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CRENSHAW at Stages Theatre Company


Apr 27 – May 19, 2018

Based on the book by Katherine Applegate
Originally published by Macmillan Children’s Publishing.

World Premiere Exclusive!

Age Recommendation: Ages 8 and Up


This magically engaging story, proving that family, friendship and resilience are found in the heart of the imagination, will grace our Hopkins Jaycees Studio in May. Crenshaw is a cat. He’s large, he’s outspoken, and…he’s imaginary. This unforgettable creature comes into 10 year old Jackson’s life to help him and his family as they fall on hard times and may have to live in their minivan…again. But is an imaginary friend enough to save this family from losing everything? This world premiere adaptation, based on the touching book by the Newbery Medal-winning author of The One and Only Ivan, confirms that friends matter—whether real or imaginary.

Copyright © 2015 by Katherine Applegate. Used with permission of Pippin Properties, inc.


Approximately 1 hour with no intermission


Check back soon for a complete cast list.


Artistic Director – Sandy Boren-Barrett
Director – Jon Ferguson
Assistant Director – Cody R Braudt
Stage Manager – Emily Sullivan
Set Designer – Sarah Brandner
Tech Director – Gretchen Katt
Resident Costumer – Lisa Mangone
Lighting Designer – Grant E. Merges
Costume & Make-Up Designer – Lori Opsal
Sound Designer – Matt Ouren
Production Manager – Melanie Salmon-Peterson
Props Designer – Megan Teynor


Fri 4/27 7 PM
Sat 4/28 1 PM & 7 PM
Sun 4/29 2* & 4:30 PM

Wed 5/2 10 AM 12:30 PM
Thu 5/3 10 AM 12:30 PM
Fri 5/4 10 AM & 7PM
Sat 5/5 1 PM & 7 PM
Sun 5/6 2 PM

Wed 5/9 10 AM 12:30 PM
Thu 5/10 10 AM 12:30 PM
Fri 5/11 10 AM & 7PM
Sat 5/12 10 AM** & 1 PM
Sun 5/13 2 PM

Wed 5/16 10 AM 12:30 PM
Thu 5/17 10 AM 12:30 PM
Fri 5/18 10 AM & 7PM
Sat 5/19 1 PM & 7 PM

*Pay What You Can performance

**Sensory Friendly performance




In this section you will find:


  • SHOW BACKGROUND – See below

  • FAMILY GUIDE – Make the Most of Your Experience! ~ Coming Soon



Katherine ApplegateKATHERINE APPLEGATE (AUTHOR) – Katherine Applegate was born in Michigan, a fact which allows her to pretend she is a hearty Midwesterner, even though she hates the cold. Katherine’s parents, a tolerant sort, allowed her to have many pets growing up, and she worked for a veterinarian in high school. She lived in Michigan, Illinois and Texas before graduating from The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Aimlessness and a minor in Indecision.

Katherine worked as a plant waterer (killed them) and a cocktail waitress (spilled them) before realizing the world would be a safer place if she’d write books instead. Since then, she’s written over 150 books for children and young adults, many in collaboration with her husband, Michael Grant. Animorphs, their long-running series, sold over 35 million copies worldwide. They don’t collaborate much anymore, because they would like to remain married.

Katherine’s recent work includes a picture book, The Buffalo Storm; an early chapter series, Roscoe Riley Rules; YA thriller Eve & Adam, which she wrote with her husband, and Home of the Brave, which won the SCBWI 2008 Golden Kite Award for Best Fiction, the Bank Street 2008 Josette Frank Award, and was a SLJ Best Book of the Year.

In 2013, Katherine won the Newbery Medal for The One and Only Ivan which she was inspired to write after reading about the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, the Shopping Mall Gorilla. The real Ivan lived alone in a tiny cage for twenty-seven years at a shopping mall before being moved to Zoo Atlanta, where he was a beloved celebrity. The One and Only Ivan has gone on to win numerous additional accolades including the Christopher Medal, an SCBWI Crystal Kite Award, a nomination for the E.B. White Read Aloud Award as well as appearing in the coveted #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list.

Katherine is currently working on a non-fiction picture book about the real life Ivan as well as various middle grade projects. She lives near San Francisco with her husband, two children, and an array of neurotic pets.(Taken from

Jeannine CoulombeJEANNINE COULOMBE (Playwright) – Jeannine Coulombe is a Minnesota native, playwright and theatre artist. Her original full-length plays include Homegrown, The Mill, Hummingbirds, The Vacant Lot, Planting Shelly Anne, The Road to Santiago and Broken Peaces. She has also written numerous shorter works, including Special Talents, Picture.Cigarette. Rose Beds, Mike and Ned, With a Baby Carriage, and Fish. Her adaptations of children’s literature include Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and Starry River of the Sky (both based on books by Grace Lin), Zen Shorts and Zen Ties (based on books by Jon J. Muth) and One Dog Canoe and I Love You, Stinky Face, both musical adaptations in which she wrote both the book and lyrics. Last season she teamed up with composer, Michael Gruber for Stages Theatre Company’s musical adaptation of the folktale Stone Soup. Her plays have been seen at Upright Citizens Brigade, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, Manhattan Repertory, Producer’s Theatre, Stage Left, History Theatre, Stages Theatre Company, Synchronicity Theatre, Wheelock Family Theatre, Harwich Junior Theatre, Workhaus Collective, Theatre Unbound, Thirst Theatre, Minnesota Fringe, University of Iowa, University of Minnesota-Duluth, and A Theatre Group. Her work has been published by Dramatic Publishing, Smith & Kraus, and Heinemann. Ms. Coulombe won the University of Iowa’s IRAM Award for Best New Play (Hummingbirds), the Maebaum Award (The Mill) and the National AIDS Fund CFDA-Vogue Initiative Award from the Kennedy Center (The Vacant Lot.) Ms. Coulombe received her MFA from the University of Iowa’s Playwrights Workshop and her BFA in Theatre and BA in History from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. In addition to playwriting, Ms. Coulombe produced theatre in the Twin Cities for over twenty years. She was a founding member of the Workhaus Playwrights Collective, an ensemble of nationally known Minneapolis-based playwrights who produced innovative and highly theatrical work for a decade as the company-in-residence at the Playwrights’ Center. She was also a founding member of Theatre Unbound, a company in the Twin Cities that has been producing challenging female-centered work since 1998. Currently, Jeannine is the Manager of New Play Development and the Conservatory Director at Stages Theatre Company. In addition to playwriting, she works as a director and dramaturg.

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