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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Our Seasons for 2013-14

Page address: https://www.mnsu.edu/theatre/season/season2013-14.html

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Here's what we've got coming in 2013-14

Season brochures for the purchase of subscriptions (the six Mainstage shows) will be mailed to our current mailing list around Aug. 1. People who have bought tickets in the last few years should be on that list—if you are. you should have gotten a Highland Summer Theatre brochure in April. If you want to be sure to be included, drop us your name and address here, putting "Mailing List" in the subject line.

Subscriptions will be accepted via mail order beginning immediately. Orders are processed in the order they are received, with these priorities:

1. Friends of the Theatre—having made a donation of at least $100 in the past year. Priority will be given until the end of August. After that time all orders will be processed daily along with the non-donors' orders.
2. Non-Friends—These will be collected in the order they are received and processed in that order following the priority period given to Friends of the Theatre.
3. Individual show orders—purchases for ALL shows will be available beginning Sept. 9).

2013-14 MAINSTAGE SEASON

Les Misérables
Book by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, music by Claude-Michel Schönberg and lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer.  Based on the novel by Victor Hugo.
7:30 p.m. Oct. 3-5 & 10-12, and 2 p.m. Oct. 5, 6, 12 & 13
Location: Ted Paul Theatre
Sponsored by HickoryTech Corporation

In 19th century France, Jean Valjean is released from 19 years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment.  He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a life-long struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways.  During the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean's adopted daughter.  The winner of nine Tony Awards in 1987, it became the second longest-running musical in Broadway history.  The 2012 movie musical was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture.  This is its Minnesota State Mankato debut.

Individual tickets for Les Misérables are $22 regular, $19 for senior citizens, youth 16 and under and groups of 15 or more, $15 for current Minnesota State students. 

Blithe Spirit
By Noel Coward
7:30 p.m. Oct. 17-19 & 23-25, and 2 p.m. Oct. 20, 26 & 27
Location: Andreas Theatre
Sponsored by Blethen, Gage & Krause

This smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages is a much-revived classic from the playwright of Private Lives.  It offers up fussy, cantakerous novelist Charles Condomine, re-married but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira who is called up by a visiting “happy medium,” one Madame Arcati.  The play was first seen in the West End of London in 1941, creating a new long-run record for non-musical British plays of 1,997 performances.  It also did well on Broadway later that year, running for 657 performances.  Minnesota State Mankato presented Blithe Spirit in 1956 and summer of 1988.

Individual tickets for Blithe Spirit are $16 regular, $14 for senior citizens, youth 16 and under and groups of 15 or more, $11 for current Minnesota State students.

Crumbs from the Table of Joy
By Lynn Nottage
7:30 p.m. Nov. 7-9 & 14-16, 2 p.m. Nov. 16 & 17
Location: Ted Paul Theatre

Recently widowed Godfrey and his daughters Ernestine and Ermina move from Florida to Brooklyn for a better life.  Not knowing how to parent, Godfrey turns to religion, and especially to Father Divine, for answers.  The girls absorb their new surroundings, but not necessarily religion.  As the racial and social issues of the late 1950s escalate, personal issues between Godfrey and Lily, his sister-in-law, explode.  Nottage is an American playwright whose work often deals with the lives of women of African descent and she won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2009 for Ruined.  This show is being directed by Lou Bellamy, Minnesota State Mankato alum, and founder and long-time artistic director at the nationally recognized Penumbra Theater.  This is its Minnesota State Mankato debut.

Learn about Lou Bellamy by watching this report about him that appeared in December 2011 on NBC's "Rock Center with Brian Williams:" Watch

Individual tickets for Crumbs from the Table of Joy are $16.00 regular, $14.00 for senior citizens, youth 16 and under and groups of 15 or more, $11.00 for current Minnesota State students. 

Kiss of the Spider Woman
Book by Terrence McNally, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. Based on the novel by Manuel Puig.
7:30 p.m. Jan. 30-Feb. 1 & 5-8, 2 p.m. Feb. 2, 8 & 9, 2014
Location: Andreas Theatre

Winner of multiple Tony Awards, including Best Musical,Kiss of the Spider Woman transforms a harrowing tale of persecution into a dazzling spectacle that juxtaposes gritty realities with liberating fantasies.  Cell mates in a Latin American prison, Valentin is a tough revolutionary undergoing torture and Molina is an unabashed homosexual serving eight years for deviant behavior.  Molina shares his fantasies about an actress, Aurora (originated on Broadway by Chita Rivera) with Valentin.  One of her roles is a Spider Woman who kills with a kiss.  Kander and Ebb is the team behind Chicago and Cabaret.  This is its Minnesota State Mankato debut.

Individual tickets for Kiss of the Spider Woman are $22 regular, $19 for senior citizens, youth 16 and under and groups of 15 or more, $15 for current Minnesota State students.

