Urinetown: The Musical is a highly entertaining musical satire of capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, and corporate greed that is also hilariously funny and touchingly honest.
"Urinetown is an irreverent take on what is quickly becoming our national reality, where the line between the government and corporate America is blurred-almost to the point of non-existence," says director Justin Kirkeberg.
Set in an impoverished city, a terrible water shortage caused by a 20-year drought has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Inspired by the works of Brecht and Weill, Urinetown is an irreverently humorous satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny.
Urinetown:The Musical is co-produced by Metropolitan State University's Theater Underground and Minneapolis Community and Technical College's Theater on the Park, and will be presented at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 to 18, with a 1 p.m. matinee Feb. 18 on the main stage located in the Whitney Fine Arts Center at 1424 Yale Place, Minneapolis. On-street parking is available, as is ramp parking at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, 1501 Hennepin Avenue.
Metropolitan State students and families may attend at no cost and are encouraged to bring an item to donate to the food shelf. Parking is available in the Hennepin Avenue ramp for $5 or at no cost with a Metropolitan State University parking card. Persons with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact the Center for Accessibility Resources at 651-793-1549 or e-mail Accessibility.Resources@metrostate.edu.
"Styled as a hybrid of the modern musical and a Brechtian drama, it was developed by the founders of one of the nation's preeminent improv troupes, The Neo-Futurists. It lampoons corporate greed, industrial waste, class warfare, and the eventual uprising of the 99 percent, all the while wrapped in a traditional musical formula," Kirkeberg says.
Urinetown: The Musical was the winner of three TONY Awards, three Outer Critic's Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards, and two Obie Awards. The New York Times raved "...another great musical that makes us laugh at tyranny.... a defiant declaration of the power of theater." And with song titles such as "Privilege to Pee" and "Snuff that Girl," the play's topical irreverence is as current today as it was when it premiered in 2001.
The university's theater program offers the final two years of a theater major for transferring students from MCTC and other Minnesota State colleges. Contact Anna.Branstner@metrostate.edu for more information.