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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 reconfigured Want to produce a show? Click here!

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Become a Wild Card member for the 2015 Underground season!

Why, you might ask? Because you'll receive awesome perks and savings at each Underground show, like 2-for-1 pre-show drink specials and priority seating (incredibly handy if there's a long long before the doors open!).

Even better? You'll save on individual show tickets with over 30% savings. One Wild Card = $70. That's a pretty awesome deal.




Goody Night

Hosted by Jeffrey Marconi Aguy

Prepare to be immersed in a visual and auditory artistic experience, where inspiration, storytelling and interaction happen all in one place. Welcoming new host, Jeffrey Aguy, to the stage, and integrating a few new surprises throughout the course of the event.

WHEN: Saturday, March 7

TIME: Doors open @ 6:30pm | Show starts @ 7pm

TICKETS: Adults - $10 | Students $5


Ariane Marene Norrgard  | Liam T. Vance  | Interactive Live Painting by Yuta Uchida and Delphin Amb, curated by Moira Villiard  | Featuring a live band with Charles Obije

Al Sands | Haitian Temptation
Marquis Billingsley
Donny Frank Morris
Cash Hagbourne
Jeremy Gardner



Kirov By Night

The area's only late night talk show, Kirov by Night is hosted by UWS graduate Andrew Kirov, and this show is the perfect blend of Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show. The show features interview with local celebrities, musical guests, and original sketch comedy.


WHEN: Friday, March 13

TIME: 8:00pm

TICKETS: $5 at the door

SPECIAL GUESTS: To be announced soon!




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:Pre-Show Shopping, Happy Hour, Appetizers and Live Entertainment @ 6:00  | Performance @ 7:30 pm

TICKETS: Adults - $16 | Students - $12

Directed by Michelle Juntunen

Join us before each and every show for private shopping at our Art in the Alley boutique, Happy Hour drink specials, appetizers by Blackwoods Catering, and live entertainment every night.


THEMES FOR EACH NIGHT (come dressed to impress!)

March 26 - Little Black Dress (Musician: Jerree Small)

March 27 - Pretty in Pink (Musician: Emily Haavik)

March 28 - Lady in Red (Musician: Rachael Kilgour)


What piece of clothing has meant the most to you? Submit a photo and 200-word essay about a piece of clothing highlighting a pivotal moment in your life for a chance to win a Love, Loss and What I Wore VIP Package!

Click here for official rules and submission guidelines.


Special thanks to show sponsors





The Turn of the Screw: January 29 - February 7

Love, Loss and What I Wore: March 26 - 28

Game Show: June 18 - 27

Avenue Q: July 30 - August 22

Gruesome Playground Injuries: October 1 - 10

Ten November: November 5-14






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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