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Proof
Where: Andreas Theatre, Earley Center for the Performing Arts, MSU-Mankato
When: June 28-July 1
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office.
Proof plot synopsis: On the eve of her twenty-fifth birthday, Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire; and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father’s who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks that her father left behind.

The Little Mermaid
Where: Ted Paul Theatre, Earley Center for the Performing Arts, MSU-Mankato
When: July 13-15 & 19-22
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office.
The Little Mermaid ploy synopsis: Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab, to restore order under the sea.


2017-18 Performance Season

Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them
Where: Andreas Theatre, Earley Center for the Performing Arts, MSU, Mankato
When: September 13-16
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office.
Why Torture is Wrong plot synopsis: The play tells the story of a young woman suddenly in crisis: Is her new husband, whom she married when drunk, a terrorist? Or just crazy? Or both? Is her father’s hobby of butterfly collecting really a cover for his involvement in a shadow government? Why does her mother enjoy going to the theatre so much? Does she seek mental escape, or is she insane? Honing in on our private terrors both at home and abroad, Durang oddly relieves our fears in this black comedy for an era of yellow, orange and red alerts.

Little Women (the musical)
Where: Ted Paul Theatre, Earley Center for the Performing Arts, MSU, Mankato
When: September 28-30 & October 5-8
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office.
Little Women plot synopsis: Based on Louisa May Alcott’s life, Little Women follows the adventures of sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March.  Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested.  Her friend, Professor Bhaer, tells her that she has to do better and write more from herself.  Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America.

The Aeneid
Where: Andreas Theatre, Earley Center for the Performing Arts, MSU, Mankato
When: October 12-15 & October 18-22
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office.
The Aeneid plot synopsis: The Aeneid is a heroic story of survival, as topical as it is timeless.  In this contemporary echo of Virgin’s famous poem, a band of refugees flee their devastated city to embark on the perilous quest for a new country to call home.

The Diary of Anne Frank
Where: Ted Paul Theatre, Earley Center for the Performing Arts, MSU, Mankato
When: November 2-4 & November 9-12
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office.
The Diary of Anne Frank plot synopsis: An impassioned drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic, The Diary of Anne Frank captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence—their fear, their hope, their laughter, their grief.  Each day of these two dark years, Anne’s voice shines through: “When I write I shake off all my cares. But I want to achieve more than that.  I want to be useful and bring enjoyment to all people, even those I’ve never met.  I want to go on living even after my death!”

These Shining Lives
Where: Andreas Theatre, Earley Center for the Performing Arts, MSU, Mankato
When: November 15-18
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office.
These Shining Lives plot synopsis: These Shining Lives chronicles the strength and determination of women considered expendable in their day, exploring their true story and its continued resonance. Catherine and her friends are dying, it’s true; but theirs is a story of survival in its most transcendent sense, as they refuse to allow the company that stole their health to kill their spirits—or endanger the lives of those who come after them.

Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Our Country’s Good
Where: Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter
When: November 16-19, 2017
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 507-933-7590.

Choreographers’ Gallery
Where: Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter
When: December 8-10, 2017
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 507-933-7590.

Physical Theatre Project
Where: Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter
When: December 8-10, 2017
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 507-933-7590.

1984
Where: Andreas Theatre, Earley Center for the Performing Arts, MSU, Mankato
When: February 1-4 & February 7-11, 2018
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office.
1984 plot synopsis: Based on the iconic novel by George Orwell, 1984 brings us the story of Winston Smith, a cog in the giant machine state of Oceania.  Physically and mentally under the omnipresent eye of Big Brother, Winston has been caught struggling for scraps of love and freedom in a world awash with distrust and violence.  With the brutal “help” of four Party Members, Winston is forced to confess his Thought crimes before an unseen inquisitor, and the audience – which acts as a silent witness to his torture.  A ferocious and provocative adaptation of one of the most prescient works of literature of the last century.

Ragtime (the musical)
Where: Ted Paul Theatre, Earley Center for the Performing Arts, MSU, Mankato
When: February 15-17 & February 22-25, 2018
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office.
Ragtime plot synopsis: At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing … and anything is possible.  Set in the volatile melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York, three distinctly American tales are woven together – that of a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician – united by their courage, compassion and belief in the promise of the future. Together, they confront history’s timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair … and what it means to live in America.

John Kander and Fred Ebb’s musical Cabaret
Where: Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter
When: February 23-25, 2018 and March 2-4, 2018
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 507-933-7590.

Talley’s Folly
Where: Andreas Theatre, Earley Center for the Performing Arts, MSU, Mankato
When: March 28-31, 2018
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office.
Talley’s Folly plot synopsis: The scene is the ornate, deserted Victorian boathouse on the Talley place in Lebanon, Missouri; the time 1944. Matt Friedman, an accountant from St. Louis, has arrived to plead his love to Sally Talley, the susceptible but uncertain daughter of the family. Bookish, erudite, totally honest, and delightfully funny, Matt refuses to accept Sally’s rebuffs and her fears that her family would never approve of their marriage. Charming and indomitable, he gradually overcomes her defenses, telling his innermost secrets to his loved one and, in return, learning hers as well. Gradually he awakens Sally to the possibilities of a life together until, in the final, touching moments of the play, it is clear that they are two kindred spirits who have truly found each other—two “lame ducks” who, in their union, will find a wholeness rare in human relationships.

Bye Bye Birdie (the musical)
Where: Ted Paul Theatre, Earley Center for the Performing Arts, MSU, Mankato
When: April 5-7 & April 12-15, 2018
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office.
Bye By Birdie ploy synopsis: It is 1960, and a chorus of young girls energetically sings the praises of rock & roll idol Conrad Birdie.  At Almelou Music Corp. in New York, Conrad’s managers, Albert Peterson and Rosie Alvarez (who’ve been dating for years), learn that their client has been inducted into the Army. Though she’d prefer that Albert settle down and become “An English Teacher,” Rosie concocts a plan: as a publicity stunt, Conrad will bid a typical American teen-age girl goodbye with a public farewell kiss. Rosie randomly selects the name of the lucky girl: 15-year-old Kim McAfee of Sweet Apple, Ohio.

Melancholy Play
Where: Andreas Theatre, Earley Center for the Performing Arts, MSU, Mankato
When: April 18-21, 2018
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office.
Melancholy Play ploy synopsis: Tilly’s melancholy is of an exquisite quality. She turns her melancholy into a sexy thing, and every stranger she meets falls in love with her. One day, inexplicably, Tilly becomes happy, and wreaks havoc on the lives of her paramours.

Pierre Beaumarchais’ The Marriage of Figaro
Where: Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter
When: April 20-22, 2018
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 507-933-7590.

Spring Dance Concert
Where: Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter
When: May 11-13, 2018
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 507-933-7590.