September 2019

Friends with Guns by Stephanie Alison Walker 

*Part of a rolling World Premiere*

Directed by Shalee Coleman

Two sleep-deprived moms meet at a West LA park, and it’s instant sisterhood. Their husbands hit it off, too, and it seems as though they’ve found their urban family — until guns enter the conversation. Friends With Guns is a dark comedy that pulls the curtain back on liberals with guns. It explores what happens when one person in a marriage suddenly does a 180 on the gun issue and it asks what we can compartmentalize and what we can’t.

Uprising Theatre Company believes in warning audiences about potentially triggering material. Friends with Guns contains the following content warnings:
-Simulated gun fire sounds
-Discussions and depictions of Intruder and Domestic Violence.
If you have questions about the specific context of these content warnings, please contact us: connect@uprisingtheatreco.com and we will get back to you.

Show runs: 20 September-5 October

Performances will be at The Off Leash Art Box: 4200 East 54th St. Minneapolis, MN 55417

Meet the cast:

Meet the creative team:

Meet the community partners:

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a grassroots movement of Americans fighting for public safety measures that can protect people from gun violence. Moms Demand Action campaigns for new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our families. Moms Demand Action has established a chapter in every state of the country and, along with Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Students Demand Action and the Everytown Survivor Network, it is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with more than 5 million supporters and more than 350,000 donors. Follow us on Facebook or on Twitter at @MomsDemand.
Five Elements Martial Arts and Healing Center (FEMA) is a 501c3 non-profit educational organization dedicated to the empowerment of all people through martial arts, wellness, personal safety and self-defense training so we may have a more peaceful community and planet. FEMA is an organization, run by women, whose purpose is to teach and study the art of Wu Chien Pai, to share skills and promote excellence in martial arts, self-defense and self-empowerment techniques: to train in the spirit of building individual and collective strength. FEMA offers opportunities for growth and development to students to become teachers and anti-violence workers through classes, workshops, conference, tournaments, camps and advancement in the style of Wu Chien Pai. FEMA is committed to teaching all persons regardless of race, color, gender, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, ability to pay, or disability. https://www.femamartialarts.org/
Ask: Woman and girls 13 and older are invited to our two hour November 18th Self-Defense and Empowerment Course. The $50 course is available to the Uprising family at $30. To register, go to: https://www.cognitoforms.com/FiveElementMartialArtsHealingCenter/FEMASelfDefenseRegistration and enter code UPRISING!

About SVC: “The Sexual Violence Center serves people ages 12 and up who’ve been impacted by sexual violence. Their free, confidential services include a 24-hour crisis line, support in hospitals, individual counseling, support groups, and legal advocacy. SVC also provides community education and works with law enforcement, legal, and medical professionals to improve the systemic response to sexual violence.”

Their ask: Put together “medical advocacy bags,” which SVC will bring with them to hospitals when they go to support victim/survivors who are there for a medical forensic (aka rape kit) exam. Since the whole process is often stressful, emotional, & can involve a lot of waiting, the bags could include things like fidget spinners, stress balls, adult coloring books + colored pencils, Sudoku pages, word finds, books of affirmations, magazines, comfort items like little stuffed animals, & snacks (individual bags of chips, crackers, trail mix etc.). Each bag could be different & victim/survivors would get to keep them. Since each bag would include a variety of things, your audience members could: * put together a bag (or a few bags on their own) & bring ready-made ones to the show * donate any quantity of any of the above items, & we’ll use them as we put bags together at SVC OR – * donate gift cards to a Target or Cub & we would use them specifically to buy supplies for this purpose

May 2019

The Gun Show by EM Lewis

From a farming community in rural Oregon to the big cities of Los Angeles and New York, playwright EM Lewis takes aim at her own relationship with firearms in “The Gun Show.” An actor shares Ms. Lewis’s unique perspective and true stories about America’s most dangerous pastime as if they were his own, with brutal honesty and poignant humor. Leaning neither right nor left, “The Gun Show” jumps into the middle of the gun control debate, and asks “Can we have a conversation about this?”

Show runs 3 May-18 May

Performances will be at The Off Leash Art Box: 4200 East 54th St. Minneapolis, MN 55417

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February 2019

Line of Sight by Shannon TL Kearns

Alex hates everything. He hates school. He hates being bullied by his classmates and teachers. He hates that his parents don’t accept him and keep trying to fix him. He hates how alone he feels. But what if Alex is more powerful than he thinks? In the midst of a tragic event, Alex discovers something supernatural inside of him that he didn’t know was there. But will it be enough to change what needs to change?

Show runs 15 Feb-2 March

Performances will be at The Off Leash Art Box: 4200 East 54th St. Minneapolis, MN 55417
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2019 Season Announcement

Uprising is proud to announce their 2019 season! 

It seems that every day brings news of another mass shooting. Gun violence is everywhere. Which is why we need to talk with each other about this issue.

For the first time Uprising will spend an entire season on one issue, with each production looking at it from a different perspective and lens. We’ll bring our complicated, nuanced, and conversation provoking style to this important issue. 

As always we’ll partner with community organizations who are doing work on the issue so you can get involved before you even leave the theatre. 

This season features all women and transgender playwrights, all women directors, and all new work. 

All shows will be at The Off Leash Art Box: 4200 East 54th St. Minneapolis, MN 55417

Line of Sight by Shannon TL Kearns

Directed by Ashley Hovell & Anthony Neuman

Alex hates everything. He hates school. He hates being bullied by his classmates and teachers. He hates that his parents don’t accept him and keep trying to fix him. He hates how alone he feels. But what if Alex is more powerful than he thinks? In the midst of a tragic event, Alex discovers something supernatural inside of him that he didn’t know was there. But will it be enough to change what needs to change?

Show runs 15 Feb-2 March

The Gun Show by EM Lewis

Directed by Emily England

From a farming community in rural Oregon to the big cities of Los Angeles and New York, playwright EM Lewis takes aim at her own relationship with firearms in “The Gun Show.” An actor shares Ms. Lewis’s unique perspective and true stories about America’s most dangerous pastime as if they were his own, with brutal honesty and poignant humor. Leaning neither right nor left, “The Gun Show” jumps into the middle of the gun control debate, and asks “Can we have a conversation about this?”

Show runs 3 May-18 May

Friends with Guns by Stephanie Alison Walker 

*Part of a rolling World Premiere*

Directed by Shalee Coleman

Two sleep-deprived moms meet at a West LA park, and it’s instant sisterhood. Their husbands hit it off, too, and it seems as though they’ve found their urban family — until guns enter the conversation. Friends With Guns is a dark comedy that pulls the curtain back on liberals with guns. It explores what happens when suddenly one person in a marriage does a 180 on the gun issue and it asks what we can compartmentalize and what we can’t.

Show runs: 20 September-5 October

Show Four: TBA

Directed by Emily England

Show runs 8 November- 23 November

Season Ticket Information:

For the first time we’re selling season ticket bundles! 2019 will feature four shows and at least one special event. You’ll get your choice of which night to see the show. Once you purchase you’ll be sent a coupon code that you can use to get your tickets on the date/time of your choosing.  

If you order before December 31st you can get in on our super early bird Season Ticket Deals. 

Solo Season: Get one ticket for each of the 2019 shows for $60 (an $80 value)

Duo Season: Get two tickets for each of the 2019 shows for $120 (a $160 value) You’ll get a coupon code that you can use to choose which performance of each show you’d like to attend.

Friend Season: Get four tickets for each of the 2019 shows for $240  (a $320 value)

Prices go up January 1, 2019!!