Theater: University Theatre and Dance at the U of M


Students learn best by doing, and at the University Theatre and Dance at the U of M, the audience benefits as much as the performers.

“Our productions are lead by renowned faculty and professional guest artists who work closely with talented students,” says Sherry Wagner-Henry, managing director. “These high-quality performances are arguably as good as any you will see in the Twin Cities.”

The 2009-10 subscriber series, dubbed the “Season of Love,” begins with Charles Mee’s Big Love, a tragicomedy about 50 brides who flee after they are forced to marry 50 grooms. From examining love in relationships, the season moves to the love of an artistic discipline with the annual dance concert, “Dance Revolutions,” featuring work developed through the collaboration of Cowles Visiting Artists and Faculty with U of M dance students. Love in relationships comes back to the Rarig stage with the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program and the Senior Company presentation of Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost, focusing on the King of Navarre and three of his men who make an oath to abandon earthly pleasures—most importantly, women—in the pursuit of scholarship. Finally, we ask who it is okay to love in Execution of Justice, a drama that details the 1978 trial of Dan White for the assassination of San Francisco mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk – the first openly gay elected official in the United States.

Performances take place at Rarig Center on the West Bank of the U of M campus. A parking ramp is conveniently located across the street.