Beast on the Moon, by Richard Kalinoski, will be performed April 14, 15, 16 and 22 at 7:00 p.m., plus matinees April 16 and 23 at 1:00 p.m. at the Stagedoor Theater, located in the Whitney Fine Arts Center on the Minneapolis Campus of Metropolitan State University and Minneapolis Community and Technical College, off Loring Park at 1424 Yale Place. The parking ramp is at 15th Street and Hennepin Avenue.
Directed by Reggie Phoenix, Beast on the Moon is a tender play about starting again in America, shadowed by the horrors of the 1915 genocide against the Ottoman Empire’s Armenians. This rich, humorous play tells the story of two Armenian survivors and their marriage in America, when a mail-order bride comes to Milwaukee to begin a life with her new husband. While he desperately wants a large family, she is barren from years of torture and starvation. Then a young stranger enters their lives and changes them forever.
An international award winner, Beast on the Moon was first produced at the Humana Festival at the Actors Theater of Louisville in 1995, and has since been staged in 17 countries and 12 languages.
Beast on the Moon is a memory play centering upon a theme of redemption and a willingness to move forward instead of bitterly and obsessively clinging to the past.
“It speaks to so many of the issues that affect us as a nation and a global community today,” notes Phoenix. “How do two young people, Aram and Seta Tomasian, create a new life for themselves in America after the tragic loss of their families? What do second chances at life look like? And the question at the center of the play – what constitutes a family?”
Call 612-659-7222 for reservations. General admission is $5. There is no charge to students with an ID. Persons with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should call Disability Services at 651-793-1549 or 651-772-7687 (TTY).