2008-2009 Season

Take a look at information from the 2007-2008 season.

Topsy Turvy Mouse
by Peter Gil-Sheridan

Oct. 24–26 & Oct. 31 to Nov. 1 2008
  • Directed by Amy Seham
  • Scene Design - Micah Maatman
  • Costume Design - Larissa Bregenzer
  • Lighting Design - Terena Wilkens

Topsy Turvy Mouse is an award-winning new play that imagines the future legacy of today’s violence in Iraq. The play begins fifteen years after the torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib. The American officer who smiled and pointed in those degrading photographs has a fifteen-year-old son, who knows nothing of his parents’ part in the scandal. But now someone is leaving copies of the pictures in his locker. With both dramatic and comic scenes, the play investigates questions of loneliness, hate, friendship, difference, and personal responsibility in thought-provoking and unexpected ways. This play was a favorite of students in the J-term class on contemporary playwrights—and comes to us before public release!

The Lesson
a comic drama by Eugene Ionesco

Nov. 20–23, 2008
  • Directed by Henry MacCarthy
  • Scene Design - Bryan Pelach
  • Costume Design - Andrea Gross
  • Lighting Design - Terena Wilkens

A student attends a private lesson in the house of a well-known professor. She is eager to learn as quickly as possible in order to qualify for the total doctorate exams. The professor gently guides her through the basics of arithmetic, linguistics and comparative philology, only to be interrupted by the Maid, who warns the professor to be cautious, and avoid philology, which can “only leads to crime.” As the action unfolds the characters wrestle through language, the ultimate instrument of power, and eventually consumes them in complete destruction.

A masterpiece of the theatre of the absurd and the surrealist avant garde. The Lesson pushes the boundaries of morbid humor into the depths of darkness. A tour de force performance.

Also the same weekend: Late Night Soup & E Pluribus 2.0

The Other Shore
by Gao Xingjian

Feb. 19–22, 2009
  • Directed by Amy Seham
  • Choreography by Melissa Rolnick
  • Scene Design - Micah Maatman
  • Costume Design - Andrea Gross
  • Lighting Design - Terena Wilkens

The Other Shore is a non-realistic play that experiments with movement, sound and character to explore questions of individuality, community and freedom. Gao Xingjian, the first Chinese Nobel-prize-winner in literature, wrote the piece in 1986 as a commentary on the shifting values and beliefs in Communist Chinese society. His controversial work ultimately forced his exile from his homeland, but his plays are widely recognized as a powerful expression of the struggles in contemporary China and elsewhere. This production will be a featured part of the new college-wide Global Insight program, which focuses on China for the 2008-2009 academic year.

Range of Motion
The Gustavus Dance Company in Concert

March 13–15, 2009
  • Choreographers - Cynthia Gutierrez-Garner, Michele Rusinko, Melissa Rolnick, and Charlotte Adams
  • Costume Design - Andrea Gross, Angie Vo, and Kristen Weller
  • Lighting Design - Terena Wilkens and Dana Rabe

This year's concert once more highlights the colorful palette of dances created by faculty choreographers Cynthia Gutierrez-Garner, Michele Rusinko, Melissa Rolnick, and selected student choreographers. Also featured will be guest choreographer Charlotte Adams' humorous and quirky Alpaca Dreams. Adams' work has been performed throughout the U.S. by companies and university dance programs and internationally in Australia, the Caribbean, South East Asia, and Europe.

The Impresario From Smyrna
a comedy in five acts by Carlo Goldoni

May 1–3 & May 8-9, 2009
  • Directed by Henry MacCarthy
  • Scene Design - Micah Maatman
  • Costume Design - Andrea Gross
  • Lighting Design - Dana Rabe

This laugh-out-loud comedy follows the trials and tribulations of a group of artists in Venice during the eighteenth century, including self absorbed opera singers, avaricious agents, lyricists that plagiarize, ignorant impresarios, and manipulative benefactors. This is a piece about behind-the-scene rivalries, diva fits, casting couches, and auditions’ gossip. Yet, The Impresario from Smyrna is also about the beautiful vulnerability of the romanticized artistic personae, and the mythologies that surround stage life. In brief, about the things we love and love to hate about theatre.

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$7
Non GA Students/Senior Citizens$5
Gustavus Students & Staffno charge

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