Prophecy, an original play written by Concordia University, St. Paul’s Mark Rosenwinkel, is one of 165 different shows randomly selected by a lottery to perform at the 2012 Minnesota Fringe Festival, Aug. 2-12. In its 12th year, this annual performing arts festival features works in every discipline and genre including, comedy, drama, musicals and dance.
Loosely based on Old Testament prophets, Prophecy is about a woman whose visions of the future and professions of doom spark rioting in the streets. Rosenwinkel, who serves as Concordia’s Department Chair of Theatre Arts, began writing this play two years ago.
“I think this play is a good example of the potential collaboration between a professional artistic endeavor within an academic environment.” Rosenwinkel said. “Through my work with students at Concordia, I found myself inspired to write and produce this play.”
The production features three recent Concordia graduates (Rachel Kuhne, A.J. Longabaugh and Brittany Pitts), all of whom helped Rosenwinkel craft the play from its earliest draft in an upper level acting class exercise. The lead role of Bri was originally written for Kuhne while she was in one of Rosenwinkel’s classes. Anna Fink, who graduated from Concordia this past spring, is serving as the play’s stage manager.
Rosenwinkel, who performed in an original one-person show at Minnesota Fringe a number of years ago, said the involvement in this year’s festival provides a great opportunity for his former students and exposure for Concordia’s theatre department.
“This production will give young theatre students a chance to do something totally new in a public venue.” Rosenwinkel said. “It’s the same reason we seek to bring working professionals into our department to work with our students, either in productions or classes. At Concordia theatre training is not simply a theoretical pastime, but rather something that prepares artists to engage in the larger work.”
Prophecy is showing at the historic Theatre in the Round (245 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis) Aug. 4 (10 p.m.), Aug. 6 (10 p.m.), Aug. 9 (7 p.m.), Aug. 10 (5:30 p.m.) and Aug. 11 (5:30 p.m.) The show runs approximately 55 minutes. Tickets are $12 plus an additional $4 for a festival admission button.
Over a thousand artists will perform at 15 different venues in the Twin Cities during the 11-day event.
A complete schedule of performances and ticket information for Minnesota Fringe can be found at www.fringefestival.org/2012/.
Additional details about Prophecy can be found at www.facebook.com/newwestproductions.