Friday, February 28, 2020

7 pm

MOTH Written by Declan Greene

7:00 pm

Bryant Lake Bowl Theater
810 W Lake St

$20/$18 in advance, $8-$20 sliding scale on Monday March 2
Call 6128258949
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  • Drama

This 90 minute play follows Sebastian and Claryssa, two friends brought together by their mutual misfit status. They take a warped journey through their past, re-living their most horrifying memories. This play isn’t your standard kitchen-sink drama– it’s more like a wild fever dream on a playground.

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The Importance of Being Earnest

7:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Frank W. Bridges Theatre
1900 8th Ave NW, Austin, MN 55912

$13
Call 507-433-0595
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Presented by Riverland Theatre
  • Comedy

By Oscar Wilde
Directed by Susan V. Hansen

The Importance of Being Earnest has proven to be Oscar Wilde’s most enduring—and endearing—play. Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff create alter egos named Ernest to escape their tiresome lives. They attempt to win the hearts of two women who, conveniently, claim to only love men called Ernest. The pair struggle to keep up with their own stories and become tangled in a tale of deception, disguise and misadventure. Filled with witty Victorian aphorisms and Wilde’s own brand of wisdom, The Importance of Being Earnest remains one of theatre’s most popular comedies. Rating: Some material may not be suitable for young children.

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

7:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Black Box at The Hanifl Performing Arts Center
4941 Long Ave White Bear Lake, MN 55110

$5-$10
Call 6513488578
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Presented by Children's Performing Arts' CYPP
  • Comedy
  • Musical

The tale of several socially awkward youngsters finding joy, heartache and a purpose in competing at the regional spelling bee features a score by William Finn and a book by Rachel Sheinkin. 

The Collaborative Youth Performance Program, CYPP, is completely youth lead! From directing, choreographing, costuming, lights, musical directing, stage managing, and more will all be led by youth! This allows all of the students involved to be immersed into musical theater and work together to create a production.

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Blackout Improv

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Pillsbury House Theatre
3501 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55407

$5 - $25
Call 612-825-0459
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Presented by Pillsbury House Theatre
  • Comedy
  • Improv

During a Blackout show, you’ll experience a dynamic comedy show that will entertain you, take a look at serious current events, and (hopefully!) challenge you. Laugh, listen and learn during a show that’s part sketch, part improv, and all hilarity.

Blackout Improv is an all-black improv troupe based in Minneapolis that’s a mix of comedy, social justice, and arts access. Their misson is to put more Black performers on more stages, to create comedic dialogue around serious truths, and to provide improv access for Black students. Blackout’s cast includes improvisers, standup comedians, musicians, classically trained actors, dancers, poets, writers, storytellers, and educators. Learn more at blackoutcomedy.org.

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Urinetown, the musical

7:30 pm
Runs 100 minutes

  • Opening night

Illusion Theatre
528 Hennepin Ave, 8th floor, Minneapolis, MN 55401

$25.00
Call 612-389-9010
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Presented by Theatre 55
  • Comedy
  • Musical

When you gotta go, you gotta go, but it's a new world— where everyone has to pay to pee!

Oh, what terrible times are these! A 20-year drought has forced the town to regulate water consumption; therefore, Urinetown has outlawed the use of private toilets. The citizenry must use public, pay-per-use amenities owned and operated by Urine Good Company, a malevolent corporation run by the corrupt Caldwell B. Cladwell.

Is there someone out there who will stand up to this tyranny? OF COURSE there is... it's a musical after all! Laugh, cry, hold your water until intermission, but don't miss the latest from Theatre 55. 

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25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Cross Winds United Methodist Church
15051 Weaver Lake Rd, Maple Grove, MN 55311

Presented by Cross Community Players
  • Comedy
  • Musical

Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. The story centers on an eclectic group of six mid-pubescents as they vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. You won’t want to miss this riotous ride of a show, complete with audience participation!

