Sunday, September 16, 2018

2 pm

The Gin Game

2:00 pm

Ives Auditorium in the Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center
11411 Masonic Home Dr. Bloomington, MN 55437

Call 952-948-6506
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Presented by Sidekick Theatre
  • Drama

Sidekick Theatre kicks off their 5th season with the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama The Gin Game. Two sharp-witted residents of a retirement home strike up an acquaintance during a game of gin. Over time their game passes from cordial to flirtatious to an eventual battle of wills. Vulnerabilities and intimate secrets gradually bubble to the surface as they begin to search for each other's weaknesses in both the game and life itself. The Gin Game stars Twin City theater legends Candace Barrett and Raye Birk under the direction of Tim Stolz.

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Sometimes There’s Wine

Park Square Theatre
The Andy Boss Thrust Stage 20 West 7th Place, Saint Paul, MN 55102

$20 – $60
Call 651.291.7005
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Presented by Park Square Theatre
  • Comedy
  • Storytelling

The 2 Sugars, Room for Cream team, Shanan Custer and Carolyn Pool, continue their comedic conversations about life, during that “little sliver of time in a woman’s life when you can either get pregnant or break a hip.” When there’s wine, the stories flow – from celebration and joy to nostalgia and regret (and sometimes questionable text messages). Laugh along as you bond over life’s funny circumstances.

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We Will Rock You

2:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

  • Closing night

Ashland Productions

Call 651-274-8020
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Presented by Ashland Productions
  • Musical

Are you ready to ROCK!!! Do you LOVE the music of Queen? Do you love a rockin’ fun jukebox musical? You do not want to miss the REGIONAL PREMIERE of WE WILL ROCK YOU!, The Queen Musical! What a way to kick off Ashland Productions 20th Anniversary Season. Get your tickets NOW to Ashland’s first ever ALL AGES Staged Reading! Only 3 performances, so get those tickets NOW! 

Friday, September 14, 7:30pm
Saturday, September 15, 7:30pm and
Sunday, September 15, 2pm

Tickets $10-$16 

We Will Rock You is set in the future, on a place once called Earth. Globalisation is complete. Everyone watches the same movies, wears the same clothes, and thinks the same thoughts. A safe, happy Ga Ga world. 

The Company Computers generate the music and the kids download it. All musical instruments are banned. But resistance is growing. A hero is needed. Is the one who calls himself Galileo that man, and can he help them Break Free? 

Legendary band Queen, fronted by the dynamic Freddie Mercury before his death in 1991, have been making music together since the 70's and have now joined forces with writer Ben Elton to bring their unique sound to theatreland. This mega-musical, seen by over 5 million people, includes 32 of Queen's classic hits, including Killer Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio Ga Ga, and more. 

One dream. One vision. One smash hit. Book your tickets today! 

Taking place in the distant future, the story of We Will Rock You exists predominantly as a framework allowing the cast to perform covers of Queen's greatest hits. Earth's name has been changed to Planet Mall. Everyone wears the same clothes, thinks the same thoughts and goes about in a brain-dead haze. Musical instruments and composers are forbidden, and rock music is all but unknown. However, a small group of "Bohemians" struggles to restore the free exchange of thought, fashion, and (most of all) live music. With the help of Pop, an ancient hippie librarian, two Bohemians, Galileo and Scaramouche, find Rock's Holy Grail, Brian May's guitar buried in the remains of Wembley Stadium.

Music and Lyrics by QUEEN
Story and Script by BEN ELTON
Director: Michael Todaro
Vocal Director: Emily Villano


Galileo: Alex Johnson
Kashoggi: Bryan Smith
Buddy Pops: Craig Turino
Killer Queens: Rachel Cathey, Theresa McConnon, Grace Renstrom, Kara Salava, Emily Seifers
Brit: Justin Madsen
Ozzy: Kaitlin McKlellan
Scaramouche: Kristen Bark, Paige Klemenhagen, Lucy Polkinghorne

Adults: Jennifer Clemens, Holly Forsberg, Connie Kurtz, Kevin Kurtz, Judy Livingston, Jim Luchsinger, Craig Pearson, Rachel Tabalba, Traci Walker, Kris Ecklund

Bohemians: Maddilyn Alden, Sam Arbuckle, James Bresette, Addyson Clemens, Rhiannon Ebert, Casey Hanson-Rosenberg, Kaylena Hoffman, Lucia Johnson, Eddie Koch, Collin Krieger, Riley Krieger, James Kurtz, John Kurtz, Rachel Luchsinger, Leah Orman, Molly Pults, Gabriella Ryman, Olivia Sharratt, Grace Stevenson, Delaney Tatarka, Sophie Todaro, Sofia Vasquez, Myruem Mwassa

