Sweet Land, the musical
Book by Perrin Post and Laurie Flanigan Hegge
Lyrics by Laurie Flanigan Hegge
Music by Dina Maccabee
From the film Sweet Land by Ali Selim and the short story “A Gravestone Made of Wheat” by Will Weaver
Directed by Perrin Post
Choreography by Joe Chvala
Musical Arrangements by Robert Elhai
Musical Direction by Jason Hansen
April 29–May 28, 2017
A poignant, lyrical celebration of land, love, and the American immigrant experience
1920. Inge Altenberg journeys to America to marry a bachelor farmer, sight unseen. But in the wake of WWI, Inge’s German heritage turns her new neighbors against the match. Under cathedral skies, the determined young immigrant and her stoic farmer fight for their lives, facing their own misgivings and the harshness of an unforgiving land. A lyrical celebration of hard-won independence and a reflection of generations past, Sweet Land reminds us of who we are - and where we came from.
Did You Know?
After purchasing the film rights to “A Gravestone Made of Wheat” by Will Weaver, director Ali Selim spent much of the 1990s working on the script as he worked as a director of TV commercials.
Learn More about the Musical:
- Sweet Land an immigration-themed love story that had to be a musical (Pioneer Press, 4/26/17)
- Interview with Playwright and Lyricst: Perrin Post and Laurie Flanigan Hegge (cherryandspoon.com)
- Listen to "The Photograph" by composer Dina Maccabee