This spring, Dordt University Theatre Arts Department will perform Everything Is Wonderful by Chelsea Marcantel. Performances will be held February 26-29 at 7:30 p.m. and February 29 at 2 p.m. All shows will take place in the Te Paske Theatre located in Sioux Center High School.
The play follows a young woman named Miri, who returns to the Amish community from which she was excommunicated after learning of her brothers' deaths. When she arrives, she discovers that her parents have taken in the man who killed them. Painful events of the past are pulled into the present, and the family fights for faith in the midst of grief, old wounds, and the daily toil of loving their neighbor.
“This play is especially exciting in its honesty,” says Laurel Koerner, director and associate professor of theatre arts. “It doesn't romanticize the Amish lifestyle, or oversimplify problems, or offer tidy solutions. I think it means to say, this 'loving our neighbor' thing can be really hard, and we need to do the work of it anyway. The characters and their experiences are complex. The actors are doing some wonderfully deep work to render multidimensional characters with whom we can empathize deeply."
Due to the story’s sensitive content and mature language, the production is recommended for mature audiences only.
Tickets are $8 for the general public, $5 for senior citizens (65+), $5 for non-Dordt students, and $2 for Dordt students. Purchase tickets at the door or ahead of time at www.dordttickets.com. For questions please contact Robin Suing at Robin.Suing@dordt.edu or at (712) 722-6208.