North Hennepin Community College announces 2017-2018 theater season

Season opens Sept. 7 with guest production

Along with its annual four staff-directed theater productions, North Hennepin Community College will host another six guest productions during the 2017-2018 school year.

Actors rehearse for a play at North Hennepin Community College during the 2016 season. (Sun Post file photo)
Actors rehearse for a play at North Hennepin Community College during the 2016 season. (Sun Post file photo)

The four staff directed productions scheduled for this year are, “We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay!,” written by Dario Fo and directed by Mike Ricci, “The Panza Monologues,” written by Virginia Grise and Irma Mayorga and directed by Kathy Hendrickson, “Orphans,” written by Lyle Kessler and directed by Mike Ricci, and “The Tempest,” written by William Shakespeare and directed by Kathy Hendrickson.
The first guest production the college will host is “On the Road to Verona,” presented by Skyvault Theatre Company. The performance is 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, in the Mainstage Theater.
Skyvault Theatre Company is a group of primarily high school students from Rochester, according to Mike Ricci, theater staff with North Hennepin. “They’re an amazing group of talented students,” he said, adding that the music in their production will be played entirely by the cast.
Other guest productions include “Electra,” presented by Ten Thousand Things Theatre, “600 Whale,” presented by Soren Olsen, “Park and Lake,” presented by Ten Thousand Things Theatre, “Threads of My Cloth,” presented by Borealis Dance, and a 10-minute play festival presented by a North Hennepin directing class.
Ricci described the comedy antics in “We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay!” as being a cross between the television shows “I Love Lucy,” and “The Honeymooners,” and said that it focuses on economic issues, health care, police authority and income inequality. The production runs Oct. 27 to Nov. 4.
“The Panza Monologues,” are a Latino version of the “Vagina Monologues,” according to Ricci. Playwright Irma Mayorga will come to North Hennepin to rewrite the play to reflect the campus.
Ricci will direct the play “Orphans,” which he said he has always aspired to direct. The play follows the lives of two orphan brothers eeking out a meager existence.
The regular season will close with staff member Kathy Hendrickson directing Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” which will be set on an island similar to Jamaica.
Ten Thousand Things is a traveling group of actors who perform in a small square rather than a traditional stage with a set.
Most of the guest productions the college will host will be held at no cost to viewers.
Tickets for productions are available at the box office or online at nhcc.edu/theatre.