Ga-Ga Kids: Erica Bartkey, Madelyn Davis, Alexa DeRoche, Callahan Fish, Maya Forsberg, Natalie Forsberg, Presley Hanes, Claire Huss, Caileigh Kilbride, Annah King, Jesse Kurtz, Molly LaPlante, Zoey Livingston, Ashley Myers, Raegan Pearson, Nina Perkins, Natalie Pietig, Gabriel Roers, Claire Van Ranst, Cullen Van Ranst, Emily Walker, Bridget Wallace

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Little Women

2:00 pm

Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55408

$37 - $47
Call 612.822.7063
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Presented by Jungle Theater
  • Drama
  • Storytelling


Tuesday – Saturday 7:30 p.m.
Sunday 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

by Kate Hamill
directed by Sarah Rasmussen


In the midst of the Civil War, the four March sisters are set on a journey from adolescence to adulthood: a classic tale saturated with a contemporary air. The Jungle commissioned Kate Hamill, a playwright who’s been praised by The New York Times as “ingenious, saucy, & spunky,” to adapt this beloved and timely classic work and reunites her with Sarah Rasmussen (Sense & Sensibility at Guthrie Theater). Little Women will surprise, excite, and empower you.

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2:00 pm
Runs 150 minutes

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

$10 - $34
Call 612.333.7977
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Presented by Shoot the Glass Theater
  • Drama
  • Musical

Winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book, this breathtaking musical drama by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater shines with what Entertainment Weekly called, "the most gorgeous Broadway score this decade."  Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with a poignancy and passion that is illuminating and unforgettable.  In the wake of the powerful message sent by the youth of America in the March for our Lives, there is no better time to remember the power of young idealism and bitter consequences of repression against a generation that is ready to stand-up and speak for itself.  With its hauntingly powerful alt-rock score and electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality, and tragedy, there has never been a better time to be exhilarated by the story of Spring Awakening.  Shoot the Glass Theater is proud to partner with The Lab Theater to bring this musical to life.

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The Gin Game

2:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

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

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

Two sharp-witted residents of a retirement home are drawn together over a game of gin in this funny and touching play. Over time their game passes from cordial to flirtatious to a battle of wills, as their vulnerabilities and secrets gradually bubble to the surface.

The play stars veteran actors Candace Barrett and Raye Birk—both of whom who have appeared in many productions at the Guthrie, as well as in movies and television shows.

(Please note: The show contain limited strong language.)

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Safety Off

2:00 pm
Runs 80 minutes

Phoenix Theater
2605 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

Presented by Arts Nest
  • Drama


There have been 154 mass shootings in which four or more people have been killed since the 1966 University of Texas clock tower shooting. 11 have happened this year, including the a Marjory Stoneman Douglas Shooting on Feb. 14th, which started a movement so large it's impossible not to notice.  

Safety Off is a compilation of scenes and monologues, collected from the Protest Plays Project, meant to share various perspectives on gun violence in America. With school shootings at the forefront of this movement, it will be easy to forget our goals, as students enjoy their summer. This September, we will rekindle the conversation, and remind everyone to raise their voices in the November midterm elections. After each performance we will have talkback discussions with our audience, our artists, and members of nonprofit organizations already fighting for gun control. Through these discussions, we hope to not only have impactful conversations, but also wish to connect passionate audience members with groups in their neighborhood to help the cause.

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A Collection of One Acts

2:00 pm
Runs 150 minutes

Rilley-Jacques Barn
9100 Riley Lake Road Eden Prairie, MN

Presented by Eden Prairie Players
  • Drama
  • Comedy

The Eden Prairie Players Collection of One Acts is now in its fourteenth year! An annual favorite among theatergoers in Eden Prairie and the neighboring communities, the Collection brings a variety of short plays, comedies and dramas, to Riley-Jacques Barn in beautiful Riley Lake Park.

For 2018 we are presenting a line-up of eight new, unpublished plays. We're thrilled to be able to showcase fresh playwriting talent in this way. We chose these eight plays from a field of 250 submissions, reviewed by a group of dedicated volunteers. We take the top twenty or so plays from that process and do a day-long, live table reading to get a better feel for what they are like when performed, and make our final choices from that set. We're really excited about this year's selections!

We are continuing the popular premium seating option this year. For only a few dollars extra you can have a seat with more padding that is front and center. (See pricing for details)

We cannot serve alcohol at the show, but YOU are allowed to bring your own beer or wine beverages to enjoy during the production.  

