Not run-of-the-mill: Frank Theater troupe returns to East Bank machine shop

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January 31, 2005 // UPDATED 1:51 pm - April 26, 2007
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

Frank Theatre will once again descend on the Pillsbury "A" Mill's Machine Shop next month with "The Women of Troy," based on the classic Greek antiwar plays.

Known for its experimental work and offbeat venues, the South-Minneapolis-based independent theater company used the East Bank Machine Shop, 300 SE 2nd St., as a backdrop last fall for its adaptation of Suzan-Lori Parks' play, "F**king A."

"The Women of Troy" debuts Feb. 24 and runs through March 20.

The play is set on the eve of the fall of the city of Troy and is based on "The Trojan Women" and "Hecuba" by Greek dramatist Euripides. The Greeks have wiped out the Trojan men after a 10-year battle and the women have been taken as prisoners of war. The play investigates the impact of war on women and children, according to a Frank Theatre statement.

The old flourmill's Machine Shop is a drafty and austere old building located behind the "A" Mill on Southeast Main Street & 3rd Avenue. Northeast-based Schafer Richardson, a residential developer, owns the building and has plans to lease the space for a coffee shop or restaurant. The developer is also working on securing city approval to redevelop the "A" Mill complex to include more than 1,000 condos.

"The Women of Troy" will hold performances Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $14-20.

For reservations or information, call 724-3760 or go to