Saturday, September 22, 2018

1 pm

Disney's Newsies

1:00 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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CHARLOTTE'S WEB

1:00 pm
Runs 60 minutes

Stages Theatre Company
1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343

$14-$16
Call 952-979-1111
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Presented by Stages Theatre Company
  • Musical
  • Kids

CHARLOTTE’S WEB

AN AUDIENCE FAVORITE RETURNS

SEPTEMBER 21 – OCTOBER 21, 2018
ALL AGES

Based on the story by E.B. White
Dramatized by Joseph Robinette

“It’s not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer.” We kick off the celebration of our 35th anniversary season with an all-time audience favorite. The classic story of friendship, based on the book by E.B. White, will warm hearts young and old as it charms its way onto our main stage this fall. Down on the Zuckerman Farm, Wilbur, an irresistible young pig is determined to avoid the butcher. With the help of his friends (especially the magnificent spider, Charlotte) Wilbur is not only safe, but learns that true friends live in our hearts forever. This 60-minute adaptation of the novel, named one of the best American children’s books of the past two hundred years, will enchant audiences of all ages.

Produced by special arrangement with DRAMATIC PUBLISHING, Woodstock, Illinois.

CAST

In alphabetical order: Rahael Achett (Carter/Narrator), Emily Anose (Goose/Narrator), Kamrie Frost (Lurvy/Narrator/President of Fair), David Gamache (Zuckerman), Lucy McArdle (Fern), Soren Miller (Wilbur), Peter Neiberger (Avery/Narrator), Isidora Nelson (Sheep/Mrs Arable/Narrator), Abby Schroeder (Templeton), Boo Segersin (Charlotte) and Daniel Untiedt (Gander/Narrator)

CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM

Artistic Director: Sandy Boren-Barrett
Director: Jeannine Coulombe
Stage Manager: Shelby Reddig
Set Designer: Anne Henly
Props Designer: Jim Hibbeler
Technical Director: Gretchen Katt
Composer & Sound Designer: James Lekatz
Costume Designer: Lisa Mangone
Lighting Designer: Karin Olson
Production Manager: Melanie Salmon-Peterson

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

1:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Commonweal Theatre Company
208 Parkway Ave. N Lanesboro, MN 55949

$15-$35
Call 800-657-7025
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Presented by Commonweal Theatre Company
  • Comedy
  • Musical

In this charming musical, quirky sixth-graders battle for the ultimate title: spelling champ of Putnam Valley Middle School! With each new word, the earnest combatants reveal their passions, fears and dreams through hilarious and touching tunes. (And it’s not just about the spelling: the adult cast is ultra geek-chic in their middle school costumes!) Alan Bailey, director of such audience favorites as Souvenir and Sylvia, returns for this Tony Award-winning musical about friendship, sacrifice and valuable lessons in fair play.

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2 pm

for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf

2:00 pm

Penumbra Theatre
270 N Kent St., St. Paul, MN 55102

Adult $40; Senior 62+ with ID $20; Student with ID $15
Call 651-224-3180
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Presented by Penumbra Theatre
  • Drama
  • Experimental

Directed by Sarah Bellamy and Lou Bellamy

Choreography by Ananya Chatterjea

This 1974 classic which Ntozake Shange called a choreopoem, was conceived just two years before Penumbra Theatre was born. From its humble creation to critical acclaim on Broadway, the Obie Award-winning play has excited, inspired, and transformed audiences across the country. Shange’s fearless prose vividly paints intimate portraits of the pain and jubilation that women of color experience from girlhood throughout life. Shange was groundbreaking in her efforts to shatter the silence that protected abusers of women. for colored girls is a brave reckoning, a celebration, a healing ceremony, and perhaps most profoundly, an example of the awesome power a chorus of women’s voices can have.

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SPRING AWAKENING

2:00 pm
Runs 150 minutes

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

$10 - $34
Call 612.333.7977
Buy tickets online

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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3 pm

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

3:00 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Various MN locations

$15
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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The Church Basement Ladies in You Smell Barn

3:00 pm

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

$32-$42
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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5 pm

Ferris Mueller's Day Off

5:00 pm
Runs 105 minutes

Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis MN 55403

$20-$30
Call 6123326620
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Presented by Brave New Workshop
  • Comedy
  • Improv

With all the craziness going on in the world, wouldn’t you like a day off, too? Play hooky with us at our hilarious new sketch comedy revue, as we continue our 60th anniversary season with trademark BNW political satire!

After all - life moves pretty fast.

If you don't stop and laugh once in a while, you could miss it.

"Ferris Mueller's Day Off" features all-star performers Lauren Anderson, Denzel Belin, Ryan Nelson, Tom Reed, and Taj Ruler; with musical direction by Jon Pumper and technical direction by Matthew Vichlach. Directed by Caleb McEwen.

