History Theatre

Web site

http://www.HistoryTheatre.com

Venue address

30 East 10th Street
St. Paul, MN 55101 U.

Mailing address

30 East 19th Street
St. Paul, MN 55101 U.

Contact

Rachel Flynn
Send Email
(651) 292-4323

About us

History Theatre develops and produces plays and musicals that invite audiences to rediscover, relive, and reflect on the stories that make up the American Experience. Celebrating local legends and rock ‘n’ roll icons, unsung heroes and everyday people, History Theatre brings together great artists to create work that entertains, inspires, and connects audiences of all ages.

Performance history

2009-2010 Season – Ron Peluso, Artistic Director
Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story
By Alan Janes and Rob Bettinson
Sisters of Swing: The Story of the Andrews Sisters
By Beth Gilleland and Bob Beverage
Arrangements by Raymond Berg
Raw Stages: New Works Festival 2010 (World Premiere)
Coco’s Diary by Bob Beverage and Ron Peluso
Brave Heart, Noble Soul by Donald Orwald
A Tale of Two Cities by Kevin Kling
Nellie Stone Johnson by Kim Hines
Sister Kenny’s Children (World Premiere)
Written by Doris Baizley
Hiding in the Open
Written by Kira Obolensky
Queens of Burlesque (World Premiere)
Written by David Mann

2008-2009 Seson – Ron Peluso, Artistic Director
Tyrone & Ralph (World Premiere)
Written by Jeffrey Hatcher
A Servants’ Christmas
Book by John Fenn
Music & Lyrics by Drew Jansen
Raw Stages: New Works Festival 2009 (World Premiere)
Sister Kenny by Doris Baizley
Adrift on the Mississippi by Brian A. Grandison
Dudley: Rigged for Laughter! by Dane Stauffer
Queens of Burlesque by David Mann.
The Miracle Worker
By William Gibson
Blue Collar Diaries
Written & performed by Michelle Myers Berg
20 Days to Find a Wife (World Premiere)
Book & Lyrics by Laurie Flanigan
Music by Marya Hart

2007-2008 Season – Ron Peluso, Artistic Director
Kirby (World Premiere)
By Syl Jones
Hormel Girls (World Premiere)
Book & Lyrics by Laurie Flanigan
Music by Hiram Titus
Peace Crimes: The Minnesota 8 vs. the War (World Premiere)
By Doris Baizley
Raw Stages: New Works Festival 2007
The Ghosts of Summit Avenue by Deborah Stein
20 Days To Find a Wife by Laurie Flanigan and Marya Hart
Tyrone & Ralph by Jeffrey Hatcher
Invasion of the Colored People by Ellen Lewis and Gary Rue.
The Lady With All the Answers
By David Rambo
These Shining Lives
By Melanie Marnich

2006-2007 Season – Ron Peluso, Artistic Director
Raw Stages: New Works Festival 2006
Hormel Girls, by Laurie Flanigan with music by Hiram Titus
Never in Conflict with Principles: The Life of Nellie Stone Johnson, by Kimberley Joy Morgan
Peace Crimes: The Minnesota 8 vs. The War, by Doris Baizley, a collaboration with the Playwrights’ Center
Looking for Kirby, by Syl Jones, a collaboration with Mixed Blood Theater
These Shining Lives, by Melanie Marnich, a collaboration with Northlight Theatre of Illinois
Wellstone! (World Premiere)
By Mark Rosenwinkel
Music by Larry Long
Lutefisk Champ & Other Frozen Holiday Tales (World Premiere)
By Multiple Writers
100 Men’s Wife (World Premiere)
By Jeany Park
Orphan Train
Book by Patty Lynch
Music & lyrics by Charlie Maguire
The Baron (World Premiere)
By Cory McLeod

