HOUGHTON -- The Michigan Tech Department of Visual and Performing Arts’ Tech Theatre Company will present Alternate Realities -- A Trip Through 20th Century Avant-Garde Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13, 14, and 15, in the McArdle Theatre.
The production is composed of short Expressionist, DADAist, Surrealist, Futurist, Absurdist, Existentialist, and Neo-Futurist plays by each movement's famous artists. Enjoy the bizarre, funny, ridiculous, and little bit scary romp of leading edge artists who helped shape the modern view of the world.
Director Roger Held explains the evening’s themes: "The theatre, film, and television of today are the descendants of the avant-garde plays of the early 20th Century’s revolt against naturalism. Those plays reveled in fantasies of the mind and both bazaar serious subjects and ridiculous zany humor. Expressionism, Dadaism, Futurism and Surrealism blasted their way through the traditional theatre scene. They shaped the Absurdist, Existentialist, and Neo-Futurist attacks on stuffy style currently in vogue. If you’re looking for something different, join us for Alternate Realities, a startling review of theatre on the cutting edge. You will be whisked along in a fast-paced 90-minute trip through the worm hole of avant-garde theatre and on into our century."
The McArdle Theatre is adjacent to the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, in the Walker Arts and Humanities Center.
Tickets are $13 for adults, $5 for youth (17 and under), and free for Michigan Tech Students. To purchase tickets, call (906) 487-2073, go online at rozsa.mtu.edu, or visit Ticketing Operations at Michigan Tech’s Student Development Complex (SDC), 600 MacInnes Drive, in Houghton. SDC box office hours are 8 a.m. - 9 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday and noon - 8 p.m. on Sunday. Please note the Rozsa Box Office is closed during regular business hours and will only open two hours prior to show times. Tickets may also be available at the door of the McArdle Theatre before performances.