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Sept. 17-20: ‘A Piece of My Heart’ is First Play of Studio Season

True drama is making its Minnesota State Mankato debut.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre and Dance News Release, 8-27-2014

Mankato, Minn. -- The Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance will open its 2014-15 season with “A Piece of My Heart” by Shirley Lauro, playing at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17-20 in the Andreas Theatre. It is a part of the studio season, meaning it is directed and designed by students.

This is a powerful, true drama about six women who went to Vietnam: five nurses and a country western singer booked by an unscrupulous agent to entertain the troops. The play portrays each young woman before, during and after her tour in the war-torn nation, and ends as each leaves a personal token at the memorial wall in Washington. “A Piece of My Heart” premiered in New York at Manhattan Theatre Club. This is its Minnesota State Mankato debut.

This production is directed by third-year MFA directing candidate Matthew Caron, who previously has directed “A Plague of Angels” and “Sky Girls” in the Studio, as well as “Boeing Boeing” in Highland Summer Theatre 2014. He will also direct “Our Town” this season in the mainstage.

Individual tickets for “A Piece of My Heart” are $10 regular, $9 for senior citizens, youth 16 and under and groups of 15 or more, and $8 for current Minnesota State students. Tickets for “A Piece of My Heart,” as well as all other productions, will be on sale Sept. 15 at the Theatre & Dance Box Office in the lobby of the Earley Center for Performing Arts. Hours are 4-6 p.m., Monday-Friday; call 507-389-6661. Season subscriptions for the Mainstage season (“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” “To Kill A Mockingbird,” “Our Town,” “Assassins,” “Life Is A Dream” and “The Pirates of Penzance”) are on sale now for $100. Visit 

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