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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Performance

Page address: https://www.mnsu.edu/theatre/season/

 

BOX OFFICE: Call 507-389-6661 from 4-6 p.m.,
Monday-Friday.

Box Office is located in the lobby of the Earley Center
for Performing Arts on the campus of Minnesota State
University, Mankato. Get directions here.

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Mainstage Season

Every production in our Mainstage Season represents a 25-year segment of Minnesota State Mankato's 150-year history.

Little Women (the musical)

(From time period 1868-1893)

Music by Jason Howland; lyrics by Mindi Dickstein; book by Allan Knee; based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott

Sept. 28-30 & Oct. 5-8, 2017

Ted Paul Theatre


Co-sponsored by Consolidated Communications

Detailed schedule here.

Based on Louisa May Alcott's life, Little Women follows the adventures of sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March.  Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested.  Her friend, Professor Bhaer, tells her that she has to do better and write more from herself.  Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America.

Tickets: $22 regular, $19 discounted (over 65, under 16 and groups of 15 or more) and $15 for current Minnesota State Mankato students.

 

The Aeneid

(From time period 1993-2018)

By Olivier Kemeid; translated by Maureen Labonté; based on the epic poem by Virgil

Oct. 12-15 & 18-22, 2017

Andreas Theatre

Detailed schedule here.

The Aeneid is a heroic story of survival, as topical as it is timeless.  In this contemporary echo of Virgil’s famous poem, a band of refugees flee their devastated city to embark on the perilous quest for a new country to call home.

Tickets: $16 regular, $14 discounted (over 65, under 16 and groups of 15 or more) and $11 for current Minnesota State Mankato students.

 

The Diary of Anne Frank

(From time period 1918-1943)

By Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman

Nov. 2-4 & 9-12, 2017

Ted Paul Theatre

Detailed schedule here.

An impassioned drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic, The Diary of Anne Frank captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence—their fear, their hope, their laughter, their grief.  Each day of these two dark years, Anne's voice shines through: "When I write I shake off all my cares. But I want to achieve more than that.  I want to be useful and bring enjoyment to all people, even those I've never met.  I want to go on living even after my death!"

Tickets: $16 regular, $14 discounted (over 65, under 16 and groups of 15 or more) and $11 for current Minnesota State Mankato students.

 

1984

(From time period 1968-1993)

By George Orwell; adapted for the stage by Michael Gene Sullivan

Feb. 1-4 & 7-11, 2018

Andreas Theatre

Detailed schedule here.

Based on the iconic novel by George Orwell, 1984 brings us the story of Winston Smith, a cog in the giant machine state of Oceania.  Physically and mentally under the omnipresent eye of Big Brother, Winston has been caught struggling for scraps of love and freedom in a world awash with distrust and violence.  With the brutal "help" of four Party Members, Winston is forced to confess his Thoughtcrimes before an unseen inquisitor, and the audience – which acts as a silent witness to his torture.  A ferocious and provocative adaptation of one of the most prescient works of literature of the last century.

Tickets: $16 regular, $14 discounted (over 65, under 16 and groups of 15 or more) and $11 for current Minnesota State Mankato students.

 

Ragtime (the musical)

(From time period 1893-1918)

Music by Stephen Flaherty; lyrics by Lynn Ahrens; book by Terrence McNally; based on the novel “Ragtime,” by E.L. Doctorow

Feb. 15-17 & 22-25, 2018

Ted Paul Theatre

Detailed schedule here.

At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing ... and anything is possible.  Set in the volatile melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York, three distinctly American tales are woven together – that of a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician – united by their courage, compassion and belief in the promise of the future. Together, they confront history's timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair ... and what it means to live in America.

Tickets: $22 regular, $19 discounted (over 65, under 16 and groups of 15 or more) and $15 for current Minnesota State Mankato students.