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MEDEA by Seneca from Shadow Horse Theatre Image

MEDEA by Seneca

7:30 pm
Runs 110 minutes

Elision Playhouse
6105 42nd Avenue North Crystal, Minnesota 55422

$0-$12
Call (714) 342-0539
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Presented by Shadow Horse Theatre LLC
  • Drama

Shadow Horse Theatre, LLC returns with its first mainstage performance in three years to bring this Classical Roman tragedy based on Greek myths to life. MEDEA is Seneca The Younger's most recognized work based off Euripides original in Ancient Greek, and one of the greatest classical tragedies of all time. Directed by Shadow Horse company member/co-owner and executive producer, Matt Kelly. 
 

Starring:
Kirstin Nelson - Medea
Shad Cooper - Jason
James Michael Zappa - Nurse
Laini Devin - Chorus, Messenger, & Child
Stephen Houtz - Chorus & Creon
Cat McMahan - Chorus & Child

Director: Matt Kelly
Stage Manager: Erin Green Vita
Lights: Peter Gustafson
Sound Design: James Allen Graham
Costumes: Barb Portinga
Dramaturg: Mara Clark

Pay-What-You-Can & Post Show Discussion, Wed. 2/12/20.

Tickets on Eventbrite
General Admission-$15
Student/Senior/Veteran/ Minnesota Fringe Discount: $10
2 COMPS Available Every Night. 
Pay-What-You-Can & Post Show Discussion Wed 2/12/20 

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Daddy Long Legs

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102

$28-$36
Call 612-440-6681
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Presented by Minneapolis Musical Theatre
  • Drama
  • Musical

Minneapolis Musical Theatre heads across the river to St. Paul to produce “Daddy Long Legs” at the Historic James J. Hill House on Summit Avenue. “Daddy Long Legs” features music and lyrics by Paul Gordon and a book by John Caird (both nominated for Tony Awards in 2001 for their work on “Jane Eyre”) and is based on the 1912 novel by Jean Webster. This charming two person chamber musical follows Jerusha Abbott, who has grown up in an orphanage but is sent to college by a mysterious benefactor so she may learn to be a writer. Along the way, she emerges as a fiercely independent, intelligent “New Woman.” Amanda Weis, who last worked with MMT as Music Director for the smash hit “High Fidelity” at The Electric Fetus in 2018 will be directing the production. The James J. Hill House will provide the perfect, period-appropriate, intimate setting for this unique turn-of-the-century love story. Tickets on sale now at aboutmmt.org.
 

CAST
Maddie J. Olsem as Jerusha Abbott
Chris Paulson as Jervis Pendleton
Featured Understudies:
Sarah DeYong
Andrew Newman

PRODUCTION STAFF
Director – Amanda Weis
Music Director – Jean Orbison Van Heel
Stage Manager – Miranda Shunkwiler
Lighting Designer – Grace Barnstead
Sound Designer – Abe Gabor
Prop Designer – Sara Kessler
Costume Designer - A. Emily Heaney

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DOG LOGIC

7:30 pm

Theatre in the Round
245 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis MN

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

Is it a comedy? A drama? An American fable? Well, it’s all of that — and more — because it’s a look into the unique mind of Hertel Daggett, a recluse who lives in a junk pile and talks to dead animals as the owner of an abandoned pet cemetery. But his monologues and philosophical musings are interrupted when a smarmy realtor uses Hertel’s ex-wife and long-lost mother in a plot to develop his beloved cemetery into a shopping mall.

Directed by Miriam Monasch, the cast includes: Ian Fyfield, Meri Golden, Josh Jabas, and Stacey Poirier.

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The Dixie Swim Club

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street, Excelsior, MN

$30 - $40
Call 952-474-5951
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Presented by Old Log Theatre
  • Comedy

Written by Jones Hope Wooten
Directed by Eric Morris

This touching comedy centers around five Southern women who became friends on their college swim team. The group sets aside a long weekend every August to recharge their relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina's Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other's lives. The play begins 22 years after they graduate from college. "The Dixie Swim Club" focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of thirty-three years. As their lives unfold and the years pass, these women increasingly rely on one another, through advice and raucous repartee to get through the challenges (men, sex, marriage, parenting, divorce and aging) that life flings at them. And when fate throws a wrench into one of their lives in the second act, these friends, proving the enduring power of 'teamwork', rally around their own with the strength and love that takes this comedy in a poignant and surprising direction. It is really a study in friendship and how it grows and changes through the years. 

