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One River, Many Stories... Many Awards

Cast of One River Many Stories on stage.
June 12, 2017

The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival announces big wins for UMD's Theatre Department.

Tom Isbell

Tom Isbell

UMD Theatre's production of One River received several national awards from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival: 

•  Outstanding Production of a New or Devised Work - One River by Tom Isbell, produced by the University of Minnesota Duluth
•  Outstanding Ensemble of a Play or Musical - One River, produced by the University of Minnesota Duluth
•  Outstanding Director of a New Work - Tom Isbell, One River
•  The David Mark Cohen Playwriting Award, 
Second Place - Tom Isbell, One River
Director Tom Isbell, professor, Department of Theatre in the School of Fine Arts, said the production shows the versatile power of the stage, "I want to demonstrate that theatre is another way to tell stories. I want to support the One River, Many Stories initiative and encourage overlap of disciplines and different modes of storytelling. In the play itself, through the exploration of the St. Louis River and what it means to so many, I hope we can also come to find out what it is that each of us values, and, namely that value of Place."
One River is the 12th production to receive regional or national KCACTF recognition since 1987.

About One River

Written and directed by Tom Isbell

A documentary theatre adaptation of One River, Many Stories, a community journalism effort, One River tells the stories of the St. Louis River watershed: Its people, its history, its future. A cautionary tale about the future of our most precious resource, water, and also a reminder that without place, there are nostories; without stories, there is no place.