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Scott Rubsam's "The Ties That Bind" to open Friday at Augsburg College

Nov. 12 1998

The Augsburg College Theatre Arts Program will open its fall season Friday at 7 p.m. with the premiere of The Ties That Bind, which was written and directed by local playwright and director Scott M. Rubsam.

There will also be 7 p.m. performances on Saturday (Nov. 14), Nov. 19, Nov. 20 and Nov. 21. There will be 2 p.m. performances on Sunday (Nov. 15) and Nov. 22. All performances will be on campus in the Tjornholm-Nelson Theatre (located in the Foss Center at 625 - 22nd Ave. South)

Based on over 100 interviews with students. faculty, staff, regents, and alumni of Augsburg College, The Ties That Bind is a heartwarming and thought-provoking look at the real-life heroics of modern humanity: memories, mythology and magic.

Tickets for The Ties That Bind are $6 for the general public; $4 for ACTC faculty, staff and students and free to Augsburg students. Call (612) 330-1257 to order tickets.

Funded by the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE), the U.S. Department of Education and created in collaboration with the Augsburg Center for Counseling and Health Promotion, The Ties That Bind encourages reflection on the ties that bind us and the challenges we face as a community, including alcohol and drug abuse, violence and racism.

Scott Rubsam has taught playwriting and developed new scripts throughout the country at theatres such as New York's Playwright's Horizons, The Writer's Theater, The Guthrie Theater, The Playwrights Center, San Francisco's School of the Arts and the University of American Samoa.

The theatre arts major at Augsburg builds on the foundation of the liberal arts, integrating literature, music, art, dance, history, philosophy and religion. In addition to a fall and spring play, the department offers an experimental production during January. Students are encouraged to participate in all aspects of theatre art production. Internships at Twin Cities theatres prepare students for professional work, graduate school education theatre and many other challenges.

Augsburg is a private college of the liberal arts and sciences and is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Nearly 3,000 students are enrolled at the College in undergraduate day college, Weekend College and graduate programs.