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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.

The St. Louis County Historical Society presents
Lunch with the History People

July 17, 2014 from 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Admission |  Admittance to this event is free to the public

Who: Tony Dierckins is a local author, book designer and publisher. He has authored or co-authored almost two dozen books. His non-fiction work entitled Crossing the Canal; An Illustrated History of Duluth’s Aerial Bridge was a 2009 Minnesota Book Award finalist. Lost Duluth, which he co-authored with Maryanne C. Norton, was a finalist for the 2013 Minnesota Books Awards. In 2012, the Depot Foundation awarded him the “Historic Preservation and Interpretation Award.” He also created the Zenith City Online website to share the history of the area. The site includes historical articles by Dierckins, along with submissions from other local historians and historical organizations.

What: Tony presents “Duluth’s 1889 City Hall.” Now Tycoons Alehouse, the brownstone at 132 East Superior Street was built in 1889 and functioned as Duluth’s City Hall until 1928. Tony’s lecture discusses the twelve mayors who served in this building and incorporates both the history of building and the rumors associated with it. Tony reveals whether the subbasement, now called the “Rathskeller”, was really a jail.

The Underground presents
Take It With You

July 22, 2014 @ 7:30pm
Admission |  $12

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.” Recorded monthly, the one hour radio play follows Blake, the owner of a tavern & music venue in Duluth, MN, and a colorful group of his multi-talented friends, patrons, and employees. Each episode features original music, comedy, science, and a dash of politics (from our very own real-life mayor, Don Ness).

This time around we are joined by special guest Scott Laderman. Scott is an Associate Professor of History at UMD, surfer, and author of the book Empire In Waves: A Political History of Surfing. We will also be joinged, as always, by Duluth Mayor, Don Ness.




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!


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