MSUM Fall and Winter Theatre Preview
Published: Monday, September 9, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 9, 2013 17:09
MSUM chooses not to stray from hard-hitting subjects this year. This theatre season will open with “The Laramie Project,” a play based on the people of Laramie, Wyo., after the murder of Matthew Shepard.
In October of 1998, Shepard was tied to a fence miles outside of Laramie, beaten and left to die. The two men responsible offered him a ride home from a bar, and purportedly beat the man death for being gay. The murder was prosecuted as a hate crime, and the issues at play have become a national touchstone for civil rights, and hate crime prosecution.
“The Laramie Project” follows the reaction of the town’s community following the killing.
“It explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable,” Craig Ellingson, chair of the Theatre Arts Department, said. He also described the play as “breathtaking.”
The play opens this fall semester at Minnesota State University Moorhead as part of that venue’s University Theatre Series. It premieres on Oct. 2 and continues on through Oct. 5. Showings are held on the Gaede Stage at the Roland Dille Center for the Arts.
Those interested can get tickets by calling the MSUM Box Office. The service is open Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 218 477-2271. Tickets can also be purchased at the door before each showing.
For younger audiences, “Swashbuckled! A Pirate Adventure!” will open on Nov. 23 in the Hansen Theatre, also at the Roland Dille Center.
This play is meant for younger children, including elementary and kindergarten students. It tells the story of three pirates in search of their missing king. The show will feature light-hearted singing, music and sword fighting action. There will be showings at 1 and 4 p.m. respectively. Goodwill offerings will be accepted at the showings.
Finally, at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 14, there will be a dance showcase in the Hansen Theatre featuring the work of both student dancers, and student choreographers.
“These works-in-progress are a sampling of dance pieces in various stages of completion,” Ellingson said in a press release “Most of them will continue to be polished and presented as part of the spring dance concert.”
The dance showcase will be free and open to the public.
For more information regarding the MSUM Theatre Arts program, check it out mnstate.edu/theatre.