Virgin Territory
April 21-24, 2010
Presented in partnership with the Minnesota State Mankato Women's Center
Written and directed by Nikki Swoboda
Scene Design by Kaija Pellinen
Lighting Design by Kristin Harsma
Costume Design by Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha
Original Music by Ben Inniger
Original Lyrics by J. Alexander Coe

Movement and dance were incorporated into the
storytelling of Virgin Territory by its author and
director, Nikki Swoboda, a trained dancer.

Marie (Casey Morgan) often used dance to escape
the reality of the world and return to a more innocent
time in life, as with her father, Dr. Ivan Pearson (Michael James).

Although good friends with Dean Perrin (Meredith Larson),
Dr. Pearson (Michael James) often has clashes, especially
during his efforts to be the new dean.

Marie's best friend, Kelly (J. Alexander Coe) uses music to show
Marie how much he cares for her ... and to lighten moments.

After their sexual encounter, Marie and Quentin (Anthony DePoto, foreground)
must determine how they'll continue. Between them is Joe (Clayton Oliver Rutschow),
who introduced them. To the left is Marie's sister Nore (Jessica Dougherty) and
friend Kelly (J. Alexander Coe).

All photographs by Mike Lagerquist

Watch and listen to writer/director Nikki Swoboda and cast member Casey Morgan
talk a little bit about Virgin Territory.

The Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance will present the original play
“Virgin Territory,” written by its director, Nikki Swoboda, as the final show of its Studio season at 7:30 p.m. April 21-24
in the Andreas Theatre of the Performing Arts Center.  It is presented in partnership with the
Minnesota State Mankato Women’s Center.

Swoboda is a third-year MFA Directing candidate from Marshall who for the last two years has written and directed the
department’s children’s theatre touring productions of “Abiyoyo” and “Rikkie Recycle & the Eko-Kidz,” as well as directing Studio
productions of “Dog Sees God” and “See What I Wanna See.”  Created in collaboration of the ensemble, “Virgin Territory” is
the story of a non-traditional family coming to terms with the sexuality of its youngest daughter.  It uses lecture, poetry, humor, music
and dance to explore themes of sexuality, sociology, historical concepts of purity, depression and family dynamics.  In the end we realize
that sex doesn't change everything...but it does change everyone.  We are all just doing the best we can. It contains original music by
third-year MFA Design/Technology candidate Ben Inniger, with original lyrics by J. Alexander Coe, who is in the show.

As a partner in the production, the Women’s Center will present an audience talk-back session following the performance on Saturday,
April 24, in the Andreas Theatre.  It is open to anyone, though it is recommended that participants see the show during its four-night run. 
This production includes mature themes.Tickets for “Virgin Territory” are $9 regular, $8 for senior citizens, youth under 16 or groups
of 15 or more, and $7 for current Minnesota State students.  They are available online at or by calling the Theatre & Dance
Box Office at 507-389-6661 between 4 & 6 p.m., Monday-Friday.