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