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6 pm

Same Time, Next Year

6:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

St. Croix Off Broadway Dinner Theatre
1616 Crest View Drive, Hudson, WI

$68 evenings; $46 matinees; 10% off evenings for MPR
Call 715-386-2394 ext 332
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Presented by St. Croix Off Broadway Dinner Theatre
  • Comedy

One of the most popular romantic comedies of the century, Same Time, Next Year ran four years on Broadway, winning a Tony Award for lead actress Ellen Burstyn, who later recreated her role in the successful motion picture. It remains one of the world’s most widely produced plays. Two people Doris and George meet at a seaside inn one night in 1951 and are attracted to one another, although each is married to someone else. After spending the night together and realizing they've fallen in love, each agrees to meet on the same weekend each year for a rendezvous and each keeps that promise. We see this couple age and grow together from 1951, just after the war, to 1977, just after Vietnam. Seeing each character grow as human beings together and apart is amazing. Twenty-five years of manners and morals are hilariously and touchingly played out by the lovers.

St. Croix Off Broadway Dinner Theatre’s production will feature real-life married couple Lydia and Joe Keith in the roles of Doris and George. The Keiths are audience favorites at our dinner theatre having acted individually in plays on our stage plus performing together in That Lovin’ Feelin’Don’t Hug Me, We’re Married, and Breaking Up Is Hard To Do.

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7 pm

The Agitators

7:30 pm

Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place, Saint Paul, MN 55102

$20 - $60
Call 651.291.7005
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Presented by Park Square Theatre
  • Drama

Susan B. Anthony, a famed suffragette, and Frederick Douglass, a former slave who became a renowned civil rights leader, were friends and allies–and sometimes, adversaries. This is the story of their enduring and tempestuous 45-year friendship, from the Civil War through the changing of the Constitution. They agitated the nation, they agitated each other and today, they challenge and inspire us.

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If/Then

7:30 pm

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

$32-$35
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

7:30 pm

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

$32-$42
Call 952.895.4685
Buy tickets online

  • 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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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

SEPTEMBER 15 - OCTOBER 21, 2018

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

by Kate Hamill
directed by Sarah Rasmussen

WORLD PREMIERE

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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The Gin Game

7:30 pm

  • Closing night

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

$25-36
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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Frankenstein – Playing with Fire

7:30 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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for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf

7:30 pm

Penumbra Theatre
270 N Kent St., St. Paul, MN 55102

Adult $40; Senior 62+ with ID $20; Student with ID $15
Call 651-224-3180
Buy tickets online

Presented by Penumbra Theatre
  • Drama
  • Experimental

Directed by Sarah Bellamy and Lou Bellamy

Choreography by Ananya Chatterjea

This 1974 classic which Ntozake Shange called a choreopoem, was conceived just two years before Penumbra Theatre was born. From its humble creation to critical acclaim on Broadway, the Obie Award-winning play has excited, inspired, and transformed audiences across the country. Shange’s fearless prose vividly paints intimate portraits of the pain and jubilation that women of color experience from girlhood throughout life. Shange was groundbreaking in her efforts to shatter the silence that protected abusers of women. for colored girls is a brave reckoning, a celebration, a healing ceremony, and perhaps most profoundly, an example of the awesome power a chorus of women’s voices can have.

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The Miracle Worker

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE Osseo, MN 55369

$23 - $27
Call 763-493-8733
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Presented by Yellow Tree Theatre
  • Drama

Directed by Patrick Coyle and based on the extraordinary true story of Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan, this unforgettable play is an American classic. Helen is violent, spoiled and exists inside a silent, tortured world. Blind, deaf and mute since infancy she is in danger of being sent to an institution. Desperate, Helen’s family writes to the Perkins Institute and a young, inexperienced Annie Sullivan shows up on their doorstep. Through persistence, love and sheer stubbornness, Annie breaks through Helen’s wall of silence and teaches her to communicate, finally bringing her into the world at last. A radiant and emotionally-gripping story featuring Kiara Jackson as Annie Sullivan and Catie Bair as Helen Keller. Also featuring: Casey E. Lewis, Jane Froiland, Melinda Kordich, Lukas Levin, Matt Wall and Aaron Goehle.

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The Gin Game

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

  • Closing night

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

$29–$36
Call 952-948-6506
Buy tickets online

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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Wait Until Dark

7:30 pm

Theatre in the Round
245 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis MN 55454

$22 regular price
Call 612-333-3010
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Presented by Theatre in the Round Players
  • Drama

Susan Hendrix is still recovering from a car accident that left her blind. Her husband’s away so she’s alone when she finds herself threatened by ruthless con men in her own apartment. As the tension builds, she discovers her blindness may be the very key to her escape – but she must wait until dark to play out the chilling conclusion to this classic thriller.

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Safety Off

7:30 pm
Runs 80 minutes

Phoenix Theater
2605 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

Presented by Arts Nest
  • Drama

#ENOUGH

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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MASTER CLASS by Terrence McNally

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

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

$35
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.

