Sunday, October 1, 2017

2 pm

Always...Patsy Cline

2:00 pm

  • Closing night

Lyric Arts Main Street Stage
420 E. Main St. Anoka, MN 55303

$25-$34

Presented by Lyric Arts Main Street Stage
  • Musical

By Ted Swindley
Music by Patsy Cline
Directed by Matt McNabb

Always...Patsy Cline is back by popular demand...and so is the lovely and talented Gracie Anderson as Patsy.

Based on a true story, this fun-loving musical recounts the unlikely friendship between music legend Patsy Cline and her most devoted fan, Louise Seger. Visiting Houston for a show in 1961, Cline meets Seger, a Houston housewife, with her friends by coincidence when they arrive early for the show. The two remain pen pals until Cline’s untimely death, one fateful evening at the age of 30.

With down-home humor and heartache, Always…Patsy Cline offers fans who remember her, a real life glimpse into her life featuring 27 of the star’s most-loved hits including Crazy, Walkin’ After Midnight, and Sweet Dreams. “A song-filled valentine,” says the LA Times, this beloved musical gives us an intimate glimpse into Patsy Cline’s legendary life through her unforgettable music.

Cast:
Gracie Anderson - Patsy Cline
Kate Beahen - Louise Seger
 

Sign Language Inerpreted performance will be Sunday, September 10 at 2:00 p.m.

There will also be a Talk Back Discussion after the performance on Sunday, September 17.

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Death of a Salesman

2:00 pm

Northfield Arts Guild Theater
411 Third Street West, Northfield, MN

$12.00 - $17.00
Call 5076458877
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Presented by Northfield Arts Guild Theater
  • Drama

Northfield Arts Guild Theater presents Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning drama, Death of Salesman. This profound classic performs during the weekends of September 22 through October 1, 2017. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater, 411 Third Street West, Northfield.

Tickets for Death of Salesman are available online at NorthfieldArtsGuild.org, by calling 507-645-8877, or at the Northfield Arts Guild’s Center for the Arts, 304 Division Street South, Northfield. 

Director Marc Robinson is a professor of Russian at St. Olaf College who specializes in contemporary Russian theater.  He has directed a number of shows at the Guild over the years including Dracula, The Importance of Being Earnest, his own play The Singer Sisters, and Cabaret.  Marc’s interest in Russian physical theater is inspiring him to try a new approach with the American classic, Death of a Salesman. “I see the play as dealing with something very pertinent to today's US,: says Robinson, " - the place of those who have found their livelihoods no longer relevant to contemporary society.  For Willy Loman, it was being a traveling salesman.  For contemporary Americans it might be factory workers, farm workers or any number of people who find that the things they planned to work at for their whole life have disappeared.  I see the real tragedy not only as the death of Willy Loman, but the fact that his entire family is doomed to extinction along with him.”   

The Death of Salesman cast features Frank Blomgren and Susan Dunhaupt as Willy and Linda Loman, Ben Pelegano as Happy, Jonathan Larson as Biff, James Ayers as Bernard, Felicia Crosby as The Woman, Carter Martin as Charley, Greg Muth as Uncle Ben, Chris Heineman as Howard Wagner, Taylor Heitman as Jenny, Rob Schanilec as Stanley, Hannah Phipps as Miss Forsythe and Alison Haider as Letta.

An opening night reception for Death of Salesman will be held prior to the Friday, September 22 performance.  Following the Sunday, September 24th performance will be a post-show discussion.

The 2017-18 “Striking Conversations” Theater Season is sponsored by Neuger Communications Group and Engage Print. Death of Salesman is supported additionally by Labor Arbitration  Institute.

The Northfield Arts Guild Office, Shop and Gallery, 304 Division Street South, are open on Tuesdays through Fridays from 12:00pm to 6:00pm and on Saturdays from 11:00am to 3:00 pm.

This activity is made possible by the voter of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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Einstein: A Stage Portrait

2:00 pm
Runs 90 minutes

  • Closing night

The Matchbox Theater
5415 1/2 Nicollet Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55419

$15-$25
Call 612-223-8664
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Presented by The Matchbox Theater
  • Drama
  • Comedy

Einstein: A Stage Portrait, written by Willard Simms and starring Thomas Schuch is a play which has been described as The official, commemorative Einstein!” (Dan Sullivan, LA Times). The playwright had this to say of Thomas Schuch’s performance: “In the last 20 years of seeing many productions of my one-person play about Albert Einstein, Mr. Schuch's portrayal best captures the impish humor and the deep humanity of the great genius who called himself "the man whose name everyone knows and whose theory no one understands!"   
 

