New Season Set for Anderson Theatre

Posted on August 28th, 2015 by

I Am, We Are

I Am, We Are

The Department of Theatre and Dance at Gustavus Adolphus College is pleased to announce its 2015-16 season on the Anderson Theatre stage. The coming season includes works by Mary Zimmerman, Samuel Beckett, a musical adaptation of a work by William Shakespeare, the fall Choreographers’ Gallery and Spring Dance Concert, and the 20th anniversary celebration of I Am, We Are. Tickets for these performances are available 2 weeks prior to opening night at

The season opens with Argonautika written by MacArthur Fellow and Tony Award-winning playwright Mary Zimmerman. Based on the 3rd Century BC epic poem of Jason and Argonauts, Argonautika is a theatre adaptation of that first epic journey of western civilization. It is an adventure ride set in the realm of the impossible and imaginative: a world of beauty, mystery and joy. Directed by Henry MacCarthy, Argonautika will open on November 5 and run through November 8.

2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of the social justice troupe I Am, We Are. The weekend of November 20-22 marks the celebration of all that is I Am, We Are. For two decades, IAWA has addressed racism, sexism, homophobia and other important social issues on the campus through story-telling and personal experience, truth and humor. Whether through performances of E Pluribus Gustavus for all first-year students, IAWA performances around the campus or the annual Building Bridges conference, the ensemble has had a lasting impact on the life of the campus. Watch the department website for the weekend schedule of events which includes workshops, panels, festivities and a special looking-back performance of We Were, We Are, featuring scenes and monologues from company members past and present.

The Choreographers’ Gallery, MOVEMENT: One language, Many voices will be presented in Anderson Theatre on December 11-13. Directed by faculty member Melissa Rolnick and featuring the department’s most talented student choreographers and dancers, The Choreographers’ Gallery is an annual favorite on the Anderson stage.

Love’s Labour’s Lost, a musical adaptation of William Shakespeare’s classic comedy with songs by Michael Friedman and book by Alex Timbers, arrives at Anderson Theatre for two weekends in early 2016: February 19-21 and 26-28. In this contemporary look at Love’s Labour’s Lost, Friedman and Timbers have created a sexy and irreverent look at love, homecoming and hookups. Love’s Labour’s Lost is directed by Henry MacCarthy.

Samuel Beckett’s unique voice captures life’s absurdities with rich language and dark humor in Endgame (and other pieces by Samuel Beckett), brought to the Anderson Theatre stage April 14-17, 2016. Director Amy Seham notes that while Waiting for Godot may be Beckett’s best-known work, the playwright and the critics of his time believed that Endgame was his finest work. An evening of intriguing theatre comes to the Anderson Theatre stage with three works by Samuel Beckett; Endgame, Not I and Come and Go.¬†

Anderson Theatre’s 2015-16 season will come to a close with the spring dance concert, Next Best Steps: The Gustavus Dance Company in Concert, May 13-15, 2016. As in life, dance is a series of choices. Next Best Steps brings those decisions to the Anderson Theatre stage. Join faculty choreographers Sarah Hauss, Jill Patterson, Melissa Rolnick and Michele Rusinko, guest choreographer and 2010 alumnus Jordan Klitzke, co-director of La Gringa Danza, and select student choreographers as they premiere new dances featuring their “next best steps.”

All performances begin at 8:00 p.m. with the exception of Sunday performances at 2:00 p.m. Tickets for performances in Anderson Theatre go on sale 2 weeks prior to opening night at or by calling 507-933-7590. Reserved seat tickets prices are $9 for adults with $6 tickets available for senior citizens and students. A complimentary ticket is available for each Gustavus student and staff member through Tickets not sold one hour before showtime will be available for sale in Anderson Theatre lobby.


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