Celebrating its 10th season, the company brings an edible opera adventure to parks, farms and gardens throughout MN in August and September|
On the shores of Lake Superior, the company town is in trouble. The taconite plant has gone bust and jobs are leaving town fast. Meanwhile, the sleazy Doctor Falstaff has washed up on shore. Hes looking to sell a boat, eat some herring, and seduce some married women. Luckily, a trio of tough working gals has teamed up to chase the rat out of town. These working wives (a nurse, a park ranger, and a librarian) show the men in town whos the Boss.
Scotty Reynolds, a native of Silver Bay, Minnesota, adapted this story following his research on Minnesotas ecological and economic history and the landmark legal battle, United States vs. Reserve Mining.
Our show places the silly characters of Shakespeares comedy alongside contemporary questions about industry, job creation, and the environmental impact of capitalism, Reynolds says. Shakespeares The Merry Wives of Windsor takes place in a hunting village outside of London. Our version takes place on the North Shore of Lake Superior in a historic fishing community and mining town. Contaminated drinking water and a depleted fish population led to a decade of legal battles with fisherman, environmentalists and the mining industry. Bruce Springsteens classic anthems of working life and songs of love are perfect for the struggles of the time. Well look at the conflict of environmentalism and job creation with humor and dignity.
This one-of-a-kind show is directed by Kym Longhi, written by Scotty Reynolds, with music director Gary Ruschman.
Fair Oaks Park, presented by the Hennepin History Museum (View)
200 East 24th St
Minneapolis, MN 55404
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: Yes!|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|