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Ten Thousand Things to present free public performances of Euripides’ Electra in Emily and Outing

Emily performance scheduled for Oct 2; Outing for Oct 3

Web posted September 12, 2017
Ten Thousand Things, an award-winning theater company based in Minneapolis, will present free public performances of Euripides’ Electra in Emily and Outing on October 2 and 3. The show tells the story of a young woman who cannot rid herself of her desire for revenge.

Ten Thousand Things (TTT) is working with Screen Porch Productions to bring Electra to Emily City Hall  (39954 Lake St., Emily) on Monday, October 2, at 7 pm, and Crooked Lake Town Hall (6300 Woods Bay Dr. NE, Outing) on Tuesday, October 3, at 3:00 pm.

TTT and Screen Porch leaders met at a statewide Theater Alliance conference while serving on a “Woven into a Community” panel and began making plans to work together.

Electra is directed by Rebecca Novick, who has worked with TTT’s model at California Shakespeare Theater. The show features Michelle Barber, Kurt Kwan, Audrey Park, Thomasina Petrus, Mikell Sapp, Ricardo Vazquez and Karen Wiese-Thompson. Sound and music are by Peter Vitale, with sets by Theresa Akers and costumes by Trevor Bowen.

Electra follows the tale of a young woman whose life has gone from bad to worse after her mother killed her father. With the help of a mysterious stranger, the neighborhood wives and an old friend, she plots revenge, hoping a little payback will turn things around.

“The Greeks are the best for looking at extreme emotions and we are living in extreme times,” says Hensley. “We are lucky to have Rebecca’s skill and experience, plus this excellent cast, tell this tale, looking for moments of humor amidst all the darkness.”

HOW TO SEE THE SHOW
The Emily and Outing performances are free and open to the public, but because space is limited,  reservations are encouraged. Please call 218-792-5779 and leave a message to reserve seats.

ABOUT TEN THOUSAND THINGS
Ten Thousand Things brings lively, intelligent, professional theater through a unique model that ensures everybody is in the audience. Audiences experience the immediacy and vibrancy of theater through a performance in which there is no stage and actors perform in the middle of the audience, inches away from patrons. With minimal sets and costumes, the finest quality actors in the region fully engage the audience by distilling the story to its essence. The company performs in prisons, lowincome shelters, schools, rural communities and other non-traditional locations, as well as at Open Book and the Minnesota Opera Center.

The company and its Artistic Director, Michelle Hensley, are recipients of numerous awards, including the  Sally Award for Vision, “Best Theater Artistic Director” from the Star Tribune and the Francesca Primus Prize for outstanding contribution to the American theater by a female artist. More information is available at www.tenthousandthings.org.

THE ARTISTS
MICHELLE BARBER
(Clytemnestra) is thrilled to be working with TTT again after playing King Henry IV in Henry IV, Part 1 two seasons ago. She has been seen in leading roles with Theatre Latte Da, Jungle Theatre, Guthrie Theater and Syracuse Stage, in addition to more than 60 productions with Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. Favorite recent roles there include Dolly Levi in Hello Dolly, Golde in Fiddler on the Roof, and Reno in Anything Goes. Michelle is married to director Michael Brindisi and mother to actress Cat Brindisi and her husband David Darrow.

KURT KWAN
(Orestes) is pleased to be back with TTT where he has appeared in The Changelings, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and A Streetcar Named Desire. He has worked with Pillsbury House Theatre, Mu Performing Arts, Yellow Tree Theatre, Park Square, The Guthrie, Walking Shadow, and Children’s Theatre company.

AUDREY PARK
(Electra) previously appeared with TTT in Pericles. She also has worked with Mu Performing Arts, Pillsbury House Theatre, and History Theatre, among others. She is a teaching artist with Penumbra Theatre and Mu.

THOMASINA PETRUS
(Chorus) is a 25-year equity actor and professional singer (including TTT’s Fiddler on the Roof, Henry IV Part I, Dirt Sticks, Il Campiello and Little Shop of Horrors), creating exceptional music and theatre by launching Thomasina Productions. She also is the creator of Thomasina’s Cashew Brittle, available online, select local markets, the Minnesota State Fair, and all of her live performances.

MIKELL SAPP
(Farmer) is the 2015 Ivey Award for Emerging Artist and proud graduate of Alabama State University. He has performed at Pillsbury House Theatre, Penumbra Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, Children's Theatre Company, and the Guthrie. He is proud to note that this is his debut performance with TTT.

