Journey into the Unknown: Theatre Discipline Announces 2018–19 Season
The University of Minnesota Morris Theatre Discipline's 2018–19 season features journeys into fantastical worlds. Audiences will follow a lonely woman's trek to the afterlife and back, see two sisters immersed in the world of Dungeons & Dragons, and enjoy a new spin on L. Frank Baum's classic tale of Dorothy in the Land of Oz.
Dead Man's Cell Phone, November 1–3
The season begins with Dead Man's Cell Phone, a quirky, comedy about the nature of human connection in the age of technology. This award-winning play by acclaimed playwright Sarah Ruhl, author of last season's Eurydice, follows the story of a woman named Jean who, after acquiring a dead stranger's cell phone, invents a series of stories to forge a connection with those who loved him. In doing so, she realizes the dead man may not have been the person she thought he was. Directed by guest artist Hannah Amundson, performances will take place in the Humanities Fine Arts (HFA) Black Box Theatre, November 1–3 at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on November 3.
She Kills Monsters, February 7-9
The season continues with the annual Meiningens Student Theatre production in February. This year, student Maggie Caplan '19, Madison, Wisconsin, will direct Qui Nguyen's She Kills Monsters. This emotionally charged play delves into one woman's adventure into the fantasy world of Dungeons & Dragons as she attempts to connect with her late sister. This production runs February 7-9 in the HFA Black Box Theatre.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, April 12–13
To close out the season, Professor of Theatre Arts Ray Schultz directs the annual children's show, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Jacqueline E. Lawton's take on the classic by L. Frank Baum. Blending familiar elements of Baum's original books with spectacular stagecraft and staging, this energetic play puts a new spin on the story of Dorothy's whirlwind adventures. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz runs April 12–13 in the HFA Raymond J. Lammers Proscenium Theatre, with additional invited school matinees.