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Environmental engineers will collect urine at Urinetown this summer

For three weekends starting on July 30, Urinetown: The Musical! will be playing at Ann Arbor’s West Park and the environmental biotechnology group will be there collecting urine.| Short Read
EnlargeDoctoral Student Jeseth Delgado Vela and Professor Lutgarde Raskin collected urine on Saturday, August 1.
IMAGE:  Doctoral Student Jeseth Delgado Vela and Professor Lutgarde Raskin collected urine on Saturday, August 1.

The group is studying how human urine and products derived from it need to be processed to safely fertilize food crops. They will be providing mobile restrooms during Urinetown in hopes that patrons will donate urine.

The musical will be performed by Ann Arbor’s Penny Seats Theatre Company.

“This is a fun and unique partnership to be sure. We are thrilled with the opportunity, and this aligns with the Penny Seats mission … it’s educational, it benefits society, and it brings value to our loyal patrons who are so kind to brave the great outdoors every summer for our shows,” Lauren London, Urinetown’s director and the Penny Seats’ president, stated on reelroyreviews.com.

Set in an absurd dystopian future where one must pay to pee, the show satirizes corporate bureaucracy, pie-in-the-sky optimism, revolution without a plan, and the musical theatre genre itself.

Urinetown will be performed on July 30, 31, Aug 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, and 15 (all shows at 7 pm).

Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for children 13 and under. Please click here to buy tickets.

To read more about the collaboration, please visit reelroyreviews.com.

Doctoral Student Jeseth Delgado Vela and Professor Lutgarde Raskin collected urine on Saturday, August 1.
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