Saturday, September 28, 2019

10 am

ROALD DAHL’S JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH

10:00 am
Runs 60 minutes

Stages Theatre Company
1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343

$14-$16
Call 952-979-1111
Buy tickets online

Presented by Stages Theatre Company
  • Musical
  • Kids

ROALD DAHL’S JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH

September 20 – October 10, 2019

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Words and Music by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
Book by Timothy Allen McDonald
Based on the book James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

AN ADVENTURE OF ENORMOUS PROPORTIONS!

ALL AGES

Capture the journey of a lifetime as we kick-off our season with one of Roald Dahl’s most heartwarmingly quirky stories. When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach and launches a voyage of gigantic proportions. During their cross-ocean travels, James and the peach’s oversized insect residents encounter hunger, sharks and loads of disagreements, and James must learn to use his quick wit to finally land on New York’s Empire State Building. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score this adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery will charm one and all.

CAST

Georgia Becker (Ensemble), Faith Culbertson (Spiker), Mia Dougherty (Ensemble), Edric Duffy (Ensemble), Lillian Hochman (Earthworm), Ella Kozak (Ensemble), Isabella Larson (Ensemble), Sadie Nelson (Spider), Alanna Nyberg (Ensemble), Lindsay Odegaard (Sponge), Trent Ramert (Ladahlord), London Rogers (Ensemble), Sam Rosewarne (Ensemble), Arianna Sanford (Ladybug), Jon Schumacher (James), Laura Silmser (Centipede), Daniel Untiedt (Grasshopper) and Mazzy Wagner (Ensemble)

CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR – Sandy Boren-Barrett, DIRECTOR – Melanie Salmon-Peterson, STAGE MANAGER – Emily Sullivan, PUPPET DESIGNER – Kim Ford, PROPS DESIGNER – Jim Hibbeler, TECH DIRECTOR – Gretchen Katt, SET DESIGNER – Mina Kinukawa, MUSIC DIRECTOR – JC Lippold, COSTUME SUPERVISOR – Christa Ludwig, CHOREOGRAPHER – Laura Mahler, LIGHTING DESIGNER – Grant E. Merges, COSTUME & MAKE UP DESIGNER – Stacey Palmer

James and the Giant Peach-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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1 pm

Mamma Mia!

1:00 pm
Runs 160 minutes

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

$53 - $93
Call 952.934.1525
Buy tickets online

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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ROALD DAHL’S JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH

1:00 pm
Runs 60 minutes

Stages Theatre Company
1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343

$14-$16
Call 952-979-1111
Buy tickets online

Presented by Stages Theatre Company
  • Musical
  • Kids

ROALD DAHL’S JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH

September 20 – October 10, 2019

MORE INFORMATION

Words and Music by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
Book by Timothy Allen McDonald
Based on the book James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

AN ADVENTURE OF ENORMOUS PROPORTIONS!

ALL AGES

Capture the journey of a lifetime as we kick-off our season with one of Roald Dahl’s most heartwarmingly quirky stories. When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach and launches a voyage of gigantic proportions. During their cross-ocean travels, James and the peach’s oversized insect residents encounter hunger, sharks and loads of disagreements, and James must learn to use his quick wit to finally land on New York’s Empire State Building. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score this adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery will charm one and all.

CAST

Georgia Becker (Ensemble), Faith Culbertson (Spiker), Mia Dougherty (Ensemble), Edric Duffy (Ensemble), Lillian Hochman (Earthworm), Ella Kozak (Ensemble), Isabella Larson (Ensemble), Sadie Nelson (Spider), Alanna Nyberg (Ensemble), Lindsay Odegaard (Sponge), Trent Ramert (Ladahlord), London Rogers (Ensemble), Sam Rosewarne (Ensemble), Arianna Sanford (Ladybug), Jon Schumacher (James), Laura Silmser (Centipede), Daniel Untiedt (Grasshopper) and Mazzy Wagner (Ensemble)

CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR – Sandy Boren-Barrett, DIRECTOR – Melanie Salmon-Peterson, STAGE MANAGER – Emily Sullivan, PUPPET DESIGNER – Kim Ford, PROPS DESIGNER – Jim Hibbeler, TECH DIRECTOR – Gretchen Katt, SET DESIGNER – Mina Kinukawa, MUSIC DIRECTOR – JC Lippold, COSTUME SUPERVISOR – Christa Ludwig, CHOREOGRAPHER – Laura Mahler, LIGHTING DESIGNER – Grant E. Merges, COSTUME & MAKE UP DESIGNER – Stacey Palmer

James and the Giant Peach-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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SPOOKLEY THE SQUARE PUMPKIN

