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January 27, 2010

"Live the Revolution" Auditions!!


" I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality."
-Martin Luther King

"The spirit of Revolution should always permeate the soul of humanity...Old order should change, always and ever, yielding place to new, so that one "good" order may not corrupt the world. It is in this sense that we raise the shout,
-Bhagat Singh


Colliding together the words of Martin Luther King, Che Guevara, Rigoberta Menchu, Bhagat Singh, Subcomandante Marcos, Emma Goldman, Malcolm X, and other important revolutionaries- Live the Revolution is a multi-disciplinary, collaborative piece out to explore the need for revolution and change within our own society.

All of these revolutionary figures went on journeys were they had to inspire, fight, and provoke while constantly revolutionizing their beliefs. The collaboration of Live the Revolution is a creative journey that hopes to not only challenge and stretch notions of theatrical performance, but to engage the theatre and University community in a dialogue about how to revolutionize our own society and world.

In this piece collaborators will be asked- what in world motivates you into action, and what saddens you into silence? What experiences have left you feeling empowered, unstoppable? What happens when someone fights or challenges your beliefs? How do you fight back? How do you resist? Revolt?

WHO is needed for the revolution?

YOU! Actresses and actors of ALL shapes, sizes, backgrounds, experience PLEASE audition!!

This process will be focused on enlivening text with body, voice, and image through a variety of physically vigorous techniques. Be ready to create, experiment, collaborate, explore and ReVoLt.

As well, anyone who has any background in puppetry, musical instruments, vocal performance, SPOKEN WORD POETRY, dance, or other performing/fine arts PLEASE come AUDITION!!!

WHAT to bring to the audition?

Prepare either one of the two sides provided, or a poem or monologue- you can bring present work that you have written yourself. Come prepared to move.

As well, please bring an idea of 3 things that you would like to change about the world. Feel prepared to speak about these 3 things openly.


The Peacemaker
The Radical (2 people will be cast in this role, one M one F)
The Performer
The Poet
The Warrior
The Icon
The Enigma
The Forgotten (2 people will be cast in this role, one M one F)
+ 2-3 ensemble members

Auditions are THIS WEEK, Wednesday and Thursday, January 27-28. Callbacks are Friday, January 29.

If you can't make the times listed, PLEASE email Katrina Dikkers or Rachel Pollack.

January 21, 2010

KFAI Radio to Air a Tribute to Charles Nolte

There's a tribute to Charles Nolte on KFAI radio's Fresh Fruit program this Thursday, Jan 21 at 7:30pm:

If you miss it, the archived recording should be available here a little
later in the evening:

January 20, 2010

TPT to Air the Charles Nolte Portrait interview from 1993

The tpt Programming department has made changes in the broadcast schedule such that the Charles Nolte Portrait interview from 1993 will be broadcast on Saturday, Jan. 23rd, 2010 and repeated on Sunday, Jan. 24th, 2010.

It will air on the tpt MN channel (this service is fed statewide) at 5:30-6 pm on Saturday, Jan. 23rd, 2010.

The program will be repeated on tpt Life channel at 6:30-7 pm on Sunday, Jan. 24th, 2010.

The published tpt programming schedule is being updated on short notice, but due to the shortness of time, may not reflect these changes in all areas before the broadcasts.

You can find tpt's digital TV Channels on the tpt.org website.

January 19, 2010

Execution of Justice - 2nd round of auditions and callbacks

The Department of Theatre Arts and Dance will be holding a second round of auditions for Execution of Justice for those who were unable to audition last semester. Auditions will be held on Wednesday, January 20th, from 7-11pm in room 10 in Rarig. You may sign up for an audition slot on the call board.

For auditions please prepare two contrasting monologues, one dramatic and one comedic, preferably contemporary. Your audition must not exceed more than five minutes.

Callbacks will be posted the following morning and held that evening, January 21st, from 7-11pm in room 10 as well.

Please contact Assistant Stage Manager Rachel Piersdorf with questions.

January 15, 2010

Professor Emeritus Charles Nolte Passed Away

Beloved U of M Professor, actor, and playwright Charles Nolte passed away in the evening on Thursday, January 14 in Minneapolis. Although he will truly be missed, his presence at the U will live on through the Charles Nolte Xperimental Theatre and his donation of volumes of films and diaries to the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies at the University of Minnesota Libraries. Memorial services are currently pending. For more information about his life and passing, read Rohan Preston's blog post, Theater, film and opera worlds lose a light and his article, Actor, director, mentor Charles Nolte dies. Also, Graydon Royce's post, Charles Nolte remembered.

January 8, 2010

Recent U of M/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program Grads in the Guthrie's Co-Production of "Romeo & Juliet"

Elizabeth Stahlmann, Will Sturdivant, Hugh Kennedy, and Christine Weber are among the U of M/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program grads cast in Romeo and Juliet, a co-production of the Guthrie and New York's Acting Company. Professor Mathew LeFebvre, Head of Design/Technology, designed the costumes, and BFA Theatre Faculty Member Marcela Lorca was the choreographer.

For more information about the production and BFA program, check out Graydon Royce's recent article, OnStage: The young and the passionate.

Graydon Royce's review of the production: A staging that befits the young and the restless

For more information about the production and to order tickets, check out guthrietheater.org.

January 6, 2010

BA Theatre Performance Program Head Luverne Seifert and Affiliate Faculty Member Bob Rosen Named in City Pages' "The Best Theatre of 2009"

Reporter Quinton Skinner named the performances of two U of M Theatre faculty member's work in his top 10 list of The Best Theatre of 2009. Luverne Seifert's performance of Philip K. Dick in the Workhaus Collective's production of 800 Words: The Transmigration of Philip K. Dick was his #4 pick and Bob Rosen's performance of an engineer losing his mind to Alzheimer in My Father's Bookshelf produced by Live Action Set was #10.

For the full article: The Best Theatre of 2009.

For more information about the Workhaus Collective: workhauscollective.org.

For more information about Live Action Set: liveactionset.org.