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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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Rubber Chicken Theatre presents
"A Night at the Opera" Live Read


Saturday, April 19 @ 7:00PM

Admission | $15

FEATURING SARAH LAWRENCE & CAL METTS FROM LYRIC OPERA OF THE NORTH!

Rubber Chicken Theater continues their popular Live Read Series in which the group performs staged readings of classic movie scripts. Next up is the Marx Brothers classic "A Night at the Opera."

Otis B. Driftwood (Groucho, as read by Brian Matuszak) tries to introduce Mrs. Claypool (Margaret Dumont, as read by Julie Ahasay) into society by arranging for her to donate $200,000 to the New York Opera Company. The company's director decides to use the dough to sign Rudolf Lassparri, one of Italy's most well-respected tenors (read & sung by Chris Nollet).

Trying to keep his finger in the pie, Driftwood sets out to sign Lassparri himself, only to wind up signing Ricardo Baroni (read & sung by Cal Metts) by mistake. Add to this Rosa (read & sung by Sarah Lawrence), the mutual love interest of Baroni and Lassparri, and you have a thoroughly entertaining film. This movie contains the now infamous "stateroom" scene.

 

 


 

The Underground presents
Kirov by Night

Friday, April 25 @ 8:00PM
Admission | $5

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.

 


 

Spirit Lake Poetry Series presents
C.K. Williams

Saturday, April 26 @ 7:00PM
Admission | FREE

The Spirit Lake Poetry Series is honored to present internationally known, award-winning poet C.K. Williams. Born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, C.K. Williams graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in philosophy and English. He began writing poetry in his late teens and soon found success. His many books of poetry include Repair, which was awarded the 2000 Pulitzer Prize, The Singing, which won the National Book Award for 2003, and Flesh and Blood, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Prize in 1987. He has also been awarded the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the PEN Voelker Career Achievement Award in Poetry, a Guggenheim Fellowship, two NEA grants, a Lila Wallace Fellowship and the Los Angeles Book Prize.

 


 

Pillsbury House Theatre presents
Breaking Ice


Wednesday, April 30 from 6:00-8:00PM

Admission | Free and open to the public

Pillsbury House Theatre addresses racial equity through Breaking Ice, a multiracial improvisation-based, professional theatre company that creates and performs shows to address difficult social issues. Breaking Ice promotes justice and equity by instigating dialogue about difficult issues and inspiring our audiences to take action to undo racism and injustice. Through poetry, music, movement, humor and drama, Breaking Ice creates customized performances that bring a fresh, innovative approach to talking about undoing racism. For more information, visit their website at http://racialequitymn.org/pillsbury.

 


 

2014 Homegrown Music Festival

Monday, April 28 - Arts Night
Admission | FREE | All Ages | 8pm

The Homegrown Poetry Showcase in The Underground is 30 poets strong at last check! Jesse Hoheisel, Kathy McTavish and Richie Townsend will provide mood music. Mary Bue and Kyle Elden organized this showcase.

Tuesday, April 29 - Canal Park Night
Admission | Wristband Required | All Ages

Don't miss the Music Resource Center showcase, made up of four talented young bands from the Armory's after-school music program. Bands featured are Potluck Communists (6pm), Cocky Dash (7pm), Transparency (8pm), and The Lockpicks (9pm).

Friday, May 2 - Rawk Night
Admission | Wristband Required | All Ages

Homegrown Friday features 47 bands, 15 venues and only one you. Get ready to hustle, and make sure to hit the awesome bands we have at The Underground! Come see Nur Jehan Chishi at 7pm, Todd Eckart at 8pm, and Tangier 57 at 9pm.

Saturday, May 3 - Roll Night
Admission | Wristband Required | All Ages

On Saturday there are features 52 bands/collectives/drumming trouples and 17 venues. Don't miss Planemo at 7pm, Mikey Talented at 8pm, and The Cold Starts at 9pm.

 


The Underground presents
Venus in Fur

May 8-17, 2014
Admission |  $16 Adults : $12 Students

A playwright/director is desperate to find an actress to play the female lead in his adaptation of the classic sadomasochistic tale Venus in Fur. Into his empty audition room walks a vulgar and equally desperate actress who exhibits a strange command of the material. As the two work through the script, they blur the line between play and reality, entering into an increasingly serious game of submission and domination that only one of them can win. A mysterious, funny, erotic drama that represents yet another departure for the multifaceted David Ives.

Starring Jonathan Manchester and Lacy Habdas. Directed by Molly O'Neill.

 

 


 

Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra
Chamber Concert

Tuesday, May 13 @ 6:00PM  |  Reception at 5:30PM
Admission | $5 Students, $10 in advance for Adults, $15 for Adults at the door

Join the DSSO for a small, intimate concert at The Underground. Complimentary appetizers and a cash bar will be available at 5:30 p.m. with the program beginning at 6:00 p.m.

 

 


 

The Underground presents
Ring of Fire
The Music of Johnny Cash

June 12-21, 2014
Admission |  $16 Adults : $12 Students

From the opening chords of vintage Country to Rockabilly, Rock n’ Roll, searing ballads and gentle songs of love and deep faith, ROF packs a score that provides a rich fabric in which to lay down the story of Johnny Cash. The great bio-pic “Walk the Line” told the story of the events of Cash’s life and the incredible struggles and triumphs of his life. RING OF FIRE gives the music the spotlight, as a core group of talented actor/musicians celebrate the songs that are such a part of our collective experience.


The Underground presents
Bare : A Pop Opera

August 14-23, 2014
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
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."


The Underground presents
EVIL Dead : The Musical
Produced by Rubber Chicken Theater Company


August 14-23, 2014
Admission |  $16 Adults : $12 Students

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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