In Search of Persephone

Saturday, June 12, 2021 2:00pm to 2:45pm

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Cost: $10 + tax and fee

Theatre Without Walls, a new theatre company located in Grand Forks, will present the premiere performance of Associate Teaching Professor (English) Kathleen Coudle-King's play, "In Search of Persephone."  The play is the culmination of five months of interviews Coudle-King conducted with people who were or are "shelter insecure" and professionals who work with those who have or are experiencing homelessness. The myth of Demeter, the goddess of spring in Greek mythology, and her search for her daughter Persephone is used as an overlay for a contemporary story about a mother searching for her runaway daughter.

The play is unique to the area because it is a site-specific play, meaning it takes place where the story takes place, in this case University Park. The audience may choose to stand or bring a folding chair, as they search with Demeter for Persephone in the park. The play runs about 45-minutes.

A troupe of eight actors will bring the play to life on June 12th at 2 and 4 pm as part of Art on the Red in University Park.  (Rain date:  June 13, same time.) Running time for the play is about an hour. 

"In Search of Persephone" is sponsored by the Public Arts Commission and the University of North Dakota.  

Actors:  Amanda Johnson Barton, Tina Wilkening, Peter McSparron, Kathy Coudle-King (UND alum, English - M.A.), Walter Criswell (UND alum - Theatre Arts), Josh Widmer, Veronica Folkedahl (UND UG - Theatre Arts), Rob Howard. 

Directed by Kathleen Coudle-King. Stage managed by Marcus Woodard. 

Due to the nature of the performance, tickets are limited to 20 per show. All proceeds will be donated to Homeless Helpers in Grand Forks. Tickets available on Eventbrite or at the corner of University Park and N 25th Street 30 minutes prior to the 2 and 4 pm show, if still available. Cash only.  This is also the starting location for the performance. 

*Play is not suitable for youth under 15.  

Trigger warning:  Addiction issues and shelter insecurity.  

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