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Minnesota author and playwright featured in local events

The cast and crew of A Comedy of Danger and The Finger of God include (left to right) Benjamin Roers, Eric Nelson, Caroline Roers, Bruce Wegner, and Kip Sundlee. (Contributed photo)

Lakes Area Theatre (LAT), Alexandria Area Arts Association (AAAA) and the Runestone Museum, all in Alexandria, will take part in a special presentation of plays, book signings and radio shows.

Experience a piece of history this Friday, June 7 at 7 p.m. at LAT in the tale The Story of Nathan Hale. Directed by Mike Roers, the show stars Joe Korkowski, Bruce Wegner, Bruce McKirdy, David Christman, Gary Lund, Quincy Roers, Kevin Lee and Ann Hermes. Music is by Bob Piotrowski with sound effects by Ann Hermes.

There will be a special premiere of the dramedy The Stink Bomb, a tale by Prior Lake playwright Dale Swanson, on Friday, June 14 at 7 p.m. at LAT. Prior to the live performance is a Meet the Playwright reception at 6 p.m.

The play stars young area actors and is directed by Ann Hermes and David Christman.

Swanson will also debut and sign his historical novel, The Thirty-Ninth Man, on Saturday, June 15 at 2 p.m. at the Runestone Museum. The book focuses on the events leading up to the 1862 Sioux Indian uprising. Swanson will be joined by Alexandria historian and writer Barb Grover.

There will be a reprise of The Stink Bomb at Alexandria Area Arts Association Theatre Saturday at 7 p.m., followed by a Meet the Playwright and the Performers. The night will also include the premiere of The Spear of Wrath by Alexandria playwright Kent Garlinghouse, with old-time bluegrass musical entertainment by The North River Ramblers. Admission is a suggested $10 at the door.

Two short dramas make up the LAT show on Sunday, June 9 at 12:30 p.m. on KXRA 1490 AM. A Comedy of Danger and The Finger of God were directed by Mike Roers and star Benjamin Roers, Kip Sundlee, Caroline Roers and Bruce Wegner, who also provided sound effects with Eric Nelson for both shows.

For information, call LAT at (320) 808-3841 or visit, or call AAAA at (320) 762-8300 or visit