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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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The Underground presents
Take It With You: Live Radio Theatre

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

Special Guests  \ Emily Vikre, cofounder of Vikre Distillery; and Josh Harty, an internationally touring and Wisconsin-based songwriter.

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." And, as always, a special appearance by Duluth mayor Don Ness.




Kirov By Night

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

Special Guest: Jennifer Austin from KBJR | Musical Guest: Singer/Songwriter Jerree Small | BONUS! A special appearance by Duluth mayor Don Ness!

Kirov By Night, Duluth's number one late night comedy show returns for its ninth episode at The Underground! Combining the formats of The Tonight Show and Saturday Night Live, it creates a show that's 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.




Theatre for Young Audiences presents
Magic Village

with Kelvin Saline

September 27 @ 11am & 2:15pm
Admission |  $5 at the door

This show is a unique family entertainment that combines ventriloquism and escapes with some truly amazing feats of magic. A member of the audience will be sawed in two ... solid steel rings melt through each other, close up and surrounded by the audience ... a few lucky audience members get to join-in onstage and help with the magic. It's just plain fun!


The Underground presents the Regional Premiere of
Hedwig and the Angry Inch

October 2-11, 2014 |  Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm
Admission |  $16 Adults : $12 Students

2014 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical

The rock story of an "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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