Month: October 2016

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