2005-2006 Season – Ron Peluso, Artistic Director
Raw Stages: New Works Festival 2005
Wellstone! written by Mark Rosenwinkel with music by Larry Long
Braided Lives by Cochise Anderson
The Minnesota 8 by William Lanoue
Adrift on the Mississippi by Brian Grandison
The Baron by Cory McLeod
Bird Island by Vincent Delaney
Snapshots: Life in the City by David Grant and J.D. Steele
Peace & Milk by Said Salah Ahmed.
Christmas of Swing
By Bob Beverage in collaboration with Jan Puffer, Ron Peluso and David Lohman
Chopsticks, Band-Aids & Johnny Unitas (World Premiere)
By Nancy Bagshaw-Reasoner, Cathy Gasiorowicz and Maria Cheng
To Kill a Mockingbird
Adaptation by: Christopher Sergel Based on the novel by: Harper Lee
Snapshots: Life In The City (World Premiere)
By J.D. Steele, David Grant and Young Writers
Farm Boys
By Amy Fox and Dean Gray

2004-2005 Season – Ron Peluso, Artistic Director
Raw Stages: New Works Festival 2004
Invasion of the Colored People by Ellen Lewis
Farm Boys by Dean Gray and Amy Fox
Scabs Living Here by William Lanoue
Runestone by Mark Jensen
Adrift on the Mississippi by Brian A. Grandison
The Queens of Burlesque by David Mann
Liang May Seen by Jeany Park
Beyond the Rainbow by William Randall Beard
FireBall: The Great Hinckley Fire Project by Roger Nieboer in collaboration with Joe Chvala and Peter
Ostroushko
Christmas of Swing (World Premiere)
By Bob Beverage in collaboration with Jan Puffer, Ron Peluso and David Lohman
Sons of the Bedtime Nooz (World Premiere)
By Andy Moore and Peter Moore
FireBall: The Great Hinckley Fire Project (World Premiere)
By Roger Nieboer in collaboration with Peter Ostroushko and Joe Chvala
Beyond the Rainbow (World Premiere)
By William Randall Beard

2003-2004 Season – Ron Peluso, Artistic Director
Sisters of Swing
By Beth Gilleland and Bob Beverage, Musical arrangements by Raymond Berg, Choreography by
Jan Puffer
Axel & His Dog (World Premiere)
By Don Stoltz
A Servants’ Christmas: The Musical
Musical based on the play by John Fenn , music by Drew Jansen
Joe (World Premiere)
By Jim Stowell
Hiding in the Open (World Premiere)
By Kira Obolensky
Grand Excursion: The Musical (World Premiere)
By Hiram Titus with lyrics by Barbara Field
Tuesdays with Morrie
By Mitch Albom

2002-2003 Season – Ron Peluso, Artistic Director
Under the Stars & Stripes: Stories of WWII (World Premiere)
By multiple playwrights
The Christmas Schooner
By John Reeger and Julie Shannon
Revelations of Mann
By David Mann
To Kill a Mockingbird
Adaptation by: Christopher Sergel Based on the novel by: Harper Lee
Main Street (World Premiere)
Adapted from Sinclair Lewis’ book by Craig Wright

2001-2002 Season – Ron Peluso, Artistic Director
The Fierce Clockwork of Destiny (World Premiere)
By John Olive
The Christmas Schooner
By John Reeger and Julie Shannon
In Coya’s House (World Premiere)
By Jenna Zark
Summer in the Shadows (World Premiere)
By Kim Hines
Sisters of Swing (World Premiere)
By Beth Gilleland and Bob Beverage, Musical arrangements by Raymond Berg, Choreography by
Jan Puffer
Hush Hush (World Premiere)
By Lee Vang and Jaime Meyer
The Meeting
By Jeff Stenson

2000-2001 Season – Ron Peluso, Artistic Director
Meet Me At The Fair (World Premiere)
By Patty Lynch
Christmas in Swede Hollow (World Premiere)
By Buffy Sedlachek
Watermelon Hill (World Premiere)
By Lily Baber Coyle in collaboration with Linda Black
Eternity (World Premiere)
By Ann Schulman
Los Rumbaleros (World Premiere)
By Maya Lopez-Santamaria

