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2017–18 Theatre Season to Explore “Generations”

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Author: 
Paige Quinlivan ’19, Theatre Publicity
Publication date: 
September 26, 2017

The University of Minnesota, Morris Theatre Discipline's 2017–18 season will explore three tales of relationships between younger and older generations. Audiences will hear the desperate plea for change from a group of teenagers in a repressive community, experience the joyful reunion between a daughter and her deceased father, and follow the fantastical journey of a young girl as she learns to accept her new stepmother. Audiences young and old will leave each production with a new understanding of one another.

The season begins with Spring Awakening, a vibrant rock musical about the sometimes funny, sometimes heart-wrenching, always complicated nature of adolescent sexual awakening. This Tony Award-winning musical, based on the groundbreaking play by Frank Wedekind, follows a group of 19th-century German teens who fight to understand each other and themselves, often clashing with the older generation's more conservative views. With music by Duncan Sheik and lyrics by Steven Sater, the edgy, modern soundtrack breathes new life into an old story, bringing forth an emotionally charged classic for a new generation. Directed by Professor of Theatre Arts Ray Schultz, Spring Awakening will run November 1–4 at 7:30 p.m., with an additional 2 p.m. matinee on November 4, in the Raymond J. Lammers Proscenium Theatre. This Activity is funded in part by a grant from the Lake Region Arts Council through a Minnesota State Legislative appropriation. Additional generous support has been received by the University of Minnesota Imagine Fund Annual Faculty Award and the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) Research and Creative Collaboratives programs.

The season continues with the annual Meiningens Student Theatre production. This year Paige Quinlivan '19, Saint Paul, will direct Sara Ruhl's Eurydice. This poetic and fantastical drama offers a new perspective on the Greek myth of Orpheus through the eyes of his wife as she struggles to choose between her old life with her husband and the afterlife with her father. This production runs February 2–4 in the Humanities Fine Arts Black Box Theatre.

To close out the season, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Siobhan Bremer will direct the annual children's show, Susan Zeder's Step on a Crack. This play blends realism and fantasy as its young protagonist, Ellie, struggles to accept her new stepmother and finds solace in imagination. This fun, heartwarming tale of acceptance and change is one to which people of all ages can connect. This production runs April 13–14 in the Raymond J. Lammers Proscenium Theatre, with additional invited school matinees.

For more information, please contact the Theatre Publicity and Box Office at 320-598-6274 or athorson@morris.umn.edu.