Play connects Concordia students with seniors

Drama students from Concordia Academy in Roseville are exploring the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, as seen through the eyes of a Midwestern playwright, and also from the perspsective of local senior citiznes who have their own stories to tell.

The mystery drama "Thirst," by Iowa playwright Kevin Mayer, takes place in an imaginary Depression-ridden Oklahoma town where water is scarce and the people are desperate. When a government relief worker stumbles upon the town, she gets caught up in the stories of a mysterious diviner of water who may be either a savior or a swindler.

Donley and the cast of "Thirst" is holding an essay contest for senior citizens who lived through the Great Depression or experienced the Dust Bowl days. Senior citizens are invited to submit their stories in 250 words or less, telling about their experiences. The winner will be chosen by the cast and will receive eight free tickets to the show, plus a special public recognition by the cast and crew. Essays should be postmarked by Nov. 4 and sent to Concordia Academy, Attn: Joy Donley, 2400 N. Dale St., Roseville, MN, 55113. Please include your contact information as well as your age.

Performances of "Thirst" are Friday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. Order forms for tickets are available through the Concordia Academy Web site ( or at the door. Concordia Academy is located at 2400 N. Dale St., Roseville. Call 484-8429, extension 152, for more information.

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