"Nature," a play about Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, will be presented Friday through Sunday in the woodlands, meadows, and farmscape of Squash Blossom Farm near Oronoco.
The audience will walk along as scenes from the play are presented in various locations on the farm.
"We hosted it here three years ago and I didn't know exactly what to expect, and worried it might be a bit dry, being based on history and transcendental philosophy," said Susan Waughtal of Squash Blossom Farm. "But no, it is full of drama, passion and humor. People who had seen it before came from as far as Chicago and northern Minnesota to see it again on our farm."
The play was developed by Tyson Forbes and Markell Kieffer, founders of Minneapolis-based Tigerlion Arts theater company. The story explores the friendship, rivalry and mutual love of nature shared by Emerson and Thoreau.
"They were both radicals of their time, calling on their peers to think for themselves and be agents of change," Forbes said. "I believe their words and ideas are as necessary now as they were then."
Forbes happens to be a direct descendent of Emerson, and portrays Emerson in the play.
Performances are at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 1 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $22 for adults, $12 for students and $6 for children. For reservations, visit squashblossomfarm.org or call 507-252-9639.
Squash Blossom Farm is located at 7499 60th Ave. NW in Oronoco.
The play includes music performed by a chorus of local singers.
A question-and-answer session follows the Saturday matinee, while a rustic gourmet harvest supper, prepared by chef Kari Davi of Forager Brewery, is available after the Saturday evening performance.