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2020 Performance Season

A Doll’s House
By Henrik Ibsen
Where: Andreas Theatre, Earley Center for the Performing Arts, MSU, Mankato, Mankato
When: January 30- February 2 & February 5-9, 2020
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 507-389-6661.
Synopsis: Nora loves her husband above everything. But when she risks her reputation in order to save him, the consequences force her to examine her devotion, and she finds herself struggling for her own life. Henrik Ibsen’s ground-breaking play created a huge sensation at its premiere in 1879 and is as fresh and pertinent as ever.

Annie Get Your Gun
Where:
Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato
When:
January 31-February 1 & February 7-8, 2020
Tickets:
Tickets can be purchased online.
Synopsis:
Annie Get Your Gun scored a bulls eye when it returned to Broadway in 1999,  sporting a revised libretto by Tony, Oscar and Emmy winner Peter Stone. Stone reshaped the 1946 book to create a Wild West show-within-a-show that frames the ageless ‘Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better’ love story of sharpshooters Annie Oakley and Frank Butler. Stone has added a secondary romance between the younger sister of Frank’s bothersome assistant Dolly, and a boy who is (to Dolly’s horror) part Native American. ‘The book has been updated in ways that pass p.c. muster,’ reported Time Magazine, ‘without losing all the fun.’ Joined to the new book, of course, is that amazing Irving Berlin score, featuring hit after hit after hit. ‘Irving Berlin’s greatest achievement in the theater,’ wrote the New York Post, Annie Get Your Gun  ‘will always be a musical for the ages, one of the Broadway theater’s enduring triumphs.’

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
By Simon Stephens Based on the novel by Mark Haddon
Where: Ted Paul Theatre, Earley Center for the Performing Arts, MSU, Mankato, Mankato
When: February 20-22 & February 27-March 1, 2020
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 507-389-6661.
Synopsis: Fifteen-year-old Christopher stands beside Mrs. Shears’s dog Wellington, who has been killed with a garden fork, and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. He has an extraordinary brain and is exceptional at math, but he is ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. But Christopher’s detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that turns his world upside-down.

Jesus Christ Superstar
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Music By Tim Rice
Where: Merely Players Community Theatre, Kato Ballroom, Mankato
When: March 12-14 & 19-20, 2020
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online.
Synopsis: A Dinner Theater Experience. Loosely based on the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, Superstar follows the last week of Jesus Christ’s life. The story, told entirely through song, explores the personal relationships and struggles between Jesus, Judas, Mary Magdalene, his disciples, his followers and the Roman Empire.

Mamma Mia!
Music and Lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. Book by Catherine Johnson. Originally conceived by Judy Craymer. Additional materials by Martin Koch
Where: Ted Paul Theatre, Earley Center for the Performing Arts, MSU, Mankato, Mankato
When: April 9-10 & 16-19, 2020
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 507-389-6661.
Synopsis: Made possible by Community Bank Mankato, Jones Law, and RentMSU. ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. This “juke box sensation” is one of the longest running musicals in Broadway history.

Ken Ludwig’s Treasure Island
Where: Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato
When: April 17-19 & 24-25, 2019
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online.
Synopsis: Treasure Island is a swashbuckling tale of piracy, treachery, treasure maps, and adventure. The heart of the story centers around 14 year old adventure-seeker Jim Hawkins and his relationship with the complex Long John Silver, perhaps the most famous pirate character in all of literature. Ken Ludwig’s Treasure Island is written by Ken Ludwig, adapted from the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, directed by Peter Bloedel.

Mother Courage and Her Children
Where:
New Laboratory Theatre, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter
When: May 7-10, 2020
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 507-933-7590.
Synopsis: Critics have called Mother Courage, “the greatest anti-war play of all time.” Entertaining and provocative, Brecht’s epic drama alternates comic dialogue, poignant moments, unexpected songs, and stark images to challenge audiences to look through the fog of war. Brecht wrote Mother Courage in 1939 as a response to the Nazi invasion of Poland. It is as relevant and compelling today as it was then.

Rex’s Exs
by Authors Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten
Where: Merely Players Community Theatre, Lincoln Community Center, Mankato
When: May 8-10 & 15-17, 2020
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online.
Synopsis: This deliriously funny Southern-fried farce finds the Verdeen cousins of Sweetgum, Texas—Gaynelle, Peaches and Jimmie Wyvette—teetering on the brink of disaster again.