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Sept. 13-16: Theatre Season Kicks off with 'Torture' Play

Season opens with a studio show, "Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them."

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre and Dance News Release, 9-5-2017

In the photo (courtesy of Minnesota State Mankato's Department of Theatre and Dance), Leonard (Brandon Deutsch) prepares to torture Zamir (Felipe Escudero) as Felicity (Samantha Buckley) looks on in horror.

MANKATO – The start of the 2017-18 Studio Season is also the kick off to a very special season, overall, for Minnesota State University, Mankato Theatre & Dance: We are Celebrating the Sesquicentennial!

Our 2017-18 season coincides with the 150th anniversary of Minnesota State Mankato, and each production of our Mainstage season coincides with a 25-year segment of the university’s history.

The first Studio show, “Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them,” will get this exciting year started 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13-16 in the Andreas Theatre, Earley Center for Performing Arts.

By Christopher Durang, the play tells the story of a young woman suddenly in crisis: Is her new husband, whom she married when drunk, a terrorist? Or just crazy? Or both? Is her father's hobby of butterfly collecting really a cover for his involvement in a shadow government? Honing in on our private terrors both at home and abroad, Durang oddly relieves our fears in this black comedy for an era of yellow, orange and red alerts.

Directed by Donald C. Hart, tickets are $10 regular; $9 for seniors ages 65 and older, children under 16 and groups of 15 or more; and $8 for Minnesota State Mankato students.

Season tickets to all six Mainstage shows are $100 and on sale through Oct. 8. The Box Office is open 4-6 p.m. weekdays in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center, or buy single tickets online at

Contact Amanda Dyslin at 507-389-6663, or for more information.


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