By Kristen Miller
DASSEL-COKATO, MN - Dassel-Cokato’s one-act play participants are gearing up for the upcoming season, which will include a Tuesday evening performance in the Performing Arts Center.
This year’s play, directed by Dave Metcalf, is titled “After Magritte.”
René Magritte was a 1920s surrealist painter, though the play is only loosely based on his paintings, explained Metcalf.
‘The play’s not really about art,” Metcalf said. “It’s more of bizarre circumstances.”
Rather, the play is kind of a parody of that style of art, he explained.
Though it’s a strange view when the curtain opens, Metcalf said, everything falls into place in the end.
“[The play] ends with an equally bizarre visual,” Metcalf added.
The comedy was written by Tom Stoppard in 1970, and surrounds a “bizarre” event following a family visit to a gallery where there was a Magritte exhibit.
On the way home, the family members see an unusual sight, but can’t agree on what they’ve seen.
Then, the Brittish inspector, played by Noah Gosswiller, comes to try and figure out if and how a crime took place.
This is a small cast with only five actors. They are Tynelle Marschall, James Frickstad, Taylor Mankenberg, Gosswiller, and Sam Rydberg. Each of the cast members were involved in last year’s one-act play, “The Romancers,” which starred at the state competition.
There are several crew members as well, including, Kevin Shiroo, Steve Hansen, Lars Torgersen, Sam Carlson, Adrienne Haataja, Sabrina Lawrence, student assistant director; and Anna Fitzer, student choreographer.
Also, Ron Hungerford is doing the technical work, and Phil Haataja is in set design.
There will be a public performance Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.
Dassel-Cokato will also be hosting the section tournament Saturday, Feb. 7 with the four best plays out of subsection. The winner from there, then goes to state.