EnviroThursday - "On Stage: Creating a Community Dialogue Around Live Theater – Escaped Alone"

11:30 AM  - 12:30 PM
Thursday Sep 12, 2019
Theater and Dance Building 202

Join local actors and educators for a discussion about the upcoming play at the Gremlin Theatre (and produced by Frank Theatre) Escaped Alone (Sept. 6-29). At this event, actors will read scenes from the play and then discuss with the audience, tying in current events, personal values and narratives. Escaped Alonewas written by Caryl Churchill. It's a light-on-its-feet, elliptical view of the apocalypse. It foresees that when we are poisoned by chemical leaks, private patients will be able to buy gas masks in assorted colours. That when a wind developed by property developers starts turning heads inside out, the army will fire nets to catch flying cars. The action of the play evolves around four women in their seventies drinking tea and talking about the end of the world by unleashing their secret selves. The play asks us why isn’t the current environmental collapse enough for you to take real action? When are you responsible for the world we live in? What would it take for you to change the path in your life?

This discussion is part of On Stage, an organization that brings local actors to college classrooms around the Twin Cities to help enhance in-class learning, to make local theater relevant to younger and non-traditional audiences, and to lay the groundwork for building a future theater audience.

Speakers Include:
Lucas Erickson - Program Manager of On Stage.
Wendy Knox - Artistic Director of Frank Theatre and Director of Escaped Alone.
Maria Asp - Program Director of Neighborhood Bridges at Children’s Theatre Company and Actress in Escaped Alone .
Ansa Akyea - Local actor and educator and currently acting in Our Town at Artistry Theater.

This EnviroThursday is co-sponsored by the Environmental Studies and Theater and Dance Departments.

Contact: Ann Esson,

Sponsored By: Environmental Studies, Theater and Dance

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