Weekend Arts Roundup: World Premieres

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MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Jill Riley and John Munson (in for Steve Seel) to talk about three brand-new works opening in the Twin Cities.

Lake Untersee — Making its world premiere, Lake Untersee is the story of Rocky, a troubled teenager, who longs to leave his divorced parents and their dysfunctional relationships behind. With nowhere else to turn, Rocky embarks on the adventure to Antarctica's Lake Untersee, where the love of his life is trapped beneath layers and layers of ancient ice. This family drama is playing at the Illusion Theater in Minneapolis until Sept. 27.

Middle Brother — Presented by Mu Performing Arts, Middle Brother is written by and stars longtime Mu performer Eric Sharp and expands Mu's body of work exploring the Korean adoptee experience. Making its world premiere, Middle Brother tells the story of an adoptee who goes back to Korea and finds his birth family, and then explores the way he reconciles that experience with his Midwestern upbringing. This play runs at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis until Sept. 28.

Neel: Blutopias of Radical DreamingAnanya Dance Theatre presents the world premiere of this multi-disciplinary immersion in the work and world of women's dreams. This production is the beginning of Ananya Dance Theatre's multi-year series of full-length dances exploring the kinds of work that women around the world do to sustain their communities. Neel will be on stage at The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts in Minneapolis on Thursday, Sept. 18 to Saturday, Sept. 20.

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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