Order early as the seating available is limited and some performances are likely to sell out!

A Collection of One-Acts is intended for a mature audience.

Production Dates:

September 14, 15 at 7:30 pm
September 16 at 2:00 pm
September 20-22 at 7:30 pm (Thursday is pay-what-you-can)
September 23 at 2:00 pm
Riley-Jacques Barn (Map)
Tickets for evening performances are $15 for general seating, $20 for premium seats.
Tickets for matinee performances are $10 for general seating, $15 for premium seats.
Tickets can be purchased at the door (cash and check only) or online for a small additional fee. 
The Thursday, September 20 performance is pay-what-you-can if you purchase at the door.

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Our 2018 line up of shows:

A Little Culture
by Elin Hampton
directed by Liz Michaelson

In an attempt to expand the horizons of her blue-collared husband George, Jane, an aspiring culture-connoisseur, brings him to the theatre for a rousing series of ten-minute plays.

JANE: Helen Collins
GEORGE: Timmy Rawerts
AUDIENCE MEMBERS: Steve Fusselman, Gina Light, Chris Maresca

Red Roses at a Funeral
by James Colgan
directed by Tim Williams

Allison has just lost her husband, Steven, in a mountain climbing accident. At his memorial service, she confronts John whom she blames for her husband's death.

ALLISON: Abbey Lowenstein 
JOHN: Bill Hupp 

How Nice of You to Ask
by Rich Rubin
directed by Jen Cordes

An already not-so-standard survey takes an unexpected turn when Alan receives some spicy answers from Mavis.

ALAN: Samuel Joseph
MAVIS: Rose Johnson

by Scott Mullen
directed by Nikki Abramson

Airport barista Zoe is curious about why she keeps seeing the same young man in the airport, day after day, even though sometimes he gets on planes; she finally asks him, and it changes her life.

PALMER: Alexander Rosenow
ZOE: Rachel Brewster
TRAVELLERS: Bill Hupp, Kayla Hambek

Put Asunder
by James McLindon
directed by Steve Ramirez

A bride has a few loose ends to tie up before walking down the aisle: Is anyone ever sure about forever?

JANET: Jenny Robinson
HALEY: Kelly Ahlman
BOB: Thomas Branham
TREY: Chris Maresca
ANGELO: Waldo Callo
SYDNEY: Thomas Branham

by Brett Hursey
directed by Lori Alsdurf

Open-toe warfare breaks out when a wife and husband get into an argument over shoes.

STEPHIE: Sher Unruh-Friesen
DAVE: Chad Giefer

A Harmony of Both
by Terence Patrick Hughes
directed by David Durkee

Emily bought a rubber chicken from The Petting Corner and it almost killed her dog. Emily has called The Petting Corner help-line nine times and is ready to kill them. The laws of nature collide with the anarchy of telephone customer service in a play about love, death, and the transcendentalism of chew-toys.

EMILY: Kayla Hambek
CONNIE: Miriam Moore-Keish
STAN: Steve Ramirez

by Peter Floyd
directed by Chad Giefer

Sandy wonders why her husband called out her sister Amelia’s name during a moment of intimacy. Does Amelia have any explanation? She has quite of number of them, actually.

AMELIA: Molly Blaeser
SANDY: Wendy Hathaway


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Lyric Arts Main Street Stage
420 East Main Street, Anoka, MN 55303

Call (763) 422-1838
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Presented by Lyric Arts Main Street Stage
  • Drama
  • Musical

Music by Tom Kitt
Lyrics and Book by Brian Yorkey
Directed by Elena Giannetti
Music Direction by Mary Cay Stone
Choreography by Mathias Anderson

With unforgettable music and a deeply moving story, If/Then follows the branching paths one woman’s life may take, painting a portrait of the lives that we lead, as well as the lives we might have led.

Elizabeth, a city planner, moves back to New York after a divorce to restart her life in the city of infinite possibilities. When her carefully designed plans collide with the whims of fate, Elizabeth’s life splits into two parallel paths. If/Thenfollows the stories of both “Liz” and “Beth” simultaneously, as this modern woman faces the intersection of choice and chance.

If/Then was a 2014 Tony Award nominee for Best Original Score and hailed as “the most compelling musical in years” by New York Magazine.

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The Church Basement Ladies in You Smell Barn

2:00 pm

Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue Burnsville, MN 55337

Call 952.895.4685
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  • Comedy
  • Musical

From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and the Jello molds are put away, these steadfast, sturdy women head to their farms, peel off their good girdles, and get on with their daily chores. In between picking eggs, milking cows, and dusting knickknacks, they congregate with some of the other lovable folks who inhabit this rural community: Earl, who delivers the mail up and down Rural Route One; Fergus, the hired man; and Tillie, who chronicles the action for the Fish County Weekly.