Jones Hope Wooten are the authors of “Golden Girls” and “Savannah Sipping Society”

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Silent Sky

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

The Bell Museum, Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium
2088 Larpenteur Ave. W, St. Paul, MN 55113

$15 students / $30 adults
Call 612-626-9660
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Presented by Theatre Pro Rata
  • Drama

Theatre Pro Rata is partnering with The Bell Museum, Minnesota’s official natural history museum, to present Silent Sky inside the Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium. Written by Lauren Gunderson, Silent Sky takes place in the early twentieth century, when Henrietta Leavitt and a group of women “computers” pursued astronomical research at the Harvard Observatory under the supervision of a male scientist. Their work proved to be crucial to the development of the field. Henrietta herself had to balance her dedication to her work with the demands of her family, health challenges, and the possibility of personal relationships. The achievements and difficulties of a woman scientist in a challenging historical period combine in this thought-provoking and engaging play. Come listen to the music of the spheres!

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Veneers

Phoenix Theater
2605 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55408

$2-$15
Call 6123772285
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Presented by Novagrex, nurtured by Arts Nest
  • Drama
  • Experimental

VENEERS follows the story of Simon, who begins to doubt his reality while attending a housewarming party. Itching with curiosity, Simon escapes to the outer world and meets the gods who dwell there, but is disappointed to find that they hardly have any of the answers one would hope for. Perhaps there is a further reality beyond this one… and beyond that… and beyond that…

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The Convert

7:30 pm
Runs 150 minutes

Gremlin Theatre
550 Vandalia Ave St Paul, MN 55114

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

A powerful play exploring British colonialism in southern Africa and the use of Christianity for cultural disruption.

Set in 1896 Rhodesia, a young girl whose father has passed away is to be traded, by her uncle, to an older man with ten wives in exchange for a number of goats. She escapes this forced marriage by taking refuge in the home of an African teacher in the Catholic church. In exchange, she is given a new name, forbidden to practice her traditional beliefs, required to wear clothing of the colonizers, and, eventually, is cut off from her family to prove her Christian faith. As tensions in the surrounding villages grow, THE CONVERT explores the struggle between tribal customs and the ways of the British settlers, between traditional African beliefs and the Christianity brought by the colonizers. As tensions rise in the nearby villages, resistance could mean death.

 “After producing ECLIPSED nearly a decade ago, we have been pursuing the rights for THE CONVERT and we couldn’t be more thrilled to embark on this adventure,” says director Wendy Knox. “In some ways, THE CONVERT is a very unFrank play: it’s a big, historical, realistic, three-act play! Thematically, however, it’s right up Frank’s alley. During auditions, I had two actors, who were unfamiliar with Frank’s work, ask why I was doing this play. I answered that I thought the play was an excellent exploration of the roots of white supremacy, and that the play had much to contribute to the larger conversation we are still having, and need to be having today.”

“The Convert is shown…to be a work considering questions of racial, political and religious identity and assimilation with a provocative intelligence …” —The Guardian

“Where do you belong? It’s a question that just about everyone has to face, sooner or later, in Danai Gurira’s The Convert. And the further we go, the more complex that question becomes. It’s a terrific play — a rich, thoughtful, carefully crafted piece..” —The Financial Times

ARTISTIC TEAM

Directed by Wendy Knox
Scenery designed by Joe Stanley
Costumes by Kathy Kohl
Lighting by Tony Stoeri
Fight direction by Annie Enneking
Sound by Dan Dukich
Stage managed by Megan Fae Dougherty

CAST

Maje Adams
Yinka Ayinde
Warren C. Bowles
Hope Cervantes
Ivory Doublette
A.J. Friday
Ashe Jaafaru

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Last Summer at Bluefish Cove by Jane Chambers

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Century College West Theatre
Century Playhouse 3401 Century Ave. N White Bear Lake, MN 55110

$10-$12
Call 651-779-3475
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Presented by Century Playhouse: A Vibrant Theatre Company that Draws Great Talent from Throughout the Twin Cities Theatre Community
  • Drama
  • Comedy

 

Last Summer at Bluefish Cove

by Jane Chambers

 

Produced by Century Playhouse

 

 

 

 

“Funny” “Groundbreaking” “Honest and Moving” 

With Ellen DeGeneres, Lilly Tomlin, Jane Wagner, Harriet Newman Leve, and Portia de Rossi bringing Chambers' play, Last Summer at Bluefish Cove, to Broadway for the very first time later in this 2020 year (it originally premiered Off-Broadway in 1980), where it will be directed by Cynthia Nixon, this will be a play everyone is talking about!

