Friday, June 28, 2019

7 pm

The Importance of Being Earnest

7:00 pm
Runs 180 minutes

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

$21-31
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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The Merry Wives of Windsor

various park locations

Free
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

Featuring
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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Roald Dahl’s WILLY WONKA TYA at Stages Theatre Company

Roald Dahl’s WILLY WONKA TYA

7:00 pm
Runs 60 minutes

  • Opening night

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

Roald Dahl’s WILLY WONKA TYA

A GOLDEN TICKET TO A MAGNIFICENT SUMMER EXPERIENCE

JUNE 28 – AUGUST 4, 2019

ALL AGES

Hop on a magnificent fantasy ride through the land of pure imagination with Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka. The scrumdidilyumptious adventures of Charlie Bucket touring the enigmatic Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory enlivens our stage this summer. This enchanting adaptation, featuring memorable songs from the 1971 film, will be a delicious experience for everyone to savor!

Halima Bigirindavyi (Oompa Loompa), Celia Birgy (Violet), Kimora Collins (Mrs Beauregard), Faith Culbertson (Oompa Loompa), Logan Bitz Daum (Willy Wonka), Aidan Einhorn (Charlie), Athan Fischer (Mr Bucket), Riley Gamades (Oompa Loompa), Maya Eva Haugen (Grandma Josephine), Zoe Hollander (Veruca), Clare  Judge (Mrs Bucket), Sayer Keeley (Oompa Loompa), Samara Koshiol (Oompa Loompa), Chase Kozak (Mike Tv), Lauren LaCourse (Oompa Loompa), Sara Magnuson (Mrs Tv), Laura Mahler (Mrs Gloop), Natalie Mosakowski (Oompa Loompa), Gideon Pressley (Oompa Loompa), Sam Rosewarne (Oompa Loompa), Bruce  Rowan (Grandpa Joe), Asgerami Semkoff (Oompa Loompa), Medi Semkoff (Grandma Georgina), Olivia Trader (Oompa Loompa), Ellie Turk (Augustus), Josie Turk (Oompa & u/s Charlie), Daniel Untiedt (Mr Salt), Hogan Vaupel (Oompa Loompa), Alex Weiner (Oompa Loompa), and Tiahna Wolfe-Shields (Oompa Loompa)

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR - Sandy Boren-Barrett, DIRECTOR & CHOREOGRAPHER - Nikki Swoboda, MUSIC DIRECTOR - JC Lippold, STAGE MANAGER - Cody R Braudt, SET DESIGNER - Anne Henly, PROPS DESIGNER - Jim Hibbeler, TECH DIRECTOR - Gretchen Katt, COSTUME SUPERVISOR - Christa Ludwig, LIGHTING DESIGNER - Karin Olson, COSTUME & MAKE-UP DESIGNER - Lori Opsal, SOUND DESIGNER - Alan Pagel, PRODUCTION MANAGER - Melanie Salmon-Peterson

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka TYA is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

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Junie B. Jones: The Musical

7:00 pm
Runs 60 minutes

SteppingStone Theatre for Youth
55 Victoria Street N, St. Paul MN 55104

$12 - $18
Call 651-225-9265
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Presented by SteppingStone Theatre for Youth
  • Musical
  • Kids

DISCOVER ADVENTURE!

Junie B. Jones is ready for first grade. She’s got new crayons, new stickers, and a new pencil–with a teddy bear eraser on the top! Now all she needs are some adventures. Based on the best-selling book series, Junie B. Jones will delight you as she fills her “Top Secret Personal Beeswax Journal” with the story of her first-grade life.

Book and lyrics by Marcy Heisler
Music by Zina Goldrich
Adapted from the JUNIE B. JONES Series of books by Barbara Park

For informaton on student matiness and group sales, please call 651-225-9265. 

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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

$22-$25
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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SWEET SONGS AND FLYING OBJECTS

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Open Eye Figure Theatre
506 E 24TH STREET MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55404

$15
Call (612) 874-6338
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Presented by Open Eye Figure Theatre
  • Cabaret/variety
  • Experimental

A 5-Week Festival of Puppetry & Live Music!

Featuring Tobi Daniel, Michael Brown, Emily Zimmer, Gaia Mencagli, Johanna Winters, Andrew Young, Paradox Teatro, and more!

See quirky puppetry and toy theater, live bands, and then hang out in our garden for an Afterglow party with signature cocktails and socializing. Each weekend will feature a different line-up of puppetry artists and bands, so you'll want to come back for more!

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The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh

7:30 pm
Runs 130 minutes

  • Opening night

SpringHouse Ministry Center
610 W 28th St, Minneapolis, MN

Presented by Theatre Coup d'Etat
  • Drama

Theatre Coup d’Etat presents The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh, directed by Rich Remedios, performing June 28 - July 20, 2019, all 7:30pm showings at SpringHouse Ministry Center in Minneapolis.

From Academy Award, Golden Globe, and BAFTA Award-winning Martin McDonaugh, screen writer of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri., Seven Psychopaths, and In Bruges and playwright of The Beauty Queen of Lennane, Lonesome West, and The Lieutenant of Innishmore comes a darkly comedic masterpiece The Pillowman. In an interrogation room in an unnamed totalitarian dictatorship, Katurian Katurian, a writer, is being interrogated by two detectives. Next door waits Katurian’s brother with special needs, Michal. The detectives want to know why Katurian’s stories of gruesome plots about child murder and torture seem to mirror a string of recent child murders in the area.

