline Mannheimer and Patrick Presley.  It is directed by Maren Ward with choreography by Leah Nelson.

Having a criminal background is regarded as the greatest barrier to securing safe, affordable housing. And yet, housing can play the most important role in helping a person get their life back on track. zAmya explores this contradiction in JUST US: Out of the Cycle, Into the Circle. Pete, recently released from Prison and ready for a fresh start, begins a surreal journey filled with roadblock after barrier after hoop to finding a new life. With Dee System around every corner, Pete struggles to escape his background.  When he finds himself in the Court of Just Us, the audience is invited to play the role of  the jury.  Blending humor, drama and a song and dance or two, JUST US offers audiences a chance to deliberate American criminal justice practices and their impact on its citizens.


zAmya Theater Project is a theater company housed at St. Stephens Human Services. Through community-based theater we raise awareness and understanding of homelessness and generate the public will to end it. Founded by Lecia Grossman in 2004 zAmya (Sanskrit for aiming at peace) seeks to turn homeless from word into a person. A troupe of actors, many of whom have experienced homelessness, guide the artistic vision. Our annual Fall Roadshow shares stories and information about homelessness and related issues with hundreds of audience members in venues throughout Minnesota including a two weekend run at the Guthrie Theater in September, 2016 of Home Street Home Minneapolis.

The JUST US Ensemble includes Richard Brinda, Cheryl Hare, Charles Hilton, Lurch, Marvin Howard, Caroline Mannheimer, Esther Ouray, Wanda B. Poston, Patrick Presley, and Corey Walton.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
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Sabathani Community Center (View)
310 East 38th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55409
United States


Arts > Theatre

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


Owner: ststephensmpls
On BPT Since: Nov 01, 2017
Maren Ward

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