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The Abominables

2:00 pm

Children's Theatre Company
2400 Third Ave S; Minneapolis, MN

$15 and up
Call 612.874.0400
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Presented by Children's Theatre Company
  • Musical
  • Kids

September 12-October 15, 2017
The Abominables

Produced in association with The Civilians

Written by Steve Cosson

Music and Lyrics by Michael Friedman

Directed by Steve Cosson

Choreographed by Joe Chvala

A Children’s Theatre Company Commissioned World Premiere

Best enjoyed by age 8+

UnitedHealth Group Stage

September 12 through October 15, 2017

 

Rink rats, hockey moms, tournament weekends and the quest to play your best – It’s tryout season in the Great State of Hockey! Mitch has always played on the A team for the Prairie Lake Blizzards – these are his guys – they've played together forever. But he hasn't hit his growth spurt yet, and he's worried this could be the year he gets sent down to the B team. When a new “kid” appears at Bantam tryouts, things go from bad to worse. From the land of ice and nice comes the first Minnesota hockey musical! Will you love it? You betcha! Supported by the National Endowment for the Arts

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Taking Steps

2:00 pm

Theatre in the Round
245 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis MN 55454

$22 regular price
Call 612-333-3010
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Presented by Theatre in the Round Players
  • Comedy

Hard-drinking tycoon Roland is meeting with his lawyer and a contractor in the crumbling old mansion he wants to buy. They’re joined by his unhappy wife, his brother-in-law, and others, and soon all are chasing from room to room as simple misunderstandings escalate into a hilarious evening of theatre. This ingenious farce was written to be performed in-the-round by comic master Alan Ayckbourn – a perfect fit for TRP’s signature arena!

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THE HOBBIT

2:00 pm
Runs 70 minutes

Stages Theatre Company
1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN

$12-$16
Call 952-979-1111
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Presented by Stages Theatre Company
  • Kids

THE HOBBIT

Sept 22 – Oct 22, 2017

Based on the work “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien
Adapted by Edward Mast.

Age Recommendation:  Ages 7 and up

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Celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the publication of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic fantasy novel! Travel with us as we magically transform our main stage into the world of Middle Earth and follow the tale of Bilbo Baggins’ unexpected journey with the legendary wizard Gandalf, Master Thorin Oakenshield and a band of ragged dwarfs. This captivating 70-minute version is a ticket for adventure into the heart of imagination!

Produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois.

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How to Use a Knife

Mixed Blood Theatre
1501 S 4th St, Minneapolis, MN 55454

There are two ways to see a mainstage performance: 1) Through Radical Hospitality, admission is FREE on a first come/first served basis starting two hours before every show! 2) Advanced reservations are available online or by phone for $25 per person.
Call (612-338-6131)
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Presented by Mixed Blood Theatre
  • Comedy

A suspense-filled, expletive laced comedy sizzling with sparkling banter and second chances!

In the cultural collision of a restaurant kitchen, Chef George, trying to stay sober, spends his shifts yelling at trash-talking Guatemalan line cooks, a wet-behind-the-ears American busboy, and a quiet East African dishwasher. But the heat turns up when an immigration agent arrives. How to Use a Knife bursts with hilarity, suspense, machismo, and surprises, as secrets from the past come to a boil. 

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MEAN Audition for Male Actors

2:00 pm
Runs 75 minutes

Howard Conn Fine Arts Center
1900 Nicollet Ave Minneapolis, MN 55403

$7 - $15
Call 612-623-9080
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Presented by Youth Performance Company
  • Drama
  • Musical

MEAN

Written by Rita Cannon, Music by Kymani Kahlil

September 29 – October 15, 2017

Taylor wears plus-size clothing. Inam wears a hijab. Nick doesn't have a girlfriend.  And that's all it takes for these three teens to be singled out as victims by school bullies. But, despite what they think, they're not alone.  Supporting them in their struggles, their teachers, parents, and friends slowly show them that it's okay, even good, to be different.

Themes: Bullying prevention, “upstanding” vs. bystanding, human rights, body size acceptance, religious freedom, tolerance, accepting of others’ differences

Recommended for grades 5 and up

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The Wizard Of Oz

2:00 pm

Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave. White Bear Lake, MN

$25/$22 Adult | $22/$19 Senior/Student
Call 6514295674
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Presented by Lakeshore Players Theatre
  • Musical

Take a journey “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” with Dorothy, The Scarecrow, The Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion. They’re “Off To See the Wizard” in this delightful adaptation of a beloved story.

