The Free Press, Mankato, MN


November 29, 2012

Mankato Mosaic unveils '50 Shades of Winter' performances tonight



“The Christmas Present”: A couple in the 1920s must travel to visit an aunt for Christmas who is totally deaf;

“Walking Track”: Two colleagues try to lose weight at the walking track -- but the pizza buffet calls;

“Christmas Dinner”: A young family tries to eat a holiday dinner at a restaurant before their 2-year-old implodes.

Moore plays the 2-year-old in “Christmas Dinner” and said she’s found plenty of inspiration right under her nose.

“I’ve been taking cues from my 1-year-old son,” she said.

“Christmas Dinner” also features Jen Potocnik in her directorial debut for Mankato Mosaic. She’s acted in several Mosaic productions -- most recently, Eagle Lake playwright Tom Barna’s drama “Do They Serve Coffee in Hell?” -- and felt the time was right to take the next step.

“Directing just seemed like the next feat to take on,” she said.

Due to a last-minute change, Potocnik will also be playing the role of the waitress. She credited her cast -- which includes Greg Abbott in the father’s role and Anika Cristwell as the mother -- as “brilliant” and said the excitement of directing her first piece has almost overcome the anxiety.

“Of course I’m nervous,” Potocnik said. “But I think it’s really coming together.”

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