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The Underground is general admission. There is no visual obstruction, this is a 150-seat theatre that can be reconfigured Want to produce a show? Click here!






11th Annual Short Shorts Film Festival

Saturday, February 27 @ 7:30pm




DEADLINE TO ENTER: February 19, 2016 at 4:30pm

NEW! Submit your film online via Film Freeway.


You've submitted your film; now it's time to invite your friends! Don't make films, but enjoy watching them? Join us the evening of February 27th to see all short shorts and help choose the night's top 3 winners!




Gilbert & Sullivan's


One weekend only!

MARCH 3-5 @ 7:30pm | MARCH 6 @ 2pm

Directed by Jeffrey Madison

Gilbert and Sullivan make a triumphant return to the Underground with IOLANTHE; a comic operetta that satirizes British government at odds with immortal fairies.





Rough Magic

A theatrical celebration of Shakespeare's First Folio!

APRIL 7-9 @ 7:30pm

Developed & Directed by Jason Scorich

In connection with the national tour of First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare





The Last Five Years January 28 - February 6

11th Annual Short Shorts Film Festival February 27

Gilbert & Sullivan's Iolanthe March 3-6

Motherhood Out Loud March 17-19

Rough Magic: A theatrical celebration of Shakespeare's First Folio April 7-9

Nine August 4-13

American Idiot September 8-24

Oleanna October 13-22

Art November 3-12



Become a Wild Card member for the 2016 Underground season!

Rceive awesome perks and savings at each Underground show, like 2-for-1 pre-show Happy Hours, priority seating for sold-out shows, and seeing 7 shows for the prices of 6. One Wild Card = $90.



What's happening in The Underground? LOTS!

The mission of The Underground is to serve the community as a meeting place for culture and conversation, for arts and education, offering diverse programming to foster the artistic and intellectual life of Northern Minnesota.



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What is it?

The Underground is the satellite theater of The Duluth Playhouse, and Duluth's newest event space (May 2013).

The mission of The Underground is to serve as a community meeting place for culture and conversation, for arts and education, offering diverse programming to foster the artistic and intellectual life of Northern Minnesota/Wisconsin.

Where is it?

The Underground is located on level one of the Depot, 506 W. Michigan Street in Downtown Duluth. Use the Depot East Entrance (closest to 5th Ave W) to enter the Underground. Doors will unlock one hour prior to show time and lock one half hour past show time.

Where do I park?

Parking is available at parking ramps located on Michigan Street and 6th Ave W, and Michigan Street and 5th Ave W (entrance on 4th Ave W). Parking is free after 5pm. There is also metered/handicap parking available in front of the Depot main entrance on Michigan Street.

How do I purchase tickets for the Underground shows?

1. Most shows have advanced tickets available. Click on the "Buy Tickets" tab on the left of your screen

2. Call our box office at : 218-733-7555. We accept Visa or Mastercard by phone.

3. In person at our Administrative office in the Depot, during business hours M-F, 9am-5pm. We accept Visa, Mastercard, Cash or Check for payment for in person transactions.

In fulfilling its mission, The Underground will:

  • Promote the growth and development of public pride for all cultures in our region.

  • Commitment to social justice and respect for humanity by fostering cultural and intellectual expression in our region

  • Foster constructive and mutually respectful conversations among community members via salons and lectures that currently don’t exist in our area

  • Be a community partner by offering a platform for conversations around important civic engagement, social justice, and community issues

  • Support and encourage artists who work at The Underground to develop skills and talents and to negotiate all the stages of their art lives


  • Provide high quality art in theater, music, and dance, and the spoken word.


  • Provide a venue for regional/Twin Cities professional to bring their work Northern Minnesota


  • Be a venue for the Playhouse multi-faceted education program showcases/classes/presentations

  • To care for, cherish and celebrate youth accomplishments/education in the arts via music showcases, art and writing events for ages K-12

  • Use our creative platform for unique education opportunities for youth and families that may not have access to art opportunities

  • Be an intergenerational resource for activities for all ages—youth to senior citizens

All questions and inquiries should be directed to Crystal Pelkey, the Underground Producing Director, at 218-733-7526 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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