 

Bye Bye Birdie (the musical)

(From time period 1943-1968)

Music by Charles Strouse; lyrics by Lee Adams; book by Michael Stewart; originally produced by Edward Padula

April 5-7 & 12-15, 2018

Ted Paul Theatre

Co-sponsored by Community Bank, Jones & Magnus and Tailwind Group

Detailed schedule here.

It is 1960, and a chorus of young girls energetically sings the praises of rock & roll idol Conrad Birdie.  At Almelou Music Corp. in New York, Conrad’s managers, Albert Peterson and Rosie Alvarez (who’ve been dating for years), learn that their client has been inducted into the Army. Though she’d prefer that Albert settle down and become “An English Teacher,” Rosie concocts a plan: as a publicity stunt, Conrad will bid a typical American teen-age girl goodbye with a public farewell kiss. Rosie randomly selects the name of the lucky girl: 15-year-old Kim McAfee of Sweet Apple, Ohio.

Tickets: $22 regular, $19 discounted (over 65, under 16 and groups of 15 or more) and $15 for current Minnesota State Mankato students.

 

 

Studio Season

Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them

By Christopher Durang

Sept. 13-16, 2017

Andreas Theatre

Detailed schedule here.

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? Why does her mother enjoy going to the theatre so much? Does she seek mental escape, or is she insane? 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.

Tickets: $10 regular, $9 discounted (over 65, under 16 and groups of 15 or more) and $8 for current Minnesota State Mankato students.

 

These Shining Lives

By Melanie Marnich

Nov. 15-18, 2017

Andreas Theatre

Detailed schedule here.

These Shining Lives chronicles the strength and determination of women considered expendable in their day, exploring their true story and its continued resonance. Catherine and her friends are dying, it's true; but theirs is a story of survival in its most transcendent sense, as they refuse to allow the company that stole their health to kill their spirits—or endanger the lives of those who come after them.

Tickets: $10 regular, $9 discounted (over 65, under 16 and groups of 15 or more) and $8 for current Minnesota State Mankato students.

 

Talley's Folly

By Lanford Wilson

March 28-31, 2018

Andreas Theatre

Detailed schedule here.

The scene is the ornate, deserted Victorian boathouse on the Talley place in Lebanon, Missouri; the time 1944. Matt Friedman, an accountant from St. Louis, has arrived to plead his love to Sally Talley, the susceptible but uncertain daughter of the family. Bookish, erudite, totally honest, and delightfully funny, Matt refuses to accept Sally's rebuffs and her fears that her family would never approve of their marriage. Charming and indomitable, he gradually overcomes her defenses, telling his innermost secrets to his loved one and, in return, learning hers as well. Gradually he awakens Sally to the possibilities of a life together until, in the final, touching moments of the play, it is clear that they are two kindred spirits who have truly found each other—two "lame ducks" who, in their union, will find a wholeness rare in human relationships.

Tickets: $10 regular, $9 discounted (over 65, under 16 and groups of 15 or more) and $8 for current Minnesota State Mankato students.

 

Melancholy Play

By Sarah Ruhl

April 18-21, 2018

Andreas Theatre

Detailed schedule here.

Tilly’s melancholy is of an exquisite quality. She turns her melancholy into a sexy thing, and every stranger she meets falls in love with her. One day, inexplicably, Tilly becomes happy, and wreaks havoc on the lives of her paramours.

Tickets: $10 regular, $9 discounted (over 65, under 16 and groups of 15 or more) and $8 for current Minnesota State Mankato students.

 

Dance Concerts

Fall Dance Concert

7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1
2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2
Student Dance Showcase: 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3
Tickets: $10 regular, $9 discounted (over 65, under 16 and groups of 15 or more) and $8 for current Minnesota State Mankato students.

 

Spring Dance Concert

7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, 2018
2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, 2018
Student Dance Showcase: 2 p.m. Sunday, April 29, 2018
Tickets: $10 regular, $9 discounted (over 65, under 16 and groups of 15 or more) and $8 for current Minnesota State Mankato students.