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Festival to host Tony Award-winning playwright

The theatre departments of the Tri-College University are set to host and perform works by distinguished playwright Mary Zimmerman during the “Mary Zimmerman Festival,” scheduled for March 20-22.

The Tony award-winning playwright will visit Fargo-Moorhead for a Tri-College Colloquium focusing on her works. While here, she will meet with students at NDSU, Concordia College and Minnesota State University Moorhead. She’ll also attend respective rehearsals of her plays, which are scheduled to be performed in late March and April. Zimmerman 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.”

Zimmerman received a MacArthur Fellowship, the 2002 Tony Award for best director 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.

The schedule for the festival is:

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

March 21, 12:45 p.m.-2:30 p.m. in NDSU’s Askanase Auditorium

Free and open to the public.

• Concordia Theatre presents “The Secret in the Wing,” by Zimmerman

March 30-April 2, Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. on the Mainstage

Tickets: thrtix@cord.edu or 218-299-3314

• MSUM University Theatre presents “Metamorphoses” by Zimmerman

April 5-8, 7:30 p.m. in the Gaede Stage

Tickets: mnstate.edu/tickets or 218-477-2271

• Theatre NDSU presents “ ‘The Odyssey’ by Homer/Adapted by Mary Zimmerman”

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

Tickets: ndsu.edu/performingarts or 701-231-7969

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