The Free Press, Mankato, MN

November 7, 2013

Briefs: NUACT's 'History of Beer'; Film rights acquired MSU grad's debut novel


The Mankato Free Press

---- — 'History of Beer' Saturday at Turner Hall

NEW ULM — New Ulm Actors Community Theatre is performing "The History of Beer, Part II" on Saturday.

Paul Warshauer's second play about the malted beverage will be held at Turner Hall, 102 S. State St. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for $25 are available at the New Ulm Chamber of Commerce and include a three-course dinner with beer pairings.

The show is a part sketch comedy and part song. Highlights include the origins of beer pong, the Finnish poetic beer saga "Kalewala," and an original song dedicated to the founder of Prohibition: "The Volsted Polka." The show also features a section where the audience is asked to identify various beer company jingles or theme songs.

For more information or a season brochure, please contact the NUACT ticket office at 507-359-9990.

MSU graduate sells film rights to debut novel

Lonetree Entertainment has acquired the film rights to former Mankato resident and Minnesota State University graduate Alan Larson's debut novel, "Mexizona — An American Dream."

Tony Eldridge, producer and president of Lonetree Entertainment, most recently produced Denzel Washington's feature film, "The Equalizer," which is slated for release in the fall of 2014. He said in a press release, “'Mexizona' is a powerful and timely story, beautifully crafted with strong and memorable characters. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring Mr. Larson's creation to the screen.”

Alan's book borrows its plot from Shakespeare’s "Romeo and Juliety" in an attempt to highlight both sides of the controversial illegal immigration situation at the Mexico border. It has garnered numerous accolades from reviewers, climbing to as high as No. 9 on the Kindle “Top Rated Suspense Thrillers” list.

Larson grew up on a dairy farm south of Crystal Lake, Iowa, and lived in Mankato for 10 years, including seven years as Controller of Hubbard Milling Company. He is a CPA and has since worked in financial and operational positions at five high-tech start-ups. He holds degrees from MSU and Stanford University.

Larson’s second thriller, "The Last Gypsy Princess," is planned for publication this winter.