The University of Minnesota Duluth Diversity Commission is presenting a collaboration of campus and community actors, artists, and musicians in "Land of Plenty: How Did You Come to Be Here?" at 7:30pm on Friday November 11 and Saturday November 12. The performance is at Marshall Performing Arts Center, 1215 Ordean Court, on the University of Minnesota Duluth campus.
“Land of Plenty” wrestles with the conundrum of ideals of equal opportunity and realities of inequality in our country's past and present. Written by Sara Thomsen and directed by Tom Isbell, the production portrays a land of welcome and abundance alongside a land of exclusion and forced relocation. Drama, song, art and spoken word intertwine to create an odyssey of origins, a quest for equity.
In an effort to contribute to the cultural richness on and beyond campus, The Department of Art and Design at UMD is joining the “Land of Plenty” event with an art exhibition that will include artworks from faculty and students. The title of the exhibition is: “Mosaic: How Did We Come to Be Here?” The exhibit will be held in the lobby of MPAC from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Performers include Sara Thomsen; Sarah M. Greer, improvisational artist and music faculty (Minneapolis Community & Technical College); Lyz Jaakola, songwriter and music faculty (Fond Du Lac Tribal & Community College); Daniel Oyinloye, UMD African American Student Programs Coordinator, with Simultaneous, “a spoken word crew composed of a fresh breed of black poets of the 21st century;” The Echoes of Peace Choir joined by UMD and community singers; Michael Laughing Fox Charette, song/spoken word artist and Native American flute player, Elias Mokole, baritone and music faculty (UMD), Ryan Frane, Director of Jazz Studies (UMD), Juli (Jake) Cáceres, UMD Foreign Languages and Literatures Department; and more. Actors include theatre students and local community members under the direction of UMD Theater Professor Tom Isbell.
Tickets are $15 suggested donation for Adults and $5 suggested donation for Students, Children, Seniors or anyone of Limited Income. Tickets are available at the UMD Multicultural Center, UMD Kirby Info Desk, At Sara’s Table, and online or by phone at Brown Paper Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com or call 1-800-838-3006. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
Here's a link to the UMD Homepage article about the performance.