Raw Sugar and Theatre Unbound are teaming up to create brand new comedic works by Women, Trans, Femme Artists. These new works challenge audiences to rethink their own perspectives on gender, sexuality, privilege, and community through comedy. We believe that feminist comedy is essential to building a community of artists and audiences committed to gender equity. 


Production dates:  April 5th - 15th, 2018 at Crane Studio, 2303 Kennedy St NE #120, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Paid stipened of $200 for all performers

The shows:

Kinks by Tina Burnside, directed by Kim Hines

Synopsis
Tracy decides to do the "big chop," and embarks on a journey from relaxed to natural hair. This play is a humorous exploration of the serious issues that black women face daily related to their hair.

Characters
Tracy (lead) - cuts her hair to go natural. Black woman, ages 20s-30s. Must have natural hair.
Shanice - Tracy's friend who is a "naturalista." Black woman, ages 20s-30s, Must have natural hair.
Lolita/Tracy's hair - Tracy's friend who wears wigs and weaves. Black woman, ages 20s-30s. This is a dual role. Actor who plays Lolita also plays Tracy's hair. 
Katie/Megan - Tracy's co-workers. White woman, ages 20s-30s. This is a dual role. Actor who plays Katie also plays Megan.
Diane/Voice - Tracy's boss. Black woman, ages 40s-60s. This is a dual role. Actor who plays Diane also plays Voice, which is Tracy's conscience.

Ace by Beth Ann Powers, directed by Margo Gray

Synopsis
Ace tells the story of a young asexual finding her way in a world of middle school crushes, make-out sessions, and sex on TV, with the help of her ace super powers and one confused clone. Also there's music. 

Characters
Beth Ann: Early 20s, female, any race. A thoughtful planner who sticks to the rules. Singing experience a plus. 
Beth Ann 2: Early 20s, female, any race. An excitable risk-taker who enjoys throwing wrenches in the works. Singing and movement experience a plus. 
Band Camp Guy: The worst. He's the horrible, persistent middle-school crush you never wanted. A very bad kisser. Also plays roles in the ensemble. Singing and dancing experience a plus. Male or masculine-spectrum identified, any race, early 20s. 
Ensemble members (2): Play multiple roles, including a sorting hat, a middle school student, and Sherlock Holmes. Singing and dancing experience a plus. Any gender, any race. 

Sex, War, and Syphilis by Katherine Glover, directed by Morgan Holmes

Synopsis
A historical comedy about government efforts during World War I to protect soldiers from syphilis by policing young women's sexuality. It's 1917 and the once sleepy town of Des Moines has been inundated with soldiers-in-training. Seventeen-year-old Hazel is entranced by these young men in uniform, and her best friend Florence doesn't like it one bit. Meanwhile in Washington D.C., the war department has launched a new agency dedicated solely to protecting soldiers from syphilis -- and from girls like Hazel.  
Characters
HAZEL: Black female, 17. Well-off and well-educated. A bit boy-crazy. Also plays: EMMETT SCOTT (Black male, mid-30s. Special Advisor on Black Affairs to Secretary of War Newton Baker. More subversive than he seems.) 
FLORENCE: White female, 17. Hazel's next-door neighbor and best friend. Also plays: MAYBEL (mid-20s. Raymond Fosdick's secretary.) 
PAULINE: White female, 17. A domestic servant living with Florence's family. Also plays: LETTERS (a variety of characters who write letters to the CTCA); MILDRED (white middle-aged woman, a protective worker). 
RAYMOND FOSDICK: White male, 30s. Head of the Commission on Training Camp Activities (CTCA), and thus the architect of U.S. government efforts to combat syphilis. Also plays: MRS. TANNER (white female. Head of the Des Moines Protective League); COP; PRISON DOCTOR. 
MAUDE MINER: White female, 30s. A social worker concerned with rehabilitating female delinquents. Also plays: GENERAL PERSHING (white male, late 50s. Commander of the American Expeditionary Forces on the Western Front); WOMAN; PRISON GUARD.