2017-2018 Productions

Tjornhom-Nelson Theater, Foss Center

 

Take Care

Led by Janaki Ranpura

Showing September 27
Foss Studio Theater

See something. Say something. Are these phrases an encouragement to mistrust? Perhaps we could take them as instructions for play. A group of students will create care packages to leave in public. The results of what happens will be transformed into performance for the showing of “Take Care.”

 

The World of Puppetry & Mask

Led by Masanari Kawahara

Showings October 19 and 20
Foss Studio Theater

Giving life to inanimate objects made from cardboard, masking tape, newspapers and papier-mâché, we will create small and intimately-scaled puppet theater. Different forms introduced may include object theater, hand puppets, figure puppets, and doll/bunraku puppets and masks. We will explore creating an intimate theater from scratch inspired by poems, obituaries, or a love letter.

 

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

By Bertolt Brecht

Directed by Warren Bowles

November 9th through November 19th
Tjornhom-Nelson Theater

Brecht sets his satirical tale in Chicago during the turbulent times of Depression and Prohibition. Things are not going well for the Cauliflower Trust and so Arturo Ui seizes the opportunity to grasp power. Brecht directly references the rise of Hitler and the Third Reich though his parable is perfect for our modern times.

 

 

The Misunderstanding

(Le Malentendu)

By Albert Camus

Directed by Del Logeais

January 25th through January 28th
Tjornhom-Nelson Theater

A prodigal son returns home unrecognized, having been abroad for twenty years, to an inn run by his mother and sister—who have been killing lodgers in order to make a living for themselves. In an immersive reimagining of this rarely performed play, described by Camus as the theatrical piece that “resembles him the most,” The Misunderstanding explores concepts of grief, guilt, and the absurdity of existence in a world that is equally cruel to the innocent and the criminal.

 

Zero-Infinity Flight Path

By Jessica Huang

Directed by Ricardo Vázquez

Created by Other Tiger Productions

March 6th through March 8th

Tjornhom-Nelson Theater

Zero-Infinity Flight Path begins at the end of a journey to the top of a mysterious mountain. There, an ominous sacrifice will be performed for the salvation of humanity. The mission’s success lies in the hands of one young Girl, a second generation immigrant gifted with visions and a prophetic tongue. When after days of travel, the mountain’s summit finally appears, the Girl erupts with new language – language that seems in direct opposition to the task at hand. The rest of the party must contend with crises of doubt, questions of free will, and a dawning realization of who sacrifices what for whom.

 

The Crucible

By Arthur Miller

Directed by Darcey Engen

April 4th through April 9th
Bethany Lutheran Church

This contemporary site-specific revision of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible will perform at Bethany Lutheran Church on Franklin Avenue close to the Augsburg campus. Audiences will experience the play in close proximity to the actors as they move through the sanctuary and surrounding spaces. In a time of fake news and alternative facts, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, a play about the Salem witch trails in colonial Massachusetts 1692, seems more significant then ever. Written by Miller in 1953 in response to McCarthyism, the play examines the dangers of extremism, fabricated accusations, and shattered trust.