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

SPOOKLEY THE SQUARE PUMPKIN

September 27 thru October 27, 2019

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Stage play by Joe Troiano
Based on the film “Spookley the Square Pumpkin” by Joe Troiano and Tom Hughes and the book “The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin” by Joe Troiano
Lyrics by Joe Troiano
Music composed and arranged by Jeffrey Zahn

OUR FOUR-SIDED FRIEND RETURNS!
ALL AGES
Spookley the Square Pumpkin sprouts up this autumn in our JC Studio! When Spookley arrives in the pumpkin patch, he is teased by all the other pumpkins because of his odd shape. Even after his new friends—the boisterous spiders Edgar, Allen and Poe—try to convince him to run for the Pick of the Patch contest, Spookley still isn’t sure he has what it takes. However, a threatening storm may just give Spookley the inspiration to discover his own worth. This imaginative puppetry extravaganza filled with memorable music returns this fall to encourage everyone to “dare to be square!”

CAST

Claire Chapman (Edgar), Lynnea Doublette (Bobo), Sophie Farrell (Spookley), David Gamache (Big Tom & Little Tom), Amy Horn (Lala), Chloe Johanson (Hay), Miles Johnson (Allen), Liam O’Mara (Poe), Matt Ouren (Jack), Lilie Rankin (Mimi) and Hayley Mullins (Understudy Spookley)

CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR – Sandy Boren-Barrett, DIRECTOR – Cody R Braudt, STAGE MANAGER – Sandriea White, PROPS DESIGNER – Marc Berg, SET DESIGNER – Sarah Brandner, MUSIC DIRECTOR – James  Lekatz, COSTUME SUPERVISOR – Christa Ludwig, LIGHTING DESIGNER – Karin Olson, COSTUME & MAKE-UP DESIGNER – Lori Opsal, TECH DIRECTOR – Alan Pagel, PRODUCTION MANAGER – Melanie Salmon-Peterson

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Friends With Guns by Stephanie Alison Walker

Off Leash Art Box
Off Leash Art Box: 4200 East 54th St. Minneapolis, MN 55417

Presented by Uprising Theatre Company
  • Drama
  • Comedy

Friends with Guns by Stephanie Alison Walker  

*Part of a rolling World Premiere*

Directed by Shalee Coleman

Two sleep-deprived moms meet at a West LA park, and it’s instant sisterhood. Their husbands hit it off, too, and it seems as though they’ve found their urban family — until guns enter the conversation. Friends With Guns is a dark comedy that pulls the curtain back on liberals with guns. It explores what happens when one person in a marriage suddenly does a 180 on the gun issue and it asks what we can compartmentalize and what we can’t.

Uprising Theatre Company believes in warning audiences about potentially triggering material. Friends with Guns contains the following content warnings:
-Simulated gun fire sounds
-Discussions and depictions of Intruder and Domestic Violence.
If you have questions about the specific context of these content warnings, please contact us: [email protected] and we will get back to you.

Show runs: 20 September-5 October 

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2 pm

Pippin, a mid-life crisis

2:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Mixed Blood Theatre
1501 South 4th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55454

$25
Call 612-389-9010
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Presented by Theatre 55
  • Musical

PIPPIN; a mid-life crisis, directed by Richard Hitchler, with choreography by Sandy Agustin, and musical direction by Jill Cronk Schendel. 

As told by an ensemble of actors, PIPPIN is the fantastical story of a prince, who is searching for his purpose in life and his own “corner of the sky”. Encouraged by the Leading Player, Pippin dabbles in bloody battle, licentious entanglements, and savvy political maneuvers, only to discover that true happiness is more complicated than it appears. With infectious music by Stephen Schwartz and classic choreography from Bob Fosse, PIPPIN is both a humorous allegory and a dark tale of false appearances and empty promises.

Typically performed by angsty 20-something’s trying to find their way in the world, Theatre 55 is taking a different approach; a mid-life crisis. “After a certain age (roughly 50), we all go through this period of questioning - “What am I going to do with my life now?” “, says Richard Hitchler, founder and director. “This is an even more important question as we enter the second half of our lives. And we’re exploring what it means for people who have achieved a certain amount of prestige in the lives, but want to find true meaning and leave a legacy before they move on.” adds Hitchler.

About Theatre 55

Theatre 55 was formed with the purpose of developing lifelong learning through theatre performance and education. Our vision is to enrich the lives of elders as artists, audiences, and learners through educational performance art. Theatre 55 is currently fiscally sponsored through Springboard for the Arts and runs in part through the generous grants from the Minnesota Regional Arts Council and the Aroha Foundation. Theatre 55 aims to produce more high-energy, impactful plays and utilizing the senior artists of our community. We strive to engage with vibrant seniors living throughout the Twin Cities and beyond through classes, workshops, showcases, and performance.

