April 24, 2012
Luther College Theatre/Dance Department will present "The Secret in the Wings," written by Mary Zimmerman, May 2-5.
A drama based on the darker side of fairy tales, "The Secret in the Wings" will be performed five times in Jewell Theatre in the college's Center for the Arts.
Tickets are $10 and are on sale at the Luther College Box Office, telephone (563) 387-1357, located in the Luther Center for Faith and Life.
Performance dates and times are Wednesday, May 2, 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, May 3, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, May 4, 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, May 5, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.
As an adapter, director and playwright, Zimmerman is often drawn to ancient literature and stories based in the oral tradition. For "The Secret in the Wings" she weaves together a variety of fairy tales, many of which are unfamiliar to a modern audience.
The seven tales are broken up in segments as they explore the darker side of human impulses in imaginative ways. In a setting somewhere between a basement and a forest, the telling of the tales includes dance and song with each of the actors playing numerous roles.
The cast is comprised of first-year students Cady Buche, Emily Ebertz, Michael Ehrecke, Tim Komatsu and Kadie Smith; sophomores Anna Murray, Cydney Roelandt and Nelson Schreen; and junior Tyler Hagy.
Faculty collaborators from the theatre/dance department include director Robert Larson, lighting and scenic design by Jeff Dintaman, costume design by Lisa Lantz, and Tom Berger technical director.
Luther senior Emily Adams serves as stage manager and junior Ariadna Maguina as choreographer. The original music for the production was composed by juniors Syndey Kjerstad and Maxwell Lafontant.
Chicago-based playwright and director Zimmerman is a member of the Lookingglass Theatre Company and is an artistic associate of the Goodman Theatre. Her creative work has earned national and international recognition, including more than 20 Joseph Jefferson Awards and a 2002 Tony Award for Best Direction for her "Metamorphoses."
She is the recipient of a prestigious John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship.
Zimmerman has also worked in the opera world, including director and co-librettist of the 2002 opera "Galileo Galilei" commissioned by the Goodman Theatre. In 2007 she directed the first of a series of new productions for the Metropolitan Opera. For the company's 2009-10 season she directed a new production of Rossini's opera seria "Armida" starring Renée Fleming.
Zimmermann holds the bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from Northwestern University where she is a faculty member in the performance studies department.