The Mother Ship has landed.

Metropolitan State University Theater, in association with Metro Theater Underground, is pleased to present the Minneapolis premiere of Alienation, conceived and directed by Metropolitan State Theater Professor Jonathan Beller. Admission is free and attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the MCTC Resource Center Food Pantry.

Alienation is a surreal, mind-melting romp of the fourth kind that dares to probe that age-old existential question: Who on earth do we think we are? Lost in a world of retro sci-fi films, UFO sightings and timeworn alien conspiracy theories, a gaggle of quirky characters find themselves jettisoned through a flash news storm of fact and fiction, desperately looking everywhere but to themselves for proof that intelligent life actually exists. They are lost in space with their heads in the stars. If and when first contact is made, it might reveal something about earthlings that is out of this world. Welcome aboard!

Alienation explores collective hysteria, the dehumanization of otherness and themes of prejudice, suspicion and difference. First presented in a 2015 workshop at the State University of New York, Schenectady, Beller has expanded the script here at Metropolitan State, devising several new scenes with students.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to revisit this play at Metro State because I believe many of the ideas it examines will speak profoundly to our campus community, which is the most diverse in the Minnesota State System,” Beller says.

Alienation will be performed at 7 p.m. Feb. 23, 24, and March 1, 2 at Whitney Theatre, 1424 Yale Place, Minneapolis on the campus of Minneapolis Community and Technical College. There will be a 2 p.m. matinee on Feb. 24. The performance Friday, March 2 will have ASL interpreters. Persons with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact the Center for Accessibility Resources at 651-793-1549 or accessibility.resources@metrostate.edu.