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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.

Alyson Enderle

Stage 2 director Sarah Hinz talks about the student-run theater program and her first turn as director at the helm of Almost, Maine.

Merry Renn Vaughan/The College of St. Scholastica

Note: in celebration of National College Radio Day on KUMD,  we're pleased to welcome Northland Morning Assistant Producer Abrielle Vizenor as our interviewer for Radio Theatre this week.

In theater, the "house" is either the audience ("how does the house look? Pretty full?") or the place where the audience sits ("dim the house lights and cue curtain!").

It's the other part of the Halloween Freakout at The Underground: The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

It's the 1975 film that attained cult classic status with its outrageous characters, unknown actors who went on to become big name stars, utterly danceable music and its evolution from a film you watch to an event, complete with audience partici................................................................................................................pation.

Crimson Clear Productions

Actor/director Alec Schroeder talks the Underground's rotation of two cult classics over the next two weeks: Hedwig and the Angry Inch and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Andy Miller

The story of a 600 pound man wrapping up the loose ends of his life features a powerhouse cast,  including an actor known in the Twin Ports for his physicality.

Confined in a prosthetic suit, director Julie Ahasay says Kujawa has to redirect that energy in different directions.  "It's all in his face; it's all in his voice -- it's all in how he connects with different people."

Ten Thousand Things

Even for professional actors, like those in Ten Thousand Things' production of Pericles, finding the extremes of Shakespeare's characters can be a challenge.

But they've found their mentors - and their inspiration - in their unconventional audiences.

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