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A Bridge to the Stars trails a boy’s search for belonging in the endless night of a Scandinavian village

A Bridge to the Stars is a poignant tale of a young boy’s search for meaning written by the novelist Henning Mankell, and is staged March 3–11 on the ASU Tempe campus.

Photo by Tim Trumble.

February 09, 2011

The ASU School of Theatre and Film in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

A Bridge to the Stars is a poignant and soulful tale of a boy’s search for family, community and meaning, set against the “endless night” – a land of no sun – in a mythical Scandinavian village. This play is presented by the ASU School of Theatre and Film March 3–11, 2011, and is appropriate for all ages.

Directed by William Partlan, associate professor in the School of Theatre and Film, A Bridge to the Stars tells the tale Joel, a lonely eleven-year-old, whose mother has abandoned him and his father, Samuel, in the bitterly austere northern regions of Sweden. Samuel, a former merchant marine, plants wanderlust and the dream of the sea in Joel’s heart as the boy searches for love and meaning in his small village. His quest brings him to an understanding of his neighbors – who are at first as isolated and cold as the white world outdoors – of other boys his age, and finally of his father. The play ends with the coming of spring, with Joel achieving a sense of growth and belonging.

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ASU School of Theatre and Film:

Lyceum Theatre, 901. S. Forest Mall, ASU Tempe campus

March 3–4 and March 9–11 at 7:30 p.m.; March 5–6 at 2 p.m.

$8–$23; Half-price tickets are available on the First Friday of any MainStage Season production. Student tickets are $8. ASU faculty and staff tickets are $12 for Friday and Saturday performances, $10 Sunday–Thursday.

Public Contact
Herberger Institute box office, 480.965.6447
School of Theatre and Film, 480.965.5337

The School of Theatre and Film in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University provides a comprehensive range of courses in performance and directing; design and production; new work development; theatre and performance studies; film; and theatre for youth. Its Theatre for Youth program is nationally ranked in the top three and the dramatic writing/playwriting program is ranked 15th among public institutions by U.S.News & World Report. To learn more about the School of Theatre and Film, visit

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Laurie A. Trotta Valenti
ASU School of Theatre and Film