Department of Theatre Freshman Showcase Kicks Off Tonight

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Michigan State University’s Department of Theatre will present, as its Freshman Showcase, a magical production ofGiants Have Us in Their Books and Other Works by Jose Rivera, giving the new voices in the Department of Theatre an opportunity to shine.

Directed by Department of Theatre Specialist Dionne O’Dell, this collection of short, fantastical, “children’s plays for adults” is infused with magical realism and metaphor, exploring diverse perspectives and divergent realities.

Told through movement, puppetry, sonnet, and song, Rivera’s provocative work showcases the many talents of this new group of MSU Theatre students. 

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Performers at the Department of Theatre Freshman Showcase

Yari Helfeld, from the renowned Puerto Rican Theatre Company Y No Habia Luz, and Joel Guzman, MSU graduate student and Assistant Director for the show, contributed to the design and construction of the puppets that appear in the production, which add profoundly to the magical quality of each performance.

Giants Have Us in Their Books and Other Works is not recommended for children. Mature audiences only.

Performances will be held at the MSU Auditorium in Studio 60. Show times are as follows:

  • Thursday, November 30, 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, December 1, 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 2, 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 2, 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 3, 2 p.m.

A post-show discussion will take place following the performance on Thursday, November 30, and a director pre-show discussion is scheduled for Sunday, December 3, at 1:15 p.m.

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This year’s Department of Theatre Freshman Showcase production is “Giants Have Us in Their Books and Other Works” by Jose Rivera.

Tickets are $10 for students, $11 for faculty and senior citizens, and $13 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased through the Wharton Center for Performing Arts website.