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Music by Richard Rodgers
Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Directed by Darcey Engen
Musical Direction by Sonja Thompson

April 10,11,16,17,18 at 7 p.m.
April 12 and 19 at 3 p.m.

In a Maine coastal village toward the end of the 19th century, the swaggering, carefree carnival barker, Billy Bigelow, captivates and marries the naive millworker, Julie Jordan. Billy loses his job just as he learns that Julie is pregnant and, desperately intent upon providing a decent life for his family, he is coerced into being an accomplice to a robbery. Caught in the act and facing the certainty of prison, he takes his own life and is sent ‘up there.’ Billy is allowed to return to earth for one day fifteen years later, and he encounters the daughter he never knew. She is a lonely, friendless teenager, her father’s reputation as a thief and bully having haunted her throughout her young life. How Billy instills in both the child and her mother a sense of hope and dignity is a dramatic testimony to the power of love. It’s easy to understand why, of all the shows they created, CAROUSEL was Rodgers & Hammerstein’s personal favorite.

Tjornhom-Nelson Theater, Foss Center

Def Poetics Vol.2

Def Poetics Vol.2

Facilitated by Sha Cage and E.G. Bailey

March 11th and March 12th   at 7 p.m.

Def Poetic Vol.2  is an evening of spoken word. The presentation is the culmination of pieces developed in a four week workshop. The spoken word workshop participants will engage in listening & video sessions along with writing and performing both their own pieces and ‘classic’ work. Free and open to the public.

Studio Theater, Foss Center

Trouble in Mind

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Trouble in Mind

By Alice Childress

Directed by Dominic Taylor

January 30,31, February 5,6,7 at 7 p.m.
February 1 and 8 at 3 p.m.

Willetta Mayer, a talented, but struggling African American actress, has been cast to star in a Broadway Show, the anti-lynching play Chaos in Belleville. She has paid her dues and is ready for her star turn, but is this play as enlightened as she’s hoping?  Chaos is written by a liberal white male and directed by a white male. Willetta’s journey shows us that theatrical practices often put show business and integrity on a collision course. When this collision also includes race and gender, it is a compelling and potent dramatic brew.  Trouble in Mind, written in 1955 by Alice Childress, creates a theatrical microcosm with real world reverberations.

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Tjornhom-Nelson Theater, Foss Center

Egg

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Egg

By Mark Steven Jensen
Student-Directed by Mawrgyn Roper

November 14 at 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
November 15 at 12:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
November 16 at 12:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Bertha and Louise are wandering in an empty wasteland when they both spot an egg at the same time. Bertha wants to turn the egg into an omelet; Louise wants to paint the egg for Easter. They each try to convince the other to give up dibs on the egg. The debate turns more and more violent and events spiral out of control. The production will use highly physical performance techniques with puppetry and clowning to tell the story of two women and an egg.

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The Studio Theater, Foss Center

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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By William Shakespeare

Directed by Martha Johnson

October 31, November 1,6,7,8 at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, November 5 Show added at 7p.m.
November 2 and 9 at 3 p.m.

With its potent mixture of love, comedy, lyricism, and stage magic, A Midsummer Night’s Dream has continued to captivate audiences for over four centuries.  Set in a mythical world of ancient Athens, moonlit woods, and fairy kingdoms, the play is a poignant and hilarious look at multifarious forms of human folly. Our production will imaginatively explore the play’s rich and compelling themes (both overt and covert)—love, power, gender, sexuality, marriage, class, patriarchy–through a fresh, contemporary lens, as we mine the play’s poetic, humorous, and magical power.

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Tjornhom-Nelson Theater, Foss Center

Peer Gynt

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April 10 – 13, 2014

Adapted by Robert Bly
Dramaturgy and further adaptation by Sarah Myers
Directed by Darcey Engen and Luverne Seifert

Performed at The University of Minnesota Arboretum in Chaska Minnesota

The Peer Gynt Project is a collaboration between the Theater Department at Augsburg College and the BA Theater Program in the Department of Theater Arts and Dance at the University of Minnesota. This re-vision of Ibsen’s classic Peer Gynt is a site-specific performance at the University of Minnesota Arboretum in Chaska, Minnesota. This production is an exploration of this epic Norwegian play and how it reflects culture, history and mythology. Students from each department will work closely with the project leaders, Darcey Engen, Chair and Associate Professor of Theater at Augsburg College and Luverne Seifert, Instructor and Head of BA Theater Performance at the University of Minnesota to create a highly innovative, condensed, site-specific production that explores the universal themes in the play. Continue reading

Antigonick

AntigonickA new translation of Sophocles’ Antigone by Anne Carson

Directed by Martha Johnson

January 31 at 7 p.m.

February  1,6,7,8 at 7 p.m.

February 2 and 9 at 3 p.m.

Tjornhom-Nelson Theater, Foss Center

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In her highly innovative translations of ancient plays, acclaimed poet Anne Carson “combines contemporary language with the traditional structures and rhetoric of Greek tragedy, opening up [ancient tales] . . .to a modern audience. . .”  In Antigonick, Carson emphasizes the importance of time–and timing–in tragedy, by introducing a silent character, Nick, who is always on stage measuring things while the events of the play unfold. Antigone is “here given an entirely fresh language and presentation.”

The House of Bernarda Alba

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Translated by Michael Kidd

Directed by Dario Tangelson

November 1,2,7,8,9 at 7 p.m.

November 3 and 10 at 3 p.m.

A highly physical take on Lorca’s last play, The House of Bernarda Alba depicts the life of an affluent family in 1930′s Spain. Forced by Bernarda, the tyrannical matriarch, into a eight-year mourning period after the death of her husband, the Alba sisters see all of their dreams and deepest desires smothered by their despotic mother’s rule. Forced to never leave the house and cut off from the outside world the asphyxiating atmosphere drives the sisters against each other  in an inevitable path to tragedy.

Tjornhom-Nelson Theater, Foss Center

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