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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 line before the doors open!).

Currently? One Wild Card = $50. That's for the four remaining shows of the 2015 season. (Seriously, that's a pretty awesome deal !)



Gruesome Playground Injuries

by Rajiv Joseph

October 8-10, 2015

Thursday-Saturday @ 7:30pm

Not all relationships last, but some stick with you. Follow Kayleen and Doug --- non-chronologically --- through their various injuries, illnesses and disorders over their unique 30-year friendship.




Sponsored by Blacklist Artisan Ales.




Lunch with the History People


Thursday, October 15 | Noon-1pm


Anthony will discuss "Beriah Magoffin, J. Proctor Knott, and the Origin of Proctor, Minnesota." Discover how the railroad town of Proctor, Minnesota developed. Learn how Beriah Magoffin became involved with its cultivation and hear some of the lesser known stories of his family when they were in Duluth and other areas of Minnesota.







Kirov by Night:

The Final Episode

Friday, October 16 @ 8:00pm

SPECIAL GUESTS: Duluth mayor Don Ness, Jennifer Austin, and more TBA soon!

It's the final installment of Kirov by Night. Don't miss the last show of the area's only late night sketch comedy/talk show, hosted by Andrew Kirov. This show is a perfect blend of Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show. Featuring interviews with local celebrities, musical guests, and original sketch comedy, it'll be a night filled with laughs and enjoyment by all!


TICKETS: FREE! ($5 suggested donation at the door)





Goody Night

Saturday, October 17 @ 7:30pm | Doors open @ 6:30pm

SPECIAL GUESTS: Donny Frank Morris, Janessa Reynolds, Liam Vance, & Stephen Njoguinteractive; art demonstration by Robin “Opitchii Bellanger” and Haylee Goranson, and Charles Obije and Corey McCauley

Local musicians and artists perform in a night of entertainment, inspiration and connection.

TICKETS: Adults - $10, Students - $5

Read the press release.




Take It With You

Episode #15

Tuesday, October 20 @ 7:30pm

SPECIAL GUEST: Operation Warm

Experience the next generation of live radio with this "charming and funny and silly and musically delicious" new podcast.

Take It With You follows Blake Thomas, the owner of a tavern & music venue, and a colorful group of his multi-talented friends, patrons, and employees. Each episode features a comedic one hour radio play punctuated by music, info & guest segments (including frequent appearances from our very own real-life mayor, Don Ness).

Tickets: $10 at the door (advanced tickets HIGHLY recommended)




The Rocky Horror Picture Show

October 30 & 31, 2015

Two shows @ 9:00pm | On the Playhouse Main Stage

Live audience participation is back! Be prepared with props in hand as this cult classic is reenacted along with the movie. Dress your best: costume contest every show! (Event not included in Wild Card Package.)

TICKETS: $15 (includes prop bag)





Ten November

November 5-14, 2015

All shows @ 7:30pm | Thursday - Saturday

Honoring the 40th Anniversary of the Edmund Fitzgerald tragedy

On November 10, 1975, the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald sank in a Lake Superior storm. A mixture of drama and music, this docu-drama is a compelling inquiry into the unanswered questions about that tragic evening.

TICKETS: Adults - $18 
| Students - $15






The Last Five Years January 28 - February 6

11th Annual Short Shorts Film Festival February 26

Gilbert & Sullivan's Iolanthe March 3-6

For All Time: An Original Shakespeare Project April 7-9

Nine August 4-13

American Idiot September 8-24

Oleanna October 13-22

Art November 3-12


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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