Only a few weeks into the Fall 2017 Semester, Graduate Director Donald Hart is preparing to open the Studio Season's first show, Why torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them by Christopher Durang in the Andreas Theatre.
What about the Minnesota State University Department of Theatre and Dance convinced you to pursue your Masters in Directing? One of the biggest reasons I looked at Minnesota State for a Directing MFA is because I was taught by three professors who attended this program years ago. From there I learned that this was a well-respected and accomplished department. There are not many programs in the Midwest (or the country) that offer everything MSU has to offer.
How did you get involved in this production?I chose the show, because of current events in this country. Xenophobia, Islamophobia and Arabophobia have had a strong presence in America since 9/11. More recently though, extreme conservative groups such as Nationalists and White Supremacists have felt revitalized. National News Networks have shown in the last year crowds of people demanding that Muslims, Arabs, Mexicans, etc. be deported. This play is a commentary on these irrational fears that some Americans have.
What’s challenging about bringing this script to life? The most challenging part of this script might be its style. Christopher Durang wrote this in his typical improvisational way and created a play that has elements of satire, dark comedy, absurdism and comedy of menace all mixed together. It is both fun and challenging.
Is there a character in the show that you feel you can personally relate to? Felicity is the character that I relate to the most and the one that I would hope most people relate to. She is the rational one who tries to understand why people do the crazy and horrible things they do.
What type of person will love this show? I would like to hope that everyone would love this show! Though people who would enjoy this the most would likely be those who enjoy satires like The Colbert Report, The Daily Show, South Park and American Dad.
Show Dates & Times: Sept. 13 - 16 @ 7:30pm
Tickets: $10 regular, $9 discounted (over 65, under 16 and groups of 15 or more) and $8 for current Minnesota Stage Mankato Students.