1999-2000 Season – Ron Peluso, Artistic Director
First Ladies of Ramsey County (World Premiere)
By Dana Marie Gillespie
Orphan Train
By Patty Lynch and Charlie McGuire
The Gangster Musical (World Premiere)
By David Hawley with music and lyrics by Drew Jansen
A Couple of Blaguards
By Frank and Malachy McCourt
To Kill a Mockingbird
Adaptation by: Christopher Sergel Based on the novel by: Harper Lee
A Piece of the Rope (World Premiere)
By Jeffrey Hatcher based on a scenario by Jim Ragsdale
Rez Road 2000 (World Premiere)
By Jim Northrup

1998-1999 Season – Ron Peluso, Artistic Director
Axel & His Dog (World Premiere)
By Don Stoltz
To Kill a Mockingbird
Adaptation by: Christopher Sergel Based on the novel by: Harper Lee
Orphan Train
By Patty Lynch and Charlie McGuire
Hmong! The CIA’s Secret Army (World Premiere)
Based on a screenplay by Lee Vang, adapted for the stage by Lee Vang and Jaime Meyer
Swede Hollow: The Lost Immigrant Village of Saint Paul (World Premiere)
Book and lyrics by Buffy Sedlachek, music and lyrics composed and arranged by Kevin J. Rotty

1997-1998 Season – Ron Peluso, Artistic Director
Tailgaitin’ (World Premiere)
By Dan Rowles and Guy Green
Orphan Train (World Premiere)
By Patty Lynch and Charlie Maguire
Three Rivers Meeting (World Premiere)
By Jim Stowell
Avenue X
By John Jiler and Ray Leslie
The Runaway Learning Machine
By Mark Rosenwinkel
Conversations About Hannah (World Premiere)
By Ann Schulman
Song Catcher (World Premiere)
By Marcie Rendon

1996-1997 Season – Ron Peluso, Artistic Director
To Kill a Mockingbird
Adaptation by: Christopher Sergel Based on the novel by: Harper Lee
Let Heaven and Nature Sing (World Premiere)
By Bob Beverage
A Servants’ Christmas
By John Fenn
Tomboy Stone (World Premiere)
By Roger Nieboer
Cuba Si! (World Premiere)
By Jim Stowell
Oh Pioneers!
Adapted from Willa Cather by Darrah Cloud
Favorite Son: The Humphrey Perspectives (World Premiere)
By Jeffrey Hatcher, David Hawley, Kim Hines, and John Olive

1995-1996 Season – Ron Peluso, Artistic Director
To Kill a Mockingbird
Adaptation by: Christopher Sergel Based on the novel by: Harper Lee
A Servants’ Christmas
By John Fenn
The Brotherhood (World Premiere)
By Syl Jones
Civil Ceremony (World Premiere)
By Beth Gilleland
Inner-City Opera (World Premiere)
By J.D. Steele, lyrics by Venise Battle, John Harrison III, Areda Hicks, Kim Hines, Marice Rendon,
Debra Stone, and Meng Vang

1994-1995 Season – Lance S. Belville, Artistic Director
The Kentucky Cycle: Parts 1 and 2
By Robert Schenkkan
A Servants’ Christmas
By John Fenn
The Meeting
By Jeff Stetson
Flak Happy (World Premiere)
By David Hawley
Pope Joan (World Premiere)
By Lance S. Belville
One Hell of a Do
By Pat Shortt and Jon Kenny

1993-1994 Season – Lance S. Belville, Artistic Director
Assassins
By Stephen Sondheim
Everlasting Arms (World Premiere)
By Gregory Alan Williams
Caves Cabaret
Some Things That Can Go Wrong at 35,000 Feet
By John Orlock
Hauptmann
By John Logan
Dancing at Lughnasa
By Brian Friel
Plain Hearts
By Lance S. Belville

