2009-2010 Season

Take a look at information from the 2008-2009 season.

Far Away by Caryl Churchill

Seven Jewish Children by Caryl Churchill

Seven Palestinian Children by Deb Margolin

October 30 & 31, 2009 | 8:00 p.m.

November 5 & 6, 2009 | 8:00 p.m.

November 1 & 7, 2009 | 2:00 p.m.

  • Directed by Amy Seham
  • Stage Management by Christian DeMarais
  • Scenic Design by Lydia Francis
  • Costume Design by Andrea Gross
  • Lighting Design by Kristin Mead
  • Sound Design by Terena Wilkens

"I can think of no contemporary playwright who combines such scope of imagination and depth of purpose." New York Times theatre critic about Caryl Churchill.

We present two of Churchill's most provocative and entertaining short plays. In Far Away, a dystopic fairy tale full of dark humor and stunning images, Churchill uses a child's nightmare, an office romance, and a parade of designer hats to challenge us to look more closely at our own complicity with oppression.

Seven Jewish Childre, a Play for Gaza, is perhaps Churchill's most controversial play. Tracing history from the Holocaust to the establishment of Israel, to the attacks on Gaza, the play imagines how adults explain their reality to an unseen child. Our students collaborate with members of the St. Peter community to explore this text, along with Seven Palestinian Children, written by Deb Margolin as a response to Churchill's work. Talkbacks and engaging discussions with direct, cast and guests will follow most performances.

Choreographers' Gallery: New Horizons

November 19-21, 2009 | 8:00 p.m.

November 22, 2009 | 2:00 p.m.

  • Directed by Melissa Rolnick
  • Stage Management by Michael Davidson
  • Costume Design by Robert Croghan & Andrea Gross
  • Lighting Design by Kelly Franzen & Terena Wilkens
  • Sound Design by Terena Wilkens
  • Master Electrician by Kelly Franzen

Always innovative, unique and eclectic, the Choreographers' Gallery features selected work by some of our most gifted student choreographers. Don't miss the chance to be the first to see the work of these emerging student artists.

Physical Theatre Project

December 10-12 | 8:00 p.m.

December 13, 2009 | 2:00 p.m.

  • Directed by Henry MacCarthy
  • Stage Management by Larissa Bregenzer
  • Lighting Design by Erin Belpedio
  • Scenic Collaboration by Micah Maatman
  • Costume Collaboration by Andrea Gross

Free from the limitations of spoken text, this production will explore the expressive possibilities of the body in the construction of quotidian narratives. An exhilarating theatre experience.

by Greg Kolis & Mark Hollmann

February 19 & 20, 26 & 27, 2010 | 8:00 p.m.

February 21 & 28, 2010 | 2:00 p.m.

  • Directed by Amy Seham
  • Stage Management by Cara Powers
  • Scenic Design by Micah Maatman
  • Costume Design by Kristen Weller
  • Lighting Design by Terena Wilkens
  • Assistant Lighting Design by Erin Belpedio

This sassy, Tony-award-winning show combines sharp social satire with some pretty great music! Urinetown has a social justice slant and even connects with the themes of this year's Nobel Conference --WATER! In a nightmare future parched by decades of drought, private toilets have been outlawed, and "the privilege to pee" is controlled by an evil corporation. See our heroes sign their way to freedom with hilarious parodies of showtunes in this delightful spoof of Broadway musicals.

The Arabian Nights
by Mary Zimmerman

April 22-24, 2010 | 8:00 p.m.

April 25, 2010 |2:00 p.m.

  • Directed by Henry MacCarthy
  • Stage Management by Lydia Francis
  • Scenic & Lighting Design by Micah Maatman
  • Costume Design by Larissa Bregenzer
  • Assistant Scenic & Lighting Design by Kristin Mead & Kelly Franzen

MacArthur fellow Mary Zimmerman's brilliant adaptation of One Thousand and One Nights has been acclaimed as "a celebration of the salutatory powers of storytelling" and "theatre at its most unpretentiously poetic, most fetchingly stylish, as humane as it is elegant."

Based on ancient tales from Persian, Arabic, and other folklore and literary traditions, the play follows Sheherezade's attempt to save her life by narrating stories to King Shahryar, ruler of Baghdad, City of Peace and Poets.

Funny, erotic, irreverent, and enchanting.

Time to Soar
The Gustavus Dance Company in Concert

May 14 & 15, 2010 | 8:00 p.m.

May 16, 2010 | 2:00 p.m.

  • Directed by: Michele Rusinko & Melissa Rolnick
  • Stage Management by Erin Belpedio
  • Costume Design by Rogert Croghan & Andrea Gross
  • Lighting Design by Kristin Mead & Terena Wilkens

This year's concert once again features our highly acclaimed Gustavus Dance Company in an evening of riveting works created by faculty choreographers Melissa Rolnick and Jeffrey Peterson, nationally known guest artists, and selected student choreographers.

Ticket Information

All tickets will be available through the Gustavus Ticket Center at (507) 933-7590, and all performances will be at Anderson Theatre unless otherwise noted.

Ticket Prices
Adults $9
Non GA Students/Senior Citizens $6
Gustavus Students & Staffno charge

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