WINONA, Minn. — The Page Series at Saint Mary’s University will present I Have a Dream Monday, March 20, at 6:30 p.m. in the Page Theatre.
A production of Virginia Repertory Theatre, this one-hour play chronicles the impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a compelling dramatization of the life and times of one of the most influential and charismatic leaders of the “American Century.” Inspired by the arrest of Rosa Parks, Dr. King gains national recognition and becomes the dominant force in the Civil Rights Movement during its decade of greatest achievement. I Have a Dream tells the inspirational story of this great leader’s struggle and his dream of lifting “our nation from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.”
Virginia Repertory Theatre is a nonprofit, professional theatre company based in Richmond, Va. The company, whose production of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea entertained Winona audiences last season, has received international acclaim for excellence as a theatre for young audiences and performs live for over half a million students, parents, and teachers each year throughout 33 states and the District of Columbia.
In anticipation of the March 20 performance, the Page Series will also host a Gathering at the Winona Public Library Saturday, March 18, at noon. Recommended for children in grades 3-12, this free gathering will explore the Civil Rights Movement through poetry. Poet and Saint Mary’s student Nicholle Ramsey will perform an original work, introduce the basics of writing poetry and spoken word, and guide attendees in using notable quotations from leaders of the Civil Rights Movement to create their own written works. Attendees will also have the opportunity to win free tickets to the show.
Tickets to I Have a Dream are $14 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens. For more information or to order tickets, visit pagetheatre.org or call 507-457-1715 (noon to 6 p.m., weekdays).
Page Series activities are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Additional support comes from the Xcel Energy Foundation and the Elizabeth Callender King Foundation.