With plenty of crazy antics, loads of fresh laughs, and spanking new original songs, YOU SMELL BARN celebrates rural life in the 1950’s. And, at the center of it all, are your favorite Church Basement Ladies. Whether you’ve seen several versions, or are new to the world of the basement, the 7th in the Church Basement Ladies series is a musical treat for all.

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Dr. Falstaff and the Working Wives of Lake County: A Picnic Operetta

2:00 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Various MN locations

Call 1-800-838-3006
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Presented by Mixed Precipitation
  • Comedy
  • Musical

A new adaptation of Otto Nicolai’s German opera, The Merry Wives of Windsor, with a bit of Minnesota history and the music of Bruce Springsteen!

Celebrating its 10th season, Mixed Precipitation brings an edible opera adventure to parks, farms, and gardens throughout MN in August and September!

On the shores of Lake Superior, the company town is in trouble. The taconite plant has gone bust and jobs are leaving town fast. Meanwhile, the sleazy Doctor Falstaff has washed up on shore. He’s looking to sell a boat, eat some herring, and seduce some married women. Luckily, a trio of tough working gals has teamed up to chase the rat out of town. These working wives (a nurse, a park ranger, and a librarian) show the men in town who’s the Boss.

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A Nice Family Gathering

2:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

The Phipps Center for the Arts
109 Locust Street, Hudson, Wis.

Call 715.386.8409
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Presented by The Phipps Center for the Arts
  • Comedy

“A Nice Family Gathering,” a poignant comedy by Phil Olson, will be performed September 7-23 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sundays at 2:30 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wis.

Set in the Midwest, probably in Minnesota, the Lundeen family unites for the Thanksgiving holiday. This will be the first family gathering since Mr. Lundeen passed away. So naturally he decides to attend, as a spirit that only his son, Carl, can see. Mr. Lundeen is portrayed by Jon Aton of New Richmond, Wis., who was last seen in “Once Upon a Mattress” at the center. Carl is played by Austin Vockrodt Lee of Crystal, Minn., a newcomer to The Phipps stage. Dad wants Carl to tell his mother, played by Sarah Eschweiler of Minneapolis, that he loved her, a little thing he forgot to verbalize while still alive. Carl refuses to do his father’s bidding, so of course Dad is relentless.

But that is not the only dilemma the Lundeen’s are facing. Oldest son Michael, played by Danny Vopava of St. Paul, another new arrival to the center, plays a physician who is struggling with his wife’s overspending addiction and subsequent debt as a way of dealing with her infertility, which is also breaking the family bank.  Jill, his wife, is portrayed by Toni Trussoni from Falcon Heights, Minn., who was last seen in “Proposals” at The Phipps. The remaining Lundeen family member, Stacy, played by Karen Biedermann of St. Paul, is striving for family recognition. The family soon discovers that Stacy has her secrets, which finally gets her the attention she has been seeking. Rounding out the cast is the neighbor, Jerry, played by Wes McClain of Roseville, Minn., who comes to dinner as Mom’s date, much to Dad’s dismay.   

Director Gordon Hedahl returns to The Phipps to direct this nice, but nutty, family gathering. Technical director Mark Koski creates a charming setting for this family affair based on the set design of Jay Ganz. The lighting designer is Bill Larsen, the costume designer is Nancy Miller, the prop designer is Sara Kessler, and the sound designer is Kassia Lisinski. Jeff Musch serves as the stage manager.

Tickets are $26 for adults and $19 for students of any age, with a $2 discount for seniors on the Sunday matinees. Reservations may be made by contacting The Phipps ticket office at 715.386.8409 or online at The Phipps Center is 20 miles from St. Paul.

The Sunday, September 23 matinee will be American sign language interpreted. Interested patrons should contact [email protected] to make reservations.

