From Producer Ken Stone, who shares with us his final thoughts before this weekend’s back-to-back premieres of Transit Stories and Why Transit?, our latest productions with the Metropolitan Council…
“I grew up in Washington, DC so political comedy is nothing new to me. I got to see political satirist Mark Russell perform and also enjoyed The Capitol Steps theater troupe (in case you’re not familiar, they were Capitol Hill staffers who spent nights singing silly songs and poking fun at their daytime foibles).
But I was not ready for The Theater of Public Policy.
You’ll find some of their work sandwiched between our two shows, Transit Stories and Why Transit? There are a few other samples of their work on our website, or you could wander down to Bryant-Lake Bowl some night. It’s a mix of serious public policy discussions followed by unexpectedly funny improv theater.
It was there where I heard Met Council Chair Sue Haigh talk earnestly and passionately about income disparities and how rail and bus lines could help address, or worsen, those disparities – and then I heard an improv skit about an Edina bus stop where gold-filled truffles are served.
You won’t find any truffle-eating bus riders in Transit Stories, but you will hear from a wheelchair-bound woman with MS say that the Blue Line has allowed her to “walk again.” You’ll also hear from a University Avenue barber say his neighborhood is a whole lot better than it used to be. You’ll hear from a long-time Rondo resident confess she had gone to “a hundred thousand” public meetings about the Green Line – but who admits, “I still don’t trust it.”
Transit Stories has the stories of people whose lives are being changed by light rail. Why Transit? follows up with an interesting mix of community activists and public policy leaders talking big picture about the promise and peril of light rail. I learned quite a bit from the people in both shows – and hope you do, too.”
Learn more about our co-productions with the Metropolitan Council by tuning in for their broadcast premieres this weekend! Transit Stories and Why Transit? both premiere Sunday, July 27 at 7:00 and 7:30 PM on tpt‘s statewide MN Channel. The MN Channel is identified as ‘tpt MN‘ in the Twin Cities Metro Area. To find where to watch the MN Channel in other parts of the state, click here.