New musical by local playwright Dec 4 & 5 at Playwrights’ Center


As chilly weather settles into Minnesota, local playwright Kira Obolensky has a wintery new musical to share. The Overcoat: A Low-Fi Musical is the first play in the Playwrights’ Center’s 2017-18 Ruth Easton New Play Series, a long-running series offering Playwrights’ Center Core Writers 20 hours of workshop time to develop a new play and giving theater fans a chance to see free public readings of the plays in progress. Readings of The Overcoat: A Low-Fi Musical will take place Monday, December 4 and Tuesday, December 5 at 7 p.m. at the Playwrights’ Center, 2301 E. Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis. Reservations are recommended and can be made at

Kira Obolensky is a beloved and celebrated playwright, especially in the Twin Cities where she is known for her collaborations with Ten Thousand Things Theater. For The Overcoat: A Low-Fi Musical, she worked with composer Brian Harnetty on a haunting and minimal score to accompany her reimagining of Nikolai Gogol’s short story “The Overcoat.” In the play, poor beleaguered Charlie Shoe needs a new coat to keep Winter away—she’s there, on the bridge, on the stair, waiting for his body and soul. Funny and tragic, this short musical wonders if empathy and love are really enough to save us from the clutches of coldness.

The workshop and readings will be directed by Seth Bockley, joined by a cast of Eric Sharp*, Katherine Fried, Thomasina Petrus*, Jennifer Baldwin Peden*, Joy Dolo, Skyler Nowinski, Craig Johnson*, and Malick Ceesay (*Member of Actors’ Equity Association).


Tufawon Performing at Frolic Kickoff

Last year’s Seward Spread Joy Fund winner will be performing at the Winter Frolic Kick-off on Friday Dec. 1 at the Playwright’s Center. 

2017 has been an incredibly active year for the hip hop artist and activist. From fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock, to speaking at panels and doing several hip hop tours around the world, he is ready with another project called Self Care. 

This five song EP, that he mostly produced himself, takes you through the different phases of his necessary healing. Self Care is a culmination of themes centered around friendship, self medication, spirituality, balance and resistance. A vulnerable cry to heal the wounds acquired through his lived experiences as an indigenous man in the fight for Mother Earth and his people. 

Have a listen to his EP HERE.


Winter Frolic Fix-a-Flat clinic at Cycles for Change

Bring your bike over to Cycles for Change on Saturday, December 2 for their Fix-a-Flat clinics. Clinics run at 2pm and 4pm. Warm drinks and snacks will be provided.