Playwrights' Center

McKnight Theater Artist Fellowship: Works in Progress Series

Join us for new works in progress created by five McKnight Theater Artist Fellows, three from 2019-20 and two from 2021-22. This event is an opportunity for these artists to lead the creation of brand new performance pieces with local and national collaborators. It will be hosted at the Southern Theater.


Night One: 

"What's Going On"

This work in progress centers the music of Marvin Gaye's most iconic and beloved album as a launching pad into an exploration of what’s happening, what’s going on, and invites us to consider what’s next. Conceived by T. Mychael RamboK. Anoa Monsho, and Elizabeth MacNally, this work, like the album itself, is a radical departure from the artists' familiar work.

T. Mychael Rambo: Performer (McKnight Theater Artist Fellow 2021-22)

Elizabeth MacNally: Director (McKnight Theater Artist Fellow 2021-22)

  • K. Anoa Monsho: Writer
  • T. Mychael Rambo: Co-writer
  • Sanford Moore: Musical Director
  • Daryl Boudreaux: Percussionist



Dawdle, a down-and out vaudeville performer, decides to quit the biz only to wake up the next morning to discover Waddle, a giant baby, on their doorstep. The two become a sensation as a duo act, but face challenges as Waddle grows older and yearns to discover their own path. The piece is performed by a six-member ensemble, with Dawdle and Waddle played by different members of the ensemble.

Book and lyrics by Jim Lichtscheidl (McKnight Theater Artist Fellow 2019-20), original music by Robert Elhai.


  • Jordan Leggett
  • Kim Schultz



A movement-theater piece exploring how trauma lives in and moves through the Asian American female body, by Sun Mee Chomet (McKnight Theater Artist Fellow 2019-20).

  • Magnolia Yang Sao Yia: Choreographer and collaborator:
  • Kathy Maxwell: Projection Artist

"Sounds Inside"

In a new project led by Writer/Director/Designer Kate Sutton-Johnson (McKnight Theater Artist Fellow 2019-20), a blank space becomes mapped with memory and meaning. Like emerging fossils, boundaries and tracings of life overlay, revealing both the mundane and the strange in the intersections of myriad women. A dark, dreamlike space gradually shape shifts—quiets—and intimate, personal mythologies make way for a vast wilderness of feminine power.​​

Collaborator Credits:

  • Kate Sutton-Johnson: Writer / Director
  • Cat Brindisi: Assistant Director / Choreographer
  • Tamara Ober: Dance Consultant
  • Kevin Springer: Sound Designer
  • Aaron Gabriel: Composer
  • Alyssa Isaacson: Stage Manager


  • Vinecia Coleman
  • Kim Kivens
  • Dexieng Yang
  • Dana Lee Thompson

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