 

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BRIGHT STAR

2:00 pm

Lyric Arts Main Street Stage
420 E Main St, Anoka, MN 55303

$30-$35
Call 763-422-1838
Buy tickets online

Presented by Lyric Arts
  • 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. When literary editor Alice Murphy meets a young soldier just home from World War II, he awakens her longing for the child she once lost. Haunted by their unique connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past – and what she finds has the power to transform both of their lives. Featuring the Grammy-nominated country, folk, and bluegrass score by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Bright Star is an uplifting theatrical journey which is as refreshingly genuine as it is daringly hopeful.

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The Clemency of Tito’s Tennis Club: A Picnic Operetta

2:00 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Various Locations
Visit http://mixedprecipitation.org/shows/the-clemency-of-titos-tennis-club/ for locations throughout the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota.

$10-30
Call 1-800-838-3006
Buy tickets online

Presented by Mixed Precipitation
  • Comedy
  • Musical

A new adaptation of Mozart’s opera, La Clemenza di Tito, with high stakes sports drama, natural disasters, and ‘80s new wave music!

In this adaptation of Mozart’s opera, a rag-tag group of players is resurrecting a defunct tennis club. But backstabbing, bitterness, and a murderous revenge plot threaten their rise to the top of Rome’s championship match. Will they find redemption before Mount Vesuvius covers them in ash? When can cheaters be forgiven? All is presented with the Picnic Operetta’s trademark style of playfulness, satire, and hope. Classic arias and duets from Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito soar across the garden alongside new wave and synth-pop hits by Devo, Berlin, Yaz, and Pat Benatar. Our operatic athletes will serve the audience some fresh edible bites as well.

Celebrating its 11th season, Mixed Precipitation brings an edible opera adventure to parks, farms, and gardens throughout MN in August and September.

Created by Producing Artistic Director Scotty Reynolds, Artistic Associate Jacob Miller, Music Director Gary Ruschman, and the Mixed Precipitation team, this late summer harvest celebration offers local flavors with picnic bites shared with the audience. It’s fun for everyone!  

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3 pm

Nate the Great: The Musical

3:00 pm
Runs 80 minutes

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

$12 - $16
Call 651-225-9265
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Presented by SteppingStone Theatre for Youth
  • Comedy
  • Musical

 

Book and Lyrics by John Maclay
Music and Lyrics by Brett Ryback
From the book by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

Junior detective Nate the Great has a new case! His friend Annie has just painted a picture, and she can’t find it anywhere. Armed with an appetite for justice and pancakes, Nate vows to solve this baffling elementary school mystery. From the creator of  Goosebumps: Phantom of the Auditorium, John Maclaythis new musical will delight fans of mysteries, Sondheim, and the long running book series by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

Creative Team

 Director - Mark Ferraro Hauck 

Assistant Director - Kivan Kirk 

Music Director - Emily Villano 

Choreography - Ricky Morisseau

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5 pm

Shame of Thrones: Stupidity War

5:00 pm
Runs 90 minutes

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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Cabal

5:00 pm
Runs 90 minutes

The White Stag Lodge
2010 East Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN

$45
Call 612-375-0300
Buy tickets online

Presented by Walking Shadow Theatre Company
  • Drama

Created by David Pisa and John Heimbuch

Forgotten alchemy. An ancient order. The pursuit of new magic.

A renegade magister’s quest threatens the Cabal’s very existence. Who should control this ultimate power? Enter the secret society and unlock the truth. 

Walking Shadow Theatre Company presents Cabal, a live theater experience with puzzles. An audience of 10 people explores an immersive environment, meeting characters and discovering large-scale, hands-on challenges.

Tickets are now on sale through Dec 31. Additional months will go on sale approximately 1 month in advance.

Cabal lasts approximately 90 minutes. (It may be more or less, depending on how fast your group is at solving puzzles.)

Cabal is a theater performance, but does not have standard theater seats. As audience members move through the space, they may be asked to be stand or sit. Please be prepared to walk or move at least 600 feet during the course of the event. The venue and experience are wheelchair accessible.

Content advisory: flashing lights, sudden loud sounds.

More questions? Read our FAQ!

