Celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the publication of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic fantasy novel! Travel with us as we magically transform our main stage into the world of Middle Earth and follow the tale of Bilbo Baggins’ unexpected journey with the legendary wizard Gandalf, Master Thorin Oakenshield and a band of ragged dwarfs. This captivating 60-minute version is a ticket for adventure into the heart of imagination!
Produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois.
Approximately 1 hour with no intermission
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CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM
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DIRECTOR – Jeannine Coulombe
Jeannine is a theatre artist, playwright and educator. She has directed over twenty theatre productions in the Twin Cities and in past seasons for Stages Theatre Company, she has directed The Diary of Anne Frank, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, Zen Ties (Co-Directed), The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Number the Stars, and Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures. As a playwright, she has authored more than a dozen full-length original plays and numerous shorter works. Her plays have been seen in the Twin Cities, New York, Chicago, California, Atlanta, Colorado, and Iowa. She wrote the adaptations of Stages Theatre Company’s productions of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Starry River of the Sky, Zen Shorts and Zen Ties She was the book writer and lyricist for Stages’ adaptation of One Dog Canoe, I Love You, Stinky Face and Stone Soup. Her work has been published by Dramatic Publishing, Smith & Kraus, and Heinemann. Jeannine received her BFA in Acting and her BA in History from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and her MFA from the Playwrights’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. She was a founding member of the Twin Cities’ company, Theatre Unbound and a member of the Workhaus Playwrights Collective for 10 years. Jeannine has been a teaching artist for almost two decades and has been on the education staff at Stages Theatre Company since 2008 and became the Conservatory Director in 2011. In 2014, she became Stages’ Manager of New Play Development.
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J.R.R. Tolkien (Author) John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973) is an internationally renowned fantasy writer. He is best known for authoring The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, which are set in a pre-historic era in an invented version of our world, which he called Middle-earth. These novels are peopled by humans, Elves, Dwarves, Trolls, Orcs (or Goblins) and of course Hobbits. The works have had a devoted international fan base and been adapted into award-winning blockbuster films. Tolkien is loved by literally millions of readers worldwide.
Born on January 3, 1892, in Bloemfontein, South Africa, J.R.R. Tolkien settled in England as a child, going on to study at Exeter College. He enlisted as a lieutenant in the armed services during World War I and fought in the Battle of the Somme. In the midst of his military service, he married Edith Bratt in 1916. Tolkien joined the faculty of the University of Leeds in 1920 and a few years later became a professor at Oxford University. It was while teaching at Oxford that he published his most popular fantasy novels.
The award-winning fantasy novel The Hobbit—about the small, furry-footed Bilbo Baggins and his adventures—was published in 1937. He also created more than 100 drawings to support the narrative.
Over the years, while working on scholarly publications, Tolkien developed the work that would come to be regarded as his masterpiece—the Lord of the Rings series, partially inspired by ancient European myths, with its own sets of maps, lore and languages.
Tolkien released part one of the series, The Fellowship of the Ring, in 1954; The Two Towers and The Return of the King followed in 1955, finishing up the trilogy. The books gave readers a rich literary trove populated by elves, goblins, talking trees and all manner of fantastic creatures, including characters like the wizard Gandalf and the dwarf Gimli.
While Rings had its share of critics, many reviewers and waves upon waves of general readers took to Tolkien’s world, causing the books to become global best sellers, with fans forming Tolkien clubs and learning his fictional languages.
Tolkien retired from professorial duties in 1959, going on to publish an essay and poetry collection, Tree and Leaf, and the fantasy tale Smith of Wootton Major. His wife Edith died in 1971, and Tolkien died on September 2, 1973, at the age of 81. He was survived by four children.
More information on Tolkien at www.tolkiensociety.org
EDWARD MAST (PLAYWRIGHT)
Edward Mast, a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien’s work since he was 12, grew up in California and lives in Seattle. His plays for adults and young audiences have been performed in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, Louisville, Honolulu and many other cities here and abroad. Other adaptations besides The Hobbit include Jungalbook, Ramayana, A Wrinkle in Time and The House of Usher. He is also the playwright of the comedy, Trickster Mountain or the Tengu of Kami, co-author of the one-act, Dinosaurus, and the author of the AATE Distinguished Play Award winning drama, Wolf Child: The Correction of Joseph. Source: www.dramaticpublishing.com
DATES & TIMES
Sept 22 – Oct 22, 2017
Fri 9/22 7 PM
Sat 9/23 1 PM
Sun 9/24 2 PM
Thu 9/28 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Fri 9/29 10 AM
Sat 9/30 10 AM & 1 PM
Sun 10/1 2 PM & 4:30 PM
Wed 10/4 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Thu 10/5 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Fri 10/6 7 PM
Sat 10/7 10 AM & 1 PM
Sun 10/8 2 PM
Wed 10/11 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Thu 10/12 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Fri 10/13 7PM
Sat 10/14 10 AM & 1 PM
Sun 10/15 2 PM & 4:30 PM
Tue 10/17 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Wed 10/18 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Thu 10/19 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Fri 10/20 7PM
Sat 10/21 10 AM & 1 PM
Sun 10/22 2 PM
- Sunday, 9/24/17 at 2pm – Pay What You Can Performance
- Saturday, 10/7/17 at 10am – Sensory-Friendly Performance
- Saturday, 9/30/17 at 1pm – ASL & Audio Described Performance