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"Nature"--an Outdoor Walking Play

The legacy of Ralph Waldo Emerson is brought to life through one of his direct descendants and the natural world of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

September 12-October 12, 2014 (full performance schedule below)

$25 general admission/$20 Arboretum members/$15 students/children 12 and under free

Arboretum admission included in ticket price. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance to expedite their entry into the Arboretum, but tickets may also be purchased on site.

More info: www.tigerlion.org/nature

Dancing SceneTigerLion Arts and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum present Nature, the mythic telling of Emerson and Thoreau's mutual love affair with the natural world. Nature is performed outdoors as a "walking play." A professional ensemble of actors takes the audience on a journey through the natural environment as scenes unfold around them. Bagpipes, ancient flutes, drums and rich choral arrangements are intricately woven into the script with compositions by Dick Hensold (2006 Bush Artist Fellow).

Nature is an extraordinary, family-friendly experience that co-mingles story, spirit, and nature, as a means to reconnect its audience with the natural world. A version of this show was presented at the arboretum in 2010.

This original work is collaboratively created with Twin Cities writer/actor/producer Tyson Forbes, a direct descendent of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Forbes says, "I have always felt honored to be an Emerson descendent. I feel an intimate responsibility to his lineage, and for years I have imagined a play that could bring his spirit and teachings, along with that of his friend and fellow author Henry David Thoreau, to a broader audience. When I read their work, I find answers to burning questions on how to live my life more deeply and responsibly in this world. They were both radicals of their time, calling on their peers to think for themselves and be agents of change. I believe their words and ideas are as necessary now as they were then."

The cast of ten actors includes John Catron as Thoreau (named Best Actor 2014 by City Pages and seen locally at the Guthrie Theater, Jungle Theater, Frank Theater and many others); Kimberly Richardson (Ten Thousand Things, Open Eye Figure Theater, Children's Theatre Company); Norah Long (Guthrie Theater, Skylark Opera, Chanhassen Dinner Theater, Nautilus Music-Theater). Tyson Forbes (Guthrie Theater, Ordway, Jungle Theater and multiple TigerLion Arts productions) also appears in the show as Emerson. Full cast list and bios are available at http://tigerlion.org/nature/cast.php.

Musicians"We are delighted to welcome back TigerLion Arts and present a wonderful new staging of the Nature walking play," said Dr. Ed Schneider, Arboretum director.  "There's something magical about enjoying live theater in the great outdoors."  

The play will take place in the Arboretum's Johanna Frerichs Garden for Wildlife, a rolling, open grassy expanse traversed by paved walkways and landscaped with interesting native trees and demonstration plantings.  It is located on the Arboretum's Three-Mile Drive.

Audiences are encouraged to come early to visit the arboretum grounds. Grab-and-go meals will be available at the café in the Oswald Visitors Center, so guests can picnic on the grounds and enjoy pre-show music before the performance begins.

More about TigerLion Arts

TigerLion Arts, founded and led by director Markell Kiefer and Tyson Forbes, is a Minneapolis-based production company with a mission to celebrate human wisdom and the spirit of nature through creative works that awaken, inform, and delight. Since 2009, TigerLion Arts has touched thousands nationwide with four original productions: The Buddha Prince (2009), a walking play about the life of the Dalai Lama, which was performed in New York City's Central Park; Nature (2010), the outdoor telling of Emerson and Thoreau's mutual love affair with the natural world; KIPO! (2011), a circus of spirit, song and dance from Tibet, which was the official arts component of the Dalai Lama's 2011 Minnesota visit, and The Dragons are Singing Tonight (2012), a musical based on the book of children's poetry by Jack Prelutsky, created in collaboration with Circus Juventas and Minnesota Boychoir.

Reserve online

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Performances

Friday, Sept 12 at 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, Sept 13 at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, Sept 14 at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, Sept 18 at 5:00 p.m.

Friday, Sept 19 at 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, Sept 20 at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, Sept 21 at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, Sept 25 at 5:00 p.m.

Friday, Sept 26 at 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, Sept 27 at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, Sept 28 at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, Oct 2 at 5:00 p.m.

Friday, Oct 3 at 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, Oct 4 at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, Oct 5 at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, Oct 9 at 5:00 p.m.

Friday, Oct 10 at 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, Oct 11 at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, Oct 12 at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.