Now What Theatre residency at the Lyric Center for the Arts 2017

Original production of Kara Sevda at the Lyric Annex

May 20 - June 11

This is a story about love at the end of the world...

“Kara Sevda” is Turkish for "blind love" or "black passion." It describes a type of attraction that is passionate, almost dangerously so. The kind of love that eats you alive, that destroys you from the inside. Love that makes you blind, that is characterized by intense longing. 

Written by Lisa VillaMil, Kara Sevda was debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2016.  Now What Theatre is currently on an international tour and will be in Virginia, MN from May 20 - June 11.

In Kara Sevda, nuclear winter has descended upon the globe. The last train south out of Paris is boarding. But not everyone will be drawn in the lottery. When Celia and Rhys find themselves awaiting the lottery results on the same bench, they strike up a challenging acquaintance amidst falling bombs and a nameless war, asking the question ‘what kind of world do we live in now...’ and what happens if they don't catch the train at all?

Performance dates throughout the residency are 7:00 on Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 on Sundays and a Brown Bag lunchtime performance on Friday, May 26.

Make sure you're on the train and get your tickets at Brown Paper Tickets now!

GoFundMe - Help us Open More Doors on the Lyric!

You can play a part in helping the Lyric Center open our doors to more performances and programs!  


We need to reconstruct doorways in their historic locations in order to renovate more space inside the Lyric.  We have already received $175,000 in grant funding for this project, but we still need support through donations as well.



As of February, 2017 we have raised $15,000 in cash.  30% to our donation goal!

Donate today
by mail to Lyric Storefront Reconstruction, PO Box 416, Virginia, MN 55792, or go to our site on GoFundMe!
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Thanks for grant from the following:
State Historic Preservation Office
Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board
Business Energy Retrofit Program
Virginia Community Foundation
Virginia Economic Development Authority
The Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants Program has been made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. Administered by the Minnesota Historical Society.

Thanks for support from our donors:
Twilla Ahola
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Simensen
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Jane and Al Wertanen
Jason Wiederhold
Doreen Wolf
Jean Young
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Ole Zupetz

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