Thursday, November 1, 2018

(All day)

Second Skin

(All day)
Runs 60 minutes

The Southern Theater
1420 S Washington Ave

Presented by Playable Artworks
  • Drama
  • Experimental

Erin Olson is a fourth generation medium, a person who talks to spirits. Unfortunately, her recent death has hindered her ability to work. Now she needs an assistant, a conduit to the living world. You're invited to interview for this position. Come along and try your hand at contacting the spirit realm, but know that whether or not the spirits can be put to rest is up to you. This audio-driven, site-specific adventure for a single audience member takes you around the West Bank neighborhood, and is powered by an interactive app.

Second Skin makes you the protagonist in an interactive horror adventure. Wear comfy shoes, bring your cell phone, and dress for the weather, because your journey will take you away from the safety of the Southern Theater. Ticket holders will also have access to extra pre-show materials set in the world of the play, which can offer a different perspective on the story.

You must book your ticket in advance for this experience. No tickets will be available at the door. Answers to FAQs can be found here.

Accessibility: the route of Second Skin involves ascending a flight of steps. If you need step-free or wheelchair accessible access, we have an alternate route available for performances before 4pm on Saturday, or e-mail [email protected] to make other arrangements. Other accessibility requests can be addressed to the same email.

Second Skin is intended to be experienced solo. If you have concerns about exploring the West Bank on your own, we invite you to purchase a Buddy System pass. This will admit you and a friend to the show. Note that one person will be driving the experience, and the other will be listening in, kind of like a ghost following you around. If you want to experience the show alone, select a "Solo" $20 ticket. E-mail [email protected] with questions.

​Performances take place frequently throughout the Festival. A full schedule is available here.

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1 pm

Radio Gals

1:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Ives Auditorium/Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center
11411 Masonic Home Dr, Bloomington, MN 55437

Call 952-948-6506
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Presented by Sidekick Theatre
  • Comedy
  • Musical


Set in the 1920s when radio ruled the airwaves and small stations thrived, Radio Gals is a charming musical about Hazel Hunt from Cedar Ridge, Arkansas, who broadcasts from her front parlor with her “all-girl” orchestra, “The Hazelnuts”, as radio WGAL. What comes over the local airwaves is an array of hilarious toe-tapping songs. However, Hazel’s broadcasts are not always so local due to her habit of impinging on other frequencies, like NBC’s, attracting the attention of a federal radio inspector who’s intent on shutting down WGAL. It turns out though, he has a fine tenor voice, plays a mean accordion and quickly becomes enchanted by the “Hazelnuts”

From the creators of Pump Boys and Dinettes. 

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7 pm

The Laramie Cycle by the Tectonic Theatre Project

Howard Conn Theatre @ Plymouth Congregational Church
1900 Nicollet Ave. Minneapolis, MN

Presented by Uprising Theatre Company
  • Drama

The Laramie Project  

On October 6th of 1998 Matthew Shepard was beaten and left to die tied to a fence in the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming. He died 6 days later. His torture and murder became a watershed historical moment in America that highlighted many of the fault lines in our culture..

A month after the murder the members of Tectonic Theater Project traveled to Laramie and conducted interviews with the people of the town. From these interviews they wrote the play The Laramie Project. The piece has been seen by more than 30 million people around the country.

The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later

In 2008, the members of Tectonic Theater Project returned to Laramie, Wyoming to explore how the town had changed since the murder of Matthew Shepard. What they found defied their expectations. The result was a new play about how we construct our own history. This is the continuing story of an American town.

See both these shows:

All tickets, no matter what level you buy at, are for general admission seating. If you’d like to see BOTH Laramie Project and Laramie 10 Years Later you can use the coupon code laramie to get $10 off your tickets (when you purchase tickets for both shows at the same time). You’ll enter coupon code during check out.

To order tickets, select the date/time you’d like and then the amount you’d like to pay for your ticket. General Admission is $20 but we also have pay what you can and support levels.

Every performance will be followed by a facilitated talkback.

The Laramie Project will run:

Friday, October 26,

Saturday, October 27 matinee, 

Monday October 29, 

Saturday November 3 evening, 

Thursday November 8, 

Saturday November 10 matinee, 

Monday November 12, 

Friday November 16,

Saturday November 17 matinee

The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later will run:

Saturday October 27 evening,

Thursday November 1,

Friday November 2,

Saturday November 3 matinee,

Monday November 5,

Friday November 9,

Saturday November 10 evening,

Thursday November 15,

Saturday November 17 evening

These shows will play at the Howard Conn Theatre

at Plymouth Congregational Church

1900 Nicollet Ave.

Minneapolis, MN

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Paul Dahlin Concert

Paul Dahlin Family & Friends Concert and Dance

7:00 pm

American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55407

$13 ASI members / $15 non-members
Call 612-871-4907
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Presented by The American Swedish Institute
  • Musical
  • Dance

This special concert of Swedish and Swedish-American music will take place in the ballroom of ASI's Turnblad Mansion and offer plenty of time for dancing! The event will feature Paul’s exquisite musicianship on the fiddle, with Daniel Dahlin, Marikay Dahlin, Bruce Johnson, Ross Sutter and members of the ASI Spelmanslag rounding out the band. 

