Cornell theatre professor and student featured at Minnesota Fringe Festival

Bloddeuwedd, a one-person show based on a Welsh legend, will receive its world premiere at the Minnesota Fringe. The show tells the story of a young woman who is magically fashioned from flowers, becomes enmeshed in a brutal marriage and a passionate affair, and is punished by being turned into an owl.

Erin Daly as Bloddeuwedd/Photos by Katelyn Hillmeyer

Written and directed by Mark Hunter, Professor of Theatre at Cornell College, and featuring a performance by Erin Daly, a Cornell junior, Bloddeuwedd was developed at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa.  It is both a literary horror story, recounted in poetic language, and a feminist fable about a woman’s ultimate empowerment in the face of brutal circumstances and her systematic repression.  Like the myth that inspires it, the story is full of unexpected twists and turns, behavioral insights, and fantastic events.  Dealing with both sexual themes and violent episodes, Bloddeuwedd is intended for mature audiences.

Hunter is a free lance professional director and a professor of theatre at Cornell College.  While he has directed more than 80 theatrical productions in both professional and academic settings, Bloddeuwedd represents his debut as a playwright.  Daly is an artist and a student as well as an actor, mixing her theatrical work with her interests in art history and classical studies.  This show was created specifically for her to perform and was showcased last May as part of a larger site-specific theatrical venture known as The Owling Project.

Bloddeuwedd (pronounced “Bluth-a weth,” with the “th” sounds resembling the “th” in the word “the”), will be presented as part of the Minnesota Fringe Festival with performances at the Ritz Theater Studio at 345 13th Avenue NE on Saturday, August 7 at 4:00 p.m.; Monday, August 9 at 10:00 p.m.; Wednesday, August 11 at 10:00 p.m.; Thursday, August 12 at 8:30 p.m.; and Saturday, August 14 at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $12.00 plus a $4.00 admission button and are available at or by calling (866) 811-4111.

For further information, contact Mark Hunter at (319) 321-5501.