Center Stage Series: Luther College presents PUSH Physical Theatre Sept. 8

Bringing gravity-defying acrobatic acts combined with soulful artistry, the award-winning PUSH Physical Theatre kicks off the Luther College 2018-19 Center Stage Series at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8.

This event is open to the public. Tickets are $27 for adults, $25 for seniors 65+, and $15 for youth ages 4-18. Tickets may be purchased online at, or via the Ticket Office at (563) 387-1357 or [email protected]. Ticket Office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tuesday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Thursday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Established by Darrin and Heather Stevenson in 2000, PUSH combines storytelling and athleticism to put on a show that defies expectations. Performances use physical storytelling to bring to life what it means to be human—from the joys to the sorrows—in an attempt to bridge the big questions to the simple things in life. 

Known for its innovative performances, PUSH collaborated with the National Institute for the Deaf and Rochester Institute of Technology to create "The Red Ball," a shorter, comedic performance that combines the real and virtual worlds. In addition, the actors collaborated with Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon on "Comala," a Pulitzer Prize-nominated opera that toured throughout Mexico and the United States. Performing in theatres, festivals, special events, arts-in-education and residency projects, PUSH Physical Theatre has performed all over the world. The group was also a finalist on TruTV's "Fake Off."

Mark Cuddy, artistic director of the Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, New York, said, "By far, their performances were the highlight of the entire season. Superb people, superb artists and superb collaborators. They are a treasure."

Upcoming Center Stage Series events include Cristina Pato quartet Sept. 21; and Vitaly illusionist Oct. 6. For the full Center Stage Series listing see

This event is sponsored by Gundersen Health System.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,050, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: