Irreverent “Urinetown” looks through lens of absurdity in Metro and MCTC co-production.

 

Saint Paul, Minn.—Urinetown:The Musical is a highly entertaining musical satire of capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, and corporate greed that is also hilariously funny and touchingly honest.
“Urinetown is an irreverent take on what is quickly becoming our national reality, where the line between the government and corporate America is blurred–almost to the point of non-existence,” says director Justin Kirkeberg.
Set in an impoverished city, a terrible water shortage caused by a 20-year drought has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. Inspired by the works of Brecht and Weill, Urinetown is an irreverently humorous satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny.
Urinetown:The Musical is co-produced by Metropolitan State University’s Theater Underground and Minneapolis Community and Technical College’s Theater on the Park, and will be presented at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 to 18, with a 1 p.m. matinee Feb. 18 on the main stage located in the Whitney Fine Arts Center at 1424 Yale Place, Minneapolis. On-street parking is available, as is ramp parking at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, 1501 Hennepin Avenue.
Metropolitan State students and families may attend at no cost and are encouraged to bring an item to donate to the food shelf. Parking is available in the Hennepin Avenue ramp for $5 or at no cost with a Metropolitan State University parking card. Persons with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact the Center for Accessibility Resources at 651-793-1549 or e-mail Accessibility.Resources@metrostate.edu.
“Styled as a hybrid of the modern musical and a Brechtian drama, it was developed by the founders of one of the nation’s preeminent improv troupes, The Neo-Futurists. It lampoons corporate greed, industrial waste, class warfare, and the eventual uprising of the 99 percent, all the while wrapped in a traditional musical formula,” Kirkeberg says.
Urinetown: The Musical was the winner of three TONY Awards, three Outer Critic’s Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards, and two Obie Awards. The New York Times raved “…another great musical that makes us laugh at tyranny…. a defiant declaration of the power of theater.” And with song titles such as “Privilege to Pee” and “Snuff that Girl,” the play’s topical irreverence is as current today as it was when it premiered in 2001.
The university’s theater program offers the final two years of a theater major for transferring students from MCTC and other Minnesota State colleges. Contact Anna.Branstner@metrostate.edu for more information.
Metropolitan State University, a member of Minnesota State, is the Twin Cities public, urban, comprehensive state university providing lifelong learning, and competitive academic and professional degree programs at the bachelor, master and doctoral levels.

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Two student-written plays to premiere at Metropolitan State University

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Premiering as part of Metropolitan State University’s fall theater season, two new student-written plays will take audiences on journeys through an absurd comedy of frustration and into a raw and intimate experience of the justice system.

“Dream Dig” by Mark Stewart, and “58 Months” by Benjamin Granger, both won last year’s Metropolitan State Playwriting Contest and then went through several months of development to focus and expand the stories.

In “58 Months,” a smug and arrogant, self-possessed young man is certain he can “beat the rap” after he is arrested for several hardcore drug violations and thrown into jail. As his friends and family fail him, he comes to depend on his newly acquired friends made behind bars. Will he succeed or will he fail? This penetrating look at this country’s justice system as seen from within is directed by Steve Modena.

In “Dream Dig,” the opportunity to join an archaeological dig provides the incentive of a lifetime for a bright, energetic and slightly unscrupulous young college man. But he must first earn the money he will need to study abroad. Where he ultimately ends up might just surprise you in this engaging comedy filled with hilarious characters and zany situations. “Dream Dig” is directed by Scott M. Rubsam.

“These plays are polar opposites in style,” said Gail Smogard, Theater Program director. “One is an absurd comedy borne out of the frustration of working a series of odd jobs to pay for school. The other is a raw and intimate journey into a young man’s experience with the justice system and his own contrary inclinations.”

Both plays will be performed 7 p.m. Nov. 16-19 at the Stagedoor Theater, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Nov. 19. The shorter farce, “Dream Dig” will open the bill as a staged reading and a brief introduction to the play development process, followed by the full production of “58 Months.” The Stagedoor Theater is located in the Whitney Fine Arts Center at 1424 Yale Place, Minneapolis. On-street parking is available, as is ramp parking at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, 1501 Hennepin Avenue. General admission is $10 and students with ID may attend at no cost. Reservations are encouraged at 612-659-7222.

“Dream Dig” and “58 Months” are produced by Theater Underground and Metropolitan State University’s Theater Program, which offers the culminating two years of a theater major for transferring students. For more information, contact the Theater Program at 612-659-7222. Persons with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should call Disability Services at 651-793-1549 or 651-772-7687 (TTY).

Metropolitan State University, a member of Minnesota State, is the Twin Cities public, urban, comprehensive state university providing lifelong learning, and competitive academic and professional degree programs at the bachelor, master and doctoral levels.

Auditions For URINETOWN

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AUDITIONS!

METROPOLITAN STATE UNIVERSITY–THEATER PROGRAM & THEATER UNDERGROUND

CO-PRODUCING WITH

MINNEAPOLIS COMMUNITY AND TECHNICAL COLLEGE THEATER DEPARTMENT

SPRING SEMESTER, 2017

URINETOWN

The Musical

Music and Lyrics by Mark Hollmann
Book and Lyrics by Greg Kotis

Winner of three TONY Awards, three Outer Critic’s Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards, and two Obie Awards, Urinetown is a hilarious musical satire of capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, and corporate greed. Hilariously funny and touchingly honest.  Set in an impoverished city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. Inspired by the works of Brecht and Weill, Urinetown is an irreverently humorous satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny.