1992-1993 Season – Lynn Lohr and Lance S. Belville, Artistic Directors
Olle from Laughtersville
By Lance S. Belville
A Country Christmas Carol
By Ed Graczyk
The Meeting
By Jeff Stetson
The Life and Times of Deacon A. L. Wiley
By Gregory Alan Williams
Scott and Zelda: The Beautiful Fools (World Premiere)
By Lance S. Belville
The Great Gatsby
By John Carlile
Days of Rondo (World Premiere)
By Gregory Alan Williams

1991-1992 Season – Lynn Lohr and Lance S. Belville, Artistic Directors
Scum City (World Premiere)
By David Hawley
Through the Wheat (World Premiere)
Adapted by Thomas Olson
A Country Christmas Carol
By Ed Graczyk
The Meeting
By Jeff Stetson
The Life and Times of Deacon A.L. Wiley (World Premiere)
By Gregory Alan Williams
Minnesota On Stage
By Lance S. Belville
Irish Stew
By Frank McCourt
Olle From Laughtersville (World Premiere)
By Lance S. Belville
Small Town Triumphs and Cowboy Colors (World Premiere)
By Bart Sutter and Paul Zarzyski

1990-1991 Season – Lynn Lohr, Artistic Director
Last Hooch at the Hollyhocks (World Premiere)
By Lance S. Belville
Exile from Main Street: A Portrait of Sinclair Lewis (World Premiere)
By Lance S. Belville
A Servants’ Christmas
By John Fenn
Tree of Memory II (World Premiere)
By Craig Wright, Tony Bouza, Susan Vass, David Hawley and Lance S. Belville
The Meeting
By Jeff Stetson
The Life and Times of Deacon A.L. Wiley
By Gregory Alan Williams
Minnesota On Stage
By Lance S. Belville
Selkirk Avenue
By Bruce McMannus
Mesabi Red II
A Couple of Blaguards
By Frank and Malachy McCourt
Gaze at the Stars II
Minnesota Arts Experience (Max Program)
Cowgirls
By Lance S. Belville

1989-1990 Season – Lynn Lohr, Artistic Director
Cowgirls (World Premiere)
By Lance S. Belville
A Time on Earth
By Vilhelm Moberg
The Immigrant
By Mark Harelik
December Mornings (World Premiere)
Adapted from Truman Capote
A Servants’ Christmas
By John Fenn
Nina! The Musical (World Premiere)
By Lance S. Belville
Mesabi Red (World Premiere)
By Lance S. Belville
With music and lyrics by Charlie Maguire and Jim Miller
Homegrown Heroes (World Premiere)
By Lynn Nankival, Ta-Coumba Aiken, Grant Rickey, Lance S. Belville
Catching On
By Lance S. Belville
Gaze at the Stars (World Premiere)

1988-1989 Season – Lynn Lohr, Artistic Director
Logan Township No. 13 (World Premiere)
By Lance S. Belville
Entertaining Strangers
By David Edgar
A Servants’ Christmas
By John Fenn
You Can’t Get to Heaven Through the U.S.A.
By Lance S. Belville
Tree of Memory (World Premiere)
By David Hawley, George Sand, Lance S. Belville, Garreth Heibert, Nancy Bagshaw-Reasoner
Catching On
By Lance S. Belville
Music and lyrics by Richard Long and Lance S. Belville
Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Toward the Somme (World Premiere)
By Frank McGuinness
Queen Clara: Rivers of Blood, Field of Glory (World Premiere)
By Lance S. Belville
Cowgirls (World Premiere)
By Lance S. Belville

1987-1988 Season – Lynn Lohr, Artistic Director
Plain Hearts
By Lance S. Belville, Music by Eric Peltoniemi
Mid-Winter Light (World Premiere)
By Jon Lewis Anderson
Gold in the Streets
By Marie Jones
Somewhere Over the Balcony
By Marie Jones
St. Paul Suite (World Premiere)
By Tom Poole
Catching On (World Premiere)
By Lance S. Belville
Music and lyrics by Richard Long and Lance S. Belville

