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March 18: 'Suicide Punchline'

One-woman show to be performed by Jen Tuder in Ostrander Auditorium.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 3-3-2014

Mankato, Minn. – The 2013-2014 Nadine B. Andreas Lecture sponsored by Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Department of Communication Studies will feature a one-woman show called “Suicide Punchline” that will be performed by Jen Tuder at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18 in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium.

Tuder’s performance is free and open to the public. There will be a reception prior to the performance at 5 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union’s Heritage Room.

Tuder wrote in a Sept. 4, 2013 commentary piece published in the Star Tribune that her performance in “Suicide Punchline” charts “the ways I have tried to survive the suicide of my father, as represented by three characters.”

Tuder is an associate professor in St. Cloud State University’s Department of Communication Studies and Department of Theatre and Film Studies. Tuder holds a doctorate in speech communication with an emphasis in performance studies from Southern Illinois University. Most recently she presented her new solo show, “Sex Across the Catechism,” at the 2013 Minnesota Fringe Festival. She also continues to tour “Suicide Punchline” to stages across the country.

Those who want more information may contact faculty member Sachi Sekimoto, assistant professor in Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Communication Studies, by phone at 507-389-1270 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,409 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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