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MMC Theatre Brings Canadian Playwright to Campus


Published Date9\26\2011
Mount Marty College Theatre brings guest artist and playwright Steven Eliot Jackson to campus for a concert play reading Thursday, October 6. Jackson’s play, The Dark Part of the Snow, will be presented in the Bistro Second Stage, located in Bede Room 127, beginning at 7 p.m.  The event is presented free of charge.

The Dark Part of the SnowIn 1943, the son of a U.S. President is sitting alone contemplating his life’s direction when he receives some visitors who hope to influence those decisions.  Situated in the cold, snowy Alaskan landscape, Kermit Roosevelt, the second son of Theodore Roosevelt, sits listening for incoming messages, in a state of depression about the life he has lead.  Suddenly, he is visited by the spirit of his famous father who tries to give new purpose to his lost son in how to proceed.  However, there are other visitors and people who offer a different perspective that will radically change the decisions that Kermit intends to make.

In The Dark Part Of The Snow, Jackson offers a different view on this much admired figure in history and ask questions about the role, both positive and negative, that a famous father can play in his child’s life.  The play is about the unsteady and dangerous pedestals that can be created when we believe that we will always follow the path that was put there before us.  Amongst the snow and cold of a harsh climate, difficult decisions are finally made. 

Steven Jackson is a member of the Board of Directors at Stage Centre Productions and Co-Producer of a newly formed theatre company, Minmar Gaslight Productions in Toronto, Ontario Canada.   His recent credits include The Last Rock N' Roll Show (stage manager/publicity) – The Fringe Festival Of Toronto, 2011, Inspector Calls (stage manager), The Crucible (stage manager), Brothers And Arms (writer/director/producer) - The Fringe Festival Of Toronto, 2010 and a Second Place finish for his play, The State Of Tennessee - The Fringe Festival Of Toronto New Play Contest – 2007.

Mr. Jackson will lead a short discussion of his play immediately following the reading.  For more information on the event, please call MMC Theatre at 605-668-1533 or 605-668-1267.