Propaganda for the Converted
Minneapolis Theatre Garage
711 West Franklin Avenue
October 28, 2005 - November 20, 2005
The actions of men are a melange of good and evil, of duty and desire, need, drive, and ruthless determination. Knowing this, and seeing that workers are on the verge of revolution, three agitators enter a foreign country to sow the seeds of dissent. Caught in the center of the rebellion is a young woman torn between faithfulness to her cause and compassion for her people.
Propaganda for the Converted, by Philadelphia poet and playwright David Spolum, is a collision orchestrated from Bertolt Brecht's The Measures Taken and T.S. Elliot's The Rock: A Pageant Play. This dramatic fusion pits the opposing belief structures of Communism and Christianity against each other. The result is a uniquely engaging tragedy that examines the role of the individual within society and the subjugation of personal desire to powerful ideologies. As the play's disparate worlds collide the fourth wall breaks apart, forcing the audience to come to terms with their own beliefs about the action on stage and the world beyond it.
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Director Josh Cragun Costume Designer Andrea M Gross Lighting Designer Dennis D. Joslyn Properties Designer Katie Wigand Scenic Designer Josh Cragun Young Comrade Kari Hammer Agitators Brian O'Neal Agitators Julia Fairbanks Assasin Rachael Roberts Chorus of the Devout Jennifer Strassberg Chorus of the Devout Cassandra Cook Chorus of the Devout Rachael Roberts Control Chorus Nicole Anderson Control Chorus Julia Fairbanks Control Chorus Katherine Schuster Control Chorus Brian O'Neal Technical Director Kate Hanson Light Board Operator Liz Neerland