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6 pm

The Outsider

6:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

St. Croix Off Broadway Dinner Theatre
1616 Crest View Drive, Hudson, WI 54016

$46 - $68
Call 715.386.2394 ex. 332
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Presented by St. Croix Off Broadway Dinner Theatre
  • Comedy

You loved Unnecessary Farce! Come see playwright Paul Slade Smith's latest clever creation The Outsider. Ned Newley doesn't even want to be governor. He's terrified of public speaking; his poll numbers are impressively bad. To his ever-supportive Chief of Staff, Ned seems destined to fail. But political consultant Arthur Vance sees things differently: Ned might be the worst candidate to ever run for office. Unless the public is looking for... the worst candidate to ever run for office. A timely and hilarious comedy that skewers politics and celebrates democracy.

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Swede Hollow Ghost Sonata

Swede Hollow Park, St. Paul, MN
Patrons enter Swede Hollow Park at the Drewry Street Pedestrian Tunnel. Entrance at the intersection of Drewry Lane and Beaumont Street East.

Free (Donations accepted and Reservations Recommended)
Buy tickets online

Presented by Sod House Theater and Black Label Movement
  • Drama
  • Dance

Audiences will set off on an outdoor, guided, theatrical promenade through the park, stopping along the way to experience moving vignettes within a recreated world that evoke the early history of Swedish immigration to the area in the 1850s. Using Swedish Playwright August Strindberg’s play The Ghost Sonata as a starting point of inspiration, this stellar cast of local, multidisciplinary performers will bring to life the community that once lived in the park, sharing tales that resonate with the ongoing, current day stories and experiences within St. Paul’s East Side.

Working closely with local businesses and organizations, this project also includes additional community events designed to spark conversations about the rich history of this incredible neighborhood.

SWEDE HOLLOW GHOST SONATA AUXILIARY COMMUNITY EVENTS 

Conversations in St. Paul’s East Side Communities
*FREE EVENT - RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED*
Monday, August 26th
7:00-9:00 pm
Co-presented by and at the East Side Freedom Library - 1105 Greenbrier St, St Paul, MN 55106

Join members of the cast, artistic team, and the local community as East Side Freedom Library creates and leads a gathering space for residents, artists, and attendees to share stories about their lives and experiences.

 

Honoring Space and Place: What Does the Site Now Called Swede Hollow Mean to You?
*FREE EVENT - RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED*
Sunday, September 15th 
4:00-5:00 pm (pre-show)
Indigenous Roots Cultural Center - 788 E 7th St, St Paul, MN 55106

Panelists will discuss the area now known as Swede Hollow; its histories, the cultural communities connected to the land, and its continuing significance in the life of the city.. After the panel, attendees can explore shops and restaurants in the area before making their way to that evening’s performance only a few blocks away.

Walking History Tour of Swede Hollow Park
*TICKETED EVENT - RESERVATIONS REQUIRED*
Saturday, September 21st
3:30-5:00 pm (pre-show)
Begins at East Side Freedom Library - 1105 Greenbrier St, St Paul, MN 55106

Led by the building’s co-executive director Peter Rachleff, tours begin at the East Side Freedom Library and use Payne Avenue as a spine along which to follow the experiences of such 19th century immigrants as Swedes, Irish, Germans, and Italians, to those of our contemporary neighbors, such as Hmong, Somali, Mexican, and Karen. After the tour, attendees can explore shops and restaurants in the area before making their way to that evening’s performance in the park.

Stories of Immigration on St. Paul’s East Side
*FREE EVENT - RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED*
Sunday, September 22nd
4:00-5:00 pm (pre-show)
Co-presented by and at the East Side Freedom Library - 1105 Greenbrier St, St Paul, MN 55106

Panelists will share personal, historical, and contemporary stories of immigration to St. Paul’s East Side. Following the event, attendees can explore shops and restaurants in the area before making their way to that evening’s performance only a few blocks away.

Resonances and Reverberations: Contemporary Immigration Issues in Minnesota and Beyond
*FREE EVENT - RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED*
Saturday, September 28th
8:00-9:00 pm (post-show)
St. Paul Brewing - 688 Minnehaha Ave E, St Paul, MN 55106 

After the performance, patrons and guests are invited join us at St. Paul Brewing for our panelist conversation exploring contemporary issues surrounding immigration to the state and the country. How do the histories of immigration to Swede Hollow speak to the challenges that current migrants face as they move across borders and boundaries? Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase, and all are welcome. 

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This activity is made possible in part by the Knight Foundation, the David and Leni Moore Family Foundation, the City of Saint Paul Cultural Sales Tax Revitalization, and by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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7 pm

Big, Little Monster: a new musical!

