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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 !)

 


 

AVENUE Q

Music & Lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx | Book by Jeff Whitty | Based on an original concept by Robert Lopex and Jeff Marx

July 30-August 22

Thursday-Saturday | All Shows @ 7:30pm

Those naughty puppets are back after a sold-out run five years ago at The Playground. A coming-of-age tale of twenty-something humans and puppets learning the hard knocks of life and love after college in NYC. If PBS made Sesame Street for adults the characters would live on Avenue Q.


RATED R

For adult content and language

 

Presented by The Underground and UMD's Stage 2 Theatre

 


 

Take It With You

Episode #13

Tuesday, August 18 @ 7:30pm

SPECIAL GUEST: TBA

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).


 

 

 


 

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

September 3-5, 2015

All shows at 7:30pm

Back by popular demand and for one weekend only. This rock musical about an unknown rock goddess is back on the Underground stage after a sold-out engagement last season!

STARRING:

Alec Schroeder as Hedwig

Tonya Porter as Yitzhak


 



 

 

THE 2015 UNDERGROUND SEASON!

 

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

 

For more photos of the new venue, please find The Underground on Facebook.

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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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