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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Performance

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/theatre/season/

 

BOX OFFICE: Call 507-389-6661 from 4-6 p.m.,
Monday-Friday.

Box Office is located in the lobby of the Earley Center
for Performing Arts on the campus of Minnesota State
University, Mankato. Get directions here.

2019-2020 Mainstage Season

Individual tickets will be available September 3, 2019.

Disney's Newsies The Musical 

Sept. 26-28 & Oct. 3-6, 2019

Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Jack Feldman, Book by Harvey Fierstein

Made possible by Consolidated Communications and South Central Community Based Initiative
Set in turn-of-the century New York City,  is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged "newsies."  When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what's right!  Based on the hit Disney movie, this rousing musical won the 2013 Tony for best score.

$22 regular; $19 discounted (seniors ages 65 and older, children under 16 and groups of 15 or more)

 

Arsenic and Old Lace

Oct. 10-13 & 16-20, 2019

By Joseph Kesselring

This farcical dark comedy that tells the story of the Brewster family, which includes two aunts who have taken to murdering old men with wine laced with arsenic and “just a pinch” of cyanide, a brother who thinks he is Theodore Roosevelt, a murderous brother, and Mortimer, who must decide exactly what he will do with his odd family.

 

$16 regular, $14 discounted (over 65, under 16 and groups of 15 or more) 

 

Shakespeare in Love

Oct. 31- Nov. 2 & Nov. 7-10, 2019

By Tom Stoppard, Lee Hall and Marc Norman

Young Will Shakespeare has writer's block.  The deadline for his new play is fast approaching and he's in desperate need of inspiration. That is, until he finds his muse, Viola. This beautiful young woman is Will’s greatest admirer and will stop at nothing to appear in his next play.  Against a whirlwind of mistaken identity, ruthless scheming and backstage theatrics, Will’s love for Viola quickly blossoms and inspires him to write his greatest masterpiece.  The hit movie based on this play captured 7 Oscars including Best Picture.

$16 regular, $14 discounted (over 65, under 16 and groups of 15 or more) 

 

 A Doll's House

Jan. 30- Feb. 2 & Feb. 5-9, 2020

By Henrik Ibsen

Nora loves her husband above everything.  But when she risks her reputation in order to save him, the consequences force her to examine her devotion, and she finds herself struggling for her own life.  Henrik Ibsen's ground-breaking play created a huge sensation at its premiere in 1879 and is as fresh and pertinent as ever.

$16 regular, $14 discounted (over 65, under 16 and groups of 15 or more) 

 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Feb. 20-22 & Feb. 27- Mar. 1, 2020

By Simon Stephens, based on the novel by Mark Haddon

Fifteen-year-old Christopher stands beside Mrs. Shears's dog Wellington, who has been killed with a garden fork, and Christopher is under suspicion.  He records each fact in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington.  He has an extraordinary brain and is exceptional at math, but he is ill-equipped to interpret everyday life.  He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers.  But Christopher's detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that turns his world upside-down.

$16 regular, $14 discounted (over 65, under 16 and groups of 15 or more) 

Mamma Mia!

April 9-11 & 16-19, 2020

Music and Lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, Book by Catherine Johnson, Originally conceived by Judy Craymer, Additional materials by Martin Koch

ABBA's hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father.  This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise.  On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.  This “juke box sensation” is one of the longest running musicals in Broadway history.

$22 regular; $19 discounted (seniors ages 65 and older, children under 16 and groups of 15 or more)

 

Fall Dance Concert

  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 6, 2019
  • 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 7, 2019
  • 2:00 p.m. Sunday, December 8, 2019, Fall Dance Showcase

 

2019-2020 Studio Season

Cloud 9

Sept. 18-21, 2019

By Caryl Churchill

This time-shifting comedy is a spoof of the Victorian Empire and its rigid attitudes, especially toward sex.  The second act shifts to London in 1980. Except for the surviving characters, it is only twenty-five years later, and all those repressed sexual longings have evaporated, along with the Empire.

Nocturn

Nov. 13-16, 2019

By Adam Rapp

A piano prodigy reeling from the death of his younger sister flees to New York City. Taking uneasy refuge in books, he reinvents himself as a writer. Across the following fifteen years he tries to cope with the ramifications of the tragic accident that tore his family apart and shattered their small American dream.

A Doll's House, Part 2

March 24, 26, 28, 2020

By Lucas Hnath

The play begins with a knock on the door, the same door that was slammed shut fifteen years earlier when Nora Exited at the end of Ibsen's classic Play.  Nora has returned, and it is she who is knocking.  After leaving her husband, children, and the nursemaid, Nora became a successful feminist novelist.  The reason for her return is to finalize a divorce and the family questions her about what she has been doing for the past fifteen years.

Going to See the Elephant

March 25, 27, 29, 2020

By Laura Toffenetti

In a sod hut in the Kansas wilderness of the 1870's, four frontier women struggle to make a life for themselves.  As they cope with wolf attacks, the constant fear of Indians, and the dismal isolation of the prairie, they talk of "going to see the elephant," crossing the next hill to see what lies on the other side.

Black Comedy

April 22-25, 2020

By Peter Shaffer

A fussy neighbor returns just as a blown fuse plunges the apartment into darkness.  Unexpected guests, aging spinsters, errant phone cords, and other snares impede his frantic attempts to return the purloined items before light is restored.

Spring Dance Concert

  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 1, 2020
  • 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 2, 2020
  • 2:00 p.m. Sunday, May 3, 2020, Spring Dance Showcase