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One River Encore Performance

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December 22, 2016

UMD Theatre selected for KCACTF Regionals

Evocative. Whimsical. Poetic.

Duluth, MN - UMD Theatre is thrilled to announce the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) has again invited UMD to perform at the Region V Festival in Des Moines, Iowa. UMD Theatre presents Tom Isbell’s original work One River, which is one of only six productions selected to compete in the six-state KCACTF regional competition. The KCACTF competition runs from January 22 - 28, 2017. 
 One River Flood SceneOne River KayakOne River Beaver Hat
Due to the world premiere sold out October shows, and to help defray travel costs to KCACTF, UMD Theatre is hosting an encore performance of this highly acclaimed show.

One River | Encore Performance
Saturday, January 14, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
Mainstage Theatre | Marshall Performing Arts Center
Tickets on sale now. Purchase tickets online  Prices are $30 for adults and $15 for Students. (Please note, the Box Office has very limited hours during UMD's winter break when calling the box office at 726-8561.)
Over the past 30 years, UMD Theatre has been selected 12 times to present at the KCACTF Regionals and has been chosen five times to perform at the National Festival held at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.  (Note: as of 2011, productions no longer compete at the National Festival level.) For more information about KCACTF visit
One River
Written and Directed by Tom Isbell
A documentary theatre adaptation of One River, Many Stories, a community journalism effort, One River tells the stories of the St. Louis River watershed: Its people, its history, its future. A cautionary tale about the future of our most precious resource, water, and also a reminder that without place, there are no stories; without stories, there is no place.
Evocative. Whimsical. Poetic. Director Tom Isbell shared what he hopes to convey with this work, "I want to demonstrate that theatre is another way to tell stories. I want to support the One River, Many Stories initiative and encourage overlap of disciplines and different modes of storytelling. In the play itself, through the exploration of the St. Louis River and what it means to so many, I hope we can also come to find out what it is that each of us values, and, namely that value of Place."
“This moving theater presentation accomplishes what Isbell set out to do, blend a mosaic of many voices into one lyrical artistic whole, leaving the audience with the desire to go down to the oft-ignored river to see for themselves why it is such a glorious Northland treasure.” – Sheryl Jensen, Duluth News Tribune review (9/29/16)
 Review (9/29/16) DNT:
Visit SFA's Vimeo account to view the encapsulated overview of One River:
DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE:  The UMD Department of Theatre prepares students for careers in theatre and related fields through academic, artistic and production opportunities; serves as a campus and community cultural center; and provides regional support for the performing arts.