Paul is the founder of the ASI Spelmanslag and is particularly interested in getting young people involved in music. He wishes to designate the proceeds of this event to support youth music programs at the American Swedish Institute. Tack, Paul!

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FML: how Carson McCullers saved my life

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Rarig Center
330 21st Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455

$7 Students, $12 Faculty/Staff/Alumni, $17 Public
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Presented by University of Minnesota Theatre Arts and Dance
  • Drama

FML: how Carson McCullers saved my life
By Sarah Gubbins
Directed by Kym Longhi
Presented on the Larry Liu Stage in the Kilburn Theatre

Jo is in her junior year of high school in LaGrange, Illinois. She develops an ambiguous relationship with Emma, the new transfer student. She is assigned to read The Heart is a Lonely Hunter and immediately identifies with the main character as an outsider that is perpetually misunderstood. FML: how Carson McCullers saved my life is a story about the transformative power of literature to alter the way we view the larger world, finding a sense of belonging and being true to yourself even when others tell you not to. Minnesota Premiere.

Estimated Run Time: 90 Minutes
Tickets: $7 Students, $12 Faculty/Staff/Alumni, $17 Public

Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.

Tickets and additional information at

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The Tempest by William Shakespeare

7:30 pm
Runs 100 minutes

SpringHouse Ministry Center
610 W 28th St

$18 - $40
Call 800-838-3006
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Presented by Theatre Coup d'Etat
  • Drama
  • Comedy

Theatre Coup d’Etat presents The Tempest by William Shakespeare, directed by James Napoleon Stone, performing October 26 - November 17, 2018, all 7:30pm showings at SpringHouse Ministry Center in Minneapolis.

MINNEAPOLIS – Two-time Ivey Award-winning Theatre Coup d’Etat is proud to present this story of magic, redemption, and the power of self-realization to the Twin Cities. This story is Prospero’s, as we feel her experience the bitterness and rage of betrayal from her brother Antonio, who instead of love choses to take her title, career, and even attempt her life. Escaping by the sheer compassion of her friend Golanzo, Prospero and her daughter Miranda are marooned on an enchanted island, where they find the orphaned creature Caliban and the supernatural Ariel. Refining her magic on the island for 12 years, Prospero allows her rage and pain to consume and drive the development of her powers, bringing her brother and his court crashing unto the shores in a terrible tempest, the mechanism of her revenge. Watch as Prospero comes dangerously close to becoming that which betrayed her, and finding that her greatest power lies not within her magic and manipulation, but in the ability to let go of the past and move forward as a more compassionate version of herself.

The show will feature Prospero played by award-winning local actor Meri Golden, who received the “Classical Performance of the Year” award in Lavender Magazine for her portrayal of the Nurse in Theatre Coup d’Etat’s production of Romeo & Juliet. Meri will be reunited with director James Napoleon Stone, who received an IVEY Award for his co-direction of Hamlet and “Best Director” in City Pages for Equus. Combining actor-driven movement, a blend of live and engineered soundscape, and the black box seating of SpringHouse Ministry Center, Theatre Coup d’Etat’s production of The Tempest is can’t-miss experience.

Admission is sliding scale, $18-$40. Tickets available at or call 1-800-838-3006. SpringHouse Ministry Center is located at 610 W 28th St.

The Tempest preview (pay-what-you-can):

Thursday, October 25, showtime 7:30pm (doors 7:00pm)

The Tempest performances (sliding scale): $18-$40

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Monday, showtimes 7:30pm (doors 7:00pm)

October 26, 27, 29

November 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 12, 15, 16, 17

(Monday, October 29 and November 12 are pay-what-you-can performances)


PROSPERO - Meri Golden, ARIEL - Kelly Nelson, SPIRITS - Mairead Koehler and Sophina Saggau,  CALIBAN - Craig James Hostetler, MIRANDA - Stephanie Ruas, FERDINAND - Clay Man Soo, ALONSO - Sue Gerver, ANTONIO - Brian Joyce, SEBASTIAN - Andoni Marinos, GONZALO - Jim Ahrens, STEPHANO - Madeleine Rowe, TRINCULO - Kevin Fanshaw


DIRECTOR - James Napoleon Stone, STAGE MANAGER - Alexandra Pozniak, LIGHTING DESIGN - Mark Kieffer, COSTUME DESIGN - Chelsea Wren Hanvy, COSTUME ASSISTANTS - Kaitlyn Larsen, SOUND DESIGNER - Forest Godfrey

The show will run approximately 2 hours with one 10-minute intermission. Free street parking is available.

