Excavation of Life
Performances: April 17-19,
at 7 p.m., Stagedoor Theater, Minneapolis Community and Technical College Campus

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Students attend at no cost. General Seating - $10. Reservations recommended as space is limited. Call the Box Office Reservation Line at: 612-659-7222.

Rats' Tales

Performances: April 3, 4, 5, at 7 p.m. and Matinee on April 6, 2:30 p.m.; Historic Mounds Theatre

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St. Paul, Minn.-Rats' Tales, a collection of short pieces by British Poet Laureate-Carol Ann Duffy (adapted to the stage by Melly Still), will run one weekend only - April 3, 4, 5 at 7 p.m. with a matinee on April 6 at 2:30 p.m. The Metropolitan State University spring performances will be at the Historic Mounds Theatre, 1029 Hudson Road. Originally presented at the Royal Exchange Theatre, in Manchester, England, in 2012, to excellent reviews, this is the first performance of Rats' Tales granted in the United States. David Hanzal directs.

Rats' Tales weaves together original stories by Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy with dark and enchanting fairy tales from around the world. The thematic thread that runs through the show explores the pain of innocence lost, stolen childhood, growing up and growing old. The macabre and magical stories include: An outsider with mysterious powers who rids a town of vermin and then entices all the children away; a mother so eaten up with jealousy that she steals her youthful daughter's shadow; a strange growing doll in a doll's house who bursts out of the house and becomes real; and a young boy who is mentally forced to the point of invisibility by his stepfather, when his mother remarries. Using puppetry, live music, visual spectacle and storytelling, audiences aged nine to 109 will be taken on a thrilling journey into the darker side of these fairy tales.

"Fairy tales are strange and familiar, frightening and reassuring, and provide a map of childhood which we can use as adults to remember who we are. Their retelling and reinterpretation is part of the lifeblood of literature." -Carol Ann Duffy.

Rats' Tales is recommended for ages nine and up due to some "scary elements" advised theatre program director, Gail Smogard, "But the Mounds Theatre is a funky 1920s converted-film theater which offers concessions so there's an easy, informal atmosphere where we know children will be comfortable." Metropolitan State students who bring their families may attend on a $10 ticket to cover everyone. The play runs 90 minutes long. Reservations are encouraged. Single students are free with ID. Single ticket general admission is $10. Order tickets online.

The Historic Mound's Theatre is 10 blocks from the Metropolitan State University main campus. On street parking is available. Rats' Tales is produced by Theater Underground and Metropolitan State University's Theater Program with support from student activities funding.