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Winter Reader’s Theater
In collaboration with the Grand Marais Public Library we will be gathering on two Wednesdays in January to read (or listen)to two plays.
The first will be The Enemy of the People, Arthur Miller, adapted from Henrik Ibsen's play, January 9 at 6 PM. Come to the library and take a role or sit and listen. Conversation will follow. The second reading will be It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis, adapted by Tony Taccone and Bennett S. Cohen on January 23 at 6 PM.
The Enemy of the People was originally written in 1882 after Ibsen received some criticism of his play Ghosts. It tells the story of Dr. Stockman who tries to tell the town the truth about the water that flows into the springs. The springs that feed the local economy. He is thwarted by the powers that be, his brother the Mayor, the press and eventually ,when he goes directly to the public, he is shouted down as an “enemy of the people.’ Arthur Miller updated this play in the 10950’s while he was on the “blacklist” for suspected communist activities during the McCarthy era. The themes from 1882, 1950’s and today continue to hold that mirror up to ourselves.
It Cant Happen Here was written in 1935, here is what wikipedia has to say about it. You may see the relevance of using the mirror that is the theater.
It Can't Happen Here is a semi-satirical 1935 political novel by American author Sinclair Lewis, and a 1936 play adapted from the novel by Lewis and John C. Moffitt.
Published during the rise of fascism in Europe, the novel describes the rise of Berzelius "Buzz" Windrip, a demagogue who is elected President of the United States, after fomenting fear and promising drastic economic and social reforms while promoting a return to patriotism and "traditional" values. After his election, Windrip takes complete control of the government and imposes a plutocratic/totalitarian rule with the help of a ruthless paramilitary force, in the manner of Adolf Hitler and the SS. The novel's plot centers on journalist Doremus Jessup's opposition to the new regime and his subsequent struggle against it as part of a liberal rebellion.
March 7-10 and 14-17, 2019
The 2019 Community Youth high school production will be Quilters by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek
Auditions will be January 14 at 3:30 in the ACA.
his is the annual community Youth production with an emphasis on High school.
There are roles for seven women and musicians
Six of the seven women will be high school and age and the 7th may be high school or adult.
Rehearsals will be either 3:30 - 5:30 pm or 6:30 - 8:30 pm determined by directors, choreographer and cast.
Performances are March 7 -10 and 14- 17.
The musicians will rehearse separately until later in the rehearsal process and the schedule determined by members.
INSTRUMENTATION: Piano/Vocal, Strings, Bass, Harp, Guitar/Banjo/Mandolin, Guitar 2/Banjo/Hammered Dulcimer.
Interested musicians should contact Sue Hennessy
Interest meeting January 13 at 6:30 pm
If you are interested or have questions about the Summer repertory, please come to this meeting. We will look for shows based on the interest shown at this meeting. If you cannot attend but want to be in a show this summer. Please contact the Playhouse before the meeting.
The summer repertory dates are
weekends (Thursday. - Sunday)
July 18 - Aug 11, 2019
Two shows will play in repertory rotating days each weekend.
A musical or a farce will be selected based on interest.