Before it premieres on Broadway, come see Century Playhouse's wonderful production of this amazing play and you will understand why these magnificent, respected, and extremely talented women believe that Chambers' play (forty years after it was written) still needs and deserves to shine with the lights of Broadway for all to see. 

Last Summer at Bluefish Coveis the story of a young dissatisfied straight woman who leaves her husband to spend some quiet time by herself, and who unwittingly and naively wanders into the midst of a group of seven lesbians at the beginning of their annual beachside vacation. The friendships, the laughter, the love, the fears of being outed, the difficulties of being gay and how it affects relationships with family, children, parents and careers, the demonstrations of what the painful price could be for a gay life in 1980s America, had never before been told with such respect.

Chambers' comedic dialogue, sensitivity to human nature and tender treatment of her characters help the play transcend preconceptions and show the universality of these women's journeys. (Goodreads) 

This landmark play is an emotional, funny, feel-good, and heart-wrenching story that speaks universally to audiences of all genders, identities, and lifestyles in a wonderful, entertaining, and insightful fashion.

Last Summer at Bluefish Cove is broadly considered to be one of the greatest scripts of its genre. With a cast of eight magnificently talented actors from throughout the Twin Cities theatre community, Century Playhouse is thrilled to be producing this important, all-female cast play staged in an intimate setting with the audience physically close to the action of the play. Seating is limited.

 

Tickets available at: https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/37054 , and at the door (if tickets are still available)

 

Performances: February 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 @ 7:30PM and March 1 @ 2:00PM 

Location:

Century Playhouse

Century College West Theatre 

3401 Century Ave. N 

White Bear Lake, MN 55110 

 

For questions:

Century Playhouse: paul.aberasturi@century.edu

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Daddy Long Legs

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102

$28-$36
Call 612-440-6681
Buy tickets online

Presented by Minneapolis Musical Theatre
  • Drama
  • Musical

Minneapolis Musical Theatre heads across the river to St. Paul to produce “Daddy Long Legs” at the Historic James J. Hill House on Summit Avenue. “Daddy Long Legs” features music and lyrics by Paul Gordon and a book by John Caird (both nominated for Tony Awards in 2001 for their work on “Jane Eyre”) and is based on the 1912 novel by Jean Webster. This charming two person chamber musical follows Jerusha Abbott, who has grown up in an orphanage but is sent to college by a mysterious benefactor so she may learn to be a writer. Along the way, she emerges as a fiercely independent, intelligent “New Woman.” Amanda Weis, who last worked with MMT as Music Director for the smash hit “High Fidelity” at The Electric Fetus in 2018 will be directing the production. The James J. Hill House will provide the perfect, period-appropriate, intimate setting for this unique turn-of-the-century love story. Tickets on sale now at aboutmmt.org.
 

CAST
Maddie J. Olsem as Jerusha Abbott
Chris Paulson as Jervis Pendleton
Featured Understudies:
Sarah DeYong
Andrew Newman

PRODUCTION STAFF
Director – Amanda Weis
Music Director – Jean Orbison Van Heel
Stage Manager – Miranda Shunkwiler
Lighting Designer – Grace Barnstead
Sound Designer – Abe Gabor
Prop Designer – Sara Kessler
Costume Designer - A. Emily Heaney

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The Arsonists

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

The Underground Theatre
506 W. Michigan St., Duluth Minnesota 55802

$18-$20
Call 218.733.7555
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Presented by The Underground Theatre
  • Drama
  • Comedy

This dark comedy is a scathing social commentary taking aim at the roots and manifestation of fascism, written in a politically tense setting of 1950s Germany.

A respected member of his community, George Biederman has made his fortune by selling hair follicle replacer. He enjoys wine, his cigars and relishing his success while scoffing at the gullibility of the citizens of his town who let strangers into their homes. And with a string of arson fires around town, he doesn’t understand why anyone would do that?!

