To take Grace’s point, why then would someone express themselves on stage? Why stand on the spot of the floorboards that have been designated to you and say your monologue? Why be someone else?
We’re not actors. Or playwrights. Not part of the crew. Not moving the spotlight. But, for over 20 years the Jungle Theater in the LynLake neighborhood has been developing the area with high artistic standards and a celebration of local art.
Putting on five productions a year, the Jungle Theater started in 1991 before moving to its permanent spot on Lyndale Ave. The small space of 150 seats has received acclaim from America’s eastern border to its western one and has been what they call “a flagship example of the transformative powers of the performing arts.”
We couldn’t agree more. The space is small enough that the stage almost grips you from your chair, like arms with firm, strong hands, ready to grab your collar and put you in the scene. Over the years the Jungle Theater has seen classic performances of Hamlet or The Glass Menagerie but also more modern renditions as well.
Check them out in 2016 for their stellar lineup:
- The Two Gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare
- Constellations by Nick Payne
- Le Switch by Philip Dawkins
- Bars and Measures by Idris Goodwin
- The Oldest Boy by Sarah Ruh