Awarded the 2004 Olivier Award for Best New Play, the 2004-5, New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best New Foreign Play, and two Tony Awards, this brutal dark comedy poses unanswerable questions: How can art both offer hope and inspire unspeakable atrocities? Where is the line between truth and fairy tale? Is a life of horror worth living at all? Drawing on inspiration as diverse as Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Kafka, and Antonin Artaud, The Pillowman is a dark, twisty, and utterly unforgettable masterpiece from one of Ireland’s most treasured writers Martin McDonagh, the master of the horror-comedy.

Incorporating the use of shadow puppetry interacting with live actors, two-time Ivey Award-winning Theatre Coup d’Etat’s production of The Pillowman is a can’t-miss experience.

Admission is sliding scale, $18-$40. Tickets available at www.theatrecoupdetat.com. SpringHouse Ministry Center is located at 610 W 28th St.

 

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

Thursday, 6/26, showtime 7:30pm (doors 7:00pm)

 

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

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

Fri 6/28, Sat 6/29, Mon 7/1

Fri 7/5, Sat 7/6, Mon 7/8

Fri 7/12, Sat 7/13, Mon 7/15

Thu 7/18, Fri 7/19, Sat 7/20

(Mondays, July 1 and 8 are pay-what-you-can performances)

 

Cast

KATURIAN - Corey DiNardo, MICHAL - Song Kim, TUPOLSKI - Tyler Stamm, ARIEL - James Napoleon Stone, GIRL - Meghan Gobler

Crew

DIRECTOR - Rich Remedios, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR/STAGE MANAGER - Alexandra Pozniak, LIGHTING DESIGN - Mark Kieffer, COSTUME DESIGN - Chelsea Wren Hanvy, SOUND DESIGNER - Matt Clarke

 

WARNING: This show includes graphic violence, elements of torture, disturbing adult content, flashing lights, and simulated gun use.

 

The show will run approximately 2 hours, 10 minutes with intermission. Free street parking is available.

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Guys and Dolls

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

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

$29 - $78
Call 6123772224
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Presented by Guthrie Theater
  • Comedy
  • Musical

New York City’s infamous gambler Nathan Detroit has set his sights on the biggest craps game of his career while Adelaide, his fiancée of 14 years, longs for a wedding. Master gambler Sky Masterson woos uptight missionary Sarah Brown despite the obvious problems inherent in their relationship. Gambling in luck and love from Times Square to Havana, this classic musical boasts colorful characters and a brassy score, featuring “Luck Be a Lady,” “Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat” and “Adelaide’s Lament.” It’s a surefire win.

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Jefferson Township Sparkling Junior Talent Pageant

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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"The Comedy of Errors"

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Bayport Marina
200 5th Ave S, Bayport, MN 55003

Presented by Zephyr Theatre
  • Comedy

The Comedy of Errors will be performed at the Bayport Marina June 20th - 30th, outdoors by the Zephyr Theatre.

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George

7:30 pm
Runs 80 minutes

Phoenix Theater
2605 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Presented by Sheep Theater
  • Comedy

The British are coming, again! History repeats itself at Phoenix Theater this summer for Sheep Theater’s remount of its successful 4th of July comedy, George. This wild show races through the lesser-known side to our nation’s birth, ie. George Washington was dead throughout the entire revolution after being killed by our founding fathers Thomas Jefferson and John Hancock. Well, it was an accident. Now, it is up to them to cover their tracks and save America from the dastardly King George and sneaky Benedict Arnold. Fun for all ages, unless you’re worried about your kid passing an American History exam. This irreverent comedy will have mostly everything you need to celebrate your patriotism (minus the fireworks).

-ATTENTION: This show contains loud noises, strobe lights, fog machines and stage violence.-

George is written by Joey Hamburger, directed by Michael Hugh Torsch, assistant directed by Jacob Mobley, produced by Iris Rose Page and performed by Sheep Theater.

*July 5th ASL interpreter and audio description courtesy of VSA Minnesota*

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Bright Star

7:30 pm

Theatre L'Homme Dieu
1875 COUNTY ROAD 120, ALEXANDRIA, MN, 56308

Presented by Theatre L'Homme Dieu & Minnetonka Theatre
  • Musical

Inspired by a real event, Bright Star tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and ‘40s. Literary editor Alice Murphy enters a relationship with a young soldier just home from World War II that awakens her longing for the child she once lost, and she sets out on a journey to understand her past that has the power to transform both of their lives. Music, Lyrics, and story by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell

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8 pm

Human Combat Chess 2019!

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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Shame of Thrones: Stupidity War

8:00 pm
Runs 90 minutes

  • Opening night

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

$25-$36
Call 612-332-6620
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Presented by Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
  • Comedy
  • Improv

Follow our intrepid heroes (Lauren Anderson, Denzel Belin, Doug Neithercott, and Taj Ruler) as they prepare for epic battle against the most dangerous enemy of all:  SHAME.  Can they survive cancel culture, social media, and the self-loathing that accompanies just being Minnesotan?  Join the guilt-trip of a lifetime at the BNW’s hilarious and all-new sketch comedy show, Shame of Thrones: Stupidity War

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Bright Star

8:00 pm

Theatre L'Homme Dieu
1875 COUNTY ROAD 120, ALEXANDRIA, MN, 56308

Presented by Theatre L'Homme Dieu & Minnetonka Theatre
  • Musical

Inspired by a real event, Bright Star tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and ‘40s. Literary editor Alice Murphy enters a relationship with a young soldier just home from World War II that awakens her longing for the child she once lost, and she sets out on a journey to understand her past that has the power to transform both of their lives. Music, Lyrics, and story by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell

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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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