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TORT Takes on Shakespeare

FEBRUARY 4, 2010—The University of Minnesota Law School's Theatre of the Relatively Talentless (TORT) will present its eighth annual musical, "A Midsemester Night's Dream," on March 5-6 at the Pantages Theatre in downtown Minneapolis. Like all TORT productions, it is written, performed, and produced entirely by Law School students.

"A Midsemester Night's Dream" follows three intersecting groups of law students through a wild night in the Law Library. When four overworked 1Ls become involved in a love tangle, some 3Ls with competing legal viewpoints decide to help. Meanwhile, the TORT cast is working to find a leading man and produce a show that will save the Law School from a fate worse than William Mitchell. Can law students achieve love, bipartisanship, and great cameo appearances?

Collaborating to bring the original, full-length musical-comedy parody to the stage are 20 cast members, nearly 60 singers and dancers, a 9-piece band, and a 7-member behind-the-scenes crew. True to TORT tradition, all law students are allowed to participate, with reckless disregard for talent.

Tradition also dictates cameo appearances by faculty and prominent members of the legal community. Among those scheduled to elevate the atmosphere for the 2010 production are former Vice President Walter F. Mondale ('56), U.S. District Court Judge John R. Tunheim ('80), and Dean David Wippman.

Tickets will be available in the subplaza, 12:00-1:15 p.m., on Feb. 8-11 at a special rate ($10) for University of Minnesota students with school ID; and on Feb. 22-25 and March 1-4 at the regular price (general public, $17; students, $12). For on-campus ticketing procedures, visit www.lawschoolmusical.com. Advance purchase of tickets is recommended.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public Feb. 15 through Ticketmaster or at the State Box Office. For information on group ticket rates (10 or more) or special accommodations, call 612-701-3903 or email tort@umn.edu.

Pantages Theatre doors open at 6 p.m. and performances start at 7 p.m.

Contact:
Michael Pangborn ('10), TORT co-producer, 612-990-2963; mtpangborn@gmail.com