Circle Mirror Transformation Performances take place Sept. 28-Oct. 1 & Oct. 5-8

By Steven Geller - Director of Media and Public Relations

Normandale Community College Theatre Department will have four performances as part of the 2016-17 season.

The 2016-17 theatre season begins with Circle Mirror Transformation in the Black Box Theatre, which starts on Wednesday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m. The other dates for Circle Mirror Transformation will be Thursday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, September 30 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, October 1 at 2 p.m., Wednesday, October 5 at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, October 7 at 7:30 p.m. (ASL Interpreted Show) and Saturday, October 8 at 7:30 p.m.  

The other production in the fall semester is Hedda Gabler, which runs November 30, and December 1-3 in the Premanand Fine Arts Theatre.

During the spring semester, Normandale's Theatre Department will present Prometheus Bound and Noises Off. Prometheus Bound will run on February 22-25 in the Premanand Fine Arts Theatre, while Noises Off runs from April 26-29 at the Premanand Fine Arts Theatre.

Adult admission is $10, while senior/staff/student tickets will be $5. Season tickets are available for a discount. Please call 952-358-8884 to make reservations or email at boxoffice@normandale.edu. Stay tuned to Normandale's website and the Normandale Theatre Department's Facebook page for more details.

The following are descriptions of the four performances that will take place during the 2016-17 academic year:

Circle Mirror Transformation: In a small New England town, four lost souls enroll in a six-week drama class at a local community center - hoping to find the something that is missing from their lives. Led by a trusted teacher - they begin to experiment with harmless theatre games that ultimately lead to wrenching revelations as they find themselves changed in the most unexpected ways. At times humorous and heartbreaking, the play asks us to look inward to our own truths. Winner of the 2010 Obie Award for Best New American Play, Circle Mirror Transformation is a feast for the heart.

Hedda Gabler: Henrik Ibsen finished Hedda Gabler in 1890, a tragic story about the inner life of a young and headstrong woman confined to a disappointing marriage and the unrelenting domesticity of her role as a Victorian housewife. In Baitz's fresh adaptation, newly married Hedda soon finds herself facing a life that has none of the glamour and adventure for which she has always longed, leading to dramatic and life-changing decisions for all involved. Through this modern lens, we experience not only Hedda's cruelty and desperation, but her fiery ambition and pride in the face of what she believes is a terrible future.

Prometheus Bound: Prometheus is sentenced to be chained to a cliff for all eternity - a punishment for using his power as a god to bring humanity and compassion to the world. In this epic and thundering tale of wrongful imprisonment, we can begin to draw parallels between our own society and the one first dramatized on the western stages of ancient Greece. Throughout his battle between blind justice and blind hope, Prometheus struggles to teach humans how to stir the fire that rages in all of us.

Noises Off: With opening night just hours away, a motley crew of actors race along in a frantic, final rehearsal of the British farce Nothing On. Led by a surly, pill-popping director, this case of 'washed ups' and 'never weres' are hanging by a thread. Quickly, the action blurs into a cacophony of door slams, misplaced sardines, lost contact lenses, philandering lovers, not to mention a lethally swinging ax. An audience favorite for over thirty years, Noises Off is a thrill ride of pandemonium and craziness, and a comic tour-de-force that delivers laugh after uproarious laugh.