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Alternating shows fill next studio season slot

The Department of Theatre & Dance will present two plays in repertory Nov. 28-Dec. 3 in the Andreas Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts.

2011-12-15
Minnesota State Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance News Release [11-16-11]

In what it is calling “Alternative shows on alternating nights,” the Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance will present two plays in repertory Nov. 28-Dec. 3 in the Andreas Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts (formerly the Performing Arts Center).

Claire Chafee’s “Why We Have A Body,” sponsored by the Minnesota State Mankato Women’s Center, will be performed 7:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Nov. 28, 30 & Dec. 2., while Samuel Beckett’s “Endgame” will be presented 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, Nov. 29, Dec. 1 & 3. The productions have a shared stage space and many design team members. Faculty member Heather E. Hamilton directs “Body” while second-year MFA Directing candidate Adam Sahli directs “Endgame.” Both shows are intended for mature audiences.

“Why We Have a Body” looks into the transportation of the female psyche by telling the stories of four women whose chosen fields are a flight from traditional roles. They have been propelled by a fear of routine. Along the journey, there are virtually no female role models to help guide them to paths of fulfillment. This is its Minnesota State Mankato premiere.

“Endgame,” from Nobel Prize-winning Samuel Beckett, focuses on Hamm, an aged master who is blind and not able to stand up, and his servant Clov, who cannot sit down. The two characters, mutually dependent, have been fighting for years and continue to do so as the play progresses because Clov always wants to leave but never seems to be able. Minnesota State Mankato presented “Endgame in 1970.”

Individual tickets for “Why We Have A Body” and “Endgame” (sold separately) are $10 regular, $9 for senior citizens, youth 16 and under and groups of 15 or more, and $8 for current Minnesota State students. They may be purchased online at http://www.mnsu.edu/theatre/, or by visiting or calling the Theatre & Dance Box Office from 4-6 p.m., Monday-Friday, in the Earley Center lobby. Call 507-389-6661.

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