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ReClaim February: Tru Ruts and Conversation

Friday, Feb. 2, 2018
7:30 pm

An evening to engage with
and reflect on works 
created by Tru Ruts artists
E.G. Bailey and Shá Cage.
Light refreshments.
Free admission.








Among the works to be presented:

Short Film: New Neighbors (Official selection at more than 90 film festivals, including Sundance.)
Music Video: Guante & Katrah-Quey w/ Jayanthi Kyle, “Our Relationship is a Slowly Gentrifying Neighborhood”
Web Series: Brothers
Live Performance:

  • “We Stand” (poem)
  • Excerpt from Khephra: “I am Africa”
  • Selection from #testify, the in-progress third piece in Cage’s one-woman trilogy,
    preceded by The N Word (2013) and U/G/L/Y (2015.)

Immediately following the reading, audience members form small groups, led by Dispute Resolution Center of MN facilitators, to unpack their experiences of these stories together.

Who is Tru Ruts?

Tru Ruts is an artistic organization based in Minneapolis with a history of high caliber work, ranging across all expressive media: films; theatre performances; music; workshops and residencies; radio; and visual art. Collaborators include Foto Libre, Freestyle Theatre and Foto Speakeasy Records. Tru Ruts is an innovator + trailblazer in the Twin Cities, producing shows to sold-out audiences and critical acclaim, working with artists such as E.G. Bailey, Shá Cage, Truthmaze, El Guante, Marion McClinton, J. Otis Powell‽, Raye Birk, Kim Richardson, Anton Shavlik, and See More Perspective.

E.G. Bailey is an award-winning filmmaker, director, and curator. He is the recipient of a regional Emmy, LIN travel grant, and the Hughes, Diop, Knight Poetry Award from the Gwendolyn Brooks Writers Conference. His work is archived at the Museum of Modern Art (NYC) and  Bailey has worked with well-known production houses, such as: The Walker Art Center, Park Square Theatre, Pillsbury House, and the Guthrie. He is the founder of Tru Ruts production company and curator of the Late Nite series. His recent film, New Neighbors, premiered at the 2017 Sundance film festival and has since been selected for over 100 other film festivals. Most recently, E.G. directed the premiere of Khephra: A Hip Hop Holiday Story at Open Eye Figure Theatre and Dot at Park Square Theatre. Upcoming works for him include Brothers, a web series; Foto Libre, a short film follow up to New Neighbors; and a film project in Nigeria.

Just named a 2017 ARTIST OF THE YEAR by City Pages, Shá Cage is a performer, writer and creator of new work. Her performance and work has taken her across the U.S, to South Africa, England, France, the Netherlands, Croatia, Mali, and Canada. She was senior curator at Intermedia Arts, a co-founder of Mama Mosaic Theater (for Women), a recipient of a Regional Emmy, an Ivey Award, a McKnight Fellowship, and a distinguished Fox/TCG Fellowship. She has been named one of the leading artists of her generation by Insight, a Changemaker by Women’s Press, and best solo performer by City Pages for her role as the pilot in Frank Theater’s Grounded (2015 Ivey). Star Tribune called her a 2014 Mover and Maker and Mpls St. Paul magazine named her and artistic partner E.G. Bailey 2015 Power Couple of the Year. Her solo show titled U/G/L/Y was presented by the Guthrie in September and toured in the U.S. and UK through 2016. Shá is an advocate for sex trafficking victims and the proud mother of two. Noted theater roles include: Prince Hal in Ten Thousand Thing’s Henry IV, Mamie in Penumbra’s Ballad of Emmett Till, Francine/Lena in the Guthrie’s Clybourne Park, Lizzy in Park Square’s Mary T & Lizzy K, Agnes in Mixed Blood’s Agnes Under the Big Top and Josephine in Ruined, Venus in Frank Theater’s Venus and Hester in F^cking A. She most recently played Lady Capulet in the Guthrie’s Romeo and Juliet this fall and premiered her show Khephra: A Hip Hop Holiday Story to sold out audiences at Open Eye Figure Theater this past December.

CFPA Mpls’ ReClaim series supports artists who engage fiercely with the complex and contradictory nature of the human experience. We support audiences who yearn for greater personal engagement between works of art and the daily life of our community. With a focus on artists that reckon with social justice on a human scale, the post-presentation discussions are facilitated by skilled leaders in the creation of art and the seeking of justice.

For more about the ReClaim January event:

  • Interview with playwright Kristin Idaszak
  • Interview with Catherine Keating of the Dispute Resolution Center of MN

Free parking available across the street in the Lake Country School lot.