Past Seasons at History Theatre

2015-2016 Season

Artistic Director: Ron Peluso

  • Glensheen (World Premiere) by Jeffrey Hatcher; Music by Chan Poling
  • Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried adapted for stage by Jim Stowell
  • Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story by Alan Janes; Original London production by Rob Bettinson
  • George Bonga: Black Voyageur by Carlyle Brown; Directed by Marion McClinton
  • Watermelon Hill by Lily Baber Coyle
  • Complicated Fun: The Minneapolis Music Scene by Alan Berks
  • RAW STAGES: New Works Festival (January 13-17, 2016): Disorderly Houses by Ruth Virkus; Sweet Land, the musical by Perrin Post, lyrics and book by Laurie Flanigan Hegge; Paper Daughters by Jessica Huang; Teen Idol: The Bobby Vee Story by Bob Beverage

2014 – 2015 Season

Artistic Director: Ron Peluso

  • Radio Man (World Premiere) by Garrison Keillor
  • Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story by Alan Janes Original London production directed by Rob Bettinson
  • God Girl (World Premiere) by Kristine Holmgren
  • The Debutante's Ball (World Premiere) by Eric "Pogi" Sumangil
  • River Road Boogie: The Augie Garcia Story by Joe Minjares
  • RAW STAGES: New Works Festival January 13-18, 2015 Stewardess by Kira Obolensky; Highwaymen by Josh Wilder; Ernest and the Bull by Kevin Kautzman; Complicated Fun: The Minneapolis Music Scene by Alan Berks

2013 – 2014 Season

Artistic Director: Ron Peluso

  • Baby Case book, lyrics, and music by Michael Ogborn
  • Christmas of Swing by Bob Beverage with Ron Peluso, Jan Puffer, and David Lohman, music arranged by David Lohman
  • The Incredible Season of Ronnie Rabinovitz (World Premiere) by Eric Simonson
  • Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried (World Premiere) adapted for stage by Jim Stowell
  • Lonely Soldiers: Women at War in Iraq by Helen Benedict
  • The Working Boys Band book and lyrics by Dominic Orlando, music by Hiram Titus
  • RAW STAGES: New Works Festival January 15–19, 2014 Boundary Waters by Carlyle Brown, The Debutante's Ball by Eric "Pogi" Sumangil, Glensheen by Jeffrey Hatcher and Chan Poling, and Radio Man by Garrison Keillor

2012 – 2013 Season

Artistic Director: Ron Peluso

  • Lombardi by Eric Simonson
  • Christmas of Swing by Bob Beverage with Ron Peluso, Jan Puffer, and David Lohman, music arranged by David Lohman
  • Nellie (World Premiere) by Kim Hines
  • Courting Harry (World Premiere) by Lee Blessing
  • This Side of Paradise music & lyrics by Nancy Harrow, book by Nancy Harrow & Will Pomerantz
  • RAW STAGES: New Works Festival January 7–12, 2013 God Girl, by Kristine Holmgren, Debutante Ball, by Eric "Pogi" Sumangil, Augie, by Joe Minjares, Jack, Jackie & the Kid, by Eric Simonson, Working Boys Band, by Dominic Orlando, music by Hiram Titus, 38: U.S.–Dakota War, by Rob Thomas

2011 – 2012 Season

Artistic Director: Ron Peluso

  • Beyond the Rainbow by William Randall Beard, music arranged by David Lohman
  • A Civil War Christmas book by Paula Vogel, music by Daryl Waters
  • 1968: The Year That Rocked the World (World Premiere) written by Reginald Edmund, Christina Ham, Kim Hines, Kevin Kautzman, Dominic Orlando, Mat Smart, and Rhiana Yazzie, Music arranged by Gary Rue
  • Coco's Diary (World Premiere) written by Bob Beverage and Ron Peluso, music selection by Bob Beverage
  • Capital Crimes: The St. Paul Gangster Musical written by David Hawley, music and lyrics by Drew Jansen
  • RAW STAGES: New Works Series 2011–2012 Nellie, by Kim Hines, Cheer!, by Lily Baber Coyle, Grandfather Bear, by Laurie Flanigan-Hegge & Marya Hart, 38: U.S.–Dakota War, by Rob Thomas

