Suzy Messerole, originally from rural Iowa, is a company member of Pillsbury House Theatre, where she has performed and directed in the Breaking Ice and Chicago Avenue Project programs. Prior to Pillsbury House, Messerole served as the Co-Artistic Director of Outward Spiral Theatre Company. She directed Jeany Park’s play, 100 Men’s Wife, at the History Theater and performed in Landmark: 24 Hours at the Stone Arch Bridge.
Aamera Siddiqui was born in Tanzania to South Asian parents, and considers herself to be a global nomad. Her background is in diversity training and multi-cultural curriculum writing. As a theater artist, she has performed with The Guthrie, Pillsbury House Theatre, Pangea World Theatre, Illusion Theater, The Mixed Blood Theatre, Mama Mosaic, Outward Spiral Theatre and more. She is one of the 2007-2008 Many Voices Fellows with the Playwrights’ Center.
Suzy and Aamera began collaborating artistically four years ago in a piece for The Walker Art Center’s Dyke Nite called The Trouble with Bill. They have toured A Place to Call Home, an educational play about immigration, to schools statewide in conjunction with Young Audiences of Minnesota and in 2005 received a Naked Stages fellowship –which culminated in the performance of Draw Two Circles, about Aamera’s Muslim background and Suzy’s Catholic upbringing. Their creative partnership has resulted in their own theater company called Exposed Brick Theatre.
Exposed Brick Theatre presents the world premiere of SHIPSIDE
An exploration of poverty, motherhood and mental health.
Written by Stacey Parshall
Directed by Suzy Messerole
Through November 24, 2007
2301 East Franklin Avenue, Mpls, MN 55406