"Handing Down the Names" High School Opportunities
Matinee Performance of "Handing Down the Names" by Stephen Dietz
Friday, October 11 | 12:00 PM | Askanase Auditorium | $3 per student
Tickets: contact Leah Sorby at Leah.Sorby@ndsu.edu or 701-231-8725
As part of our Centennial Celebration, Theatre NDSU at North Dakota State University will present Handing Down the Names by Steven Dietz, in a special afternoon matinee for area schools on Friday, October 11 at 12:00 PM.
The play imparts the loss and pain of separation, the struggle for survival, and the persistence of a people with a strong will to survive. Many Germans were promised a new life in Russia, including land and many other freedoms. This story focuses on these families as they embark on a yearlong journey along the Volga River to a destination where they must find ways to overcome starvation. The story continues as the immigrants ultimately leave Russia and make their way to northern Colorado where they take jobs working in the beet fields.
In a montage of stories, Dietz honors his family’s enduring courage and uncommon choice to leave their German homeland and travel to Russia to secure a better life for their children. They and other immigrants became known collectively as the Germans from Russia, a peasant people whose family skills enriched the barren steppes for 150 years until oppression brought many to America in the early 1900s.
Because of the rich local history and regional connections, the NDSU Theatre Department offers the performance of this play as a kick-off to our Centennial Season Celebration. The theatre department is working closely with the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection housed at the NDSU library, to make this production an entertaining and informative event.
When: Friday, October 11 at 12:00 PM
Where: Askanase Auditorium on the NDSU campus at the corner of 12th Ave. N and Albrecht Boulevard
Cost: $3.00 per student (teachers and chaperones will receive complimentary tickets)
The program will run between 90 and 120 minutes.
A study guide will be provided online by September 1.
In order to secure tickets please contact Leah Sorby, Administrative Assistant, at Leah.email@example.com or call 701-231-8725. We only have 350 seats available for this show, so please contact us as soon as possible.
Thank-you for your interest and participation: Do not hesitate to contact me with further questions.
Theatre NDSU – Artistic Director
Hardy.Koenig@ndsu.edu or 701-231-6657
"Handing Down the Names" Study Guide
Information coming soon!