 

NEED 11 WOMEN AND 11 MEN (ALL AGES)

MULTICULTURAL CASTING!

 

TO AUDITION:

PERFORM A 2-MINUTE MONOLOGUE

AND A PREPARED UP TEMPO SONG (IDEALLY FROM A MUSICAL COMEDY)

AND A BALLAD TO BE SUNG UPON REQUEST – WITHOUT ACCOMPANIMENT

A HEADSHOT AND RESUME ARE RECOMMENDED (BUT NOT REQUIRED) AND DRESS FOR MOVEMENT

 

AUDITION DATES:  November 30th– December 3rd at the following times:

Wednesday, November 30    FROM   7:30-9:30 PM

Thursday, December 1         FROM   7:30-10:00 PM

Friday, December 2              FROM   4:00-6:00 PM

Saturday, December 3          FROM   10:00-11:30 AM

Callbacks:  Saturday, December 3     FROM   12:00-4:30 PM

AUDITION LOCATION:

WHITNEY FINE ARTS THEATRE/ F1200 – 1424 YALE PLACE, MINNEAPOLIS

 

PERFORMANCE DATES: February 15-18, 2017.  Rehearsal times are Monday through Thursday evenings from 6-10:00pm and Saturdays from 12noon to 5:00pm with performances in February, 2017.   Rehearsals will begin December 5th, 2016.  For more information, contact director Justin Kirkeberg:  justin@candidtheaterco.com

Metro State Students can earn upper division credit for participation in this production—both onstage and off.  Contact gail.smogard@metrostate.edu

“Six Degrees Of Separation” opens tonight. We hope to see you there

Today is opening night of “Six Degrees Of Separation” on the MCTC mainstage (1424 Yale Place, Minneapolis). Here is a sneak preview for you! See you tonight at 7pm or join us Feb 18, 19, 20 at 7pm and Feb 20 at 1pm.

FREE Admission #‎6DSmctc#‎6DSmetro

Parking is found on-street and at the MCTC ramp at 1501 Hennepin Ave.

Watch videos here:  https://www.facebook.com/theaterunderground/videos

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Cast and Crew – Six Degrees of Separation

CAST * MCTC ** Metro ***MCTC/Metro
DETECTIVE Abdul R. Grundy *
TESS Aimee Micek *
DOORMAN André Tellis **
ELIZABETH Anna Vogt **
DOUG Ben Granger **
BEN Chad Burke *
PAUL Dorian Lucas *
FLAN Edwin Strout
OUISA Elyse Evans **
KITTY Emily Heller *
TRENT Jack Kloppenborg
LARKIN John Byram **
WOODY Kyle Anderson **
POLICEMAN Lester Holmquist **
HUSTLER Lisa Marie Collins-Sears **
RICK Mark Stewart **
GEOFFREY/DR. FINE Todd O’Dowd
PRODUCTION TEAM
Assitant Stage Manager Aimee Micek
Costume Design Barbara Portinga
Lighting Design Barry Browning
Sound Designer Dan Dukich
Director Gail Smogard
Sound Board Operator Kevin Champion
Set/Props Kirby Moore
Construction Crew Lester Holmquist
MCTC Producer Maxine Klein
Stage Manager Paulino Brener ***
ASL Interpreter Rebecca Rick **
Construction Crew Robb Hollyday *
Projections Kevin Champion
Light Board Operator Robb Hollyday
Projection Operator Kevin Champion
Poster/Program Artist Shawn Van Briesen
Administrative Assistant Pepper Branstner

 

Six Degrees Of Separation

Six Degrees Of Separation

SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION, by John Guare will run ONE weekend only – February 17, 18, 19 & 20 at 7 PM with a 1 PM Matinee February 20 at the Whitney Fine Arts Center Main Stage at 1424  Yale Place, Minneapolis on the MCTC Minneapolis Campus.

Inspired by a true story, SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION follows the trail of a young, intelligent con man, Paul, who insinuates himself into the lives of a wealthy New York couple, Ouisa and Flan, claiming he knows their son at college.  He also tells them he is the son of Sidney Poitier, has just been mugged and needs their help.  This con expands to the couple’s other friends, and into much darker territory, exposing some of the flaws of upper class society– financial greed, self-absorption and insulation.

The story of this con also poses questions. Where do we draw the bounds between inclusion and exclusion?  At a time when our national security and identity are under threat by ISIS as well as American radicals, it is with great pertinence that we create and revisit art that essentially concerns outsiders: those who are the other solely because of race, religion, or perhaps more exactly…class.

“I have always loved this play”, said director, Gail Smogard, who is also the director of the Metropolitan Theater Program.  “It’s fast and funny–disturbing and articulate.  Yes, we are hyper “connected” now in ways that were not part of the 90’s, but that is not the center of what happens here.  We are only a few “degrees” away from each other with internet and social media.  But one of Guare’s central questions is, “How do we evaluate the quality of our connection to someone, and how do we keep the experience? How do we make these connections matter”?    

SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION is the first co-production between Metro State and MCTC at the Whitney Fine Arts Main Stage on the Minneapolis Campus of Metropolitan State University and Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC), is at 1424 Yale Place, Minneapolis. Parking is found on-street and at the MCTC ramp at 1501 Hennepin Ave.

No reservations are necessary. FREE General ADMISSION to all performances. Note: Audience members are asked to bring non-perishable food items to be donated to the MCTC Resource Center Food Pantry.  ASL interpretation provided upon request.

For more information, please contact Anna.Branstner@metrostate.edu

 

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