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Hoopla Train

2:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

MPLS EAGLES FOE #34
2507 East 25th Street, Mpls MN 55406

Presented by Sod House Theater
  • Comedy
  • Cabaret/variety

This family-friendly variety show features music, singing, sketch comedy, feats of amazement and a talent show with fun prizes! Dance the polka, waltz and fox trot while being entertained by the region's finest comedic actors.

Starring Darcey Engen, Ellse Langer, Jim Lichtscheidl, Eriq Nelson, Kimberly Richardson, Luverne Seifert and Andrea Wollenberg, with National Polka Hall of Famer Florian Chmielewski & The Chielewski Funtime Band

FREE DANCING LESSONS 1 HOUR PRIOR TO SHOW!

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The Pink Panther Strikes Again

2:00 pm
Runs 100 minutes

Sabes Jewish Community Center Theater
4330 South Cedar Lake Road St. Louis Park, MN 55416

Presented by Twin Cities Community Theatre
  • Comedy

 

In this hilarious comedy based on the film by the same name, the world's most unusual criminologist, Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau (a role originally created by Peter Sellers), fights for his life and for the future of all mankind in the most bizarre and dangerous caper of his brilliantly successful and utterly clumsy career.

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SPOOKLEY THE SQUARE PUMPKIN

2:00 pm
Runs 60 minutes

Stages Theatre Company
1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN

$12-$16
Call 952-979-1111
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Presented by Stages Theatre Company
  • Musical
  • Kids

SPOOKLEY THE SQUARE PUMPKIN

Sept 29 – Oct 29, 2017

Stage play by Joe Troiano
Based on the film “Spookley the Square Pumpkin” by Joe Troiano and Tom Hughes and the book “The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin” by Joe Troiano.
Lyrics by Joe Troiano.
Music composed and arranged by Jeffrey Zahn

© Holiday Hill Enterprises, LLC.

Age Recommendation:  All Ages

Catch it again or for the first time! Spookley the Square Pumpkin sprouts back into our Hopkins Jaycees Studio for an encore performance this autumn! When Spookley arrives in the pumpkin patch he is teased by all the other pumpkins because of his odd shape. Even after his new friends—the boisterous spiders Edgar, Allen and Poe—try to convince him to run for the Pick of the Patch contest, Spookley still isn’t sure he has what it takes. However, a threatening storm may just give Spookley the inspiration to discover his own worth. This imaginative puppetry extravaganza filled with memorable music will surely encourage you to “dare to be square!”

© Holiday Hill Enterprises, LLC

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Henry and Alice: Into the Wild

Park Square Theatre's Andy Boss Thrust Stage
20 West 7th Place, Saint Paul, MN 55102

$27 - $60
Call 651-291-7005
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Presented by Park Square Theatre
  • Comedy

The hilarious follow up to the smash hit Sexy Laundry! Your favorite married couple is back in the perfect, laugh-a-minute comedy. When Henry unexpectedly loses his job, he and Alice are thrown into a mid-life crisis and are forced to reconsider their dreams for a comfortable retirement. In an attempt to make the sparks fly again (and keep costs down), they forego their usual summer cottage for a humble campsite and a copy of Camping for Dummies. The new environment isn’t the only challenge they face as they examine their relationship in the tangle of the wilderness.

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Man of La Mancha

2:00 pm
Runs 93 minutes

Ritz Theater
345 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis MN

$36 - $53
Call 612-339-3003
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Presented by Theater Latte Da
  • Musical

Written by Dale Wasserman  •  Lyrics by Joe Darion  •   Music by Mitch Leigh
Directed by Peter Rothstein  •  Music Direction by Denise Prosek

Featuring: Martín Solá, Meghan Kreidler, and Zachary Garcia

One of the most honored musicals of the American theater, Man of La Mancha was inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ 17th Century masterpiece Don Quixote. It received five Tony Awards, including one for best musical play, as well as the Drama Critics Circle Award for best musical. Powerful, brutal, funny, and heartbreaking, Man of La Mancha celebrates the perseverance of one man who refuses to relinquish his ideals, and who is determined to see life “not as it is, but as it ought to be.”

