Friday, June 21, 2019

7 pm

The Merry Wives of Windsor

7:00 pm

  • Opening night

various park locations

Call 651.321.4024
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Presented by Classical Actors Ensemble
  • Comedy

For the sixth consecutive summer, CAE presents free Shakespeare in our Twin Cities parks. This year: The Merry Wives of Windsor, a lighthearted comedy we're setting in the colorful mid-1960s

The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare
Directed by Joseph Papke
June 21 - July 21

Friday, June 21, 7pm: Lake Harriet Rose Gardens (Lyndale Park)
Saturday, June 22, 7pm: Lake of the Isles (Newton Ave. S. and West Lake of the Isles Pkwy, Minneapolis)
Sunday, June 23, 2pm: Grandview Park, South St. Paul
Friday, June 28, 7pm: Matthews Park, Minneapolis
Saturday, June 29, 7pm: Lake of the Isles (Newton Ave. S. and West Lake of the Isles Pkwy)
Sunday, June 30, 7pm: Town Green Park, Maple Grove
Friday, July 5, 7pm: Wolfe Park Amphitheater, St Louis Park
Saturday, June 6, 7pm: Lake of the Isles
Sunday, July 7, 7pm: Centennial Lakes Park Amphitheater, Edina
Thursday, July 11, 7pm:  St. Clement's Church, St Paul
Friday, July 12, 7pm:  Como Park (W. Como Blvd & N. Churchill St)
Saturday, July 13, 7pm: Lake of the Isles
Sunday, July 14, 2pm: Raspberry Island, St. Paul
Thursday, July 18, 7pm: Tony Schmidt Park, Arden Hills
Friday, July 19, 7pm: Newell Park, St Paul
Saturday, July 20, 7pm: Lake of the Isles
Sunday, July 21, 7pm: Loring Park, Minneapolis

Clare Boyd, Cody Carlson, Theo Ebarb, Bridget Foy, Lolly Foy, Jacob Hooper, Justin Hooper, Timothy Kelly, Robb Krueger, Kyle Marks, Eli Sibley, Alice Tibbetts, Alan Tilson, Daniel Kristian Vopava, and Joe Wiener

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The Importance of Being Earnest

7:00 pm
Runs 180 minutes

  • Opening night

Rochester Civic Theatre
20 Civic Center Dr SE, Rochester, MN

Call 507-282-8481
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Presented by Rochester Civic Theatre Company
  • Comedy

This masterpiece is probably the most famous of all comedies. Oscar Wilde’s brilliantly clever comedic tour de force tells the story of two young gentlemen in London who each live a double-life, creating elaborate deceptions to find some balance in their lives. John Worthing escapes the burdens of responsibility to have an exciting life in the city, pretending to be his fictitious younger brother Ernest. Algernon Moncrieff, meanwhile, has invented a convenient invalid, Bunbury, whom he uses as an excuse to gallivant off to the country whenever he pleases. When John falls in love with Algernon’s cousin, Gwendolen, he is determined to come clean, but when Gwendolen reveals she can only love a man named Ernest, it somewhat complicates things.

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Jim Steinman’s Bat Out of Hell The Musical

7:30 pm

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington Street

$157-39, subject to change
Call 6512244222
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Presented by The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
  • Musical

Experience the thrill of London’s most spectacular musical as Bat Out of Hell brings to life the legendary anthems of Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf in a critically-acclaimed, award-winning production that combines the magic of a musical, with the immense energy of rock ‘n’ roll.

Join Strat, the forever-young leader of rebellious gang ‘The Lost,’ as he falls in love with Raven, the beautiful daughter of the tyrannical ruler of post-apocalyptic Obsidian.

Featuring Meat Loaf’s iconic hits including “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That),” “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now,” and “Paradise By The Dashboard Light,” “this is a musical production like no other” (The Upcoming). Book now!

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The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical

7:30 pm

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington St. St. Paul, MN 55102

Starting at $40
Call 651-224-4222
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Presented by Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
  • Musical
  • Kids

The Greek gods are real, and they’re ruining Percy Jackson’s life. As a son of Poseidon, Percy has newly discovered powers he can’t control, monsters on his trail, and is on an epic quest to find Zeus’s lightning bolt to prevent a war between the gods. Nominated for 3 Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, The Lightning Thief “hits the sweet spot” (Wall Street Journal) and provides “a spectacularly fun adventure that will thrill everyone in the family!” (Chicago Parent).

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7:30 pm

Park Square Theatre's Proscenieum Stage
20 West 7th Place, Saint Paul, MN 55102

$20 - $60
Call 651.291.7005
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Presented by Flying Foot Forum, a Park Square Theatre in Residence
  • Drama
  • Dance

Photographer Peter Adamson finds himself on a journey with his translator Faruk to save Faruk’s wife during the Bosnian war in the 1990s. Friendship, love and painfully beautiful moments come to life with full-ensemble street dance and driving songs by Chan Poling (Glensheen, The Suburbs). With drama, dancing, and music by Chan Poling, Heaven is created and directed by Joe Chvala of Flying Foot Forum, a Park Square Theatre in Residence. “This is theater that grabs you by the shoulders and shakes you in your seat.” (How Was the Show)

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Jefferson Township Sparkling Junior Talent Pageant

7:30 pm

  • Opening night

Park Square Theatre's 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
  • Musical

Described as Avenue Q meets The Book of Mormon with a little bit of Heathers mixed in, this newly created musical satire reflects the quirks of small town life. In 1997, a contestant died onstage and permanently ended the popular Jefferson Township Sparkling Junior Talent Pageant. Twenty years later, Frannie Foster Wallace still blames all her life failures on losing the chance to become Jefferson’s Sparkling Junior Champion. Until now. Let the rematch begin! Laura Leffler directs this world premiere by Keith Hovis.

