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Oct. 18-28: ‘The Mandrake’

Mainstage season continues with Niccolo Machiavelli’s comedy.

Minnesota State Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance News Release, 9-27-2012

The Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance will continue its Mainstage season with Niccolo Machiavelli’s comedy “The Mandrake” Oct. 18-28 in the Andreas Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts. It is sponsored by the Wynn and Ginnette Kearney Foundation.

Set in 16th century Florence, Italy, the play blends songs and robust action in detailing the hilarious lengths to which the smitten Callimaco goes in winning the favors of Lucrezia, the beautiful young wife of the rich and aged lawyer Nicia. The story is enhanced through the intermittent appearance of a four-person singing troupe performing madrigal-style music. The play is translated by Wallace Shawn.

The lyrics were provided by director Paul J. Hustoles, to music by Minnesota State Mankato alumnus and Bethany Lutheran College director Peter Bloedel. The cast features first-year BFA Musical Theatre candidate Jake Sullivan as “Callimaco” and senior BFA Acting candidate Charisse Danker as “Madonna Lucrezia.”

“The Mandrake,” which is making its Minnesota State Mankato debut, will be presented in the round in the Andreas Theatre. It follows closely on the heels of the Mainstage season opener, “A Chorus Line,” which runs Oct. 4-14 in the Ted Paul Theatre.

Individual tickets for “The Mandrake” are $16 regular, $14 for senior citizens, youth 16 and under and groups of 15 or more, $11 for current Minnesota State students. They may be purchased any time at, or by visiting the Theatre & Dance Box Office between 4 & 6 p.m., Monday-Friday, in the lobby of the Earley Center for Performing Arts. Call 507-389-6661. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18-20 & 24-27, with 2 p.m. matinees Oct. 21, 27 & 28.

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