For more info: www.msutheatre.com.
Good Thunder: As always, the Good Thunder Reading Series speaks — or rather, reads — for itself. The venerable institution of MSU's English department continues to provide southern Minnesota with some of the country's most skilled and original literary voices.
The season begins with Pulitzer winner and creative non-fiction writer Tracy Kidder. The Harvard-educated writer's "Strength in What Remains" is MSU's choice for its common read program and will be the subject of Kidder's Sept. 12 visit.
In addition to a host of nationally recognized writers (including one of my personal favorites, the often acerbic and always socially observant Nikky Finney on April 10), the series includes Madison Lake's Rachael Hanel (whose 2012 memoir was well-received) and Matt Rasmussen, a Gustavus Adolphus College graduate whose "Black Aperture" won the Walt Whitman Award.
For more info: http://english.mnsu.edu/gt/.
Gustavus: The Gustavus Adolphus College theater schedule includes some interesting selections.
In addition to a pair of dance showcases, faculty have chosen "Trojan Barbie" — an imaginative war drama that begins Oct. 31 — and the iconic anti-war musical "Hair" in February and March to anchor its lineup.
For more info: https://gustavus.edu/theatre-dance/season.php.
Bethany: The Bethany Lutheran College Fine Arts department will begin its first season under the direction of Susan Harstad, who replaces the retired Lois Jaeger. Before debuting its fall play in November, the college will kick off its season in typical fashion — by unveiling the next iteration of its annual "Theatre Physics" performance on Sept. 20.
For more info: www.blc.edu/theater.
Merely Players: Two tantalizing productions bookend the Merely Players Community Theatre's 2013-14 season:
"Little Shop of Horrors" debuts Oct. 25 while "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" kicks off April 4. Auditions for the former begin Sept. 8.
For more info: www.merelyplayers.com.
NUACT: The New Ulm Actors Community Theatre has announced a 2013-14 schedule comprising 20 events and activities, including four mainstage productions.
In addition to the season opener "Inherit the Wind" on Oct. 4-6, NUACT will also be staging a holiday radio drama, a spring comedy and "Fiddler on the Roof" as its summer musical.
For more info: www.newulmact.com.