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2017-2018 Production Season

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 re-imagining 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.

 

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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. A girl, her mother, and a guide climb up in order for the girl to enact a sacrifice for the salvation of those at the base. But the closer she gets to completing her journey, the more she begins to question its validity  causing the entire party to contend with crises of doubt and questions of free will.

ZERO-INFINITY FLIGHT PATH is a play that digs into the paradoxes within Systems and Institutions, and the moments when it is critical to listen to the small individual inner voice of truth. It seeks to highlight the dangerous compromises we make daily – the conflicts we face such as listening to a dogmatic group vs. listening to ourselves, following orders vs. following our instincts, and reacting impulsively vs. responding carefully. The play seeks to expose and heal the ways that dogmatic beliefs can create barriers between people.

 

The Crucible

By Arthur Miller

Directed by Darcey Engen

April 4th through April 8th
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.

 

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Recently Completed Projects…

THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI

By Bertolt Brecht

Directed by Warren Bowles

Thursday, November 9  at 7:00pm
Friday, November 10  at 7:00pm
Saturday, November 11  at 7:00pm
Thursday, November 16  at 7:00pm
Friday, November 17  at 7:00pm
Saturday, November 18  at 7:00pm
Sunday, November 19  at 3:00pm

Tjornhom-Nelson Theater, Foss Center

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.

 

Take Care

Led by Janaki Ranpura

Showing September 27

Ross Studio Theater 8pm

See something. Say nothing.

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

Janaki Ranpura

 

The World of Puppetry & Mask

Led by Masanari Kawahara

Showing Wednesday, October 18 at 7:00pm
Green Room in the Foss Center

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.

Masanari Kawahara