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Nov. 19-22: ‘Gabriel’ is Next Theatre Studio Production
Setting for this play is World War II.
Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre and Dance News Release, 11-12-2014
Mankato, Minn -- The Minnesota State Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance will present Moira Buffini’s “Gabriel” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 19-22, in the Andreas Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts. Tickets are on sale now.
Set around a largely forgotten moment in British history—the German occupation of the Channel Islands during World War II—“Gabriel” is an exploration of one man trying to remember who he is set against the struggle of a woman trying to save her family from an evil Nazi soldier. It is all set up when a naked young man washes up on a Guernsey beach, unnervingly handsome and fluent in both German and English, who has no sense of who he is.
“Gabriel” is directed by second-year MFA Directing candidate Michael Sheeks who last season directed “Trust” in the Studio season. He appeared as Maurice in the Mainstage opener, “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.” The woman, Jeanne, is played by Kendra Verhage, a senior BFA Acting candidate from Lawrence, KS, who earlier this season was Martha in “A Piece of My Heart” in the Studio. She has earned Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship nominations as Vera Claythorne in “And Then There Were None” and as Phoebe in “As You Like It.” The Nazi officer is played by Logan Sulentic, a junior BFA Acting candidate from Deadwood, SD, who just appeared as Walter Cunningham in “To Kill A Mockingbird.” The title character is played by Jake Sullivan, a junior BFA Musical Theatre candidate from Andover who earned a KCACTF Irene Ryan nomination as Atticus Finch in “To Kill A Mockingbird.”
Tickets for “Gabriel” are $10 regular, $9 discounted and $8 for current Minnesota State Mankato students. They may be purchased online at MSUTheatre.com, or from the Theatre & Dance Box Office in the lobby of the Earley Center for Performing Arts from 4-6 p.m., Monday-Friday. Call 507-389-6661.