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Goblin Market

2:30 pm
Runs 75 minutes

  • Closing night

Crane Theater
2303 Kennedy St. NE, Minneapolis, MN

Presented by Theatre Elision
  • Drama
  • Musical

Goblin Market is a musical adaptation of Christina Rossetti’s 1859 narrative poem by Polly Pen and Peggy Harmon, featuring the artwork of Omar Rayyan.  Two proper Victorian sisters return to their childhood nursery to relive the haunting memories of their youth. Blending music, poetry and entrancing imagery, the play weaves an enchanted spell that will linger long in the memory.   The Sunday matinee performance will be followed by a discussion session facilitated by Andrew Elfenbein, Ph.D., Chair of the University of Minnesota English Department to explore the poem, its themes, and the historical context.  Is it just a fairy tale?  Is it about feminism and sisterhood?  Drug addiction? Loss of innocence? Religion?

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The Savannah Sipping Society

2:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

  • Closing night

The Phipps Center for the Arts
109 Locust Street, Hudson, WI 54016

$19-$26
Call 715.386.8409
Buy tickets online

Presented by The Phipps Center for the Arts
  • Comedy

“The Savannah Sipping Society,” a comedy by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten, will be performed September 15-October 1, on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sundays at 2:30 p.m.at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wis.

This joyful and touching comedy is by the writers of “The Dixie Swim Club.” Four very different Southern women, all needing to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routines, are drawn together by fate - and an impromptu happy hour - and decide it’s high time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life that they have lost. Over the course of six months, filled with laughter, misadventures, and the occasional liquid refreshment, these middle-aged women successfully bond and find the confidence to jumpstart their new lives. Together, they discover lasting friendships and a renewed determination to live in the moment - and most importantly, realize it’s never too late to make new old friends.

Director Marcie Berg has worked at various theaters throughout Minn. and Wis. Her most recent directing credits include “A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody” at The Phipps, “We Are Monsters” for Ashland Productions’ A.C.T. program, and “Death by Design: A Comedy with Murder” at Lakeshore Players.

Tickets are $26 for adults and $19 for students of all ages, with a $2 discount for seniors on the Sunday matinees. Discounts are available by purchasing season tickets. Reservations may be made by contacting The Phipps ticket office at 715.386.8409 or online at ThePhipps.org.

Champagne brunch cruise and theater packages are available for the Sunday matinees. Reservations may be made by contacting Afton-Hudson Cruise Lines at 651.436.8883 or online at AftonHouseInn.com.

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3 pm

The Wastelands

3:00 pm
Runs 75 minutes

  • Closing night

Philadelphia Community Farm
599 280th Street, Osceola, WI (~1hr from the Twin Cities)

All performances are FREE and open to the public (though we always pass the hat after the show)
Buy tickets online

Presented by Children of the Wild
  • Drama
  • Experimental

The Wastelands is an original experimental folk opera inspired by Dante’s Purgatorio. Guided by a skeletal Virgil, the audience travels through the seven stages of grief in outdoor sites which have been or are at risk of being abused by industry. The Wastelands was developed from 2012-2016 at Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield, MA and toured from June-October, 2016 along the Great Lakes basin.

One weekend only! 

Friday, September 29th 5pm | Saturday, September 30th 5pm | Sunday, October 1st 3pm

Connect to The Wastelands on facebook to receive show updates.

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4 pm

THE HOBBIT

4:30 pm
Runs 70 minutes

Stages Theatre Company
1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN

$12-$16
Call 952-979-1111
Buy tickets online

Presented by Stages Theatre Company
  • Kids

THE HOBBIT

Sept 22 – Oct 22, 2017

Based on the work “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien
Adapted by Edward Mast.

Age Recommendation:  Ages 7 and up

 BUY TICKETS  GROUP TICKETS 

Celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the publication of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic fantasy novel! Travel with us as we magically transform our main stage into the world of Middle Earth and follow the tale of Bilbo Baggins’ unexpected journey with the legendary wizard Gandalf, Master Thorin Oakenshield and a band of ragged dwarfs. This captivating 70-minute version is a ticket for adventure into the heart of imagination!

Produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois.

