Bryant Lake Bowl

810 W. Lake St., Mpls Open 8 am‑2am daily

Restaurant/Bowling (612) 825‑3737 Theater (612) 825‑8949


The Theater of Public Policy

Presented by Danger Boat Productions

Described as “What could become Minnesota's answer to Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert”, The Theater of Public Policy (T2P2 for short) makes civic conversations fun again.

Using real on-stage conversations with newsmakers and big thinkers, T2P2 makes issues come alive through improv comedy theater. Each night:

  • The show’s host interviews a leading thinker on a big issue
  • Then a team of the Twin Cities’ most talented improvisers use the conversation as inspiration for longform improv comedy
  • In the second half of the show, the guest answers questions from the audience
  • The show wraps up with more no-holds-barred unscripted comedy

 It’s improv comedy for the NPR listener in all of us. Join the fun as we learn and laugh about everything from streetcars to education policy, from big data to apple breeding.



Previous performances

Monday April 7: Transit Revolution or A Streetcar to Heck? with Dr. David Levinson

Monday, April 7 at 7:00 pm
Doors open at 6:00 pm
The University of Minnesota’s resident civil engineering guru is known around the world as The Transportationist. Professor Levinson will join us to talk about the Twin Cities, traffic, streetcars, and why we don’t yet have hover bikes.

Monday April 14: Democracy of Data with OSS Mark Ritchie, Otto Doll, City of Minneapolis Chief Information Officer Bill Bushy, Co-Founder of Open Twin Cities

Monday, April 14 at 7:00 pm
Doors open at 6:00 pm
Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, City of Minneapolis Chief Information Officer Otto Doll, and Open Twin Cities’ Bill Bushey will tell us about making government data more readily available to citizens. All three have been working to make government more transparent and efficient through data. We’ll ask why anyone would want all the city’s records on cats getting stuck in trees, and why the monicker “hacker” is considered a dirty word.

Monday April 21: A Council Member Walks into an Improv Show with Minneapolis Council Member Lisa Bender

Monday, April 21 at 7:00 pm
Doors open at 6:00 pm
City of Minneapolis Council Member for Ward 10, Lisa Bender joins us on stage. She’ll talk about the big issues at City Hall, what efforts she hopes the city will address in the coming months, and how it feels to have the god-like powers of a city council member.

Monday April 28: A Show with Two Views with Rep. Nick Zerwas and Dan McGrath, Executive Director of Take Action Minnesota

Monday, April 28 at 7:00 pm
Doors open at 6:00 pm
Two voices from two very different political perspectives will prove it’s still possible to have respectful, civil, yet lively conversations in public. Republican State Representative Nick Zerwas and Take Action Minnesota Executive Director Dan McGrath take our stage together to talk about the big issues facing Minnesota.

Thursday May 1: Can We Pay Teachers in Apples? with Denise Spect, president of Education Minnesota

Thursday, May 1 at 7:00 pm
Doors open at 6:00 pm
Our guest, Denise Spect, is the president of Minnesota’s largest teacher’s union, Education Minnesota. She’ll answer your questions about teachers, students, class size, and snow days. Bringing her an apple is optional.

Thursday May 8: Out-of-School Time—Not Just for TV Anymore with Eyenga Bokamba, Director of Sprockets

Thursday, May 8 at 7:00 pm
Doors open at 6:00 pm
Sprockets, St. Paul’s out-of-school time programs network, has a new director and she’s going to join us on the show. Eyenga Bokamba will talk to us about why students need to keep learning even after the school day ends. In addition to her work leading this diverse coalition of programs, Bokamba is a visual artist in her own right, and a Harvard graduate. Consider us intimidated.

Thursday May 15: Explain, Trains, and Automobiles with Met Council Chair Sue Haigh

Thursday, May 15 at 7:00 pm
Doors open at 6:00 pm
Think coming up with your own five-year plan is a challenge? Try coming up with a 20-year plan for the entire Twin Cities region. That’s just part of the charge for our guest, Susan Haigh, chair of the Metropolitian Council. We’ll ask her all about what visions they hear from Minnesotans for the future of the Twin Cities.

Thursday May 22: Designing the Perfect Fruit with Dr. David Bedford and Dr. James Luby

Thursday, May 22 at 7:00 pm
Doors open at 6:00 pm
Did you know that 80% of the apples grown in Minnesota are creations of the University of Minnesota breeding program? We will talk to one of the people behind the University’s apple program, scientist David Bedford about how you create new apple varieties, how our ways of producing food are changing through science, and if anything will ever be as great as the Honeycrisp.

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