March 8-10: ‘Melancholy Play’ at Empire Theatre

Melancholy-squareEmpire Theatre Company will present the contemporary musical farce, Melancholy Play, by Sarah Ruhl, opening March 8 at the Empire Arts Center.  Melancholy Play features an all-star cast of regional actors with music by Michael Roth.

Melancholy Play centers on Tilly’s – you guessed it – melancholy. Although it is objectionable to her employer, it is oddly attractive to those around her. She finds herself surrounded by quirky friends and lovers who have fallen under its spell. But what happens when she suddenly wakes up wildly happy? Sarah Ruhl’s poetic writing is the counterpoint in this offbeat, poignant comedy about both the beauty and the sadness of life.

Melancholy Play is directed by Chris Berg, and stage managed by Katy Bushaw. This production features regional actors AnneMarie Brack, Darin Kerr, Misti Koop, Courtney Miller, Maddie Sharpe, and cellist Isabel Moga.

When: March 8-10, 15-17, 22-24 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Empire Arts Center, 415 DeMers Ave Grand Forks, ND 58201
Tickets: $17 for students/military, $22 for adults
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The Empire Theatre Company is a program of the Empire Arts Center.  The Empire Theatre Company’s mission is to produce contemporary plays and musicals that are well-crafted and bold.  Melancholy Play is the Empire Theatre Company’s fifth show of the season, which will conclude with The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence in May of 2018.

About the Empire Arts Center

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Empire Arts Center is dedicated to promoting the arts in the greater Grand Forks community. The Empire provides a welcoming venue for other local arts organizations, as well as developing our own artistic programming such as the Empire Theatre Company, The 1919 Lounge, and the Backstage Project. The Empire is also home to the UND Art Collections Gallery; exhibits from this collection have displayed works by renowned artists such as Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali.