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"Time's Up" Coming to UMD Stage

Created: March 04, 2019 09:39 AM

A new play is hitting the stage at the Marshall Performing Arts Center at UMD.  It's called "Time's Up" and it's a mix between medieval drama and pop culture and politics of today.

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The story is an adaptation of Hrotsvit of Gandersheim play and it deals with issues like #MeToo.

Jenna Soleo-Shanks, the director, said the play is 1000 years old, so that made adapting it a bit of a challenge.

"What's interesting about it is that even though it was written so long ago, some of the ideas seem very modern," Soleo-Shanks said.  "The idea of a woman not being allowed to control her own destiny, her own body." 

Sarah Dickson plays Thaïs, who is the main character.  Soleo-Shanks says Dickson's character goes through and struggle and part of the story is asking if that struggle is something we still care about today.

"I think that answer is resoundingly yes and what's more interesting is I don't think we have an answer yet with how to deal with her sort of struggle," Soleo-Shanks said. 

Dickson said her character is a very strong-willed Harlet. 

"It's been a journey for me, learning how to play this character because she goes through so much physically and mentally and just having to play someone like that is a challenge," Dickson said. 

They said they're opening up a discussion for audience members that's worth talking about. 

The shows take place on March 7-9 and March 19-24.  Tickets are $21 for adults, $16 for seniors/veterans/UMD faculty and staff, $10 for students, and $8 for UMD students.  You can buy tickets here.

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