Peer Gynt

PeerGyntPeer Gynt By Henrik Ibsen
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

BernadaAlbaBy Federico García Lorca

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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