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©Nicole Modeen/The Duluth Playhouse Childen's Theatre

If you're hoping to get in to see the Duluth Playhouse's production of Disney's The Lion King JR., well, Duluth has sold out shows just like the Big Cities ... and rush lines (or lists), too.

Laboring away quietly in the basement of the Duluth Depot, the Underground is busy making theater.  In recent weeks,  we've featured productions like Green Day's American Idiot and Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore.  Now the 12th Annual Short Shorts Film Festival returns with another crop of entries: all five minutes long or less and all family-friendly.  But this is not a quaint little local event; the festival features submissions from Asia, Europe, Israel and South America, not to mention states all over the US.

The UMD School of Fine Arts Dean Bill Payne talks with us about the Theatre Department's current production of teh Scott McPherson play Marvin's Room, a comedy of family connections.  Payne, the show's director, shares with us that the way it deals with the theme of caring for a bedridden parent are very relatable to a wide audience, as dealing with illness and loss are universally experience

The 24-Hour Plays

Mar 9, 2017

The formula: 6 playwrights, 6 directors, 24 actors, and 1 musical guest create six new short plays in the course of a single day — and perform them in front of a live audience that night. The result: The 24 Hour Plays.

The Underground

Director Jeff Maddison on Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore: the fans, the music, and why a little judicious editing never hurt anyone.

Andy Miller

Folks who shock easily might want to steer clear of Renegade Theater Company's regional premier of Hand to God.

But those who don't mind questionable and quirky could find the show right up their alley.  And it includes a role the director says is being singled out as one of the newest and most difficult for an actor to play.

Crimson Clear Productions/The Duluth Playhouse

Don't be surprised if there's a rush line crowd outside the Depot this weekend, trying to get into the last performances of Green Day's American Idiot.

The Underground's artistic director, Robert Lee, says a deep connection to the music on 2009's concept album - and the stage show that followed - has people who wanted to be in, work on and now see the show coming out in droves.

©Jessica Michna

Tony Tracy says, if you want to be considered an expert in something, you have to know it at least "three questions deep."

Jessica Michna, an actress from Wisconsin acclaimed  for her portrayals of historic women, returns to the Douglas County Historical Society for two performances as Mary Todd Lincoln this weekend. 

Hannah & David Lippert / Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Museum of Tolerance

Inspired by the work of Dr. Khalil "Haji" Dokhanchi, both in the public schools and at UWS (In 2009, Dokhanchi was awarded a fellowship from the Genocide Intervention Network), playwright and director Kathy Laakso undertook to write a work about the children of the Holocaust.

©Nichole Modeen/The Duluth Playhouse Childen's Theatre

"We as a community and a culture have a
great responsibility to model what we'd like our
children to become and provide them with
opportunities to see the best of us." ~ Kate Horvath

Mueez Ahmad

For the 12th time (they average this about once every three years)  UMD Theatre is off to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, this time to perform playwright/director Tom Isbell's One River.

Rubber Chicken Theater

The delightful creative troupe that is Rubber Chicken Theater does not disappoint with their holiday offering this month. 

Robert Gardner

Since 1892, audiences have been coming to see Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker in December.  Part of the point of a tradition - especially a 125-year-long-one - is that you will see the familiar story and characters.  But by the same token, how do you keep such an old chestnut fresh for the audience and the performers?

Rebecca Katz-Harwood

UMD Theatre is celebrating five years of partnership with the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres: a partnership that gives students a variety of experiences with guest directors of a professional company ...

Cathy Frank/University Theatre at UW-Superior

Halloween may be over, but UWS actors are still scaring audiences in their production of Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus.

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