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Naropa University’s MFA Theater: Contemporary Performance Program Presents:

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by Charles Mee
September 29, 30; October 1, 6, 7, 8 // 7:30 p.m.
Nalanda Campus, 9190 // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue // Boulder, CO 80302

Directed by Meridth C. Grundei
Musical Direction by Gary Grundei
You are invited for a deconstruction of beat poets, Norman Rockwell's iconic 1950s Thanksgiving, reality television and John Cage, among others, in Charles Mee's Under Construction. Join us at Naropa's Nalanda campus for this intimate and edgy production that is a perfect blend of nostalgia and novelty.

Rebecca Buckley
Gabiela Petrov
Landin Melendez
Ashley Rice
Madelyn R. Robinson
Chie Saito
Kristin Marie Stelter
Annabel Turrado
K. Woodzick




6 Shows, 3 Weeks
Performing Arts Center // 2130 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO

PART I: April 20, 21, 22 // 7:30 p.m.

4:20: The Hymns of Ginsberg
or Ginsberg Gets Stoned By Joshua Lorris
In collaboration with the ghost of Allen Ginsberg: America, Russia, China, love, hate, sex and the grotesque come together in this interdisciplinary performance.

A Bodhi Ode by China Young
A journey to empowerment of, and through, voice.

 PART II : April 27, 28, 29 // 7:30 p.m.

Ancient Creatures by Michael Sater
Exploring our stars and their myths in 12 chapters.

The Sonic Life of a Giant Tortoise:
Youth is Not the Only Thing That’s Sonic by Michael Mayes
A modern folktale about our collective longing for the extraordinary, and the mundanity of life.

PART III :  May 4, 5, 6 // 7:30 p.m.

The Sisters DeCantate by Jade Garisch
Chekhov’s Three Sisters find themselves in a grungy, old jazz bar to sing the smoky, grey incantations of their souls.

Those Who Attend Your Funeral by Mark Gibson
An invitation into the lives of those that we lead behind, and the impact we have on them.


SLICE 1.0 *** Installation *** Performance *** Demonstration ***


March 17, 18, 19 //  7:30 p.m.
Performing Arts Center // 2130 Arapahoe Avenue // Boulder, CO 80302

Where are we Now? & Where we are Now! How do we feel? What do we think? What do we do? What do we not do?
A brief presentation in space, time, movement, song, word of the voices of the moment: theoretical, polemical, personal,
musings and proclamations. CAUTION: Could be Political, Spiritual, Beautiful, Ordinary, Thoughtful, Challenging, Heartfelt.



Directed by international guest artist Xu Jiali
February 14, 15, 16, 17 // 7:30 p.m.
Performing Arts Center // 2130 Arapahoe Avenue // Boulder, CO 80302

“With the eloquence of synchronized swimmers who possess a martial elegance, Naropa University’s graduate students of Contemporary Theater enact this classic tale of trickster wit. Inspired by folktales and song from Yushu Autonomous Region, Qinghai Province.”

Xu Jiali has studied Beijing Opera since she was 10 and worked for Shanghai Beijing Opera Company for two and half years. In 2003, she went to Singapore to take a three-year course in Theatre Training and Research Program with full scholarship, studying various western acting methods and traditional theatre performances of India, Japan and Indonesia under David Zinder, Robin Payne, Kanze Yoshimasa, William Sun, Cao Lusheng. She directed and performed a solo performance Karaoke Medea, directed Dario Fo’sMichele Lu Lanzone, and made a solo performance Shakuntala integrating Beijing Opera and Indian Kutiyattom Elements. Now she works in International Cooperation Centre at Shanghai Theatre Academy, and taught Beijing Opera classes in the US, UK, Italy, Australia, Romania and Bulgaria.