|photo taken by me in the BWCA (no filter, it's just that gorgeous)|
Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company: they opened their "Theater Six Feet Apart" season with an outdoor play (the hilarious and poignant 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, the only play I've seen in-person in the last 14 months), and now MJTC concludes the season with one too. You might have seen the delightful one-woman show A Pickle at the Fringe Festival a few years ago. Now #TCTheater favorite Sally Wingert will be performing in this true Minnesota State Fair story at various parks and homes around town. Click here for the full schedule (May 27 - June 13) and to order tickets. Read my review here.
Classical Actors Ensemble: they've been doing Shakespeare in parks around the Twin Cities for years, so for CAE it's back to business as usual. This year is everybody's favorite rom-com, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Find a location near you, bring a picnic and lawn chair or blanket, and experience Shakespeare the way it was meant to be - "playful, immediate, approachable, and accessible to all" (to quote myself). Click here for the schedule (June 18 – July 18) and locations (all performances are free but registration is encouraged).Great River Shakespeare Festival: after taking 2020 off, my favorite theater festival is back for its 17th season, with three shows performed outdoors in rep (plus some intern performances and other related events). I've attended GRSF twice and found it to be not only excellent theater (not just Shakespeare) but also a wonderful community and theater-intensive weekend. Located in the charming river town of Winona just two hours from the Twin Cities, it makes for a great mini-vacation. You can find the calendar (June 23 - August 1) and information about their stages and other events here.
Stages Theatre Company: the children's theater in Hopkins is presenting You're A Good Man Charlie Brown in a park, sure to be fun for all ages. Performances run July 9 - August 8, click here for all the info.
Lakeshore Players Theatre: add 'em up Bobby! LPT is bringing us one of my favorite Sondheim musicals, Company, from their new outdoor stage in the parking lot of their gorgeous new theater in White Bear Lake. Tickets now on sale for six performances July 16-25.: their picnic operetta has long been one of my favorite summer traditions, in which they mash-up a classic opera with pop music and serve deliciously fresh small bites during the show. Last year they debuted a smaller version of that called the "Pickup Truck Opera" and they're bringing it back this summer. The Odyssey (a mash-up of the Monteverdi opera and the songs of Dolly Parton) has scheduled performances July 18 through September 12 around the state. They'll also be popping up around town, and you can book the Pickup Truck for your event (details here).
Have a great summer, theater friends! And remember to get your vaccine and continue to wear a mask where required/requested so that indoor theater can return to stay. In the meantime, enjoy all that the great outdoors has to offer, including theater! If you know of any outdoor theater events, please comment below or send me an email at email@example.com.