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 Backstage Pass: UMD Theatre's Coriolana

 

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Coriolana is the final production of UMD Theatre's 2012 - 2013 season. It's a conception of Shakespeare's Coriolanus, switched to a female focus in order to make the most of UMD Theatre's casting pool, which is mostly women. "We needed a show that used more women," director Kate Ufema says.  "We had all these talented women but not enough roles to showcase them all." 

The show is receiving rave reviews. The Duluth News Tribune's Paul Brissett said, "It’s a sumptuous production, from a soaring latticework stockade of a set, to Laura Piotrowski’s stylized period costumes. Graeme Shields’ music and Paul Blakely’s sound design complement the dialogue and action perfectly, and Sue Ellen Berger’s lighting both creates mood and focuses attention." (Read the entire review here.)

BACKSTAGE with Coriolana:

UMD’s director of photography Brett Groehler ventured backstage, into Coriolana’s dressing rooms where actors were transformed into fierce warriors in a post-apocalyptic world.

UMD's 2013 Celebrating on the Beach
UMD senior John Crane applies makeup along with his cast mates. Crane plays a Roman Eunuch.

 

UMD's 2013 Celebrating on the Beach

Elise Benson, Emily Fletcher, and Jennifer Waweru share a laugh as they apply their makeup prior to the performance. Benson plays a Volscian army lieutenant and Fletcher and Waweru play army conspirators.

UMD's 2013 Celebrating on the Beach
UMD senior Katie Workman slips into part of her costume. Workman plays Tita Laria.


UMD's "Coriolana" Backstage link

Remaining Coriolana performances May 1 – 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets:
UMD Faculty & Staff $15 | UMD Student $6 | Adult $18 | Senior $13 | Student $8

BOGO night on Wed., 5/1: UMD Faculty, Staff & Students receive 2 for 1 tickets by calling the box office

218-726-8561 | Online Coriolana tickets

SFA Box Office in MPAC is open Monday - Friday, 10 am - 4 PM and 1.5 hours prior to showtime.





Story written by Lori C. Melton, lmelton@d.umn.edu



 



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