Seth Brockley as Mormon Joseph Smith.  PHOTO SUBMITTED
Seth Brockley as Mormon Joseph Smith. PHOTO SUBMITTED
The Dreamery Rural Arts Initiative of Wykoff presents "Nauvoo" by Seth Bockley Friday, July 19, as the second in its "Play! in the Barn Series" for 2013, which focuses on the theme of defining home.

This one-man show is based on Mormon Joseph Smith's utopian experiment in Illinois. It begins at 8:30 p.m. in the DreamAcres Barn. Tickets are $12 or pay-what-you-can. For reservations and/or information, call the Dreamery at (507) 352-4255. The barn is wheel chair accessible. Sign interpretation may be requested.

In his solo performance of "Nauvoo," Bockley portrays two utopian visionaries who led ambitious projects in the same small Illinois town on the banks of the Mississippi. Using stones, furniture and a physical performance style, Bockley portrays Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism who through visions, persuasion, and salesmanship convinced thousands to join his religion and build his short-lived utopia, a town he called "Nauvoo".

Then, using strings, ropes, and paper puppets, Bockley presents the parallel story of Etienne Cabet, a French socialist who convinced hundreds to join him in Nauvoo shortly after the Mormons' expulsion.

These stories of ambition and downfall, which intersect in the heartland of America, are performed through physical and vocal play, and simple but haunting visual transformations.

For more information about Bockley, visit the Goodman Theatre website where he was a playwright in residence in 2010/2011.

DreamAcres offers wood-fired pizza from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday nights, a meal option which will enhance your theater experience. A final show is scheduled for this summer: Aug. 24 - "The Other MR. Gandhi."

The Dreamery Rural Arts Initiative is a not-for-profit organization dedicated supporting and expanding arts experiences in rural Fillmore County, and to making use of renewable/sustainable energy sources to do so. Visit websites at www.dreamacresfarm.org. or www.dreameryruralartsinitiative.org.

This activity is funded in part by the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council through the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund.