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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 thrustor in the round. Want to produce a show? Click here!

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Why, you might ask? Because you'll receive awesome perks and savings  at each Underground show. Even better? You'll save on individual show tickets with over 30% savings. One Wild Card = $70. That's a pretty awesome deal.



The Underground presents

The Turn of the Screw

January 29 - February 7, 2015

Thurs - Sat  |  All shows at 7:30pm

Tickets: Adults - $16, Students - $12

When a governess takes a job caring for two orphans at a lonely estate in the English countryside, things are not what they seem. While she’s trying to protect the children she’s caring for from the ghosts that haunt them she must figure out if they’re real or just a figment of her imagination.





DATE: Friday, February 13

TIME: 8:00pm

TICKET PRICE: $5 at the Door

SPECIAL GUESTS: TBD / Coming soon!

Kirov By Night is Duluth's only late night talk show that features local celebrities and musical groups. Think Saturday Night Live and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Hosted by UWS graduate Andrew Kirov, you're sure to enjoy the show's original skits and sketch comedy.

Special thanks to show sponsor



10th Annual Short Shorts

Film Festival

WHEN: Saturday February 21

TIME: 7:00pm

PRICE: $10 per ticket


Complimentary Reception to follow, courtesy of Festival sponsor Whole Foods Co-Op.





DEADLINE TO ENTER: Friday, February 13, 2015 at 4:30pm!

Cash prizes awarded to the top three films.

Contest rules and information found on application.



Trial By Jury

Directed by Jeffrey Madison

A quickie romp that skewers the legal system where the jury and judge are objects of a lighthearted satire. This opera in one act is a little gem of wit, sentiment and charm.

DATES: February 26 - 28

TIME: 7:30 pm

TICKETS: Adults - $16 | Students - $12



Love, Loss and What I Wore

Written by Delia & Nore Ephron

Every woman knows exactly what she was wearing at every pivotal moment in her life. This is a series of sad, embarrassing, touching, and funny monologues from women concerning all matters of their hearts and all matters of their closets.

DATES: March 26 - 28

TIME: 7:30 pm

TICKETS: Adults - $16 | Students - $12

Directed by Michelle Juntunen


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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