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Land stewardship project one-act play premiers this winter in SE MN

Fri, Jan 28th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

A new play will premier in eight southeast Minnesota church social halls and community theatres this winter with a performance in Chatfield at St. Mary's Catholic Church on Sunday, February 20th. Produced by the Land Stewardship Project, the play is written by LSP's Doug Nopar, and directed by Fillmore County theatre artist, Eva Barr.

Titled Look Who's Knockin', a retiring couple wrestles with the future of their farm. The one-act play explores the moral dilemma faced by Nettie and Gerald, long-time conservation farmers. Should they let their farm go for top dollar to the largest farmer in the county? Or, should they help out a young farm couple, interested in starting a dairy?

Created out of numerous interviews and stories of both beginning and retiring farmers in recent years, the play will focus on the pending decision of a retiring farm couple, a decision that will determine the legacy of their farm. The play and the discussion that follows with the audience will raise the question of "Who will farm the land in the next generation?"

This play is funded in part by the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council through the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

For more information on the play or to make reservations, contact the Land Stewardship Project office in Lewiston at 507-523-3366 or e-mail: dnopar@landstewardshipproject.org.

Performance Schedule for Look Who's Knockin'. . .


Thursday, February 17

1:30 pm St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, St. Charles

7:00 pm Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, Rochester

Sunday, February 20

5pm (meal, performance to follow) St. Mary's Catholic Church, Chatfield


Thursday, March 3

7pm St. Paul's UCC/ELCA Church, Lewiston

Thursday, March 17

1:30pm Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, Houston

Saturday, March 19

7:30pm Jon Hassler Theatre, Plainview


Friday, April 8

7:30pm Crossings at Carnegie, Zumbrota

Sunday, April 10

2:00pm Theatre du Mississippi, Masonic Temple, Winona

Founded in 1982, the Land Stewardship Project is a Minnesota-based non-profit membership organization. LSP aims to advance an agriculture that is environmentally sound, economically profitable for family-sized farms and small towns, and socially just.

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