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History Theatre
Between Cedar St. and Wabasha St. 30 East 10th St. St. Paul, MN 55101
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4.6 / 5 Rated by 12 members
Review from Linda Mittag Humphrey

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

reviewed Feb 15 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Donna

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

reviewed Feb 08 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from editstrat

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.

reviewed Feb 02 2013 report as inappropriate
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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.

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