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Minnetonka Theatre to Present Encore Performance of Honk & Holler

Minnetonka Theatre premiered its original production of Honk & Holler at the Minnesota State High School League’s State One Act Play Competition in February, where it won top honors, becoming the Spotlight on the Arts Champions for 2023. 

Now, Minnetonka Theatre is excited to present a one night only encore presentation of the play, and is bringing in a very special guest, activist Carolyn Whitener, who is flying in from Oklahoma to attend this performance. “We are beyond honored that Carolyn Whitener will join us for our encore performance and can’t wait to perform the play for her, considering she, along with Ruth Bader Ginsberg, is a major character in the story we tell,” said Trent Boyum, Artistic Director. “Honk & Holler portrays two very different women who changed the face of equal rights for women in the 1970’s. This story is a fascinating, but lesser-known tale of friendship and determination,” according to Associate Director, Lauren Bartelt. 

The performance will be held at the Arts Center on 7 on the campus of Minnetonka High School on March 25th at 7pm. Tickets are free, but reservations are encouraged. Go to minnetonkatheatre.com or call 952.401.5898 for more information. 

About Honk & Holler:
It’s 1972. Carolyn Whitener is the owner of the Honk & Holler, drive through curb service grocery store in the college town of Stillwater, Oklahoma. Carolyn becomes the reluctant plaintiff in a historic Supreme Court case argued by Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It’s a remarkable story of two very different women and how, together, they change the world. Minnetonka Theatre’s world premiere one act play is adapted with permission from Radiolab and is based on one of their most popular podcast episodes. 

About guest speaker Carolyn Whitener:
Carolyn Whitener was the plaintiff of the 1976 Craig v. Boren case, a landmark Supreme Court case that determined that gender classifications were subject to the Fourteenth Amendment's Equal Protection Clause.

Whitener, then a business owner in Stillwater, Oklahoma, was instrumental in the case that extended civil rights to men and women.  She now speaks to high school and university students around the country about what she and fellow plaintiff Curtis Craig did to change the law in Oklahoma and the effect it had on gender equality in the United States.

Fact Sheet

  • Show: Honk & Holler followed by a talk back with Ms. Whitener
  • Dates: March 25 at 7:00 pm
  • Tickets: Tickets are free, but reservations are encouraged.
  • Produced by: Minnetonka Theatre
  • Directors: Trent Boyum & Lauren Bartelt
  • Additional Info: www.minnetonkatheatre.com 
  • Location: Arts Center on 7 – Main Stage 
    18285 Highway 7 (corner of Highways 7 & 101)
    Minnetonka, MN 55345

Purchase tickets: 952.401.5898 or www.minnetonkatheatre.com


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