Weekend Arts Roundup: Veneer versus Veracity

Mary Ellen Mark, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
The cast of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", Oregon State Hospital, Salem, Ore., 1974; Gelatin Silver Print, 20 x 24 inches. (Photo by Mary Ellen Mark)
Weekend Arts Roundup: Veneer versus Veracity
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MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins The Current's Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about stage productions and a photography exhibit that explore the differences between what we project to the world and what's going on behind the scenes.

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-moon Marigolds: Now on stage at the Gremlin Theatre in St. Paul, this play about a young girl living in a dysfunctional family illustrates how something lovely can emerge despite dismal surroundings. The play is earning rave reviews, and production continues to June 23.

Pretend and Sin Eater: These two productions are now staging at the Red Eye Theater in Minneapolis as part of its New Works 4 Weeks Festival. Pretend, by Angharad Davies, takes a look at how our true identities are conveyed in a world that is saturated by social-media retellings of who we are. Sin Eater, by Tamara Ober, is the story of a young woman's desire to find redemption for her father's transgressions. The productions run June 13 to 16.

Seen Behind The Scene/40 Years Of Photographing On Set: Photojournalist Mary Ellen Mark may be best known for her work documenting street kids in Seattle or photographing injustices in India, Turkey and Africa, but her day job as a set photographer for Hollywood productions also created an impressive body of work. Her photographs -- which include the likes of Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson, Woody Allen, Catherine Deneuve, Johnny Depp and Sean Penn -- are on display at the Weinstein Gallery in Minneapolis until July 27.

Marianne Combs joins The Current's Morning Show for the Weekend Arts Roundup every Thursday at 8:30 a.m. Read about all the latest arts news at the State of the Arts blog at mprnews.org.

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