MISSION STATEMENT: Frank Theatre is a professional theatre company committed to producing unique work which stretches the skills of the artists who create the work while simultaneously challenging the everyday perceptions of the audience through the exploration of ideas and issues of social, political and/or cultural concern. The theatre is committed to producing work that reflects the world in which we live. HISTORY: Frank Theatre was founded with the desire to produce work which provides opportunities for artists to grow, to stretch, to work outside of and beyond the typical opportunities provided by theatres with a greater commercial interest. The theatre has successfully pursued this goal through the consistent staging of works that require the actors, designers, and director to challenge themselves and each other.
The theatre is a Twin Cities' based company, founded in 1989 by Artistic Director Wendy Knox. In its twenty-one year history, the theatre has staged 45 productions: FARMYARD by Franz X. Kroetz, KATZELMACHER by Rainer Fassbinder, TOP GIRLS by Caryl Churchill, QUARTET by Heiner Muller, SINCERITY FOREVER by Mac Wellman, MIRIAM'S FLOWERS and LUCY LOVES ME by Migdalia Cruz, MEDEA by Beverly Smith-Dawson, ETTA JENKS by Marlane Meyer, MACHINAL by Sophie Treadwell, MAD FOREST by Caryl Churchill, and a developmental workshop of Heiner Muller's DESCRIPTION OF A PICTURE, EXPLOSION OF A MEMORY (adapted by Artistic Director Wendy Knox) which resulted in a fully-staged version of the work the following season, the English language premiere of Maaria Koskiluoma’s TOTTERING HOUSE , Shakespeare’s MEASURE FOR MEASURE, Suzan-Lori Parks’ THE AMERICA PLAY, Kevin Kling’s THE EDUCATION OF WALTER KAUFMANN, Ruth Mackenzie’s KALEVALA: dream of the salmon maiden (co-produced), Caridad Svich’s ALCHEMY OF DESIRE/DEAD-MAN’S BLUES, THE CHEKHOV PROJECT by Anton Chekhov and Kira Obolensky, a remounting of KALEVALA at the Guthrie Lab, Daniel Alexander Jones’ AMBIENT LOVE RITES, a restaging of FARMYARD, the Brecht/Weill work THE THREEPENNY OPERA, Naomi Wallace’s THE TRESTLE AT POPE LICK CREEK, Kira Obolensky’s THE ADVENTURES OF HERCULINA, Judith Thompson’s PERFECT PIE, Bertolt Brecht’s THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI, Carson Kreitzer’s SELF DEFENSE, or death of some salesmen, Shakespeare’s THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, Kreitzer’s THE LOVE SONG OF J. ROBERT OPPENHEIMER, Marc Blitzstein’s THE CRADLE WILL ROCK, the premiere of Jack Zipes’ SICILIAN NIGHTS, Suzan-Lori Parks’ “A” play, a company-generated musical adaptation titled THE WOMEN OF TROY, Sam Shepard’s THE GOD OF HELL, Suzan-Lori Parks’ VENUS, Bertolt Brecht’s MOTHER COURAGE, Jessica Blank and Eric Jensen’s THE EXONERATED, Martin McDonagh’s THE PILLOWMAN, Bertolt Brecht’s PUNTILA AND HIS HIRED MAN MATTI, Caryl Churchill’s VINEGAR TOM, Marina Carr’s BY THE BOG OF CATS, Judith Thompson’s PALACE OF THE END, a company adaptation of Franz Kafka’s METAMORPHOSIS, Danai Gurira’s ECLIPSED, and David Sedaris’ SANTALAND DIARIES.