BEMIDJI, Minn. — The Department of Theare at Bemidji State University is adding two special features to their Friday, Oct. 24 performance of “No More Peace!,” asking the audience to Go Green! and to stay after the play for a talk-back session with the play’s director and designers and professors of philosophy and history at the University.
“Go Green!” is a University initiative to encourage activities to spark school spirit, pride and support of Bemidji State’s environmental stewardship signature theme. Those attending the Oct. 24 performance of “No More Peace!” are asked to wear their Bemidji State green, or any BSU-logoed clothing, to the play. Those who do will be entered into a drawing for a variety of prizes, including BSU apparel and other spirit gear and for tickets to the Department of Theatre’s spring production.
Following the performance, the department will host a “Talk Back” event, giving the audience an opportunity to talk directly about the play to its director and designers. Bemidji State professors of history and philosophy will also participate in the talk, giving audience members a chance to gain new insights and historical perspectives related to the performance.
“No More Peace!” is a musical satire written by Ernst Toller between the first and second World Wars. It is a biting, comical look at how hollow humanity’s efforts to create lasting peace are in light of our propensity for making war.
Upon the announcement of a world peace through the auspices of the League of Nations, the residents of the small central European country of Dunkelstein receive an ominous, and false, telegram stating that their country is under attack. In their response to this telegram, the audience is afforded a view of the powerbrokers of a nation as they convince the people, with relatively little effort, to go to war.
“No More Peace!” opened Friday, Oct. 17, and will show Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24-25, with 7:29 p.m. opening curtains. The production will close Sunday, Oct. 26 with a 3 p.m. matinee performance.
Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for students, children and senior citizens. BSU students are admitted free with a valid student ID. “No More Peace” is appropriate for audiences of all ages.
Tickets are available in the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex box office, located in Bangsberg 127 on the BSU campus. The box office is open from 1-5 p.m. weekdays; call (218) 755-3863 for more information.
For more information, please contact Patrick Carriere at the Bemidji State University Department of Theatre at (218) 755-3901.