CAST:
MARIA CALLAS: Karen Weber
MANNY WEINSTOCK: Kenny Kiser
STAGEHAND: Michael Terrell Brown
SOPHIE DE PALMA: Rachel Perry
SHARON GRAHAM: Claudia Finsaas
TONY CANDOLINO: Dominique Wooten

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SPRING AWAKENING

7:30 pm
Runs 150 minutes

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

$10 - $34
Call 612.333.7977
Buy tickets online

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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A Collection of One Acts

7:30 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

Stuck
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

Pumps
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

Hypothetically
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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Sometimes There’s Wine

7:30 pm

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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Life Goes On (a new musical)

7:30 pm
Runs 85 minutes

Art House North
793 Armstrong Ave W, St Paul, MN 55102

$22 - $27
Call 1-800-838-3006
Buy tickets online

Presented by Bucket Brigade
  • Drama
  • Musical

A moving new musical about the power of connection, remembering and legacy. A trauma surgeon, a Ukrainian immigrant, a foster child, a home-school mom and a widow all try to find their way through their loss and ultimately toward one another. A heartening reminder that even though we can’t prepare for much of what life throws at us, at least we’re not alone.

From the writing team of Jeremiah and Vanessa Gamble!

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A Nice Family Gathering

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

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

$19-$26
Call 715.386.8409
Buy tickets online

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 ThePhipps.org. 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 AftonHouseInn.com.

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Dracula: Prince of Blood at the Commonweal Theatre

Dracula: Prince of Blood

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Commonweal Theatre Company
208 Parkway Ave. N Lanesboro, MN 55949

$15-$35
Call 800-657-7025
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Presented by Commonweal Theatre Company
  • Drama

When the Lord of the Vampires departs Transylvania for the bustling life of Victorian London, a small circle of friends is the only line of defense against his hideous thirst. Will any of them live to see the light of day? Adapted from the Bram Stoker novel by Commonweal’s own master of horror, Scott Dixon, and directed by Twin Cities Ivey Award-winner Craig Johnson, Dracula: Prince of Blood takes a fresh look at the seductive fiend who has lurked in the shadows for more than a century.

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8 pm

Disney's Newsies

8:00 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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...HER'S A QUEEN

8:00 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Red Eye Theater
15 W 14th St Mpls, MN 55403

$10 - $50
Call 612-870-0309
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Presented by Red Eye Theater
  • Comedy
  • Experimental

Bears and nuns, snakes and knives, wrestling matches and cuddle parties all appear in …HER'S A QUEEN, Neal Medlyn’s meditation on all things Britney Spears and the public’s fascination with celebrity and pop culture. Liberally mixing fact and fiction, the piece draws from a wealth of Britney interviews, songs, and biography, as well as the author’s own personal history, to present a complex rendering of stardom’s contradictions, the toll it takes on those who reach its apex, and our appetite for each salacious detail.

Red Eye celebrates the opening of its 35th season with company co-founders Steve Busa and Miriam Must’s farewell production as leaders of the Twin Cities’ preeminent experimental theater and performance laboratory.

…HER’S A QUEEN, scheduled from September 21 through 29, will be the final production at Red Eye’s longtime home in its storefront theater in the Loring Park neighborhood, as the company completes a planned leadership transition and shifts into temporary nomadic mode while laying the groundwork to establish a new performance space.

FEATURING
Paige Collette, Kevin McLaughlin, Miriam Must, Chloe Tarnowski

PRODUCTION & DESIGN TEAM
Steve Busa, Celeste Busa, Liz Josheff, Skyler Nowinski, Søren Olsen, Scott Stafford and Jayce Hanson

SHOW TIMES AND TICKET PRICES:
Sept 21-23 and 27-29

Thurs-Fri-Sat Shows @ 8PM
Sunday matinee @ 3PM

Sunday Matinee, Sept 23: Pay-As-Able
Closing Night, Sept 29: Tickets $35-$50
All other shows: $20/$10 Student

SPECIAL EVENTS:
Opening Night Show + Reception, Fri, 9/21, $20/$10 Student
Closing Night Show + GOODBYE/HELLO After Party, Sat, 9/29, $35-$50/(show and party included)

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Ferris Mueller's Day Off

8:00 pm
Runs 105 minutes

Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis MN 55403

$20-$30
Call 6123326620
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Presented by Brave New Workshop
  • Comedy
  • Improv

With all the craziness going on in the world, wouldn’t you like a day off, too? Play hooky with us at our hilarious new sketch comedy revue, as we continue our 60th anniversary season with trademark BNW political satire!

After all - life moves pretty fast.

If you don't stop and laugh once in a while, you could miss it.

"Ferris Mueller's Day Off" features all-star performers Lauren Anderson, Denzel Belin, Ryan Nelson, Tom Reed, and Taj Ruler; with musical direction by Jon Pumper and technical direction by Matthew Vichlach. Directed by Caleb McEwen.

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10 pm

Interludes

10:30 pm
Runs 45 minutes

HUGE Theater
HUGE Theater 3037 Lyndale Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55408

$8
Call (612) 412-HUGE
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Presented by Denzel Belin Presents
  • Improv
  • Experimental

There’s a difference sometimes between what someone says and what someone truly thinks. In
this show, improvisers will be interpreting what's going on inside someone's brain through
abstract "interlude" segments where the players dive into the psyche and the world building of
the scene. When the “interlude” ends, you know more about what the characters are really
thinking and what their situation is. Interludes explores the tiny minutiae of the moments
between breaths with sound, movement, and interlogues.

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