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May 27-31: 'Rope' Opens 48th annual Highland Summer Theatre Season

Patrick Hamilton's thrilling drama to be performed in Andreas Theatre.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance News Release, 5-12-2014

Mankato, Minn. -- The Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance will open its 48th annual Highland Summer Theatre season with Patrick Hamilton’s thrilling drama, “Rope,” with performances at 7:30 p.m. May 27-31 in the Andreas Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts. The show is made possible by the General Mills Gift Matching Program.

For the mere sake of adventure, danger and fun, Wyndham Brandon persuades his weak-minded friend, Charles Granillo, to assist him in the murder of a fellow undergraduate, a perfectly harmless man named Ronald Raglan. They place the body in a wooden chest and to add spice to their handiwork, invite a few acquaintances, including the dead youth's father, to a party. The chest with its gruesome contents serves as a supper table. It is loosely based on the story of Leopold and Loeb from the 1920s.

“Rope” is directed by department faculty member Heather E. Hamilton and features spring bachelor of fine arts musical theatre graduate Jake McInerney as “Brandon,” with junior bachelor of fine arts musical theatre candidate Jake Sullivan as “Granillo.”

Individual tickets for all summer shows are on sale now at the Theatre & Dance Box Office, located in the lobby of the Earley Center, and online at Call 507-389-6661 between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., Monday-Friday (except Memorial Day).

In addition, season tickets are still on sale at the box office or by downloading a form from the web site and returning it to the Theatre & Dance office. Other shows for the summer are “Next to Normal” June 11-14, “Boeing Boeing” June 24-28 and “Hairspray,” July 10-12 and 16-19. All summer shows start at 7:30 p.m.

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