Friends of HCL Event Update
Under the advisement of the Minnesota Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control, both of whom strongly recommend limiting gatherings of 50 and more, we are postponing Pen Pals with Tommy Orange.
While Tommy Orange will no longer appear on April 30 & May 1, we are working with his representatives to potentially reschedule his appearance at a to-be-determined time in the near future. Ticketholders will be contacted as soon as possible about the new dates, including options to keep their tickets, donate their tickets, or receive a refund. With date negotiations ongoing, and with our library-based Box Office currently closed to staff, we appreciate the patience and understanding of our ticketholders as we develop concrete next steps. Updates will continue to be sent directly to ticketholders via e-mail and posted on this website.
2019-20 Pen Pals Season Line-up
2019-20 Pen Pals Subscriptions
Full-series subscriptions to the 2019-20 season are SOLD OUT.
$55 Main Floor | $45 Rear Main Floor and Balcony
Friends of HCL members receive a $5 discount per ticket! Call the box office to receive your discount.
Pen Pals Box Office
Box Office staff is currently working remotely while Hennepin County Library locations are closed. While the voicemail inbox will be checked regularly, for fastest response, please e-mail Friends of HCL Events Manager Rob Goudy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2020-2021 Pen Pals Subscriptions
More information about our upcoming season of Pen Pals and subscription package onsale dates will be available in mid-April.
Accessibility at Pen Pals
Friends of HCL strives to make our Pen Pals lectures accessible to all patrons. Below is a description of available services and amenities. Please call our box office (612-543-8112) with questions.
Open Captioning: Open Captioning (OC) provides a live, real-time transcription of Pen Pals lectures. The service is open to all audience members for viewing without any special equipment necessary. An open captioning monitor screen will be located on the right-hand side of the main floor for all lectures.
Assistive Listening Devices: Assistive Listening Devices amplify and clarify sound by cutting down ambient noise, and may be used from any seat at the Hopkins Center for the Arts. Devices, headphones, and earbuds may be borrowed from the Pen Pals box office at all lectures.
Accessible Seating: Accessible and companion seating can be reserved on the main floor and balcony levels of Hopkins Center for the Arts. Please call our box office directly to purchase accessible and companion seating.
Accessible Parking: Accessible parking is available at the rear of Hopkins Center for the Arts and on the street level of the public parking ramp.
All Pen Pals programs are held at the Hopkins Center for the Arts—offering great sound and sight lines for the entire house. Just 15 minutes from downtown Minneapolis and 28 minutes from Saint Paul, Hopkins Center for the Arts offers free convenient parking as well as numerous nearby restaurants. Please click the button below to download a detailed directions and parking guide.
Hopkins Center for the Arts
Hopkins, MN 55343
Our series began in 1997 and since then has brought these exceptional writers to the Twin Cities