Sod House is raising money for Springboard for the Arts.
Sod House Theater: Creating Site-Specific Work in Greater MN and the Twin Cities
Sod House Theater
Down to earth art across the heart of Minnesota
Mission: Sod House Theater creates professional theater experiences with and for communities in Greater Minnesota and the Twin Cities. Through playful collaboration we gather and affirm communities, illuminate relevant issues, and create space for public dialogue and action.
Vision: We envision a Minnesota in which everyone has access to high-quality theater training and performances, and where theater becomes a means for community engagement, relationship building, problem solving, and transformation.This year’s Give to the Max Day donations will help support two exciting upcoming productions:
- Our 2018 tour of Enemy of the People! After the success of our tour this summer, we’ll be remounting EOTP next summer and taking it to 8 new towns across the state: Blue Earth, Mankato, Edgerton, Lake Benton, Grand Rapids, Virginia, Red Wing, and Taylors Falls. Help us in raising awareness and dialogue around the vital issue of water quality in MN.
- Our 2019 production of Strindberg’s The Ghost Sonata, an immersive site-specific project in St. Paul’s Swede Hollow Park that examines early immigration to MN in collaboration with the award-winning Black Label Movement Dance Company. We just received the prestigious Knight Arts Challenge Grant for this project, but must raise matching funds. Your donation helps us toward that goal!
More about our company:
Sod House Theater (SHT) is a Twin Cities-based theater company, founded in 2011 by Darcey Engen and Luverne Seifert. SHT has developed a unique performance model that brings together professional actors/musicians from the Twin Cities and community-based performers in each town that we engage. Historically, we have developed one site-specific production each year, choosing works that resonate with the people and historical narratives of each town that we engage. In each location we conduct theater skill-building workshops with residents in order to offer access to professional-level theater training, as well as to cast community members for our shows.
Since 2011, we’ve toured projects to 19 towns across Greater MN. In 2012, we produced
Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard in historic mansions in small cities such as New Ulm, MN, and
generated dialogue about the current increase in farm foreclosures. In 2015, we completed a
14-town tour, bringing a classic comedy/variety show to historical ballrooms across the state.
The Hoopla Train explored the history of polka music and dance, and what the loss of these
ballrooms as community gathering spaces has meant for the life of each town. This past summer
(2017) we toured our bluegrass infused adaptation of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People to four
MN towns. This play, which centers on a town’s discovery of a poisoned water source,
resonated with recent events in Flint, Michigan, and was used to address the specific water
challenges facing communities such as Bemidji and Fergus Falls. This fall (2017), we performed a second production in one year - The Hoopla Train - this time in our hometown in the Twin Cities.
Throughout our seven years of touring, we've received glowing reviews from the folks all across Minnesota with whom we work: “Great opportunity to see a higher quality of talent and professionalism. I’ll remember this forever and would love to be able to do something similar again in the future.” “Wonderful and eye-opening.”