Summer Theatre Features Mystery and Drama

Nebraska Wesleyan University will open its summer theatre season with two free productions including a mystery and a Pulitzer Prize-winning drama.

The murder mystery Rashomon opens Thursday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m. and will continue for two consecutive weekends. Performance dates and times are June 16 and June 18, and June 24-25 at 7:30 p.m. Matinee performances are scheduled for June 19 and June 26 at 2 p.m. All shows will be held in McDonald Theatre, 53rd Street and Huntington Ave., and are free and open to the public.

Rashomon tells the story of a priest, woodcutter and another man who take refuge from a rainstorm in the shell of a former gatehouse called Rashomon. The priest and woodcutter recount a story of a murdered samurai whose body was discovered by the woodcutter three days earlier. Both are summoned to testify at the murder trial with three other witnesses who all tell a similarly structured story but ultimately contradict each other.

NWU’s Theatre Department will also present Buried Child, which was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1979 and launched Sam Shepard to national fame as a playwright. The story depicts the fragmentation of the American nuclear family in a context of the 1970s during a rural economic slowdown and during the breakdown of traditional family values.

Buried Child will be performed June 17-18 and June 23 and June 25 at 7:30 p.m. with matinee shows on June 19 and June 26 at 2 p.m. All performances will be held in Miller Theatre, 53rd Street and Huntington Ave., and are free and open to the public.

Nebraska Wesleyan’s summer theatre productions will continue in July with Fractured Fairy Tales (July 14-16 at 7:30 p.m. and July 16 & 17 at 2 p.m.) and Fool For Love (July 14-16, & 21-23 at 7:30 p.m.). 

 

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