But after a knock on his door, he finds with a growing number of guests, oil drums and suspicious activities filling his home. Will Biederman become the very thing he’s been mocking? Will he realize in time?

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The World Over by Keith Bunin

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Open Window Theatre
5300 S Robert Trl #400, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077

$20-$34
Call 6126151515
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Presented by Open Window Theatre
  • Drama

“We’re all of us meant to be heroes”. Join us for the regional premiere of playwright Keith Bunin’s unforgettable tale of adventure, love, loss and redemption. Drawing on a vast array of influences from the Bible, to The Odyssey, to Shakespeare, The World Over masterfully speaks to the original beauty and goodness of the human person, while showing just how far we’ve fallen. At once wholly fantastical and profoundly truthful, Bunin never leaves us without humor or hope in this epic story of a man in search of his home. Adam believes he is the lost prince of Gildoray, but nobody else in the world believes that Gildoray even exists. Adam will journey the world over, battling monsters, enduring shipwrecks, and daring deeds of heroism, to search for his lost kingdom and save his people.

"THE WORLD OVER is exceeding wise: a profound, insightful, thought-provoking examination of the most fundamental aspects of our humanity.” -NYTheatre.com

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The Skriker

7:30 pm

Rarig Center, Stoll Thrust Theatre
330 21st Avenue South Minneapolis, MN, 55455

$17 General public; $12 U of M Faculty/Staff/Alumni/Retirees; $7 Students (any college or under 18)
Call (612) 625-5380
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Presented by University of Minnesota Department of Theatre Arts & Dance
  • Drama

The University of Minnesota Department of Theatre Arts & Dance presents the following play: 

 

“The Skriker” blends English and Irish folktales with a non-linear structure to tell the story of an ancient fairy pursuing two young women in 20th century London. Whilst speaking English in her human manifestations, the Skriker forms a language all her own consisting of fragmented wordplay and twisted classic tales. Written in 1994 by the critically-acclaimed playwright Caryl Churchill, this increasingly relevant blend of magical realism and horror speaks to our current climate state. The Skriker is a stunningly imaginative play about the consequences humans must face when we exploit the natural world.

 

Performances: 

February 27th-29th @ 7:30pm

March 1st @ 2:00pm

March 4th-7th @ 7:30pm

 

More information and tickets: z.umn.edu/skriker

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Twelfth Night

7:30 pm

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

$15 - $79
Call 612.377.2224
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Presented by Guthrie Theater
  • Comedy

When a shipwrecked Viola washes up on Illyria’s shores without her twin brother, she must adapt to her strange new surroundings on her own. For safety, she disguises herself as a man named Cesario, finds employment with the handsome Orsino and secretly falls in love with him though Orsino pines for Olivia’s devotion. After a series of mishaps and mayhem, their love triangle becomes so entangled it brings all of Illyria along for the ride. When at last the truth is revealed, the Bard’s starry-eyed tale proves that the revelry of love is something worth fighting for.

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8 pm

Hindsight is 2020: The Best of the Brave New Workshop

8:00 pm

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

$30 - $36
Call (612)-332-6620
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Presented by The Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
  • Comedy
  • Improv

The Brave New Workshop is all-in on throwback humor with its latest production, Hindsight is 2020: The Best of the Brave New Workshop. The renowned comedy theatre is bringing back all its best and brightest material, its most hilarious sketches, along with a few one-off weird ones from yesteryear. So, no matter how you remember the 2010s (a walk down memory pain, or full of raucous laughter), Hindsight is 2020: The Best of the Brave New Workshop is just the ticket to welcome in the brave new decade.

 

Written & Performed by: Lauren Anderson, Denzel Belin, Doug Neithercott and Taj Ruler

Musical Direction by: Jon Pumper

Technical Direction by: Matthew Vichlach

Directed by: Caleb McEwen

 

5 Previews:  Jan 30 & 31 Feb 1, 5, 6

Opening Night:  Friday, Feb 7

Show Run:  Feb 7, 2020 – May 23, 2020

The show runs weekends and select weekdays. Show times vary. Full schedule at https://www.bravenewworkshop.com/theatre/show-calendar/.

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