On the Andy Boss Thrust Stage April 19 – May 8
Connie Shaver, 612.308.5785
Deborah Ervin, 651.214.9354
St. Paul, Minn., March 28, 2016 –Park Square presents Wonderlust Production’s Six Characters In Search Of An Author: an engagement of Pirandello’s 94 year old, world-rocking, classic through the lens of social media, celebrity, and unscripted TV in an original reality television show, The Maze. Audiences aren’t just coming to a play; they’ll be the live, in-studio guests during filming for a reality show, and live-tweeting throughout.
Wonderlust Production’s Co-Founding Artistic Director, Alan Berks, penned the play and is also directing the piece which he first conceived of and produced in 2013. Fans of the first production said, “Putting it in the setting of a reality TV show was genius” and “The play generated a few hours of conversation with others who attended. . . I’d like to see it again in a different venue just to enjoy it a second time.”
The cast features T. Michael Brown, Rachel Finch, Kiara Jackson, Paul LaNave, Sam Landman, Gabriel Murphy, Sandra Struthers*, Dana Lee Thompson, Adam Whisner, Joe Wiener.
Adapted and Directed by Alan Berks
Costume Design by Andrea Gross
Puppets by Christopher Lutter-Gardella
Scenic Design by Zep Hults
Sound Design by Katharine Horowitz
Lighting Design by Jesse Cogswell
Video Design by Paul Moehring
Stage Manager Jacob Miller/Assistant Stage Manager Tracy Swenson
*Member Actors Equity Association
Six Characters In Search Of An Author. A reality TV show-within-a-play adaptation of a 94-year-old classic.
Previews are Tuesday-Thursday, April 19-21. Opening is Friday, April 22. Six Characters runs through Sunday, May 8. The show plays Tuesday through Sunday opening week, April 19-24, and then Wednesday through Sunday the following two weeks, April 27-May 8. Sunday shows are 2pm matinees. All others are at 7:30pm. Post-show discussions immediately follow the performances on Wednesday April 27, and Sundays May 1 and 8.
Tickets Prices: Previews are $27-$37. Regular shows are $40-$60. Students $15 with discount code COL. Tickets are available for purchase at www.parksquaretheatre.org and by phone: 651.291.7005.
More about Wonderlust Productions and Six Characters: Alan Berks first adapted Six Characters in 2013, and produced it under Alan Berks & Co. at the Gremlin Theatre. Since then, Alan Berks and Co. merged with Footprints Collective to form Wonderlust Productions in 2014. The company is led by Co-Founders Alan Berks and Leah Cooper. This is the company’s first production, although members of the Wonderlust team have extensive histories together; each is a seasoned veteran of the Twin Cities theater and arts community. Read more about them at: http://wonderlustproductions.org/people/
Last fall, Wonderlust held a residency at the University of St. Thomas, facilitated by Professor Amy Muse. Over the course of four weeks, the company worked with nine classes and nearly 200 students to learn how this young, media savvy/saturated age group felt about representation and identity – themes key to Pirandello’s play – via ways they experience today, such as social media, the internet, and reality TV. Their fascinating and intelligent input helped push the current production’s ideas farther to include social media in ways that are sure to delight. Audiences will be asked to participate in the role of a real live studio audience, on set for a reality show, and expected to actively engage throughout.
Previews: April 19-21
Regular Run: April 22 – May 8
Previews: $27/$37; 2 Sugars Tuesday, April 19, all tickets are $20
Regular Run: $40/$60 with discounts for college students, those under 30 and seniors.
PARK SQUARE THEATRE, Andy Boss Thrust Stage, 408 Saint Peter Street, Saint PaulTicket office: 651-291-7005 or www.parksquaretheatre.org
Next on the Proscenium Stage:
By TIM FIRTH
Directed by MARY M. FINNERTY
Previews: June 17 – 23, 2016
Opening Night: June 24, 2016
Regular Run: June 25 – July 24, 2016
When Annie’s husband dies of leukemia, she and her friends set out to raise funds for a local charity — by posing for a calendar completely in the buff. Positioned behind strategically placed flower arrangements, cakes, and knitting projects, the women discover the beauty within themselves and one another. When news of the women’s hilarious venture spreads like wildfire, the women find themselves exposed in ways they hadn’t anticipated, and they reach for a new level of understanding and friendship that will carry them through all the days to come. “…in the great good cause of cheering us up in hard times, Calendar Girls is just the ticket.” — Telegraph
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PARK SQUARE THEATRE. 20 W. Seventh Place, Saint Paul. Ticket office: 651.291.7005. www.parksquaretheatre.org