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March 27, 2014

MSU places 'Trust' in hands of student director

Performances continue nightly through Saturday

The Minnesota State University Department of Theatre and Dance will continue its Studio production season with the MSU stage debut of Steven Dietz’s “Trust,” playing now in the Andreas Theatre of the Earley Center for performing arts.

The show is being directed by MSU student Michael Sheeks. While this is the first production he has directed for MSU, Sheeks has directed productions in the Twin Cities at the Non-Aligned Players, Rosetown Playhouse and at Maple Grove Senior High. He was the founder and artistic director at the East Street Players and directed the theatre program at Roseville Area High School for 10 years. He is now attending MSU and is in his first year of the master's program in directing.

“The people here are wonderful,” Sheeks said, “The faculty advisors work hard to help answer questions, but let students produce the play in the way they want.”

The show at its core is about love. The story centers around Cody, a musician who is has finally gotten his big break, and his fiancé Becca. After making the cover of Rolling Stone magazine Cody and Becca get caught up in whirl of fame, lust and lies and are ultimately left with the question of: Who do they trust? Sheeks expanded on that saying that the story was about the time in our lives when we are going through changes and questions that uncertainty brings up.

“The play has a realistic theme and feel, but it is set in another world. The world of the play is fantastic, where the idealization of love is presented through metaphors and symbolism.” Sheeks said.

The cast is made up of actors and actresses that have all recently graced the MSU Mainstage in the production of William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.” They include seniors Amanda Forman and Morgan LeClaire, junior Kendra Verhage, master's acting student T.S. McCormick and sophomore Charlie Libra.

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