Illusion Theater to Present MY ANTONIA at Lowry Building, 6/13-28
Following a special performance of My Ántonia for the Willa Cather Spring Conference at the Red Cloud Opera House in Nebraska, Illusion Theater will bring playwright Allison Moore's critically-acclaimed show to The Lab at the Lowry Building, 350 Saint Peter St. in Saint Paul, for a 10-performance run June 13-28.
A story of the land and the people who came to settle the Great Plains, My Ántonia is also the story of a life-long friendship. Moore's award-winning adaptation of the classic Willa Cather novel is told through the memories of narrator Jim Burden, who after 20 years of living in the East returns to his small prairie town to see Ántonia, the Czech immigrant girl who shaped his understanding of life. The play is wrapped up in an environment of the changing prairie created by the actors, set and sound.
The theatrical adaptation was developed during Illusion's 2009 Fresh Ink Series and saw its first full-scale production in 2010, which won two Ivey Awards. Illusion Producing Director Michael Robins directed the world premiere of My Ántonia, and returns to direct this production. Other members of the creative team include Dean Holzman (scenic design) and Michael Wangen (lighting design).
The cast, supported by musicians performing original music by Roberta Carlson, features Delta Giordano, Anna Hickey and Dan Hopman, along with Zach Keenan, Rebecca Leiner, Ryan Patrick and Andrea San Miguel, who are current or recent graduates of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program.
Tickets for My Ántonia are $15-30. Group discounts are available for groups of 10 or more people. Tickets are available at the Illusion Theater Box Office at 612-339-4944 or online at www.illusiontheater.org.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, and by a grant from the Saint Paul Cultural STAR Program.
PHOTO CREDIT: Lauren B. Photography