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      Finnish play travels back in time

      Finlandia University is offering the third and final saga of the Finnish play titled, "What Now, Niskavuori?"The play takes place in the 1940s at the end of WWII."When they had large farms in Finland, at that time, they had to sacrifice and give 40 percent of their land away to the refugees from Karelia and then to the men fallen the front," said Melvin Kangas, director.Pam Pouttu plays the main character, Loviisa Niskavuori, who doesn't want to give up her share of land."She's a very strong individual. She's a very manipulative individual. She keeps her family hopping. When Loviisa has a plan, she'll see that plan to the end, and it doesn't make any difference who gets hurt. In the meantime, she's going to get what she wants," said Pouttu.The 18 member cast is made up of Finlandia students and staff along with community members.The performers say itâ??s the type of play audience members can relate to."You know, the war situation and all the different wars we've had, even after WWII, you know, there will be empathy with the loss of young men," Kangas said."I think for some of the older people, it'll be a glimpse as to how life used to be. I think people are going to see a bit of familiarity and 'Gee that looks like grandma's house,'" Pouttu said.The play will be at the Finnish American Heritage center located at 435 Quincy Street in downtown Hancock. Tickets are five dollars at the door, and Finlandia students can attend the play for free.


      Thursday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m.Friday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m.

      Saturday, November 3 at 7:30 p.m.Sunday, November 4 at 2:30 p.m.