2010 – 2011 Season

Artistic Director: Ron Peluso

  • Dudley: Rigged for Laughter! (World Premiere) By Caleb McEwen, Dane Stauffer, & John Sweeney
  • The Christmas Schooner Book by John Reeger, Music and Lyrics by Julie Shannon
  • RAW STAGES: New Works Festival 2011 Gimme a T! by Lily Baber Coyle, Brave Heart, Noble Soul by Donald Orwald, 1968 by Reginald Edmund, Christina Ham, Kim Hines, Kevin Kautzman, Dominic Orlando, Mat Smart, and Rhiana Yazzie, Courting Harry by Lee Blessing
  • Adrift on the Mississippi (World Premiere) Written by Brian A. Grandison
  • A Tale of Twin Cities (World Premiere) Written by Kevin Kling, With Music by Simone Perrin
  • American as Curry Pie (World Premiere) Written by Aamera Siddiqui
  • Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story Written by Alan Janes, Original London prodution directed by Rob Bettinson

2009 – 2010 Season

Artistic Director: Ron Peluso

  • 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 Coco's Diary by Bob Beverage and Ron Peluso, Brave Heart, Noble Soul by Donald Orwald, A Tale of Twin Cities by Kevin Kling, Nellie 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 Season

Artistic Director: Ron Peluso

  • 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

Artistic Director: Ron Peluso

  • 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

Artistic Director: Ron Peluso

  • 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

Artistic Director: Ron Peluso

  • 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

Artistic Director: Ron Peluso

  • 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

Artistic Director: Ron Peluso

  • 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

Artistic Director: Ron Peluso

  • Under the Stars & Stripes: Stories of WWII (World Premiere) By Mary Jane LaVigne, Janet Allard, David Hawley, Burton W. Kreitlow, Christopher Kidder, P. Paullette MacDougal, Jane Cox, Ann Schulman, Brian A. Grandison, Lily Baber Coyle, William Randall Beard, Sara Dejoras, Vince Delaney, Gary Heibert, Jim Cada, Michael Brodie, Robert Brophy, Jeannine Coulombe, Michael Peroz, Jerry Seifert, and Jenna Zark
  • 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

Artistic Director: Ron Peluso

  • 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

Artistic Director: Ron Peluso

  • 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 Back McKay
  • Eternity (World Premiere) By Ann Schulman
  • Los Rumbaleros (World Premiere) By Maya Lopez-Santamaria

1999 – 2000 Season

Artistic Director: Ron Peluso

  • 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

Artistic Director: Ron Peluso

  • 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

Artistic Director: Ron Peluso

  • 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

Artistic Director: Ron Peluso

  • 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

Artistic Director: Ron Peluso

  • 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

Artistic Director: Lance S. Belville

  • 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

Artistic Director: Lance S. Belville

  • 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

Artistic Directors: Lynn Lohr and Lance S. Belville

  • 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

Artistic Directors: Lynn Lohr and Lance S. Belville

  • 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

Artistic Director: Lynn Lohr

  • 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

Artistic Director: Lynn Lohr

  • 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

Artistic Director: Lynn Lohr

  • 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

Artistic Director: Lynn Lohr

  • 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

Artistic Director: Lynn Lohr

  • 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

Artistic Director: Lynn Lohr

  • 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

Artistic Director: Lynn Lohr

  • 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

Artistic Director: Lynn Lohr

  • 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

Artistic Director: Lynn Lohr

  • 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

Artistic Director: Lynn Lohr

  • 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

Artistic Director: Lynn Lohr

  • 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

Artistic Director: Lynn Lohr

  • 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

Artistic Director: Lynn Lohr

  • 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)