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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!).

Even better? You'll save on individual show tickets with over 30% savings. Currently? One Wild Card = $50. That's a pretty awesome deal for the remaining 4 shows of the season.



Arrowhead Reading Council's

Evening of the Arts

Celebrating the Northland! Join us for an exciting and education evening. Hear some wonderful book talks, bid on excellent silent auction items, enjoy scrumptious candy and desserts from the Great Lakes Candy Kitchen and Hot Sweet It Is Cakes as well as come wonderful hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.

Presentations include: Local author Tom Isbell, Duluth Playhouse Children's Theatre/TYA series sneak peek at The Cat in the Hat, Duluth Art Institute, Duluth Children's Museum, How Sweet It Is Cakes and Great Lakes Candy Kitchen

DATE: April 28, 2015 @ 6:30pm

COST: Non-members $18, Members $15

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Homegrown Music Festival

The Homegrown Music Festival is Duluth's annual showcase of music. It began as a simple birthday party and now features 200 musical acts, along with a few filmmakers, poets and other artists.

DATES AT THE UNDERGROUND: April 27th, May 1st, & May 2nd, 2015

TICKETS: Visit duluthomegrown.org


April 27 (FREE): Homegrown Poetry Showcase @ 7:30pm

May 1 (Wristband required): Holy Hootenanners @ 6:45pm  |  Sing! A Woman's Chorus @ 7:45pm  |  Nordic Angst @ 8:45pm

May 2 (Wristband required): Robot Rickshaw @ 6:45pm  |  Big Science @ 7:45pm  |  The Murder of Crows @ 8:45pm



Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA)


The Cat in the Hat!

The classic Dr. Seuss take is coming to life with the Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA). It's a rainy day, and Sally and her fish can't find anything to do...unless the Cat in the Hat unexpectedly appears and turns their dreary afternoon into a fun-filled extravaganza!

DATES: May 9-31

Thurs-Fri @ 7:00pm  |  Sat. @ 1pm & 4pm  |  Sundays @ 2pm

TICKETS: Adults - $12 | Students - $10







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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