Auggies in the Fringe

fringeMolly Miller ’11, a Medieval studies major with a concentration in theatre history, is one of several Auggies whose acting, directing, and/or writing talent is featured in the 2011 Fringe Festival.

The festival, now in its 17th year, the Minnesota Fringe Festival includes 168 shows from a variety of different artists, and all shows are selected at random. This year, the festival features Levi Morris ’10 in Son of a ____! (that is the actual title, read about it in the StarTribune), Amber Davis ’09 with Savage Umbrella in Ex-Gays, and Miller’s show, Even the Gods Dream, which she wrote, directed, designed, and stars in as Boann, the Water Spirit.

Shows run August 4-14 in venues in Uptown, Downtown, the West Bank (including two stages at Augsburg College), and in St. Paul. For more information on the festival or to purchase tickets, go to the Fringe website. Continue reading

Loven and Lewis come home to Minneapolis

kyle_lovenKyle Loven ’06 has called a few places “home.” He moved from the charming town of Wilmar, Minn. to Minneapolis to study theatre and art history at Augsburg. After college, he spent some time in Europe before settling in Seattle, Wash. And on March 19, Loven will return to his Twin Cities home to perform my dear Lewis, his one-man show about memories.

my dear Lewis will be part of SEEDS, presented by Open Eye Figure Theatre. SEEDS features the work of emerging artists who are supported by the Henson Foundation. Performances are Mar. 19, 20, and 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Mar. 21 at 4 p.m. Visit the Open Eye website for ticket information. Continue reading

Using art to make a difference

finearts_keystoneWhat can fine arts majors learn about themselves and their disciplines by volunteering in the community? Come to the Fine Arts Keystone final presentation on Monday to find out.

This Fall, senior students in film, music, theatre, and studio arts worked with Centro, a multi-social service agency that serves the Chicano and Latino communities. Students volunteered in the food bank and worked with children in the Siembra preschool. They blogged about their experiences throughout the term and created art respective of their disciplines as a way to reflect on their engagement with Centro. The class will present a collaborative art piece on Monday, Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. in the lower level of Old Main. Continue reading

"Eurydice" explores bond between father and daughter

eurydiceEurydice is interesting,” says Martha Johnson, director of Augsburg’s first mainstage play of the year, but she doesn’t mean that in the way most Minnesotans use the word. “It’s quirky and funny…interesting in a good way.”

Written by Sarah Ruhl, Eurydice is a retelling of the Greek myth of Orpheus told from the point of view of Eurydice, his wife. “It’s almost like a dream,” Johnson said. “The play uses images you would only see in a dream but is also very human. There’s a little bit of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ in it.” Johnson believes patrons will appreciate the contemporary humor, Ruhl’s ability to play with language, and the unusual set designed by Joe Stanley. Continue reading

Tickets on sale for 'The Visit'

the_visitTickets are now available for the Augsburg College Theatre Department’s mainstage production of “The Visit,” written by Friedrich Durrenmatt and guest directed by Luverne Seifert ’83.

“The Visit” tells the story about a rags-to-riches millionaire, who as a young girl once lived in the decrepit and poverty stricken European hamlet of Guellen, who returns home for a visit. The town, giddy with the opportunity to climb out of its destitution, joyously welcomes her back, only to realize that she conceals a dark secret and that her generosity will come with a cost. Durrenmatt’s tragic comedy unfolds a haunting story of human greed and vengeance.

Performances run Feb. 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9 at 7 p.m., and Feb.3 and 10 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $2 Augsburg College Students; $8 ACTC faculty, staff, and students; $10 general public.

For reservations and more information, please call 612-330-1257.

"Life Is a Dream" Makes Midwest Premiere at Augsburg

lifeisdreamThis theatre production, translated by Nilo Cruz, is an adaptation of Pedro Calderòn’s 17th century Spanish masterpiece. It is directed by Martha Johnson and will be performed in the Tjornhom-Nelson Theater Nov. 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10 at 7 p.m., and Nov. 4 & 11 at 2 p.m. Tickets will go on sale Oct. 22. To reserve tickets, please contact the box office at 612-330-1257.

“I read about this new translation of Life is a Dream in ‘American Theater Magazine’ last year,” says director Martha Johnson. “I’ve always wanted to direct this imaginative and fascinating play with students, and I was very excited to read that Nilo Cruz, a well-known Cuban-American playwright, had created a new translation. I was also excited about the idea of our being the theatre organization to premiere Cruz’s version in the Twin Cities area. We spoke to Cruz’s agent in New York and were very pleased to be able to acquire the rights for a fall production.” Continue reading

Nancy Waldoch: Internship to Career

waldochAs a transfer student to Augsburg, I can honestly attest that another college would not have prepared me as well for this potentially rocky transition that I now find myself in – the transition from student to working adult.

In my three years at Augsburg I acted, directed, stage-managed, built sets and props, installed lights, ran soundboard, helped out in the costume shop, and more. Through Augsburg’s Artists Series, I got to hear the stories of Twin Cities theatre professionals from a variety of specialties, which helped expand my theatrical focus. I came to love and appreciate every aspect of theatre. Continue reading

Theatre Alumni Produce "Love and War"

lovenwarSeveral Augsburg theatre alumni have joined forces to create and stage the musical “Love and War,” now showing at Pioneer Place in St. Cloud.

Michael Kelley ’04 and Tim McVean ’05 and friend Josh Iley co-star, Sarah Nargang ’04 directs, and James Lekatz ’07 choreographs. The show also features a four-piece live band.

“Love and War” features a series of letters, poems, and music relating to soldiers and their loved ones at home. It incorporates video, precision sound, lighting techniques, and unique choreography and music, and takes place amidst nearly three tons of dirt. Continue reading