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UPCOMING DISCUSSIONS

 

"This program is inspiring, both to students and to the rest of us. It's a great way to help them see how important and relevant (and vibrant) arts in their community are to the rest of their lives and to their own experiences."

 

Irene Faass -

Professor at MCTC

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Mlima's Tale

Feb. 10 - March 12

@ Ten Thousand Things Theater

Written by Lynn Nottage

Directed by Ansa Akyea

 

We learn from Mlima's Tale that elephants may become extinct in as few as 20 years because of poaching for their ivory. This unusual play was written by Lynn Nottage, the Pulitzer prize winning playwright of Ruined and Sweat'. The play was inspired by a magazine article about how wild elephants are illegally hunted down by “contract poachers” and their ivory tusks smuggled out of Africa and sold for profit. Continuing in her tradition of crafting thought-provoking, socially conscious dramas, Lynn Nottage’s play tells the story of Mlima, an elephant struck down by poachers for his magnificent tusks. Beginning in a game park in Kenya, the play tracks the trajectory of Mlima’s tusks through the ivory trade market while Mlima’s ghost follows close behind—marking all those complicit in his barbaric death. Mlima’s Tale is an enthralling piece of theater that tells a fascinating story in a daringly original way.

 

NOTE: IN-CLASS DISCUSSIONS FOR MLIMA’S TALE WILL TAKE PLACE FEBRUARY 6 - FEBRUARY 17.

 

 

Diesel Heart 

March 11 - April 2

@ History Theatre

Written by Brian Grandison in collaboration with Melvin Carter Jr. 

Directed by Warren C. Bowles. 

 

Melvin Whitfield Carter Jr., the father of St. Paul's current mayor, is a true son of Rondo, the city's storied African American neighborhood. He was born in a city divided along racial lines and rich in cultural misunderstanding. Growing up in the 1950s and '60s, he witnessed the destruction of his neighborhood by the I-94 freeway—and he found his way to fighting and trouble. But Carter turned his life around. As a young man, he enlisted in the US Navy. He used his fighting ability to survive racist treatment, winning boxing matches and respect. And as an affirmative action hire in the St. Paul Police Department, facing prejudice at every turn, this hardworking, talented, and highly principled officer fought to protect the people of the city he calls home. Diesel Heart is the story of a leader who created a powerful family legacy by standing up for what is right, even in the face of adversity.

 

NOTE: IN-CLASS DISCUSSIONS FOR DIESEL HEART WILL TAKE PLACE MARCH 20 - MARCH 31.

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JuCoby Johnson and Stuart Gates at Normandale Community College facilitating an On Stage discussion about Actually 

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Miriam Schwartz, Lucas Erickson and Michelle O'Neill at Normandale Community College after facilitating an On Stage discussion about Actually

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Harry Waters Jr. at Normandale Community College facilitating an On Stage discussion about Actually 

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