Three Viewings

Performances: Nov. 7, 8 and 9 at Stagedoor Theater

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Minneapolis, Minn. -- Three Viewings, by Jeffrey Hatcher, will be performed Nov. 7, 8 and 9 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 9 at 2:30 p.m. Performances will be at the Stagedoor Theater, located in the Whitney Fine Arts Center on the Minneapolis Campus of Metropolitan State University and Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC), off Loring Park at 1424 Yale Place. The parking ramp is at 15th Street and Hennepin Avenue.

Directed by Scott M. Rubsam, Three Viewings are three darkly funny and touching short plays that take place in the funeral parlor of a small Midwestern town. In the first, we enter the private thoughts of a respectable married mortician, lost in passion for a beautiful real estate broker who markets to the bereaved. In the second, we meet Mac, the attractive daughter of an upper class WASP family who frequents the Viper Room and steals jewelry from corpses. And finally, a newly widowed suburban matron finds her world crashing about her only to be rescued by love from beyond the grave.

Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher commented on his inspiration for the piece: "My father had died in 1993 around Christmas. I was standing around with the funeral director, and I said something to fill the time along the lines of, ‘Any fun stories connected to funeral homes?' Suddenly the guy just opened up. His demeanor was quite properly button down, gray and solemn. But he regaled me with stories. Some of those little shards came together in a play."

Call 612-659-7222 for reservations. There is no charge to Metropolitan State students and a $10 suggested donation for general admission to the community. Persons with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should call Center for Accessibility Resources at 651-793-1549 or 651-772-7687 (TTY). Three Viewings is produced by Metropolitan State's Theater Underground, Student Activities and the Theater Program.

Keely and Du

Performances: March 21-24, 2013 at Historic Mounds Theatre

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Keely and Du, by Jane Martin, will run at on March 21, 22, and 23, at 7 p.m. and matinees on March 23 and 24 at 1:30 p.m. Performances will be at the Historic Mounds Theatre, located at 1029 Hudson Road in St. Paul. The theater is ten blocks from the Metropolitan State University main campus. On-street parking is available.

Keely and Du takes place in the basement where Walter and Du of the Christian fundamentalist group Operation Retrieval have taken a woman named Keely after kidnapping her from outside an abortion clinic. As Walter and Du explain to Keely, they intend to keep her until her seventh month, too late for her to obtain a legal abortion. Scott M. Rubsam directs.

Keely and Du was a Best New Play winner and a 1994 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in drama. It is a mind probing issue play with a gripping human face. Who is accountable? What is the extent of individual freedom? What are a rape victim's rights? What is a Christian's reality of procreation? Their passionate stories exist on the extreme edge of everyday reality. The author of Talking With and Vital Signs, Martin is careful never to paint either side as completely right or wrong, good or evil, allowing the audience an opportunity to form their own conclusions.

General admission is $10. Order your tickets online. Students are free with ID. Keely and Du is produced by Theater Underground and Metropolitan State University's Theater Program which offers the final two years of a theater major for transferring students from MCTC and other Minnesota community colleges. For more information, contact Gail Smogard at 612-659-7156. Persons with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should call Center for Accessibility Resources at 651-793-1549 or 651-772-7687 (TTY).