1986-1987 Season – Lynn Lohr, Artistic Director
Down to Earth
By Lance S. Belville
Grand Northern Repertory
Logan Township No. 13 (World Premiere)
By Lance S. Belville
A Servants’ Christmas
By John Fenn
Some Things That Can Go Wrong at 35,000 Feet (World Premiere)
By John Orlock
Dogs in the Hot Moon (World Premiere)
By Lance S. Belville
1985-1986 Season – Lynn Lohr, Artistic Director
Great Northern Repertory
Shanty Boys (World Premiere)
By Lance S. Belville
A Servants’ Christmas
By John Fenn
Quiet, Wyatt! (World Premiere)
By Leslie Brody
Speed (World Premiere)
By Lance S. Belville
Down to Earth
By Lance S. Belville

1984-1985 Season – Lynn Lohr, Artistic Director
Plain Hearts
By Lance S. Belville
A Servants’ Christmas
By John Fenn
Minnesota on Stage
By Lance S. Belville
Kingdom Come
By Amlin Gray
Tubal and the Yankee (World Premiere)
By Lance S. Belville
Exile from Main Street: A Portrait of Sinclair Lewis (World Premiere)
By Lance S. Belville

1983-1984 Season – Lynn Lohr, Artistic Director
Homesick (World Premiere)
By Lance S. Belville
Mr. L. N. Scott’s All New Grand Holiday Bill of Fare (World Premiere)
By John Orlock
Minnesota On Stage (World Premiere)
By Lance S. Belville
The Man who Bought Minneapolis (World Premiere)
By Lance S. Belville
Down to Earth (World Premiere)
By Lance S. Belville, music and lyrics by Eric Peltoniemi
Plain Hearts (World Premiere)
By Lance S. Belville, music and lyrics by Eric Peltoniemi

1982-1983 Season – Lynn Lohr, Artistic Director
Scott and Zelda: The Beautiful Fools (World Premiere)
By Lance S. Belville
A Servants’ Christmas
By John Fenn
Minnesota On Stage (World Premiere)
By Lance S. Belville
The Lady Knight (World Premiere)
By John Fenn
Plain Hearts (World Premiere)
By Lance S. Belville, music and lyrics by Eric Peltoniemi

1981-1982 Season – Lynn Lohr, Artistic Director
Nina! Madam to a Saintly City (World Premiere)
By Lance S. Belville
A Servants’ Christmas (World Premiere)
By John Fenn
Children of Tyrone (World Premiere)
By Lance S. Belville
You Can’t Get to Heaven Through the U.S.A. (World Premiere)
By Lance S. Belville
For Amber Waves of Grain, but Undistilled (World Premiere)
By Lance S. Belville
Johnny’s My Darling and a Union Volunteer (World Premiere)
By Lance S. Belville, music and lyrics by Kim D. Sherman and Scott Killian

1980-1981 Season – Lynn Lohr, Artistic Director
Bronko (World Premiere)
By Lance S. Belville
Deadly Decades
By Lance S. Belville
A Servants’ Christmas (World Premiere)
By John Fenn
Children of Tyrone (World Premiere)
By Lance S. Belville
You Can’t Get to Heaven Through the U.S.A.
By Lance S. Belville

1979-1980 Season – Lynn Lohr, Artistic Director
The Man who Bought Minneapolis (World Premiere)
By Lance S. Belville
Nina! Madam to a Saintly City (World Premiere)
By Lance S. Belville
Four Hearts and the Lords of the North (World Premiere)
By Lance S. Belville

1978-1979 Season – Lynn Lohr, Artistic Director
Deadly Decades (World Premiere)
By Lance S. Belville
You Can’t Get to Heaven Through the U.S.A. (World Premiere)
By Lance S. Belville
We Win or Bust (World Premiere)
By Lance S. Belville
For Those Who Favor Fire (World Premiere)
Bridge Over the Ocean (World Premiere)

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