St. Ambrose theatre graduate and former newsletter editor, Seth Kaltwasser '08, premiered his original play This Untoward Generation! August 10 at the Festival Theatre in St. Croix Falls, Wisc.
This is Kaltwasser's premiere work as a writer, but he's been an actor in numerous productions for Festival Theatre since 2009, as well as its Arts Education Coordinator and Development Associate since early 2012.
This Untoward Generation! is a collection of four vignettes–four stories of emerging adults struggling to locate anchors in this ever-changing world. Where do you invest in this economically unstable market? How do you plant roots in a world fueled by unrest? At what point can the informed postmodern cynicism yield to a language of hope and faith? These are the necessary and universal questions of the untoward generation.
The play was directed by Dr. Cory Johnson, professor and chair of the St. Ambrose University Theatre Department.
"This is a world premiere of a play written by a core member of the Festival Theatre company," Johnson said. "It's a wonderful play performed in one act–around 95 minutes or so–that explores the current generation of young adults and their prolonged adolescence as they navigate the rough waters of emerging adulthood. It is touching, funny and ultimately entertaining."
SAU was represented not only in the writing and direction of the world premiere; recent graduate Stephanie Seward '13 acted in and played original music for the production and Andrew Bradford Benson designed the costumes.