Happy Give to the Max Day, Minnesota!
Our tenth-anniversary season featured a chorus of well-loved projects including: SWEET DREAMS, ALFIE (a “harrowing, immersive ride” into the dark corners of our mind), THE AWAKENING (the "truly lovely and moving story" of Edna Pontellier), Night of New Works (new works-in-progress incubation program featuring squids, swindlers, and secret bathrooms), VELVET SWING Workshop ("A promising new play about a devastating old star" - Evelyn Nesbit), and EX-GAYS: NOT A STR8 REMOUNT ("a moving protest piece" about the dangers of pray-the-gay-away.) This March, we'll wrap up our anniversary season with THE RAVAGERS (a site-specific and haunting version of Aeschylus’ THE SUPPLIANTS). All of these works open up conversations of who we are, how we are, and how we all exist together in this complicated, messy, beautiful thing called life.
After a decade of making-making-making, we are looking forward to a bright future of even more exciting adventures. Our next chapter will focus on deepening our partnerships around Minnesota, moving forward with our "accessibility as an attitude" initiative, strengthening our commitment to equity and safety in the rehearsal room, and continuing to focus our mission on LGBTQIA+ and women-centric stories. We're ready for the next ten years!
We are so grateful to have the ongoing support of our community year-round! Our brilliant and fearless collaborators share their time, talents, and creative hearts with us in the new work process. They ask us to dig deeper and consistently challenge us to be bolder. Our audiences always keep us on our toes with their ideas, stories, and questions. We believe that theater is a critical vehicle for sparking change, fostering compassion, and highlighting important stories that have been pushed to the margins. Thank you for your commitment to bold, new work and conversation.
Today, you can support Savage Umbrella in a number of ways:
Of course, there are so many other deserving organizations and artists to support today, as well. Some of our favorites include Springboard for the Arts (supporting artists making a living and a life!), Minnesota Theater Alliance (connecting and strengthening theaters across the state!), and all the other fearless new work and small budget theater makers making it happen every day.
As we always say, together is better, and we're better together with you. Thanks for joining us under the umbrella!
Hannah & the SU Crew
We're so excited to finally announce the ensemble for THE RAVAGERS coming up in February and March 2018! Drumroll please..........
February 9 - March 3, 2018
Written by Laura Leffler-McCabe and Blake E. Bolan
Directed by Hannah K. Holman
Created with Savage Umbrella and the ensembles
50 daughters. 50 sons. And a wedding night to remember.
THE RAVAGERS is loosely based on the ancient Greek play THE SUPPLIANTS by Aeschylus. Danaus is tyrant of Argos and has 50 daughters who are set to marry their 50 Egyptian cousins. To avoid giving up power to his future sons-in-law, Danaus tells his daughters to murder their new husbands on their wedding night. All do, except for one. THE RAVAGERS explores what happens when one daughter discovers herself at the precipice between obedience and resistance. Lavender called the 2011 production, “ingenious and hauntingly evocative.”
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