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Mary Zimmerman Festival: “The Secret in the Wings” on Concordia College Mainstage

March 13, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Mary Zimmerman Festival

Tri-College theatre departments to host, perform works by distinguished playwright

Tony-award winning playwright Mary Zimmerman will visit Fargo-Moorhead on March 20-22 to kick off a Tri-College Theatre Colloquium focusing on her works. While here, Zimmerman will meet with students at Concordia, North Dakota State University and Minnesota State University Moorhead, and attend respective rehearsals of her plays, which will be performed in late March and April. She also will give a public lecture on performance at NDSU on March 21.

“Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses, a transformative production among the theatre community, gave New Yorkers (and audience members across the country) an artistic work in which to find solace after 9-11,” said Jess Jung, Theatre NDSU’s artistic director. “Zimmerman’s work is powerful, magical, and visionary. It is an honor to have her work with our students.”

Mary Zimmerman Festival Events and Performances

“How Do You Make a Performance?” A Talk with Mary Zimmerman

March 21, 12:45 – 2:30 p.m. | Askanase Auditorium, NDSU

Free and open to the public

Concordia Theatre presents The Secret in the Wings by Mary Zimmerman

March 30-April 2, Thursday-Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. | Mainstage

Tickets: thrtix@cord.edu or 218.299.3314

Zimmerman adapts a group of lesser-known fairy tales to create a theatrical work that sets their dark mystery against her signature wit and humor.

MSUM University Theatre presents Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman

April 5 – 8, 7:30 p.m. | Gaede Stage

Tickets: mnstate.edu/tickets or 218.477.2271

Called the “theater event of the year” by Time (2002), Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses brings Ovid’s tales to stunning visual life. Set in and around a large pool of water onstage, the play juxtaposes the ancient and the contemporary in both language and image to reflect the variety and persistence of narrative in the face of inevitable change.
Theatre NDSU presents The Odyssey by Homer/Adapted by Mary Zimmerman

April 27-29 and May 4-6, 7:30 p.m. | Askanase Auditorium

Tickets: ndsu.edu/performingarts or 701.231.7969

With her irreverent and witty trademark twist on classic works, Zimmerman brings to life the story of Odysseus’s ten-year journey, depicting his encounters with characters such as Circe, the Cyclops, Poseidon, Calypso, the Sirens, and others.

About Mary Zimmerman

Mary Zimmerman is the 1998 recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, the 2002 Tony Award for best director (Metamorphoses), and 10 Joseph Jefferson Awards, including ones for “Best Production” and “Best Direction.” She is a member of the Lookingglass Theatre Company of Chicago, an Artistic Associate of the Goodman and Seattle Repertory theatres, and a Professor of Performance Studies at Northwestern University. Works which she has adapted and directed include Argonautika(Lookingglass, Berkeley Rep, Shakespeare Theatre Co, McCarter Theatre), Mirror of the Invisible World (Goodman), The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci (Goodman, BAM, Seattle Rep, Second Stage), The Odyssey (Lookingglass, Goodman, McCarter, Seattle Rep), Arabian Nights (Lookingglass, MTC, BAM, Berkeley Rep, Kansas City Rep), Journey To The West (Goodman, Huntington, Berkeley Rep), Metamorphoses (Lookingglass, Seattle Rep, Berkeley Rep, Mark Taper Forum, Second Stage), Secret in the Wings (Lookingglass, Berkeley Rep, McCarter, Seattle Rep), S/M (Lookingglass), Eleven Rooms of Proust (Lookingglass, About Face) and a new opera with Philip Glass called Galileo Galilei (Goodman, the Barbicon in London, and B.A.M.) She made her Metropolitan Opera directorial debut with Lucia di Lammermoor in the fall of 2007 and has subsequently directed La Sonnambula for the MET.


March 13, 2017
8:00 am - 5:00 pm