UMTAD Newsletter: April 30, 2021

Spring 2021 Productions
Men on Boats, Photo by Stefanie Darby
'Men on Boats', Photo by Stefanie Darby

Upcoming Spring Events

All free to access! 

May 7 & 8, 7:30pm CST | Dear God
May 7, 7:30pm CST | Pharmakon, A Creative Collab
May 15-22, 7:30pm CST | Hecuba
May 19-26, 7:30pm CST | Men on Boats
May 1-26, 7:30pm CST | Toy Theatre Films

 

Dear God

Presented by the Fourth Year UMN/Guthrie BFA Acting Company

Dear God is a graphic novel come to life and fantasy set in modern-day America. It presents the U.S. as a regular visitor may see it: a young country, wrestling with a troubled past but pretty-much boundless in its potential and enthusiasm to make a better future…

Presented by the Fourth Year UMN/Guthrie BFA Acting Company
An original commission for the company by Michael Punter
Directed by Hayley Finn
Illustrated by Gracie Stockton

When: Premiering in 2 parts on May 7 & 8 at 7:30pm CST. 
Where: Streaming on UMTAD Vimeo
Free to attend and open to the public.

Can't make the premiere? Don't fret! Dear God will stay on our Vimeo page through July 2021.

More info at z.umn.edu/deargod

Hecuba

Presented by the BA Theatre Arts Company

Troy has fallen. It’s the end of war and the beginning of something else. As the cries die down after the final battle, there are reckonings to be made. Humiliated by her defeat and imprisoned by the charismatic victor Agamemnon, queen Hecuba must wash the blood of her buried sons from her hands and lead her daughters forward into a world they no longer recognize. Agamemnon has slaughtered his own daughter to win this war. But now another sacrifice is demanded....

Rehearsed and filmed during a global pandemic in a year of multiple uprisings for justice, this production makes the case for the power of testimony, self reflection and accountability.

Presented by the BA Theatre Arts Company
Written by Marina Carr
Directed by Lisa Channer

When: Premiering May 15, 2021 at 7:30pm CST
through May 22, 2021
Where: Streaming on UMTAD Vimeo
Free to attend and open to the public.

PASSWORD NEEDED TO VIEW. Password is cap-sensitive! Password: Hecuba

More info at z.umn.edu/Hecuba

Men on Boats

Presented by the BA Theatre Arts Company

Ten explorers. Four boats. One Grand Canyon. 
Men on Boats is the true(ish) history of an 1869 expedition, when a one-armed captain and a crew of insane yet loyal volunteers set out to chart the course of the Colorado River. Performed by an entire cast of Not-Men.

Presented by the BA Theatre Arts Company
Written by Jaclyn Backhaus
Directed by Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha & Kym Longhi

When: Premiering May 19, 2021 at 7:30pm CST
through May 26, 2021
Where: Streaming on UMTAD Vimeo
Free to attend and open to the public.

PASSWORD NEEDED TO VIEW. Password is cap-sensitive! Password: MenOnBoats 

More info at z.umn.edu/MenOnBoats

Pharkmakon

A Creative Collaboration

View the culmination of student work in TH 5950 and TH 5117 Pharmakon: Performing Science. Students will be presenting interactive scenarios in a Zoom dreamscape inspired by prompts to imagine new drugs, relate personal medication stories, and embody ancient healers. The performance explores how drugs heal and poison within an extractive culture of commodification via these and other scenarios, including through the heightened language of Greek Tragedy. Discover what poisons and heals us collectively through the Pharmakon.

Read more about how the classes here:
Minnesota Daily, Duluth News Tribune, & Continuum.

When: May 7th at 7:30pm CST
Where: Held via Zoom.
Meeting Link: z.umn.edu/Pharmakon
Free to attend and open to the public.

Toy Theatre Films

Take a look at the toy theatre projects from students this year!
Featuring the work of: Matthew Gawryk, Alexa Lewis, Ani Mosity, Elliot Allen, Xinyi Shen, Kimberly Lawler, and Chelsea M. Warren.

These projects were also shown as installations at The Jungle Theater in March. Read about each of their creations in The Jungle's Virtual Program.

When: May 1 through May 26, 2021
Where: Streaming on UMTAD Vimeo 
Free to attend and open to the public.

Want some educational materials? Professor Chelsea M. Warren provides a brief history of Toy Theatre, downloadable materials to build your own theater and how-to videos on The Jungle's Toy Theater Education/Outreach page: Explore HERE.

 

 

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