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Two women meet and fall in love in prison. To cope with prison life they create a false queendom in which they are royalty. Read more

Minneapolis, MN Theater
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Two women meet and fall in love in prison. To cope with prison life they create a false queendom in which they are royalty.

Minneapolis, MN Theater
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Primadonnas (a poetic comedy with a bad case of the blues)

When the sheltered, privileged Jacqui (Anna Sutheim) arrives in a Massachusetts prison for the first time, her cellmate the Duchess (Madelyne Riley) offers her an alternative vision far superior to the bleak anonymity of incarceration. The Duchess is dignified, charming and has a friendly rapport with the otherwise gruff and hard-nosed Roberta (Puck Matz), the officer in charge. She refers to herself as "royal," and seems to have everyone else playing along. She takes a strong and immediate liking to Jacqui and bestows her with a title in the "queendom." Initially skeptical of the Duchess' motives, Jacqui quickly becomes the Countess, and loses her grasp on reality entirely, intellectually detaching herself from prison life, her former life, and even the basic laws of time and space. A parole hearing for the Duchess throws a wrench into their utopian existence, and the Countess hatches a disastrous half-baked plan to keep the primadonnas together.

Primadonnas is a farce, tragedy, or love story, depending on whose prison you're in.

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As we mentioned in the video, we have a lack of electrical equipment to put on a high quality show. We also lack a lot of raw materials to build the set. With these funds we will be able to purchase materials that are well suited for the project. Our space is in a warehouse, so we already face a lot of challenges when it comes to comfort for our audience, and since our audience is our number one priority, we would love to keep them warm with blankets or heaters because our space does get cold in the Minneapolis winter.

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