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Noises Off

7:30 pm

McGuire Proscenium Stage
818 South 2nd Street Minneapolis, MN 55415

$29 - $78
Call 6122256191
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Presented by Guthrie Theater
  • Comedy

In this rip-roaring classic, the audience is treated to a hilarious behind-the-scenes peek at an acting troupe rehearsing and performing the farce Nothing On. Despite nerves, dropped lines and technical difficulties, they make it through rehearsal and open the show. As time goes by, things deteriorate until pandemonium ensues and axe-wielding co-stars, drunken cast members and misplaced sardines take center stage during a disaster of a performance that threatens to jinx the old saying, “The show must go on.”

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The 1940's Radio Hour

7:30 pm

Beverly and John Lord Knight Performance Hall
University of Northwestern - St. Paul 3003 Snelling Ave N St. Paul, MN 55113

Call 651-631-5151
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Presented by The University of Northwestern - St. Paul
  • Musical
  • Dance

The 1940s Radio Hour is a fast moving, jazz infused, swing dance musical featuring standards from the 40s.  With a full jazz band onstage (think Glen Miller) along with colorful characters acting their story line in real time (a radio broadcast), favorites such as “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”, and “Blue Moon” will have you “In the Mood” for a thrilling stage experience.

Recommended for ages 10 and up. 

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Julian McFaul in A PRELUDE TO FAUST. Photo by Bruce Silcox.

A Prelude to Faust

7:30 pm
Runs 60 minutes

Open Eye Figure Theatre
506 E 24th Street, Minneapolis

$10 - 24
Call (612) 874-6338
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Presented by Open Eye Figure Theatre
  • Drama
  • Comedy

Michael Sommers’ critically acclaimed puppet epic returns to the stage! Inspired by Sommers’ longtime obsession with Goethe’s dramatic poem about a man who sells his soul to the devil, A PRELUDE TO FAUST conjures a miniature surreal world of tormented souls, flying spirits and disembodied hands. With virtuosic puppetry and an original score by Michael Koerner performed with a live orchestra, this landmark production is not to be missed!

"Not only is it the sort of show one regrets ending, it's tempting to come back the next night and see what unlikely moments one missed the first time. Apparently the devil really is in the details." - Quinton Skinner, City Pages (2007)

"It appears to be a puppet show, but it's much more than that. It's a social comedy, a morality tale, with some surrealism in the shape of flying human hearts thrown in for good measure." - Euan Kerr, MPR (2007)

A PRELUDE TO FAUST was commissioned by the Walker Art Center in 1998 and was the first production in Open Eye’s historic theatre in 2007. FAUST was also performed at the Henson International Festival of Puppet Theater in 2000. Open Eye co-founder Michael Sommers wrote the show after researching the Faust story in Germany and the Czech Republic.

Like any myth, meaning shifts over time, as it has in Sommers’ representation of the immortal tale since the last production more than a decade ago. With this latest production of A PRELUDE TO FAUST, Sommers explores more ecstatic violence and a more intensely heartbreaking love story.

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The 4 Seasons

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

The Lab Theater
700 North 1st Street Minneapolis, MN 55401

Call 612-333-7977
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Presented by The Moving Company
  • Drama
  • Comedy

A hotel. A year.

Quality linens and room service.

Vivaldi and Chekhov.

Piazzolla as well.

A change of weather.

A change of heart.

A get away, a hideaway.

A prelude, a refuge.

An interlude, a start.

Purgatory or paradise.

You can’t beat the price.


Conceived by by Steven Epp, Nathan Keepers and Dominique Serrand.

Directed by Dominique Serrand.

Featuring: Heidi Bakke, Joy Dolo and Steven Epp

Designed by: Sonya Berlovitz (costumes), Marcus Dilliard (lights), Justin Burk (sound), Dominique Serrand and Safa Sarvestani (set)

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Scapin at Open Book

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Open Book
1011 Washington Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55415

Call 612-203-9502
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Presented by Ten Thousand Things
  • Comedy


By Molière

October 11 – November 4

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm

Sundays at 4pm

$20 tickets Oct 11-14;  $30 for subsequent shows. Pay What You Can for all shows.

Guest directed by Randy Reyes

Featuring Sarah AgnewRicardo BeairdElise LangerKris NelsonKimberly Richardson and Karen Wiese-Thompson

A raucous comedy about love, revenge, family dynamics, deception and greed. Through a fast-paced delivery, questions of class divisions and entitlement are peeled in front of our eyes: Who has the upper hand in the end? Those with wit or those with money? Those who are generous or those who are greedy?

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Lend Me a Tenor

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street, Excelsior, MN 55331

Call 952-474-5951
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Presented by Old Log Theatre
  • Comedy

This Tony Award winning madcap screwball comedy, set in 1934, will keep you laughing all night long!

