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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.

The Underground is general admission. There is no visual obstruction, this is a 150 seat theatre that can be in a thrust or in the round.

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Wild. Provocative. Unexpected.
$35 for one ticket to all remaining shows in The Underground's 2014 season.

But you don't just save on tickets - here are a few more perks to enjoy:

  • Members receive 2-for-1 Happy Hour before all performances
  • Special promotions including giveaways, drawings, and discounts offered throughout the season

Wild Characters. Provocative Stories. Unexpected Experience.



TYA (Theatre for Young Audiences) Series presents
The Adventures of a Rock Named Sticky

Every Saturday in July at 11:00am & 2:15pm
Admission |  $5 at the door; Receive $1 off when you present your museum or train ticket!
Great for ages Preschool +

Their time machine is ready and their imaginations are charged for adventure. Come join the Stevenson siblings and their annoying cousin as they travel through time to explore the history of their pet rock named Sticky.

The Boogers are a group of rascally performers dedicated to creating original interactive theatrical experiences that celebrate various educational topics. Fresh off their first project, the critically acclaimed The Yard Bizarre, they now bring you The Adventures of a Rock Named Sticky. All Booger productions are hand made and multiple disciplinary and include puppetry, mime, dance, games, physical comedy and wit that kids, brothers, sisters, parents and grandparents will love.

Timothy John EP Release Show

July 31, 2014 @ 7:00pm
Admission |  $5 at the door, and you receive a free EP
Breanne Marie & The Front Porch Sinners with special guests Silverback Colony

The Timothy John EP is made up of 5 songs. It's a tribute to Breanne's late brother Timothy who was killed in a car accident in 2009 by local business owner Dan Doughtery. Three years later, after several court cases and mediation, the family was allowed to bury Tim's remains and have visits with his son. Four years after he passed the family settled on a wrongful death lawsuit and Breanne used a portion of her money to record, mix and master this 5 track EP. Breanne explained "It's been an emotional roller coaster and it took way too long for our family to get closure. Along the way I wrote these songs for me, for my family and for anyone who has suffered loss."

Joining Breanne Marie on stage is her full band The Front Porch Sinners. They start at 7pm. The band is going to play the songs from the EP as well as some newer material Breanne hopes to record in the near future. At 8:00 pm, Silverback Colony will take the stage. Silverback Colony is a group of alt-country rockers, led by Gabriel Douglas of the 4onthefloor, specializing in covers as well as originals. "I invited Gabe and the guys to play with us because I'm a fan. Sometimes when you're a musician the only way you get to hear a band that you like is too book a show with them! Otherwise, you're always playing shows on the same nights at different places."

The Underground presents
Bare : A Pop Opera

August 14-23, 2014 |  Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm
Admission |  $16 Adults : $12 Students

A contemporary pop opera, BARE follows a group of teens wrestling with issues of identity, sexuality, and religion at a co-ed Catholic boarding school. Provocative, raw, and unyielding in its exploration of how today's generation navigates the tightrope between adolescence and adulthood, BARE examines the consequences of baring a soul-or hiding it from those who matter most.




The Underground presents
Hedwig and the Angry Inch

October 2-11, 2014 |  Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm
Admission |  $16 Adults : $12 Students

It tells the story of "internationally ignored song stylist" Hedwig Schmidt, a fourth-wall smashing East German rock 'n' roll goddess who also happens to be the victim of a botched sex-change operation, which has left her with just "an angry inch." This outrageous and unexpectedly hilarious story is dazzlingly performed by Hedwig in the form of a rock gig/stand-up comedy routine backed by the hard-rocking band "The Angry Inch."

Rubber Chicken Theater Company presents
Evil Dead : The Musical

October 23 - November 1, 2014 |  Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm

Ever dream of a hero with a chainsaw arm who bursts into song?  So have we!  Ever wish you could be splashed by blood while watching a horror story farce?  So have we!  Ever long for dismemberment and dancing in one show?  So have we!  Just watch out for the Splatter Zone!



The Underground


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What is it?

The Underground is the Duluth Playhouse's newest event space. The Underground replaces the Play Ground—which until April 1, 2013 was located in the Technology Village in downtown Duluth. The Underground space/event center is located one level below the Great Hall at the Depot/Michigan Street so the name change to The Underground (from  the Play Ground) felt appropriate to the Staff and Board Members who helped make this decision.

“We felt it was important to change the name because of the new location and new mission and new direction for the space,” says Producing Director, Crystal Pelkey.

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.

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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