Ten Thousand Things Theater

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Twin Cities, MN
We perform at multiple venues around the Twin Cities with our paid performaces at Open Book (1011 Washington Ave S, Mpls) and MN Opera Center (620 N First St, Mpls).

Mailing address

3153 36th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55406 US


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(612) 203-9502

About us

Ten Thousand Things brings lively, intelligent theater to people with little access to the wealth of the arts, invigorating ancient tales, classic stories, and contemporary plays through vital, open interactions between actors and non-traditional audiences. When our talented artists perform in homeless shelters, prisons, low-income housing and community centers, the skills and imaginations of our veteran artists confront the honesty and insight of men and women who have lived hard lives. Through this dynamic exchange, artists and audience breathe new life into theater together reminding us that theater is essential to all of our lives. At our performances, audiences experience theater in its most vital, elemental form; there are no bells and whistles to distract. It is, as one audience member proclaimed, like mainlining theater. Our non-traditional audiences many of whom have never seen live theater before and the conditions under which we must perform to reach them - without stages, lighting or technical effects imbue our actors with urgency, liveliness and profound honesty. Out of respect for our audiences' intelligence, imagination and experience, we do not preach easy answers to life's difficulties and we seek to transcend the perceptions about class, race, education and life experience that often divide us. Our work has earned us kudos and awards locally and nationally.

Performance history


As You Like It by William Shakespeare
"...top-notch production, filled with love and laughter, the bittersweet tang of longing and the redemptive power of possibility." Pioneer Press


Il Campiello by Carlo Goldoni, Adapted by Steven Epp
"This might be the most fun you have in theater all fall." Star Tribune

Man of La Mancha by Dale Wasserman, Joe Darion and Mitch Leigh
"Man of La Mancha reaches into the mind, heart, and soul in a way that all the flashy sets, cast of thousands, and bold, auditorium-filling voices never manage." City Pages

Doubt, A Parable by John Patrick Shanley
"Ten Thousand Things' sharp, taut production of John Patrick Shanley's parable on modernity and tradition is a must-see." Star Tribune


Life's a Dream by Pedro Calderon de la Barca
"Ten Thousand Things' members do so many things well that it's perlious to say 'this is what they do best.' I've made that claim for their Shakespeare. But 'Dream' shows a rich love for the allegorical fable." Star Tribune

My Fair Lady by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loew
"Small-scaled and disarming, this staging offers a different set of pleasures, leavened with intelligent awareness while still finding the fun." Pioneer Press

Stones In His Pockets by Marie Jones
"...Epp and Lichtscheidl harness a precious alchemy...With director Michelle Hensley, these two
actors carve out giddily distinctive work." City Pages


Othello by William Shakespeare
“Ten Thousand Things' cast is solid top to bottom, there are brilliant moments of stagecraft." Star
Raskol by Kira Obolensky
“This production feels as alive, and relevant, as if it had been created from scratch." City Pages
Endgame by Samuel Beckett
"The resonance was achingly inescapable...wordplay crackles, the pace is always insistent." Star Tribune


Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
"Two and a half hours of the most accessible, interesting and joyful Shakespeare you're likely to see for quite a while." Pioneer Press
Once On This Island by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty
The powerful myth shines through in this joyous telling of a sweet love story." Star Tribune
Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl
"It's phenomenally moving stuff." City Pages


Richard III by William Shakespeare
"Intimate, articulate, so emotionally honest that we wait achingly for each line, this staging affirms another personal opinion: Ten Thousand Things produces this community's best Shakespeare." Star Tribune
Little Shop of Horrors by Howard Ashman
“Whatever TTT lacks in stage wizardry, they make up for in skill, craft and pure pluck…[TTT’s actors] each give their characters fresh, vibrant coats of honesty and humanity.” Pioneer Press
Blood Wedding by Federico Lorca
“Deeply poetic yet also accessible." The Rake


Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
“What a treat” Star Tribune
Red Noses by Peter Barnes
“A well seasoned feast, contributing a variety of flavors and textures, from sweet and savory to crisp and creamy."Pioneer Press
In a Garden by Gertrude Stein
"Especially daring . . . an hour long play date with three very inventive, rambunctious children." Pioneer Press


