On our small stage you’ll see new work by important contemporary playwrights performed by the best established and upcoming artists in the Twin Cities. From one-act plays to fully-formed musicals to dark dramas to hilariously funny comedies, the variety of forms and styles are as diverse and creative as our Twin Cities community. What every play has in common is a light that shines on human truths. On our stage are stories that hold you, and stay with you, long after the close of  the curtain.

T. Mychael Rambo in Present

November 1st - November 17th, 2018

A new one-man musical story of how T Mychael Rambo has been “present” in his life with music, and how the songs and stories are a “present” he gives to the audience.

Miss Richfield 1981: Born Again for the Holidays

November 30th - December 22 2018

Miss Richfield is back for another funny Holiday “Progrum.” This time she’s looking for new faith in a changing world. Join us in celebrating Miss Richfield’s 20th season with Illusion Theater.

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Transatlantic Love Affair’s The Devout

February 1-17, 2019

In a temple on a mountaintop live a sisterhood of warrior priestesses, dedicated to the goddess Athena. But when a talented young novitiate joins the order, a shift in power threatens to tear the community apart. Inspired by Medusa's origin story, scored by composer/musician Walken Schweigert, and reimagined by an all-female performing ensemble, The Devout explores themes of betrayal, healing, and rage.

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The 2019 cast of  My Ántonia

The 2019 cast of My Ántonia

Willa Cather’s My Ántonia

March 1st - 24th, 2019

Playwright Allison Moore developed this adaptation in collaboration with the Illusion Theater. The show debuted on the Illusion Stage in Minneapolis in 2010. In 2012 and 2013 it toured throughout the state of Minnesota, where it delighted many crowds.

Willa Cather’s 1918 novel of the same title is the bold story of 1880’s European immigrants who came to the prairies of Nebraska in an attempt to make their American dreams come true. The story is told through the memories of Ántonia’s childhood friend Jim Burden. After twenty years of living in the East, Jim travels by train back to his small prairie town where he reconnects with Ántonia, the Czech immigrant girl who shaped his understanding of life. The story is wrapped up in an environment of the changing prairie created by the actors, set, and sound.

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Fresh Ink Series 2019

June 13th-23rd, 2019

Each summer, Illusion Theater commissions new plays by talented playwrights. This year, we are working with Jeffrey Hatcher, Carlyle Brown, and Beth Gilleland.

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View previous shows from the 2016-2018 seasons here.