"Non-stop laughter."      "Uproarious! Hysterical!"       "A rib-tickling comedy.” 

                       “The most inventive, original farce in a long time”


Saunders, the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, is set to welcome world famous Tito Morelli, the greatest tenor of his era, to appear for one night only as Otello.  The star arrives late, and following a series of hilarious mishaps, is given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out.  Thinking Tito has died, Saunders convinces his assistant Max to put on Morelli’s costume and fool the audience into believing they are seeing the star.  Max succeeds, but Morelli comes to and puts on his other costume ready to perform. Hilarity ensues!

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Ghost Quartet

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

North Garden Theater
929 West 7th Street, St. Paul, Minnesota

Presented by Theatre Elision
  • Musical

“Ghost Quartet” is a song cycle about love, death and whiskey from Dave Malloy, the Tony-nominated creator of the Broadway hit “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812.”  A camera breaks and four friends drink in an interwoven tale spanning seven centuries, with a murderous sister, a treehouse astronomer, a bear, a subway, and the ghost of Thelonious Monk.  The story draws from several fairy tales and "ghost stories", including Snow White and Rose Red, Edgar Allen Poe's Fall of the House of Usher, and One Thousand and One Nights (commonly known as Arabian Nights). There may also be some Princess Zelda references you might recognize. Cast members present the story and music as a "concept album" and accompany themselves on keyboard, violin, ukulele, guitar, mandolin, and percussion.  The audience may also be called upon for additional percussion and whiskey drinking.

October 29-November 3 at North Garden Theater in St. Paul ~ Doors and Bar opens at 7:00 pm ~ Show starts at 7:30 pm

Monday October 29th - Industry Night/Pay What You Can

Tuesday October 30th - Post-Show Whiskey Tasting hosted by the Twin Cities chapter of Women Who Whiskey

Wednesday October 31st - Post-Show Halloween Party - Come in costume, get free drink!

Thursday November 1st - Talk Back Session

Friday and Saturday, November 2nd and 3rd - No Special Events, Just Great Fun!

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Spring Awakening: The Musical

7:30 pm
Runs 140 minutes

Century College West Theatre
3401 Century Ave. N White Bear Lake, MN 55110

Call (651) 779-3475
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Presented by Century College Theatre Company
  • Musical

Spring Awakening-The Musical                                                                                                                                                                       Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater                                                                                                                                                                    Music by Duncan Sheik                                                                                                                                                                                  Based on the play by Frank Wedekind

The winner of eight Tony Awards, including “Best Musical”, Four Laurence Olivier Awards including “Best New Musical,” The Grammy Award for “Best Musical Show Album” and many more awards, this is a musical for our time. Entertainment Weekly called the musical “…the most gorgeous Broadway score this decade.” Charles Isherwood of the New York Times wrote” Broadway…may never be the same…[A] brave new musical, haunting and electrifying by turns.” Our production of this beautiful musical is filled with unique staging, wonderful visuals, and powerful and universal themes that are shared with the attending audience by a cast of highly talented performers from throughout the Twin Cities area.   

WHO: The Century College Theatre Company   

Where:  Century College West Theatre                                                                                                                                                                       3401Century Ave. N                                                                                                                                                                                       White Bear Lake, MN 55110

Performances: October 26, 27, November 1,2,3, 8,9,10 @7:30 PM and November 3 & 10 @2:00PM

Tickets: $12.00- General, $10.00-Students (from any college or school), $10.00-Seniors

Tickets available at and at the door (if tickets remain available).

For Further information: Call 651-747-4059

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

7:30 pm
Runs 200 minutes

Bloomington Center for the Arts: Blackbox
1800 W. Old Shakopee Road Bloomington, MN

Call 952-232-0814
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Presented by The Chameleon Theatre Circle
  • Drama

“I must be crazy to be in a loony bin like this,” states Randall P. McMurphy in the captivating and controversial One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. To avoid a long prison sentence, McMurphy is able to get himself committed to a mental institution, but it’s far from the easy stint he had hoped. Under the sharp eye of Nurse Ratched, McMurphy struggles with the darkness within himself and the patients around him. Racism, sexism, and power will all collide in this contemporary classic.


One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Dale Wasserman runs October 19-November 11, 2018 at the Black Box Theatre at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts. It is directed by Lauren Diesch.

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8 pm

Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn

8:00 pm

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
501 W 78TH ST, Chanhassen, MN

$51 - $91
Call 952.934.1525
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Presented by Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
  • Musical

Nothing but blue skies ahead when Jim turns his new farmhouse into an entertainment venue and inn during the holidays. Together with the lovely schoolteacher Linda, they celebrate seven holidays with dazzling song-and-dance performances sure to warm your heart.

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