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EDEN PRAIRIE: 1971
A National New Play Network World Premiere

written by Mat Smart

directed by Evan Bergman

cast

Emilio Cuesta
Andrea Gallo
Oriana Lada

 

set design by Jessica Parks
lighting design by Jill Nagle
sound design by Nick Simone
costume design by Patricia E. Doherty
technical director, Brian Snyder
production stage manager, Kristin Pfeifer
assistant stage manager, Rachael Malloy
assistant director and assistant lighting design, Janey Huber
master electrician, James Lockhart

As war churns in Vietnam, night falls over the tranquil hills and creeks of a small Midwestern town, and a young woman hears a tap at her window. On the same night Apollo 15 makes its lunar landing, a young draft-dodger steals home to Eden Prairie, after a 300-mile trek from Canada. He risks arrest to deliver an important message to his childhood friend, Rachel. Both are caught between duty to the ones they love and their own futures. In a moment of national tension that mirrors our own, the young man must defend his choices and grapple with the sacrifices he has made. Mat Smart's stark, passionate drama skillfully questions our notions of bravery and responsibility. Due to the adult nature of the play no one under 16 will be admitted.

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