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5 pm

The Abominables

5:00 pm

Children's Theatre Company
2400 Third Ave S; Minneapolis, MN

$15 and up
Call 612.874.0400
Buy tickets online

Presented by Children's Theatre Company
  • Musical
  • Kids

September 12-October 15, 2017
The Abominables

Produced in association with The Civilians

Written by Steve Cosson

Music and Lyrics by Michael Friedman

Directed by Steve Cosson

Choreographed by Joe Chvala

A Children’s Theatre Company Commissioned World Premiere

Best enjoyed by age 8+

UnitedHealth Group Stage

September 12 through October 15, 2017

 

Rink rats, hockey moms, tournament weekends and the quest to play your best – It’s tryout season in the Great State of Hockey! Mitch has always played on the A team for the Prairie Lake Blizzards – these are his guys – they've played together forever. But he hasn't hit his growth spurt yet, and he's worried this could be the year he gets sent down to the B team. When a new “kid” appears at Bantam tryouts, things go from bad to worse. From the land of ice and nice comes the first Minnesota hockey musical! Will you love it? You betcha! Supported by the National Endowment for the Arts

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6 pm

Grease

6:30 pm

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
501 W 78th St, Chanhassen, MN 55317

$65 - $89
Call 952.934.1525
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Presented by Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
  • Comedy
  • Musical

After a decade, the #1 best-seller in Chanhassen Dinner Theatres’ history returns to the Main Stage!

Join Sandy, Danny and the rest of the Burger Palace Boys and Pink Ladies for an affectionate satire of high school life in the 1950's.  Don't miss the unforgettable tunes like: “Summer Nights,” “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee,” “We Go Together,” “Greased Lightnin’,” “Beauty School Dropout,” AND added songs made popular in the beloved film: “Grease (Is The Word),” “Hopelessly Devoted to You” and “You’re the One That I Want.”  It’s a high-octane rock ‘n’ roll party packed with explosive energy!

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7 pm

The Assembly with Gretchen Seichrist

7:30 pm
Runs 60 minutes

  • Opening night
  • Closing night

Strike Theater
824 18th Ave NE ​Minneapolis, MN 55418

Presented by The Assembly
  • Comedy
  • Cabaret/variety

THE SHOW:
The Assembly is a monthly sketch show at Strike Theater. Each show features a guest artist from one of the Twin Cities many arts communities, and the sketches are inspired by a conversation with them.

THE GUEST:
Gretchen Seichrist is a Minneapolis based musician/songwriter/visual artist who uses raw, intense lyrics with altered forms of blues, folk, rock, pop and punk music. She is the founder of patches and gretchen​​ ​and current project/alias, ThelonesomeKid.​ ​She​ ​has self-released eight musical albums with her most recent release in Spring 2017 titled “The​ ​Last​ ​Days​ ​Of Sugar.”​ ​Gretchen has been featured several times on MPR​ ​and recently performed on The Current/MPR​ ​radio station for their Summer Music Series.

“ 4 Stars! Gretchen Seichrist stuns w/‘Iamlonesomekid.’ Artist deserves to be heard far west of Mpls and far east of St. Paul.” -Jim DeRogatis, Host-Chicago’s, Sound Opinions Radio

“...a spellbinding vein of uniquely American music, a gritty folk pop touched by a stripped-down magic realism.” -Stereo Embers Magazine

www.gretchenseichrist.com
www.thelonesomekid.com

THE COMPANY:
The Assembly is produced by Sarah Arnold (director), Alec Johnson(assistant-director), and Philip Simondet (head writer).

Writers: Laura HildKerri O'Halloran, Michael RennerKinaan TahaBlake ThielmannGabby VandenAvondAndrew Wegleitner, and Kate Zabinski.

Performers: Kevin AlbertsonKristi BattarbeeAlexis CamilleClaire DeBergReid EmmonsKelli GrantSeth K. HaleJanay HenryJeremy P JohnsonAndrew LindvallMame PelletierMelinda SomersMichael David Gabriel Weingartner, and Rye Wiitala.

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mONSTER

7:30 pm
Runs 95 minutes

The Southern Theater
1420 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454

$5 - $24
Call 612-340-0155
Buy tickets online

Presented by Swandive Theatre
  • Drama
  • Comedy

A play about the dark beginnings of the World Wide Web.

In a tiny and cramped college dorm room Nessa and Brill have just met as incoming freshman roommates. Nessa is bounding in energy, eager to conquer every party on campus, wanting to explore all the college experience has to offer. Brill meanwhile never leaves the room. Moreover, Brill never leaves her chair in their room, sitting before a strange digital workstation, emitting grunts of anguish at all times day and night. Nessa finds Brill’s constant presence unbearable and petitions Greg, their dorm RA, to move Brill as far away on campus as possible. But Brill won't switch rooms. Because Brill can’t leave their room. There’s something very important that Brill is doing in this very particular room. And if Brill stops doing it, even for one minute, the world will go berserk.

mONSTER asks: is the culture of online hate a new form of human violence? Or has it always been the monster within us?

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