ABERDEEN, S.D.— “The Amish Project
” will make its South Dakota debut at the Krikac Auditorium at Northern State University with four performances, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12. This unique and gripping play will be performed by a trio of NSU actresses: Emily Davis (Aberdeen), Shlomit Oren (Jerusalem) and Miranda Letcher (Parkston).
production will be directed by Daniel Yurgaitis, director of theater; and stage managed by Shelby Bauer (Aberdeen), assisted by Jessica Massa (Winner). The setting will be designed by Seth M. Honerman (Sioux Falls) and the costumes will be provided by Joshua John Frachiseur, assistant professor of scenic design. The lighting design will be created by Kate Jarland (Jamestown, N.D.).
Performances are Feb. 12-15 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for senior citizens and non-NSU students, and are on sale at the NSU Wolf Shoppe
. Cash and checks only, please.
On a fall day nine years ago, a man walked into an Amish schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pa., and opened fire, killing five girls, wounding five others and then taking his own life. This tragic event gripped the nation as it unfolded. It also fascinated and challenged playwright and actress Jessica Dickey, who felt it could have a life on stage. Rather than treating the tragedy as a documentary, Dickey created “a fictional exploration of the Nickel Mines schoolhouse shooting in an Amish community, and the path of forgiveness and compassion forged in its wake.”
“The Amish Project” made its original debut at the New York International Fringe Festival in summer 2008. It went on to a workshop production at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York, and in 2009 officially opened off Broadway at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. It has since been performed all over the country to great acclaim.
NSU actress Oren added, “For me the message of this play is very meaningful - to hope that life continues and we must always keep our gaze lifted and be positive for a better future.”
For information, call the theater office at 605-626-2563 or the NSU Wolf Shoppe at 605-626-2655. Please note: “The Amish Project” contains some adult language.