7:00 pm
Runs 70 minutes

Art House North
793 Armstrong Avenue, Saint Paul, MN

$12-$20 ($5 off opening weekend)
Call 612-547-9839
Buy tickets online

Presented by Bucket Brigade
  • Musical
  • Kids

Bucket Brigade Presents: Big, Little Monster
Book and Lyrics by Jeremiah Gamble
Music by Noah Riemer

A monstrously fun, silly and surprisingly moving new musical for humans of all ages!

September 27th-October 12th
Art House North, 793 Armstrong Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55102

Runtime approximately 60 minutes, presented in one act.

All humans know that monsters are scary, but a lesser-known fact is that monsters are never, EVER scared. Then why is Jr. Monster afraid for his first day of Fright School? And can he find the courage to do what no monster has ever dared? A new musical reminding all of us who struggle with fear and anxiety that we're not alone.

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Jamie Loftus & Sarah Sherman: Live from the Gutter

7:00 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Bryant Lake Bowl Theater
810 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN, 55408

$18/$15 in advance
Call 6128258949
Buy tickets online

Presented by The Spit Take Comedy Series
  • Comedy

Two fearless comedic polymaths appear together for an unpredictable evening of stand-up comedy in Live from the Gutter! Jamie Loftus, host of feminist movie podcast The Bechdel Cast, brings her “absurdism for the modern woman” (Forbes). Sarah Sherman, AKA Sarah Squirm, continues her “never-ending mission to find and celebrate the beauty of the grotesque and weird” (Vulture).

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Cabal

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

The White Stag Lodge
2010 East Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN

$45
Call 612-375-0300
Buy tickets online

Presented by Walking Shadow Theatre Company
  • Drama

Created by David Pisa and John Heimbuch

Forgotten alchemy. An ancient order. The pursuit of new magic.

A renegade magister’s quest threatens the Cabal’s very existence. Who should control this ultimate power? Enter the secret society and unlock the truth. 

Walking Shadow Theatre Company presents Cabal, a live theater experience with puzzles. An audience of 10 people explores an immersive environment, meeting characters and discovering large-scale, hands-on challenges.

Tickets are now on sale through Dec 31. Additional months will go on sale approximately 1 month in advance.

Cabal lasts approximately 90 minutes. (It may be more or less, depending on how fast your group is at solving puzzles.)

Cabal is a theater performance, but does not have standard theater seats. As audience members move through the space, they may be asked to be stand or sit. Please be prepared to walk or move at least 600 feet during the course of the event. The venue and experience are wheelchair accessible.

Content advisory: flashing lights, sudden loud sounds.

More questions? Read our FAQ!

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Wonderland - A Shattered Cirque Adventure

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

  • Closing night

Minnsky Theatre
1517 Central Ave MN MInneapolis 55413

$20-$40
Call 612-930-1517
Buy tickets online

Presented by ExperTeasers Vaudeville Troupe
  • Dance
  • Cabaret/variety

A smash hit at the Minnesota Fringe Festival, this shattered cirque wonderland is back! See our expanded version of our 4.8 Star rated Looking Glass world!

Follow a grown up Alice as she tumbles down the rabbit hole of her personal fantasies and desires! We will be presenting our story via dance, circus, and high fantasy art. This dark twist on a familiar classic will have you on the edge of your seat!

Showcasing the best of the performance art dance and circus world including title holding and nationally touring artists in aerial arts, fire dancing, modern dance, acrobatics and cabaret.

This show is 18+

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If the Spirit Moves

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Elision Playhouse
6105 42nd Avenue North, Crystal, MN

Presented by Theatre Elision
  • Musical

A disillusioned expat Dadaist artist returns after World War I. Needing to earn a living, she sets out to impersonate a spirit medium—only to discover that she is the real deal.  A shell-shocked war hero, a charity matron mourning her daughter, and a young war widow flock to the reluctant medium and are spontaneously healed. A wealthy male client falls in love with her. When her former love comes courting in the form of a directionless Dada poet, she must choose, not only between two men, but two radically different outlooks on life.  If the Spirit Moves is a tender tale of recovery and healing in which rich and poor, living and dead, transcend their differences through laughter, tears, and hope for a brighter tomorrow. 

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BRIGHT STAR

7:30 pm

Lyric Arts Main Street Stage
420 E Main St, Anoka, MN 55303

$30-$35
Call 763-422-1838
Buy tickets online

Presented by Lyric Arts
  • 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. When literary editor Alice Murphy meets a young soldier just home from World War II, he awakens her longing for the child she once lost. Haunted by their unique connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past – and what she finds has the power to transform both of their lives. Featuring the Grammy-nominated country, folk, and bluegrass score by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Bright Star is an uplifting theatrical journey which is as refreshingly genuine as it is daringly hopeful.