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Spring Awakening Book & Lyrics by Steven Sater & Music by Duncan Sheik

7:30 pm
Runs 140 minutes

Gremlin Theatre
550 Vandalia Street, Saint Paul, MN 55114

Call 952-491-0779
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Presented by The Chameleon Theatre Circle
  • Drama
  • Musical

Directed by MN Fringe Artistic Director, Jay Gilman, this angsty rock musical was adapted from the seminal play about the trials and tribulations of growing up.

The winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, told by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater through 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.

This landmark musical is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock and roll that is exhilarating audiences across the nation like no other musical in years.

It is Germany, 1891, a world where the grown-ups hold all the cards. The beautiful young Wendla explores the mysteries of her body and wonders aloud where babies come from... until Mama tells her to shut it and put on a proper dress. Elsewhere, the brilliant and fearless young Melchior interrupts a mind-numbing Latin drill to defend his buddy, Moritz – a boy so traumatized by puberty that he can't concentrate on anything... not that the Headmaster cares. He strikes them both and tells them to turn in their lesson. One afternoon, in a private place in the woods, Melchior and Wendla meet by accident and soon find within themselves a desire unlike anything they've ever felt. As they fumble their way into one another's arms, Moritz flounders and soon fails out of school. When even his one adult friend, Melchior's mother, ignores his plea for help, he is left so distraught that he can't hear the promise of life offered by his outcast friend, Ilse. Naturally, the Headmasters waste no time in pinning the "crime" of Moritz's suicide on Melchior to expel him. And soon, Mama learns that her little Wendla is pregnant. Now the young lovers must struggle against all odds to build a world together for their child.

This celebration of rebellion provides the perfect opportunity to feature performers of all types, as well as the creative flexibility with the use of costumes, set pieces and lighting. Featuring a pop rock score, this is an ideal show for talented vocalists with strong acting abilities. Join this group of late nineteenth century German students on their passage as they navigate teenage self-discovery and coming of age anxiety in a powerful celebration of youth and rebellion in the daring, remarkable Spring Awakening.

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8 pm

Pedro Pablo Lander | Valerie Oliveiro

8:00 pm

Tek Box at the Cowles Center
528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403

Pay-what-you-wish to $15
Call 612-870-0309
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Presented by Red Eye Theater
  • Dance
  • Experimental

A split evening of new performance.

by Valerie Oliveiro
In collaboration with Non Edwards, Sam Johnson, Morgan Thorson, Rosy Simas and Arwen Wilder
Photography and video by Valerie Oliveiro

How do we hold each other? What other ways can we be together? Valerie Oliveiro teams up
with Twin Cities dance luminaries in an exploration of agreements and empathy.

Holy Doña
Direction and choreography: Pedro Pablo Lander, in collaboration with the performers
Performers: Lelis Brito, Genevieve D. Johnson, Pedro Lander, Sharon Picasso, Tim Rehborg, Kim Schneider
Visual architecture: Jess Kiel-Wornson

In Holy Doña, choreographer and draglesque queen Doña Pepa reimagines the crucifixion as a queer performance ritual. Doña Pepa draws on their experience in Catholic school and seminary, while mining the theatricality of drag, burlesque, and Catholic mass. Along with a powerful ensemble of performers, they exorcise repression in a search for full individual expression. Doña Pepa must be crucified for her piggy sins to be pardoned in this high-contrast spectacle.


Thursday: Pay-what-you-wish
Friday and Saturday: $15/$10 Students with Valid ID

For transportation and parking information, please visit the Cowles Center website:

photo cr: Nic LaFrance, Valerie Oliveiro


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Human Combat Chess 2019!

8:00 pm

  • Opening night

Christ Church Lutheran
3244 34th, Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55406

Presented by Human Combat Chess
  • Drama
  • Experimental

The best sport to never exist is back! Human Combat Chess is now an independently produced show, so we're going all out. This year we're not just inviting you to see the Championship, but the Semifinals as well. The Roses, Corsairs, Legion, and Dragons are bringing the best fighters in the Midwest Combat Chess League to battle for the Midwest Combat Chess League title, but is that all? Either way, things will never be the same!


New to Human Combat Chess? Welcome aboard! Human Combat Chess is a recurring show featuring different matches in a fictional sports league playing the sport of Human Combat Chess. Each team fields 16 players of all shapes and sizes that are assigned positions identical to those in the classic game of Chess, who are then ordered to move by their respective Kings. The similarities to Chess begin to unravel when a player moves into a piece occupied by another, as they now fight over the square! This choreographed fight can end with either piece as the victor, holding the square.

To bring you the most entertaining fights possible, we've assembled the best team of fight directors in the Twin Cities area. While some of our actors are taking the board for their first time, we give them ample rehearsal time to make sure each fight is a unique, exciting experience for the audience. This gives the audience the adrenaline rush of MMA with the reassurance that the fighters will come out of it safely.

Human Combat Chess combines the drama of theatre with the edge of your seat thrill of sports, and there's something for everyone. The event is family friendly. If you would take your kids to a hockey game, you should bring them along to Human Combat Chess!


Please be aware that this show is built around the concept of staged violence in many forms. There will be cheering, chanting, loud music, and other sounds typically found in a sports arena.

If you have any questions or want to see a list of possible triggering content, please contact house management or email [email protected].

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Mamma Mia!

8:00 pm
Runs 160 minutes

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
501 W. 78th St, Chanhassen, MN 55317

$53 - $93
Call 952.934.1525
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Presented by Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
  • Musical

One mom. One daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget!

ABBA's hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. A large cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers combine to make Mamma Mia! a guaranteed smash hit!     

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