44 Plays for 44 Presidents

by Andy Bayiates, Sean Benjamin, Genevra Gallo-Bayiates, et al.
Directed by Carin Bratlie
June 29 – July 14 and November 6, 2012
Performing at Calvary Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall

White House. Oval Office. Sequined jacket.

A chronological, biographical survey of each of the 44 men who have held one of the most revered and regrettable positions of power on earth. Their miracles and misfires are celebrated by a fistful of actors while moving through comedic and tragic moments, revelations, reconstructions, and mini-musicals. Where has the presidency gone since its fall from paradise? Where will it continue on to? And how much responsibility do we-the people-hold? Originally created by the Neo-Futurists in Chicago, 44 Plays for 44 Presidents is a love song to every Mad Tom, Tricky Dick, and William Henry Harri-who.

Performing at
Calvary Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall
3901 Chicago Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55407

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Tickets: $14 – $41, Sliding Scale

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The Press


Cast members Heather Meyer and Kelsey Cramer were on the Mike and Madde show on 107.1 FM. Thanks, Mike and Madde! You can listen to the show on their website (they were in hour two).

TC Daily Planet calls us a top pick for Election Day!

44 Plays is a winning production of a play that realizes its lofty aspirations while refusing to take itself too seriously.” –Pioneer Press

“Theatre Pro Rata’s latest production is more than just a civics lesson disguised as a theatrical event… the overall piece works because it has strong dramatic bones.” –City Pages

“energetic and well-crafted” –City Pages

Interview with David Beukema and Heather Meyer on The Mike and Madde Show on myTalk 107.1 FM
Pioneer Press Recommendation
City Pages Spotlight
Mpls St Paul Magazine Spotlight
Broadwayworld.com Spotlight

The Cast

David Beukema
Kelsey Cramer
Grant Henderson *
Heather Meyer
Adam Qualls (June 29 – July 14 performances)
Shannon Troy Jones (November 6 performance)

The Crew

Director – Carin Bratlie *
Choreographer – Erinn Liebhard
Stage Manager – Lydia Bolder *
Lights/Set Designer – Julia Carlis *
Costume Designer – Mandi Johnson *
Sound Designer – Katharine Horowitz
Props Designer – Sarah Salisbury
Directing Observer – Meggie Greivell
Stage Management Observer – Alyssa Stafne
Graphic Designer – Kris Heding
Photographer – Charlie Gorrill

*Theatre Pro Rata Company Member

Performance Dates
June 29 – July 14, 2012 and November 6, 2012
All performances at 7:30 P.M.

Special Events
June 7th: Special Sneak Peek Performance
June 29th: Opening Night
June 29th-July 14th: Presidential Art Gallery on display
July 3rd: Playreading Series
July 4th: Pay What You Can & Fireworks Field Trip
July 10th: Playreading Series
July 11th: Playreading Series
Nov 6: Election Night Encore Performance as
part of the 44 Plays for 44 Presidents Festival

The Fun Stuff

Election Day Performance Press Release

Press Release

Fun Guide

Festival organizer Jeff Mosser interviewed director Carin Bratlie and actor Grant Henderson midway through the run of the show to see how it was going.

Jeff then interviewed his parents who live in Minnesota and drove in to Minneapolis to see the show!

Pro Rata’s entry into the Plays for Presidents Film Fest: The Legend of Ulysses

Video proof of Pro Rata honoring the wishes of one of the artists who created work for our Presidential Art Gallery


A very special thank you to MinnPost for sponsoring our special Election Night encore performance of 44 Plays for 44 Presidents!

The Gallery

Presidential Art Gallery

As part of this production, we asked 43 different artists to create a work of art, each one focused on one of the 43 men to have held the office of President of the United States. The work that they created will be on display at the performance space for you to check out before the show. Some of the artists have graciously donated their work to Pro Rata for purchase by audience members!