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History Theatre
Between Cedar St. and Wabasha St. 30 East 10th St. St. Paul, MN 55101
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Sadly there is not a moderately priced cafe/wine bar within 2 blocks. The nearby Radisson (maybe it's a Towne Court) has a very mediocre restaurant. On the corner is a LOUD place 'Waters....something' but I'm concerned that restauranteurs ignore needs of 'mature' people. I sincerely hope when St Paul redoes the former Macy's block, it includes a restaurant/bar similar - if not the same- as the old Rosewood Rm.
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This family has been regulars at the History Theater for years. We have always parked in the ramp by the Children's Museum, just a block away. Now we are looking forward to taking the light rail from the burbs and avoiding parking all together. When the Central Corder opens in June, the train will stop literally at the door of the History Theatre. This tremendous venue will be incredibly accessible from anywhere the light rail goes or can be picked up!
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4.6 average rating
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25 events
18 reviews
16 stars
attended Feb 15 2013

If i was rating on the play only, I would give this a four. I enjoyed the play and it was really well done. I am, however,rating the venue as well.

The Box office attendant was ovewhelmed and rude. When we originally purchased the tickets and...continued

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13 reviews
7 stars
attended Feb 08 2013

Thought-provoking play, very well done. The interplay of the older Nellie and the younger Nellie were flawless.

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6 reviews
1 stars
attended Feb 02 2013

A well-acted, well-written play about a pioneer union organizer and independent woman at a time when women, and especially women of color, were blocked from many jobs and roles in business and in their private lives.

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Quotes & Highlights

To learn more about Nellie Stone Johnson and the labor movement of the 1930s, download the play guide .


Civil rights and labor activist Nellie Stone Johnson was a Minnesota hero. Her feisty spirit and drive to succeed made her a political force to be reckoned with on issues of social justice, labor rights, and equality.

Before she became the first black person to be elected to citywide office in Minneapolis… Before she was the first woman vice-president of the Minnesota Culinary Council and the first woman vice-president of Local 665 Hotel and Restaurant Employees Union… Before she became an active member of the NAACP and the National Coalition of Negro Women, the National League of Women Voters, the DFL Affirmative Action Committee and the DFL Feminist Caucus… Before she was a board member of the Minnesota Urban League…

Before all of that, she began her remarkable life as a young African-American woman who moved from a farm in northern Minnesota to Minneapolis to attend the U of M in the early 1930s. In the face of discrimination at her job, Nellie fought back by organizing workers to form a union, and started breaking any and all race or gender barriers that stood in her way.

Nellie is a world premiere commissioned and developed at History Theatre with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. It is written by Kim Hines, directed by Richard D. Thompson, and features Greta Oglesby and Shá Cage as Nellie Stone Johnson. They are joined by an ensemble that includes Ron Collier, Lynnea Monique Doublette, James Craven, Jen Maren, Charles Fraser and Tom Winner.

The running time is approximately two hours and 10 minutes.