Concordia St. Paul News

July 16, 2014

CSP Theatre Chair’s Play to Premiere at 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival

Mark Rosenwinkel (’77), Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Concordia University, St. Paul, will premiere his new play, CURSED, at the 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival during the month of August.

Celebrating its 21st year, the Minnesota Fringe Festival is an annual 11-day performing arts extravaganza that connects adventurous artists with adventurous audiences. This year’s festival takes place July 31 through August 10 at multiple venues throughout the Twin Cities.

The play is a modern retelling of the play To Damascus, Part I by Swedish playwright August Strindberg. The story concerns a self-destructive musician who runs away with a young doctor’s wife. Convinced that he is destined to destroy them both, he embarks on a surreal journey of the soul as he attempts to find the meaning of suffering and tests the power of love.

A long-time member of Minneapolis’ Playwrights’ Center, Rosenwinkel has won numerous awards for his work, including a Jerome Fellowship, the Writers’ Digest Award for best original play, as well as various productions, workshops and readings with theatre companies across the United States. He has also had a notable career as an actor with many Twin Cities theatres, including The Guthrie, Chanhassen, History Theatre, Pillsbury House, and Park Square.

Featured in the cast are Bruce Abas, Natasha Roy, Elizabeth Streiff, and Rosenwinkel himself in supporting roles. Roy is currently a junior majoring in Theatre at Concordia.

CURSED will perform at the Huge Theater in Minneapolis (3037 S. Lyndale Ave.) Aug. 1 (7 p.m.), Aug. 2 (8:30 p.m.), Aug 3 (1 p.m.), Aug. 8 (4 p.m.), and Aug. 9 (10 p.m.).

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