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Nature, an immersive theater experience celebrating Emerson and Thoreau's love of nature, returns to Minneapolis and debuts in Concord
Nature, an immersive theater experience celebrating Emerson and Thoreau's love of nature, returns to Minneapolis and debuts in Concord
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In 2017, people across the country are celebrating Henry David Thoreau's birthday. 2017 is also a big year for TigerLion Arts as we continue our national tour of Nature for the Nation. We're on the road again, revisiting two of our favorite Minnesota locations and making our East Coast debut in Nature's spiritual home: Concord Massachusetts!

First up, we're offering FREE performances at Washburn Fair Oaks Park, September 8 - 17. We're bringing this show to one of the most dense and diverse neighborhoods in Minneapolis while showcasing a gem of a public park in a whole new light.  In addition we're offering school matinees to over 600 students from Minnesota schools!

To maximize our impact in the neighborhood, we're working with local partners such as Whittier Alliance, City of Lakes Waldorf School, Hennepin History Museum, Mia and the Minneapolis Parks & Recreation Board.  We've also partnered with Project SuccessChildren & Nature Network and the local North Star Chapter of the Sierra Club! 

Next, Concord! Thanks to an "Imagine Your Parks" grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Park Service, we're taking Nature to Concord, Massachusetts. The Old Manse, a national historic landmark, was the center of Concord’s political, literary, and social revolutions in the mid-19th-century, hosting discussions between leading Transcendentalists such as Whitman, Fuller, Thoreau, Hawthorne, and Emerson. 

The Trustees for Reservations are our gracious hosts, and we'll be out there for two weeks - September 22 - October 1. More info here.

And our last stop is a return to where Nature began - the beautiful Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, October 5 - 8. We'll be restaging Nature in their new Bee & Pollinator Center. Get a sneak peek here.

But wait, there’s more! As part of our activities, we’re working with a film crew from Twin Cities Public Television to create a documentary about Nature for the Nation. This medium will allow us to expand Nature’s reach to hundreds of thousands of students and adults of all ages throughout the country!

But before we can do all this, we need your help. Your donation, large or small, makes all the difference.  We've already raised 85% of our budget for 2017, but we need your support to reach our goal.  So please come join us on this awesome adventure and help us bring Nature to the nation.   

Risks and challenges

Touring a show like Nature is no small task - with a cast of 13, plus musicians, guides and crew, we're a big traveling circus. When you factor in the complications of performing outdoors, where weather, wildlife and insects are completely beyond our control, things really get exciting.
But we've been performing Nature for 4 years and performing outdoors for over 20 years, and we've got excellent people in place to manage all of the complexity. We've made the outdoor elements a integral part of our production, and it is in this interplay with nature that the production truly shines.

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    Join us on the Nature journey

    Your name will be in the Nature program, distributed to thousands of other nature lovers during the Minnesota and Massachusetts runs.

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    A relaxing afternoon with Nature

    Read the essay that started it all, in a special edition made just for TigerLion Arts, while listening to a CD from our piper, Andrew Forbes

    Includes:
    • Special TLA edition of Emerson’s Nature essay
    • Credit in the Nature program
    • Andrew Forbes CD
    • Card signed by the Nature cast
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    Wear your love of Nature proudly

    Show your love for Nature with one of our new shirts - select from Thoreau or Emerson

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    • Nature t-shirt
    • Card signed by the Nature cast
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    Book-lover package

    Books to take on your next nature expedition

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    • Special TLA edition of Emerson’s Nature essay
    • Richard Louv’s The Nature Principle
    • Credit in the Nature program
    • Card signed by the Nature cast
    • Discovery at Walden book
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    Nature for the whole family

    Immerse the whole family in nature with this new activity book about Thoreau, a journal to collect your impressions, plus special Emerson wildflower seeds to leave a lasting mark.

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    • Credit in the Nature program
    • Nature Walk Journal
    • Emerson wildflower seeds
    • Henry David Thoreau for Kids book
    • TigerLion water bottle
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    Experience Nature, then take it home

    Join us at any of our tour locations in 2017 - two tickets for any performance in Minneapolis, Chaska or Concord. You'll also get a copy of our TPT documentary and an Andrew Forbes CD so you can relive the experience in your own home.

    Includes:
    • Tickets to any performance
    • TPT DVD documentary about Nature - to be mailed in early 2018
    • Richard Louv’s The Nature Principle
    • Credit in the Nature program
    • Andrew Forbes CD
    • Card signed by the Nature cast
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    Your name in the film credits

    Not only do you get four tickets to see Nature live, you'll see your name in the Special Thanks section of our TPT documentary.

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    • Credit in the Nature program
    • Tickets to any performance
    • Nature t-shirt
    • TPT DVD documentary about Nature - to be mailed in early 2018
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    Become a movie producer

    You'll get producer credit on our exciting TPT documentary, which will be seen six times a year across Minnesota.

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