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AUBERGINE

7:30 pm

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

$20 – $55
Call 651.291.7005
Buy tickets online

Presented by Park Square Theatre
  • Drama

A son cooks a meal for his dying father to say everything that his words can’t. Lyrical, humorous and full of love, this is a story of an intergenerational Korean family struggling to relate across emotional, linguistic and cultural divides. When words fail, a home-cooked meal transcends differences and brings us together in this heartwarming drama by Julia Cho and directed by Flordelino Lagundino.

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V- This is Vaudeville

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Minnsky Theatre
1517 Central Ave NE Minneapolis Mn 55413

$15-$35
Call 6122277474
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Presented by ExperTeasers and Minnsky Theatre
  • Dance
  • Cabaret/variety

We are so excited to bring YOU our nationally traveling showgirls the ExperTeasers in their spectacular monthly show V- This is Vaudeville! 

NEW showstopping numbers and Special Guests every month, featuring the best in cabaret, circus, fire, singing, comedy and more!

Bring yourself and a friend to the extravaganza that is never the same twice!  Filled with glitz, glam, laughter and more DO NOT MISS OUT! Get your tickets today!

And if you're real good, we'll make you feel good!
We want your...spirit to climb. So let us entertain you, and we'll have a real good time! Yes sir! (or ma'am or anybody on the whole gender specturmmmmmmmm)

We'll have a real good time!!

☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

Cash and Credit for Ticket Purchases and Concessions (snacks & sodas & ADULT BEVERAGES!!!)! Thank you for your continuing support of Minnsky Theatre and The ExperTeasers!
Vaudeville is adult comedy dance theater and is 18+ as there will be adult themes!

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Immaculate Heart

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

  • Closing night

The Crane Theater Studio
2303 Kennedy St NE #120, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Tickets: $20, $18 Fringe/Student/Senior
Call 6128168479
Buy tickets online

Presented by Freshwater Theatre
  • Drama
  • Comedy

This September, we proudly present a world premiere from Freshwater Co-Artistic Director Ruth Virkus – Immaculate Heart.

When Marina meets shy, devout Clare at a beginners’ knitting class, they have an immediate connection, changing Clare’s world and putting them on a collision course with Father Paul, forcing all three to confront their natures in ways none of them expect.

Set in and around the confessional of a parish church, Immaculate Heart is an exploration of sexual identity on the asexual spectrum, faith and privilege.

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THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW

7:30 pm

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

$20 – $70
Call 651.291.7005
Buy tickets online

Presented by Park Square Theatre
  • Musical

Let’s do the Time Warp again! Enter a kitschy, campy, sci-fi fantasy with Brad and Janet as they encounter Dr. Frank ’N’ Furter, a vamping, bisexual transvestite from another planet, backed by his band of singing and dancing Phantoms. Mixing rock ‘n’ roll with crazy dance numbers, sex, glitter and corsets, this is a party that’s sure to make you shiver with antici–pation!

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Friends With Guns by Stephanie Alison Walker

Off Leash Art Box
Off Leash Art Box: 4200 East 54th St. Minneapolis, MN 55417

Presented by Uprising Theatre Company
  • Drama
  • Comedy

Friends with Guns by Stephanie Alison Walker  

*Part of a rolling World Premiere*

Directed by Shalee Coleman

Two sleep-deprived moms meet at a West LA park, and it’s instant sisterhood. Their husbands hit it off, too, and it seems as though they’ve found their urban family — until guns enter the conversation. Friends With Guns is a dark comedy that pulls the curtain back on liberals with guns. It explores what happens when one person in a marriage suddenly does a 180 on the gun issue and it asks what we can compartmentalize and what we can’t.

Uprising Theatre Company believes in warning audiences about potentially triggering material. Friends with Guns contains the following content warnings:
-Simulated gun fire sounds
-Discussions and depictions of Intruder and Domestic Violence.
If you have questions about the specific context of these content warnings, please contact us: [email protected] and we will get back to you.

Show runs: 20 September-5 October 

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Pippin, a mid-life crisis

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Mixed Blood Theatre
1501 South 4th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55454

$25
Call 612-389-9010
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Presented by Theatre 55
  • Musical

PIPPIN; a mid-life crisis, directed by Richard Hitchler, with choreography by Sandy Agustin, and musical direction by Jill Cronk Schendel. 

As told by an ensemble of actors, PIPPIN is the fantastical story of a prince, who is searching for his purpose in life and his own “corner of the sky”. Encouraged by the Leading Player, Pippin dabbles in bloody battle, licentious entanglements, and savvy political maneuvers, only to discover that true happiness is more complicated than it appears. With infectious music by Stephen Schwartz and classic choreography from Bob Fosse, PIPPIN is both a humorous allegory and a dark tale of false appearances and empty promises.

