Pluma and the Tempest
By Arístides Vargas
Translation by Beliza Torres Narváez
Directed by Beliza Torres Narváez
Tjornhom-Nelson Theater, April 11 – 14
Thursday, April 11th at 7:00 p.m.
Friday, April 12th at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 13th at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 14th at 3:00 p.m.
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.
Earlier This Season
By Max Frisch in a new translation by Alistair Beaton
Directed by Barbra Berlovitz
Opens November 9 with shows through November 18
Tjornhom-Nelson Theater, Foss Center
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.
By María Irene Fornés
Directed by Lauren Syme
Tjornhom-Nelson Theater, February 7 – 10
Thursday, February 7th at 7:00 p.m.
Friday, February 8th at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 9th at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 10th at 3:00 p.m.
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?
By August Strindberg
A Workshop Experiment with Sod House Theater
Foss Studio Theater, March 12 and 13
Tuesday, March 12th at 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 13th at 8:00 p.m.
Sod House Theater is working with students on an experimental and immersive theater event. Using Strindberg’s play Ghost Sonata and research on the journey of Swedish immigrants to St. Paul in the mid-1800s, students are devising original performances and movement sequences. Audience members will promenade through the studio, hallway and greenroom of Foss and encounter intimate performances, historical references of Swedish immigration and character artifacts. The material generated will inform a larger production in fall of 2019 in St. Paul.