As You Like It
By William Shakespeare
7:30 p.m. Feb. 20-22 & 27-March 1, 2 p.m. March 1 & 2, 2014
Location: Ted Paul Theatre

Rosalind, the daughter of a banished duke, falls in love with Orlando, the disinherited son of one of the duke’s friends.  When she is banished from the court by her usurping uncle, Duke Frederick, Rosalind takes on the appearance of a boy calling herself Ganymede.  She travels with her cousin Celia and the jester Touchstone to the Forest of Arden, where her father and his friends live in exile.  Themes about life and love, including aging, the natural world and death are included in the play.  New friends are made and families are reunited.  Minnesota State Mankato presented As You Like It in 1974.

Individual tickets for As You Like It are $16 regular, $14 for senior citizens, youth 16 and under and groups of 15 or more, $11 for current Minnesota State students. 

The Drowsy Chaperone
Music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar.
Sponsored by Community Bank Mankato and its partners
7:30 p.m. April 10-12 & 17-19, 2 p.m. April 13 and 19
Location: Ted Paul Theatre

A rare combination of unprecedented originality and blinding talent, The Drowsy Chaperone boldly addresses a great unspoken desire in all of our hearts: to be entertained.  If you've ever sat in a dark theatre and thought, “Dear Lord in heaven, please let it be good,” this is the show for you!  It all begins when a die-hard musical-theater fan plays his favorite cast album on his turntable, and the musical literally bursts to life in his living room, telling the rambunctious tale of a brazen Broadway starlet trying to find, and keep, her true love.  This is its Minnesota State Mankato debut.

Individual tickets for The Drowsy Chaperone are $22.00 regular, $19.00 for senior citizens, youth 16 and under and groups of 15 or more, $15.00 for current Minnesota State students. 

 

2013-14 STUDIO SEASON & DANCE

Sky Girls
By Jenny Laird
7:30 p.m. Sept. 18-21

Location: Andreas Theatre

This historical drama follows five fictional World War II female fliers, united in their hope of becoming WASPs (Women Air Force Service Pilots) for the United States.  Set in 1944 at Avenger Field, an Army Air Force base in the dusty, weather-beaten town of Sweetwater, TX, the final class of trainees for the WASPs struggles to earn their wings as they battle internal sabotage, media frenzy, misguided public concern and a crucial pending Congressional vote to militarize the once-lauded program—or disband it altogether.  This is its Minnesota State Mankato debut.

Individual tickets for Sky Girls are $10 regular, $9 for senior citizens, youth 16 and under and groups of 15 or more, $8 for current Minnesota State students. 

Betrayal
By Harold Pinter
7:30 p.m. Nov. 20-23
Location: Andreas Theatre

The play begins in the present, with the meeting of Emma and Jerry, whose adulterous affair of seven years ended two years earlier.  Emma's marriage to Robert, Jerry's best friend, is now breaking up and she needs someone to talk to.  Thereafter, in a series of contiguous scenes, the play moves backward in time, from the end of the Emma-Jerry affair to its beginning, throwing into relief the little lies and oblique remarks that, in this time-reverse, reveal more than direct statements, or overt actions, ever could.  This is its Minnesota State Mankato debut.

Individual tickets for Betrayal are $10 regular, $9 for senior citizens, youth 16 and under and groups of 15 or more, $8 for current Minnesota State students.

Fall Dance Concert
7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 & 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7
Location: Ted Paul Theatre
Individual tickets for Dance Concerts are $10 regular, $9 for senior citizens, youth 16 and under and groups of 15 or more, $8 for current Minnesota State students.

Trust
By Stephen Dietz
7:30 p.m. March 26-29
Location: Andreas Theatre

A hot young musician, Cody, has recently made the cover of “Rolling Stone” magazine.  He is engaged to Becca, a publisher’s assistant; however, he is also interested in an older musician, Leah, who has become rather cynical about the business.  They get tangled up with Gretchen, a dressmaker who once harbored a crush for Leah, Holly, a young bohemian who is interested in Cody, and Roy, a DJ who is interested in Holly.  Romantic craziness ensues.  This is its Minnesota State Mankato debut.

Individual tickets for Trust are $10 regular, $9 for senior citizens, youth 16 and under and groups of 15 or more, $8 for current Minnesota State students. 

A collection of original short plays
By various Minnesota State University students
7:30 p.m. April 23-26
Location: Andreas Theatre

See the fruits of the labor of you playwriting students in the Department of Theatre & Dance. Details to follow.

Individual tickets are $10 regular, $9 for senior citizens, youth 16 and under, and groups of 15 or more, $8 for current Minnesota State Mankato students.

Carmina Burana
A large, extraordinary collection of medieval poetry came to light in 1803 at the southern Bavarian monastery of Benediktbeuern.  This collection of 320 poems, known as Carmina Burana or “Songs of Benediktbeuern,”dates back to about AD 1230.  The Carmina Burana collection owes its present popularity to the German composer Carl Orff (1895-1982), who wrote his famous opus of the same name in 1935-6 using 24 of the original texts.  In this performance, the Minnesota State Mankato Departments of Theatre & Dance and Music come together to present the poems in song and dance on the Ted Paul Theatre stage.

Individual tickets for Carmina Burana are $12 regular, $10 for senior citizens, youth 16 and under and groups of 15 or more, $9 for current Minnesota State students.