Typically performed by angsty 20-something’s trying to find their way in the world, Theatre 55 is taking a different approach; a mid-life crisis. “After a certain age (roughly 50), we all go through this period of questioning - “What am I going to do with my life now?” “, says Richard Hitchler, founder and director. “This is an even more important question as we enter the second half of our lives. And we’re exploring what it means for people who have achieved a certain amount of prestige in the lives, but want to find true meaning and leave a legacy before they move on.” adds Hitchler.

About Theatre 55

Theatre 55 was formed with the purpose of developing lifelong learning through theatre performance and education. Our vision is to enrich the lives of elders as artists, audiences, and learners through educational performance art. Theatre 55 is currently fiscally sponsored through Springboard for the Arts and runs in part through the generous grants from the Minnesota Regional Arts Council and the Aroha Foundation. Theatre 55 aims to produce more high-energy, impactful plays and utilizing the senior artists of our community. We strive to engage with vibrant seniors living throughout the Twin Cities and beyond through classes, workshops, showcases, and performance.

 

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

7:30 pm
Runs 135 minutes

Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE Osseo, MN 55369

$26 - $30
Call 763-493-8733
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Presented by Yellow Tree Theatre
  • Drama

Fifteen-year-old mathematical genius Christopher has never ventured alone beyond the edge of his road. He detests being touched, can’t stand small talk, and the slightest disruption of his ritualized world sends him into an earth-shattering tantrum. It’s 7 minutes past midnight and the neighbor’s dog is dead. Finding himself a suspect, he takes it upon himself to solve the mystery, embarking on a thrilling journey that upturns his world. Intense, hopeful, and profoundly moving, Curious Incident has been hailed a phenomenal combination of storytelling and spectacle. Winner of 5 Tony Awards including Best Play!

Cast: Stacia Rice, Laura Esping, Zachary Schnitzer, Melina Kordich, Alexcia Thompson, Dylan Ward, Peter Simmons, Matthew Lolar, and Corey Mills.

SEPTEMBER 13th – OCTOBER 13th
Wed. - Sat. @ 7:30pm, Sun. @ 2:00pm
Added matinees Wed. Sept. 25th | Sat. Oct. 5th | Sat. Oct. 12th @ 2:00pm

TICKETS
www.yellowtreetheatre.com
box office: 763-493-8733

Wed. & Thurs. $26 | Fri. & Sat. $30 | Sat. & Sun. matinees $28
Students, seniors 65 & up and groups of 10 or more receive $3 off these prices

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8 pm

Pray the Gay Away

8:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Cowles Center for the Preforming Arts
528 Hennipen Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55403

$20
Call 612-206-3600
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Presented by Murray and Peter Presents
  • Comedy
  • Musical

Arab-American twins come out as gay to mom and turn

the hilarious and touching story into a raucous comedy

 

Pray The Gay Away, a true life story, 

plays in Minneapolis September 12 - 22

 

Some moms cry. Some moms give hugs. When the Zakar Twins’ uber-Christian mom learned that both her sons are gay, she threw holy water at them and began quoting Leviticus. The Instagram models turned their hilarious and unique story into a best-selling book and now a stage play, Pray The Gay Away, appearing at the Cowles Center in Minneapolis from September 12 - 22. Tickets are available at www.zakartwins.com

The true-life coming out comedy chronicles 26-year old Michael and Zach as they face awkward sexual encounters, coming out to each other, and their biggest foe – Mom, a woman who not only gave birth to what she calls one regret – but two. The hilariously and poignant play shows what it’s like growing up as gay, Iraqi-American twins in post 9/11 America. Pray the Gay Away was inspired the night Mom snuck into their bedroom and force fed them “holy grapes,” determined to “de-gay” them.

The Zakar twins are leaders in the LGBT community where they blaze a path for queer people who come from Near and Middle Eastern cultures. Their high internet profile led to an appearance on the 2018 season premiere of Tosh.O and the publication of their memoir, an Amazon #1 bestseller.

“It was confusing for our Mom,” Zach said, “in Iraq, being gay isn’t something that you discuss openly. She was worried about how the community would talk about us in a negative light. It was difficult to see her take it so hard, she basically cried and prayed for 90 percent of our coming out process.”

The show, directed by Eric Swanson and produced by Murray and Peter Present, is written by Bobby Brower and the Zakar twins, explores the awkwardness of coming of age as well as a touching testimonial to the love of family and religion.

