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The Wayne S. Knutson Main Stage


Bus Stop

By William Inge

Sept. 25, 26, 30 & Oct. 1-3 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 27 & Oct. 4 @ 2 p.m.

It is March of 1955 when a freak snowstorm hits and forces an inter-state bus to pull over and take shelter in a rural diner just outside of Kansas City. Over the course of the next few hours strangers become friends, love is both lost and found, and secrets are revealed in this touching play.

Young Frankenstein In Rock

Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan

Nov. 20, 21, & Dec. 2-5 @ 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 22 & Dec. 6 @ 2 p.m.

From the same creators who brought us The Producers, and based on the 1974 film by the same name, Mel Brooks brings us one of his favorites to the stage. Fredrick Frankenstein, grandson to the infamous Victor Frankenstein, travels to Transylvania after inheriting the family estate. Hilarity ensues when Fredick, with the help of Igor and Inga, creates a creature just like his grandfather’s. All of the beloved characters from the film can be seen in the energetic and exciting musical.

The Pillowman

By Martin McDonaugh

Feb. 18-20, 22 @ 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 21 @ 2 p.m.

Irish playwright Martin McDonagh challenges the audience in this telling of a fiction writer, Katurian, who is being interrogated by two police officers. It seems that Katurian’s short stories bare remarkable similarities to a series of gruesome child murders. In this unnamed totalitarian state, Katurian’s fate and writings seems to challenge the very nature of art itself. Adult content and themes.

Assassins

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by John Weidman

April 14-16, 20-23 @ 7:30 p.m.
April 17, 24 @ 2 p.m.

Sondheim and Weidman create this remarkable Tony Award® winning musical based on the lives of those who attempted and sometimes successful at assassinating American presidents. Set in a carnival, this dark-humored and bold musical crosses time periods as these assassins come together to meet, discuss, and inspire each other all in pursuit of what they see as the American dream. Adult content and themes.

The Arena Stage

Venus In Fur

By David Ives

Oct. 22-24, 26 @ 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 25 @ 2 p.m.

Thomas Novachek is the writer-director of a new play based on the book Venus in Fur. The play begins with Thomas finishing up auditions and frustrated because he has not found the right actress to play Wanda, until Vanda Jordan shows up. From the moment she arrives, Thomas and Vanda are caught between the pages of fiction and their own reality. Adult content and themes.

Baltimore Waltz

By Paula Vogel

March 17-19, 21 @ 7:30 p.m.
March 20 @ 2 p.m.

Anna, a schoolteacher, is diagnosed with a fatal disease called ATD (Acquired Toilet Disease). Because there is no cure, she copes with life and death by going on a European trip with her brother Carl. However, there is more to this tale than just a simple trip to Europe in this heart-warming tale about life, death, and what we are willing to do for the ones we love. Adult content and themes.

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