Lightning Rod 2020 (Saturday Performance)

Saturday, August 15, 2020
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Pillsbury House + Theatre
3501 Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Reminder: tonight's show is cancelled. Please check out Lightning Rod's Facebook page for updates.

This event is an outdoor, public, live, performance art event.

For the Friday, August 14th Event FOLLOW THIS LINK

Tickets are FREE, but capacity is limited. Please register one person, one ticket. If you are unable to attend or redeem your ticket, please notify the organizers so that we can release the spot to another audience member.


LIGHTNING ROD is back for its fourth annual event!

Over the course of a week, we present dozens of artists with the prompt "what needs to be said this week"?

  • Box Office opens at 7:00pm
  • Event Show begins at 7:30pm
  • Hydration, shade, chairs, and COVID-safety accommodations will be made. See ACCESSIBILITY STATEMENT linked below for more details.
  • Audience will be divided into groups of ten at a time, and guided by ushers to assist social distancing
  • Performance time is will be between 60-90 minutes. This performance is flash theatre, developed the week of the intensive, so we will not know the content until just before the show!
  • MASKS REQUIRED (we will have a supply available for free)

A note from Artistic Co-Directors Marcela Michelle, Yoni Tamang & Kat Purcell:

The architecture is undeniable. 35th and Chicago, Minneapolis, Mni Sota, Sacred Dakota Land, occupied, fortified by slavery, rich with native, black, brown, queer, and trans lives. Pillsbury House + Theatre, a community resource now as ever, three blocks from the site of George Floyd’s state sanctioned murder. We live here, this is our neighborhood. This is the neighborhood to our left, to our right. This is a thousand neighborhoods across the country. Here is the place we can speak to. Now is the time we can speak to. We do not yet know what theatre looks like in this new world. We do not know what limitations of body/space/time/touch may be upon us. What we do know is that our community is swollen with grief/rage/desire/power/regret/defiance/hope/love/magic, and we recommit to our belief, a belief historically embedded in to the beauty of Powderhorn, that art is a catalyst, a potion, a spell, a catharsis, a response, a bleeding, a healing, an offering. Art allows us to show up to our work as full, fierce, holy human beings. Creativity allows us to be flexible to the moment and needs at hand. Art is a technology that triggers us to remain motivated, loving and present. 


  • BE.
  • Camille Mitchell
  • Cherokee walker
  • Deep Roots Jessica 
  • Ellis Perez
  • Eric M. C. Gonzalez
  • Jess Eckerstorfer
  • Kiwii Gonsalez
  • Laura Levinson
  • Lu Chen
  • Max Yeshaye Brumberg-Kraus
  • Miranda Strong
  • Natavia Lewis
  • Ondine
  • Purpose 
  • Rubin Hardin
  • Sabrina Diehl
  • Sherri Nicole
  • snem DeSellier
  • Sophea Ek
  • Teighlor McGee
  • Tyra Lee Ramsey
  • Venus 
  • Zehra Danica Keta
  • Zzztussin

ACCESSIBILITY: Please see our full accessibility statement & COVID-19 protocol LINKED HERE

**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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