Nineteenth Season: 2017-2018

Don’t Dress For Dinner

Written by Marc Camoletti
Adapted by Robin Hawdon
Directed by Brian Balcom

July 7 – 30, 2017
The NEW Gremlin Theatre at Vandalia Tower

Peter Christian Hansen*
Melanie Wehrmacher
Grant Henderson
Maeve Moynihan
Sierra Schermerhorn
Mike Dolphin

*Member, Actors’ Equity Association

“Hurtling along at the speed of light, this breathtaking farce is a near faultless piece of theatrical invention” – The Guardian

Gremlin Theatre is thrilled to open our brand new performance space (and 19th season!) with the absolutely hilarious comedy Don’t Dress for Dinner – the first show we ever produced 19 years ago.

“Two of the most rib-tickling hilarious hours I have spent in the theatre in some time… the perfect farce.” – Chicago Style Magazine


Peter Christian Hansen & Melanie Wehrmacher – Photo credit DreamFirstBorn Images

Bernard is planning a romantic weekend with his chic mistress in his charming converted farmhouse (while his wife, Jacqueline, is away, of course). He has arranged for a cordon bleu cook to prepare gourmet delights and has even invited his best friend, Robert, to provide the alibi. What could possibly go wrong…?


Maeve Moynihan & Grant Henderson – Photo credit DreamFirstBorn Images

From the author of the smash hit Boeing Boeing comes this fast-paced and utterly ridiculous play; full of romantic entanglements, mistaken identities and outrageous plot twists.

Come celebrate the opening of our new theatre, have a beer at the adjacent Lake Monster Brewery and take in the ideal show to send you laughing into the summer night.

Don’t Dress for Dinner opens Friday, July 7th and runs through Sunday, July 30th at the brand new Gremlin Theatre – 550 Vandalia Street, St. Paul, MN 55114.


A Steady Rain by Keith Huff

“Keith Huff’s A Steady Rain offers one of the most powerful theatrical experiences in many seasons.” – Backstage

 A dark duologue filled with sharp storytelling and biting repartee, A Steady Rain explores the complexities of a lifelong bond tainted by domestic affairs, violence, and the rough streets of Chicago.

A Steady Rain is a harrowing journey into a moral gray area where trust and loyalty struggle for survival.

Joey and Denny have been best friends since kindergarten, and after working together for several years as policemen in Chicago, they are practically family: Joey helps out with Denny’s wife and kids; Denny keeps Joey away from the bottle. But when a domestic disturbance call takes a turn for the worse, their friendship is put on the line.

“A tale of friendship, loyalty and betrayal that keeps you guessing about where guilt truly lies to the final line.” – The Guardian

Written by Keith Huff (TV’s Madmen & House of Cards), A Steady Rain premiered on Broadway with Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman.  Gremlin is proud to present this dynamite play in the intimate setting of our new thrust theatre.

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Dustin Bronson & Peter Christian Hansen – photo credit DreamFirstBorn Images

A Steady Rain opens Friday, January 12th and runs through Saturday, February 3rd at the brand-new Gremlin Theatre – 550 Vandalia Street, St. Paul, MN 55114.

Dustin Bronson*
Peter Christian Hansen*

*Member, Actors’ Equity Association

Director: Ellen Fenster
Technical Director: Carl Schoenborn
Stage Manager: Sarah Bauer
Set & Lighting Design: Carl Schoenborn
Sound Design: Katharine Horowitz

Taking Shakespeare by John Murrell


Directed by Peter Christian Hansen.  Featuring Linda Kelsey* & John A. W. Stephens

A sharp, funny, and engaging play, perfectly suited for Gremlin’s intimate space.

“a delightful entry drug for audience members who haven’t experienced Shakespeare, are intimidated by Shakespeare, or both” – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

An aging professor, questioning her relevance and ability, agrees to tutor a young slacker who is addicted to video games and failing academically. Despite their seemingly insurmountable differences, as they explore Shakespeare’s Othello together, both make unexpected discoveries about themselves and each other.

“In Taking Shakespeare, the unlikely meeting of Prof and Murph through Othello provokes not only an intense discovery of what Shakespeare’s play offers as far as insights into the human condition go but also (perhaps more importantly) what we can learn from one another, no matter our age and life experience.”– Bob White, Director of New Plays at the Stratford Festival, Ontario

Taking Shakespeare opens Friday, May 11th and runs through Sunday, June 3rd at the brand-new Gremlin Theatre – 550 Vandalia Street, St. Paul, MN 55114.

*Member, Actors’ Equity Association

Director: Peter Christian Hansen
Technical Director: Carl Schoenborn
Stage Manager: Sarah Bauer
Set & Lighting Design: Carl Schoenborn
Sound Design: Katharine Horowitz


Ideation by Aaron Loeb

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A conspiracy comedy by Aaron Loeb
Directed by Brian Balcom

July 6-29, 2018

“The sinister tangos with the madcap in Ideation” – New York Times

Start with a cryptic list of groundrules and some morally ambiguous parameters…

Ninety minutes from now, a group of stressed-out corporate consultants is slated to present their work on a mysterious project and it’s time to brainstorm. But as they work, the question of what they aren’t being told looms ever larger, becoming harder to ignore. If something truly monstrous is going on, it wouldn’t be happening over Starbucks scones . . . would it? The result is this ferocious and hilarious thriller.

Ideation opens Friday, July 6th and runs through Sunday, July 29th at the brand-new Gremlin Theatre – 550 Vandalia Street, St. Paul, MN 55114.

Peter Christian Hansen*, Katherine Kupiecki, Brian P. Joyce, Nikhil Pandey & Ben Shaw

Director: Brian Balcom
Technical Director: Carl Schoenborn
Costume Design: A. Emily Heaney
Stage Manager: Sarah Bauer
Set & Lighting Design: Carl Schoenborn
Sound Design: Inna Skogerboe

Photo Credit: Alyssa Kristine