The Highwaymen

Every Thu., Fri., and Sat. from Feb. 2-25
7:30 p.m.
Every Sun. from Feb. 5-26
2 p.m.

Though much has been written about the implementation of the Interstate Highway System in the 1950s, considerably less attention has been focused on how many predominantly African-American communities were decimated over the course of the project. On a local level, there’s I-94, which cut through the vibrant Rondo neighborhood in 1956, turning St. Paul’s largest African-American community into collateral damage. Giving voice to both the proponents and the opponents of the interstate routing, emerging playwright Josh Wilder created The Highwaymen. The show was previewed in 2015 as part of History Theatre’s works-in-progress program Raw Stages, and the world premiere will take place at the same venue, fittingly enough just a stone’s throw from the former Rondo environs. Though Wilder originally hails from Philadelphia, the Jerome Fellowship recipient has brought a knowing sensibility to the locally set work. As a result, this Jamil Jude-directed production should shine a revelatory light upon Minnesota history while paying tribute to a community that paid a tremendous price for the supposed sake of progress. The show is in previews through February 3.