PRIME Productions

A nonprofit organization

50 donors

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$5,000 Goal



                                                                                            Above - Greta Oglesby & Alison Edwards

                                                                                            THE ROOMMATE by Jen Silverman

                                                                                                          Photo Credit: Dan Norman


                                                                                                                                                                                                                             The brilliant poet/playwright Oscar Wilde observed that

             "life imitates art" 

but after the last couple of years, we agree with the pundits who aptly turned the phrase to 

"art imitates life."

Just like real life, live theater sheltered at home, masked up, got vaccinated and spent thousands of unbudgeted dollars to make its physical location and company safe for audiences, actors and crew.

 At PRIME, we devoted our unscheduled time off for some self-examination, and in the process came up with two stretch goals.

 First is a commitment to pay our artists more. We started PRIME on a shoestring and some amazing artists contributed their talents to us for a pittance. And because of this generosity, we developed a reputation for excellence that has enabled us to grow as a theater company and begin to increase the amount we are able to pay our artists -- but it’s still not what they are worth!

Second, we want to expand our mission from creating work to employ the wealth of mature female actors in the Twin Cities, to galvanizing a diverse group of talented artists in a way that changes the narrative about mature women. And we want to ensure myriad ethnicities and cultures have a place on the stage, from the playwrights to the actors to the crews who have lived those stories.

                     We want to be part of the change we wish to see!  

 PRIME’s goal is to present women over 50 in such a way that a 17-year-old boy sees his grandmother as a badass; where a 30-year-old female sees 50 as a new beginning, not as a finale; and where the journey of mature characters appeals to both men and women. We’ll have accomplished this when no wife has to listento her husband complain about having to sit through another play about older women. 

As we prepare for our next season, we are counting on people like you to help us make a difference. To help us be equitable in our pay and to expand our vision to include all viewpoints, in order to entertain, enlighten and open hearts and minds.

 Your gift to PRIME, of any amount, will help that change happen. And by becoming a sustaining donor, you can make your gift go even farther. 

 Please consider a gift today so we can continue creating life-altering art, and don’t forget to sign up to receive announcements of our upcoming events, including our 2023 play, THE REVOLUTIONISTS by Lauren Gundersen  at Park Square Theater.

Thank you!

Shelli and Alison  


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