Theatre: 'When the World Was Wild and Waste'

'When the World Was Wild and Waste'

Event Details

Date: September 29 - October 1, 2016

Times: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Edith Mortenson Center Theatre

Ticket Info: $15 for adults | $10 for seniors (65+) | Free for students K-12 and those with a valid Augustana ID

Written and composed by Augustana professors Richard Swanson (religion) and John Pennington (music), "When the World Was Wild and Waste" premiers at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 29-Oct. 1 in the Edith Mortenson Center Theatre.

A TalkBack with Swanson, Pennington, director Jayna Fitzsimmons and the cast will follow the opening night show on Sept. 29. "The conversations and explorations that have led us to this point have been generative and challenging, and we would like to extend them to include you and your own perceptions and questions," Swanson said.

Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for seniors; and are free for students K-12 and those with a valid Augustana ID. Tickets are available at

About the show:

We only create the world when the world falls apart. That's the only time we have to. 

The world does fall apart: in every family, on every continent, in every century. Sometimes the world is blown to bits, even, but not by alien forces or strange new threats. It's weather, diseases, geo-political conflicts, all of them ordinary. Even '1000-year' floods seem to come more often these days. 

And then we emerge, bleary-eyed, and wonder what to do next. While we wonder, we tell stories. Defiant stories. Tender stories. Stories that hope to be hopeful.

The violence continues. Of course. The world falls apart yet again. Of course.

Yet somehow the stories go on. And the world lives.

Dress rehearsal photos:

Dress Rehearsal: "When the World Was Wild and Waste"




Dress rehearsal photos by Mike Shafer '18: