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2018-2019 Production Season

Improv Workshop

Led by Joy Dolo

Foss Studio Theater, September 17 – 29


Come and be part of this non-intimidating improvisation workshop where you’ll learn the fundamentals of improvisation with a focus on games, exercises, listening, character and communication.

Joy Dolo is a professional actor and improvisor in the Twin Cities. She’s worked at several theater companies, including Jungle Theater, Frank Theatre, Pillsbury House, Children’s Theatre Company, the Guthrie, and more. She improvises as a founding member of Blackout the first all-black improv group in the Twin Cities.


The Arsonists

By Max Frisch in a new translation by Alistair Beaton

Directed by Barbra Berlovitz

Tjornhom-Nelson Theater, November 9 – 18


A man with convictions finds an answer for everything. Convictions are the best form of protection against the living truth.

– Max Frisch


In an unspecified town, houses are set ablaze and arsonists are enjoying the destruction.  At Beidermann’s house, two such people are offered shelter from the rain.  They are given a place to sleep, wined and dined until they finally leave.  The house, of course, burns to the ground.


This topical dark comedy is funny, musical and outrageous. The “hero” is a business owner who has just ruthlessly fired a longtime employee. He lives with his wife and maid who are powerless to make this self-centered man see the truth.  There are two arsonists, one a trickster who deceives others to get what he wants, the other is his sidekick, an ex-wrestler.  Both are dangerous.  There is an academic who has ideas but doesn’t act on them and a policeman who could save the day but doesn’t. Finally, there is the chorus of firemen.  And like the Greek chorus of ancient Greece, they sing their way through the story but, alas, effect no change.


Student Cabaret

Tjornhom-Nelson Theater, December 6 – 7

Our second annual student cabaret, organized, led, and performed entirely by Augsburg students.



By María Irene Fornés

Directed by Lauren Syme

Tjornhom-Nelson Theater, February 7 – 10


In Maria Irene Fornes’ play Mud, Mae, a strong-willed and fiery woman, struggles to free herself from the abusive men who tether her to a dirty and impoverished farm. Her courage and quick wit are her only tools, but will they be enough?


Ghost Sonata

By August Strindberg

A collaboration between Sod House Theater (Luverne Seifert and Darcey Engen) and Black Label Movement (Carl Flink)

Foss Studio Theater, March 13 – 14


Sod House Theater and Black Label Movement will collaborate on an immersive production of Strindberg’s Ghost Sonata. Using poetic dance/movement, original live music, and vignettes from Strindberg’s play, performers will promenade amongst and through audience members, offering a unique insight into the activities and emotional life of the characters. This production will inform a larger site-specific version that will take place in Fall 2019 on the banks of the stream located in St. Paul’s Swede Hollow Park.


Pluma y la Tempestad (Feather and the Tempest)

By Arístides Vargas

Directed by Beliza Torres Narváez

Tjornhom-Nelson Theater, April 5 – 14

This is a dystopian play in the Latin American tradition of magical realism that tells the story of a youngster of unspecified gender who runs away after being born to a hostile world. They find themselves living in the inner city streets, meeting all kinds of people and facing all kinds of dangers. The kid fights to learn from these experiences and to assert their personhood. Despite being adrift like a feather in a storm, Pluma attempts to preserve their hope and survive.