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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.



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
Take It With You: Live Radio Theatre

August 19 @ 7:30pm
Admission |  $10 General Admission

Blake Thomas brings his original music to the airwaves in this new radio variety show, described as "CHEERS meets A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION meets AUSTIN CITY LIMITS." Join us for episode #05 on August 19th @ 7:30pm in The Underground theatre. Guests to the show, Justin and Sarah Steinbach, owners of Vista Fleet Harbor Cruises and as usual, Duluth mayor Don Ness.



Lunch with the History People

August 21 @ 12pm
Admission |  Free

Arnold Alanen will discuss "Morgan Park: Duluth, U.S. Steel, and the Forging of a Company Town," which outlines the steel plant's 60 years of history.  Residents began to move into Morgan Park in 1914, and the plant began production in 1915.

A Goody Night

September 6, 6:30pm
Admission |  $5

A Goody Night is a platform for artist's and community to connect through story telling. Using diverse mediums and art forms Goody Night will bring about a genuine connection. We believe in enhancing and inspiring our community and it's artists through this platform. Giving all the glory to God. Join us September 6th 2014 at The Underground 6:30pm -9pm. What to expect: Fascinating Stories from people of Duluth. Music from HEADLINING Artist. Music from FEATURE Artist. 30 - 45 Mins Open Mic with variety expressions. Live Painting by Moira Villiard. with DJ BankE with Live Band. Hosted by Daniel Oyinloye


Rubber Chicken Theater presents
Live Read: Ghostbusters

September 13, 7pm
Admission |  $15

Who we gonna read? ... Ghostbusters!

Rubber Chicken Theater celebrate the 30th anniversary of this classic film as we read the script, live right in front of you. All your favorite lines from the movie, along with a surprise or two (like a live appearance from a certain marshmallow man...

The Underground presents
Take It With You: Live Radio Theatre

September 16@ 7:30pm
Admission |  $10 General Admission

Blake Thomas brings his original music to the airwaves in this new radio variety show, desc

ribed as "CHEERS meets A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION meets AUSTIN CITY LIMITS."  Duluth mayor Don Ness is a regular guest on the show along with a VIP local celebrity that is yet to be determined.



The Underground presents
Kirov By Night

September 19 @ 8pm
Admission |  $5 at the door

Kirov By Night, Duluth's number one late night comedy show returns for an eighth episode at The Underground!

Kirov By Night is the area's premiere late night comedy show. It combines the formats of The Tonight Show and Saturday Night Live to create something truly original. Following a five episode run at UW-Superior, Kirov By Night is now entertaining audiences at Duluth's Underground. Complete with interviews, original comedy sketches, a house band and live performances, Kirov By Night is the region's hottest comedy program.

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!






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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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