World Premieres from Garrison Keillor & More Set for History Theatre's 2014-15 Season
History Theatre's 2014-2015 season will include four world premieres beginning Garrison Keillor's first full-length play, written as in honor of the 40th anniversary of his popular radio program, "A Prairie Home Companion."
The season will take audiences on a journey into the hearts and minds of national icons, trailblazers, and one of Minnesota's immigrant communities. We will begin on September 27 with the world premiere of Radio Man, a new play written by Garrison Keillor, featuring Pearce Bunting (HBO's Boardwalk Empire) playing The Host. The play will give audiences a glimpse of "A Prairie Home Companion" onstage, offstage, and through the eyes of the show's enigmatic creator. Then the holidays will be celebrated with the toe-tapping, hand-clapping, dancing-in-the-aisles fun of Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story (opens November 22). Part biography, part rock 'n' roll concert, we're excited to bring this one back this audience favorite featuring Nicholas Freeman as Buddy Holly.
The 2015 half of the season will kick off with the annual RAW STAGES New Works Festival in January (dates and titles will be announced in July). February 7 will see the world premiere of a new drama by local Presbyterian pastor and former Star Tribune columnist Kristine Holmgren about being one of the first women to be accepted into the Master of Divinity program at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1975. God Girl offers a unique perspective on the women's liberation movement featuring Summer Hagen. In March, History Theatre will partner with Mu Performing Arts for the world premiere of The Debutante's Ball (opens March 21) by local playwright (and former debutante escort) Eric "Pogi" Sumangil, directed by Randy Reyes. This charming new play is about more than just the Valentine's Ball and Presentation of Debutantes and Escorts, an annual event hosted within Minnesota's Filipino-America community; it's about history, family, assimilation, rebellion, and the self-discovery that all teens face.
The final show of the season is a new musical about the Godfather of Minnesota rock 'n' roll, Augie Garcia. Written by Joe Minjares and directed by Raul Ramos, River Road Boogie: The Augie Garcia Story (opens May 2) will introduce audiences to the son of Mexican immigrants who grew up in St. Paul's Westside neighborhood (The Flats) and became so popular that he almost upstaged the headliner when he opened for Elvis at the St. Paul Auditorium in 1956.
Performances are generally scheduled for Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, at 8:00 p.m., Sundays and select Saturdays at 2:00 p.m., and most Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. (All titles and performance times are subject to change.) Season passes for the 2014-2015 season are on sale now through September 30, 2014. Single tickets for all performances will go on sale to the general public July 8, 2014. Discounts on single tickets and season passes are available for Seniors (age 60+) and Young Adults (19-30 years). Student tickets (18 years and under) are always $15 for all performances. Additional discounts for all performances are available for groups of 12 or more. More information is available by calling the History Theatre box office at 651-292-4323 or going online to www.historytheatre.com.
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