Weekend Arts Roundup: Intense and Creative

Sha Cage
Sha Cage says "U/G/L/Y" is part of a five-year, three-play exploration of identity. The latest show being produced this weekend at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. It explores beauty from the perspectives of a series of characters. Cage says she was still wrestling with the issues when this photograph was taken on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. (MPR photo/Euan Kerr)
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MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Jill Riley and Sean McPherson to talk about some really intense and creative arts happenings.

U/G/L/Y — This one-woman performance by recent Ivey Award-winner Shá Cage explores what it means to be beautiful and how the culture judges beauty. In the course of the show, Cage inhabits multiple characters as she incorporates movement, video, and music by violinist Kate Pehrson. The show runs Sept. 24 to 27 in the Dowling Studio at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.

Why We Laugh - A Terezin Cabaret — This production is a new adaptation of a cabaret written in a Jewish ghetto at the height of World War II, this production is about performers and how they created and performed a cabaret at a time when laughter seemed impossible. Produced by Fortune's Fool Theatre, Why We Laugh runs Sept. 12 to 27 at Open Eye Figure Theatre in Minneapolis.

Addendum — Local literary organization Revolver asked six writers to write addendum chapters to novels of their choice, answering questions such as, What story wasn't told? What character didn't get their due? The work is now complete, and Thursday, Sept. 24, at 7 at Magers and Quinn Booksellers in Minneapolis, the writers will share their addendum chapters to the selected novels, which include such titles as The Great Gatsby and The Brothers Karamazov.

Marianne Combs joins The Current's Morning Show for the Weekend Arts Roundup every Thursday at 8:30 a.m. Read all the latest arts news from MPR News.

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