Antigone adaptation by Emily Mann
“This is an urgent and raw production that muses on the delusion of absolute power." Star Tribune
Ragtime by Terence McNally
“How tiny TTT ever dared imagine it could do justice to the musical Ragtime is utterly beyond me. But it does so. And spectacularly.” Pioneer Press
Iphigenia by Euripdes
“Theater companies often prattle on about their current productions having ‘an amazing relevance for today’s times.’ In Iphigenia, Ten Thousand Things actually delivers.” Star Tribune


Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand
“An intimate, achingly lovely staging.” Pioneer Press
The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare
“A dazzlingly immediate production . . . Offers much of the best of what Shakespeare and the theater can be.” Pioneer Press
“A zesty joie de vivre!” Star Tribune


The Good Person of Szechwan by Bertrolt Brecht
“All the all marks of the best TTT productions . . Some of the best actors in town…set off on a journey of great clarity and vision.” Pioneer Press
Carousel by Rogers & Hammerstein
When Hensley decides to take on a musical, she can get slyly subversive.” Pioneer Press
The Island by Athol Fugard
“The play blossomed through the heart and skill of actors James Austin Williams and James Young.” Star Tribune


King Lear by William Shakespeare
“The acting is superb, as it usually is in TTT productions.” Pioneer Press
Miss Julie by Strindberg
“Norah Long is superb in Miss Julie title role” Star Tribune


The Furies by Aeschylus
With a superb adaptation by director Michelle Hensley and Lisa D’Amour and a stellar cast, this is production that grabs you by the scruff of the neck and gives you a good hard shake.” Pioneer Press
The Most Happy Fella by Frank Loesser
“A smart, nuanced, big-hearted reading that’s by turns joyous, knock-down funny and almost unbearably poignant.” City Pages
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
“[It] might be a difficult play, but the inmates at Roseville “got it” from the start of TTT’s production. . . Sciple leads a talented cast on a romp.” Star Tribune


Cymbeline by William Shakespeare
“TTT’s Cymbeline challenges itself and its audiences to their highest and best calling… Makes the essence of Shakespeare come brilliantly to life for its audiences.” Pioneer Press
The Three Lives of Lucie Cabrol by John Berger
“A triumph!” City Pages


The Tempest by William Shakespeare
“As compelling a production as you are likely to find.” Star Tribune
The Unsinkable Molly Brown by Meredith Wilson
“Hensley is very gifted with her vision for her company, and knows exactly how to engage her audiences with a delightful physical style, yet without losing the work’s heart and honesty.” Pulse


Measure of Measure by William Shakespeare
“One of the best stagings of Shakespeare in recent memory.” Focuspoint
The Ballad of the Sad Cafe by Edward Albee and Carson McCullers
“At the end of the Day Center performance, the audience burst into wild applause. As a parting comment, one man rose and said, ‘That was the best movie I ever saw.” Minnesota Monthly


The Emperor of the Moon by Aphra Behn
“Serious theaters rarely aspire to or achieve such artistry.” City Pages
Days are Silver Nights are Gold by Erik Ehn
A new play, developed in workshops with homeless women and their children, about addiction to drugs and money and losing one’s child to foster care. (No reviews)


The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht
“One of the most memorable theatergoing experiences I’ve had of late.” City Pages
Mud by Irene Forne
A look at the struggles of an impoverished rural woman to teach herself to read while caring for two men who are completely dependent on her. Performed at adult literacy centers. (No reviews)


The Queen Stag by Carlo Gozzi
“Ten Thousand Things serves up the fun in bucketfuls…I like the life this troupe has breathed into the tired old lungs of our theater.” performance twincities


Life's A Dream by Calderon de la Barca
Performed for youth-at-risk. (No reviews)


Electra by Sophocles
Performed for youth in L.A. juvenile prisons, who effortlessly entered the world of Greek tragedy, being already quite familiar with the betrayal-revenge cycle. (No reviews)


The Good Person of Szechwan by Bertolt Brecht
“A soaring, minimalist smash.” LA Weekly



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