Champagne brunch cruise and theater packages are available for the Sunday matinees. Reservations may be made by contacting Afton-Hudson Cruise Lines at 651.436.8883 or online at

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3 pm

Remembering Pins & Needles

3:00 pm
Runs 75 minutes

  • Closing night

Howard Conn Fine Arts Center
1900 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Presented by Theatre Elision
  • Musical

Pins and Needles was a Broadway phenomenon and the longest-running show of its time with over 1,100 performances.  It is the only hit musical ever produced by a labor union and performed by union members who were unknown non-professionals. Developed by the International Ladies Garment Workers Union in 1937, originally as amateur entertainment for and by their members, it became an unexpected and huge success.  Cast members were even invited to the White House to perform for Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt! Four singers and a jazz ensemble share the history of this production, with original songs and skits.  This 75-minute, one-act "docu-musical" is performed with no intermission. Featuring Actors Equity Association members Paul Coate, Elena Glass, Kenyai O'Neal and Christine Wade

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5 pm

MASTER CLASS by Terrence McNally

5:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Good Arts Collective Red Room
810 S 7th St, Minneapolis, MN 55415

Call 5053505102
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Presented by Adelante Productions
  • Drama
  • Musical

Karen Weber stars as opera diva Maria Callas, a glamorous, commanding, larger-than-life, caustic, and surprisingly drop-dead funny pedagogue who is holding a voice master class at the Juilliard School. Alternately dismayed and impressed by the students who parade before her, she retreats into recollections about the glories of her own life and career. Included in her musings are her younger years as an ugly duckling, her fierce hatred of her rivals, the unforgiving press that savaged her early performances, her triumphs at La Scala, and her affair with Aristotle Onassis. McNally's play explores the complexity of a singing actor's experience, the journey of being an assertive woman in a world run by men, and the raw vulnerability it requires to be an artist.

STAGEHAND: Michael Terrell Brown
SHARON GRAHAM: Claudia Finsaas
TONY CANDOLINO: Dominique Wooten

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6 pm

Disney's Newsies

6:30 pm
Runs 150 minutes

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
501 West 78th Street, Chanhassen, Minnesota

$51 - $91
Call 952-934-1525
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Presented by Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
  • Musical

Inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City, Jack Kelly and his friends live day-by-day selling newspapers for pennies. When a publishing giant raises the price the Newsies pay - the Newsies declare a strike against all the publishing giants. Through courage, determination, and friendship the Newsies are ready to take a stand and seize the day!

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7 pm

Frankenstein – Playing with Fire

7:00 pm

Wurtele Thrust Stage
818 South 2nd Street Minneapolis, MN 55415

$29 - $78
Call 612.377.2224
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Presented by Guthrie Theater
  • Drama

Adapted by Minnesota playwright Barbara Field from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (celebrating its 200th anniversary this year), this captivating retelling of the classic tale imagines a meeting between a dying Frankenstein and his creation in the Arctic Circle. As Frankenstein prepares to right his greatest wrong by confronting the Creature, scenes from their past are replayed and the line between good and evil is debated, revealing a powerful and agonizing question that interrogates the ethical limits of science and human imagination.

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Little Women

7:30 pm

Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55408

$37 - $47
Call 612.822.7063
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Presented by Jungle Theater
  • Drama
  • Storytelling


Tuesday – Saturday 7:30 p.m.
Sunday 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

by Kate Hamill
directed by Sarah Rasmussen


In the midst of the Civil War, the four March sisters are set on a journey from adolescence to adulthood: a classic tale saturated with a contemporary air. The Jungle commissioned Kate Hamill, a playwright who’s been praised by The New York Times as “ingenious, saucy, & spunky,” to adapt this beloved and timely classic work and reunites her with Sarah Rasmussen (Sense & Sensibility at Guthrie Theater). Little Women will surprise, excite, and empower you.

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8 pm

In/During Her Absence

8:00 pm
Runs 55 minutes

  • Closing night

Twin Cities Trapeze
719 Minnehaha Avenue EAST, St. Paul, MN 55106

$20 / $15 Students & Seniors
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Presented by SunsetGun Productions in collaboration with Twin Cities Trapeze
  • Dance
  • Experimental

A SunsetGun Production in collaboration with Twin Cities Trapeze Center

In/During Her Absence is a new Circus-Theater Performance exploring love, loss, grief and moving forward. Featuring an ensemble of Twin Cities circus, dance and theater performers, this original work weaves community interviews, memoir and circus magic.

Whether it’s the sudden loss of a loved one, a job, a marriage, or another time in your life where it feels like the rug has been ripped out from under you, grief is an unavoidable and universal experience. How do we as individuals and a community move forward through the darkness towards joy? 

​Created by Candy Simmons in collaboration with Katie Kimball
Dramaturg: Laurie Van Wieren
Dance Choreographer: Jennifer Glaws
Performers: Candy Simmons, Katie Kimball, Russell Harris, Alys Ayumi Ogura, and Christine Maginnis
Audio Consultant: Katharine Horowitz
Lighting Designer: Tony Stoeri
Stage Manager: Dylan Martin

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