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‘King of Shadows’ merges the real and fantasy at Pillsbury House Theatre

The foggy streets of San Francisco provide the perfect eerie backdrop for Pillsbury House Theatre’s latest production, “King of Shadows.” Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s urban fantasy explores the plight of homeless teenagers through the eyes of Nihar, a runaway living rough on the streets.

Nihar is befriended by social worker Jessica and they explore stories of homeless youths being taken by supernatural forces. The play merges the real and fantasy as the characters attempt to solve the problems before it is too late. The California Shakespeare Theatre commissioned Aguirre-Sacasa to craft a new play that reimagined Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” through the eyes of marginalized gay youth. The playwright worked with organizations and met with current and former GLBT homeless youth.

“King of Shadows” is directed by Randy Reyes and features Qadir Khan, Josh Foldy, Catherine Johnson Justice and Taj Ruler.

The show opens Friday and runs through Nov. 1 at the Pillsbury House Theatre Mainstage, 3501 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis. Tickets are $13-$20. For information and reservations, call 612-825-0459 or visit online.

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