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UW-Madison's Theatre for Youth: The Dragon

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What does fear look like when you aren’t allowed to show it? Isn’t the monster you know better than the monster you don’t? Set in a sleepy hamlet in a far off land, The Dragon is a story about what happens when a hero shows up to save a town from a monster when the people don’t want to be saved. What is a professional hero to do when he can’t rescue these villagers from themselves? This hilarious and action-packed adventure also features a singing chatterbox of a mayor, a cat with an iPhone and a village full of eccentric citizens who are all deeply devoted to their one and only Dragon. 


Based on the Russian fairytale by Evgenii Shvarts, The Dragon is adapted and directed by Jen Plants, Senior Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies & Creative Writing (Department of English) as part of a class overseen by Manon van de Water, Vilas-Phipps Distinguished Achievement Professor; Chair of Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic; and Director of Theatre for Youth for the Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies Program. Including both graduate and undergraduate students, the performance ensemble and creative team come from various departments across the Humanities. 


The performance is recommended for audiences ages 10 and up. This production is sponsored by the Theatre and Drama Graduate Student Organization (TDGSO), the Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies (ITS) Program, the Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic (GNS), the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA), the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment, and the Taliesin Preservation.

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