“Our mom would shove religion down our throats,” Zach joked. “But honestly, we are who we are because of our upbringing. The message of Christianity – and any religion – is acceptance and love for all.” 

Tickets and show information are available at www.zakartwins.com. Follow the Zakar Twins on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @ZakarTwins. 

 

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ESCAPED ALONE and HERE WE GO by CARYL CHURCHILL

8:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Gremlin Theatre
550 Vandalia Street Saint Paul, MN

$25-30
Call 612-724-3760
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Presented by Frank Theatre
  • Drama
  • Comedy

Frank Theatre is thrilled to present two new short plays by Caryl Churchill, whose work Frank has presented many times in the company’s 30-year history. ESCAPED ALONE and HERE WE GO deliver an evening of theatre by perhaps the greatest living playwright.

Churchill’s sizzling work ESCAPED ALONE presents a 55-minute elliptical view of the apocalypse, fantasy intricately wired with politics. Four women in their 70s gather for tea in an English garden, combining small talk and the horrors of modern life. Their gossipy everyday conversations lay bare their psychological troubles — from depression to fear of cats, from an “accidentally” dead husband to agoraphobia — punctuated starkly with surreal apocalyptic monologues. Which world is real? How are they connected?

“It’s worth noting that simply writing a play featuring four women in their seventies without making it about their age is a reasonably subversive political act.” — The Atlantic

In the second piece, Churchill peers into the void with HERE WE GO, a poetic triptych of mortality. In the first scene, a group has gathered at a party after a funeral, remembering the man who has passed. In the second scene, a man observes the afterlife—Valhalla, Charon, and other mythical representations appear to him. But has he died? In the third wordless section, we see the intimate relationship between a frail man winding down his life with a caregiver.

“What Churchill has written is a striking memento mori for an age without faith; and although her play is brief, that in itself evokes the idea that we are here for a short time and then are suddenly gone.” — The Guardian 

Caryl Churchill has written for the stage, television, and radio. A renowned and prolific playwright, her plays include Cloud NineTop GirlsFar AwayDrunk Enough to Say I Love You?BlissLove and InformationMad Forest, and A Number. In 2002, she received the Obie Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2010, she was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.

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ESCAPED ALONE and HERE WE GO by Caryl Churchill

8:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Gremlin Theatre
550 Vandalia, St. Paul, MN 55114

$25-30, pay-what-you-can on Sept 7
Call 1-800-838-3006
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Presented by Frank Theatre
  • Drama
  • Comedy

ESCAPED ALONE presents a 55-minute elliptical view of the apocalypse, fantasy intricately wired with politics. Four women in their 70s gather for tea in an English garden, combining small talk and the everyday anxieties of contemporary life, juxtaposed to the cataclysmic possibilities that teeter on our response to dire warnings of climate change and environmental devastation.Their gossipy everyday conversations lay bare their psychological troubles — from depression to fear of cats, from an “accidentally” dead husband to agoraphobia — punctuated starkly with surreal apocalyptic monologues. Which world is real? How are they connected?

Churchill peers into the void with HERE WE GO, a poetic triptych of mortality. She presents, in reverse order, a man nearing the end of life, his view from the threshold of the afterlife, and the reminiscences at his funeral. In the first scene, a group has gathered at a party after a funeral, remembering the man who has passed. In the second scene, a man observes the afterlife—Valhalla, Charon, and other mythical representations appear to him. But has he died? In the third wordless section, we see the intimate relationship between a frail man winding down his life with a caregiver.

And yet, reviews repeatedly refer to these plays as Churchill’s funniest work yet!

Cast features Maria Asp, Charla Marie Bailey, Patrick Bailey Barbra Berlovitz, Cheryl Willis, Janis Hardy. Production team: Director, Wendy Knox; Set Design by Joe Stanley; Costume Design by Kathy Kohl; Lighting Design by Mike Wangen; Sound design by Dan Dukich; Stage Managed by Glenn Klapperich.

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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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Shame of Thrones: Stupidity War

8:00 pm
Runs 90 minutes

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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10 pm

Jamie Loftus & Sarah Sherman: Live from the Gutter

10:00 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Bryant Lake Bowl Theater
810 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN, 55408

$18/$15 in advance
Call 6128258949
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Presented by The Spit Take Comedy Series
  • Comedy

Two fearless comedic polymaths appear together for an unpredictable evening of stand-up comedy in Live from the Gutter! Jamie Loftus, host of feminist movie podcast The Bechdel Cast, brings her “absurdism for the modern woman” (Forbes). Sarah Sherman, AKA Sarah Squirm, continues her “never-ending mission to find and celebrate the beauty of the grotesque and weird” (Vulture).

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