RICARDO VAZQUEZ
(Plyades) is a Puerto Rican actor/writer who has performed with Mixed Blood Theatre, Park Square Theatre, Pangea World Theater, Teatro del Pueblo, History Theatre, and TTT (The Seven, The Music Man). He was awarded the 2007 C. Lance Brockman Performance Award, 2012-2013 Jerome Many Voices Fellowship, and received the 2013 Emerging Artist IVEY Award.

KAREN WIESE-THOMPSON
(Chorus, Old Woman) is back for her 13th show with TTT. She has been seen at many theaters in and around the Twin Cities including Park Square, Torch, History Theatre, Pig’s Eye, Gremlin, Fifty Foot Penguin, Paul Bunyan Playhouse in Bemidji, Loudmouth Collective and Girl Friday Productions.

REBECCA NOVICK
(Director) is a theater-maker based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Recent projects have included Ghost  Town, a world premiere by Juliette Carillo for Cornerstone Theater in Los Angeles; a production of Shakespeare’s Tempest for Cal Shakes that toured homeless shelters, prisons, and community centers; and a production of Erik Ehn’s Dogsbody that was presented at La Mama in New York. She has also worked with the Magic Theatre, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, the Aurora Theatre, the EXIT Theatre, Shotgun Players, Berkeley Opera, Playground, and Woman’s Will among others. Her directing has been recognized with the SF Bay Guardian’s Goldie Award for Outstanding Local Artist. Rebecca was the founder of Crowded Fire Theater Company and served as its artistic director for ten years. She also developed and led the Triangle Lab, a collaboration between California Shakespeare Theater and Intersection for the Arts that explored how art can be more deeply integrated into community life, and then went on to serve as Cal Shakes’ Artistic Director.

MICHELLE HENSLEY
(Producer) is the founding artistic director of Ten Thousand Things for which she has directed and produced more than 60 tours. She also has staged TTT-style Shakespeare tours for The Public Theater in NYC and California Shakespeare Theatre, and consulted with other theaters on using TTT’s model, including the Old Globe in San Diego, Center Stage in Baltimore, Delaware Shakespeare Festival and Cripple Creek Theater in New Orleans. She has been named City Pages Best Director multiple times years, Best Artistic Director in the Twin Cities by the Star Tribune in 2012, and serves on the boards of the Theater Communications Group and Howlround. She is a recipient of a McKnight Theater Artist Fellowship and the Francesca Primus Prize for outstanding contribution to the American theater by a female artist. Her book about TTT, All the Lights On was published by the Minnesota Historical Press/Howlround Press.

THERESAAKERS
(Set Design) is an interdisciplinary performance designer focusing on multimedia compositions applying sound, light, and spatial storytelling elements in immersive collaborations in theatre, film, and special events. A graduate of NYU's Gallatin Program for Spatial Psychology and Visual Design, she also moonlights as a fabricator and sculptor, investigating the uncanny expression of the psyche in performative sculptural investigations. When she's not creating, she enjoys dark belgian dubbels and quadrupels, dancing, and Asian travels.

TREVOR BOWEN
(Costume Designer) previously designed TTT’s Intimate Apparel, Fiddler on the Roof, Pericles, Henry IV part I, and Romeo and Juliet. Other credits include Guthrie Theater, Park Square Theater, Pillsbury House Theater, Macalester College, Theater Latté Da, Mixed Blood Theater, and Contemporary American Theater Festival. Trevor is the recipient of the 2016 Ivey Emerging Artist award.

CELESTE CAHN
(Stage Manager) graduated from Brown University in 2015 with a double concentration in theatre and history (with a focus on radical social change). She now lives in New York City, where she recently performed her one woman show, A Lady Does Not Scratch Her Crotch, Alternative Facts Madlibs at the Tank, Amelia and Pippi at The Unicorn Gallery, and Because I am Your Queen at Theatre Lab. She directed GlenGary Glen Escalator at the PIT Underground. In her hometown, New Orleans, she just played Ariel in The Tempest. Last time she was in Minneapolis she worked with TTT on Intimate Apparel.

PETER VITALE
(Sound and Music Director) has worked more than 40 TTT productions as an actor, music director, composer and photographer. He has appeared at other local theaters including the Guthrie Theater, Jungle Theater, Frank Theater, Minnesota Opera, North Star Opera, Park Square Theater, Minnesota Jewish Theater Company and the Ordway. Peter is the recipient of a Meet the Composer grant for his work on Raskol through the MetLife Creative Connections Program, and is the author/composer of the musical, Who Am I This Time? based on the short story by Kurt Vonnegut.

NANCY WALDOCH
(Production Manager) has been with TTT since 2006 and managed more than 30 productions. She is TTT’s production stage manager and community connector.

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