Saint Paul's History Theatre Will Present World Premiere of Garrison Keillor's Radio Man; Complete Season Announced | Playbill

News Saint Paul's History Theatre Will Present World Premiere of Garrison Keillor's Radio Man; Complete Season Announced
History Theatre's 2014-15 season will feature four world-premiere productions, including Garrison Keillor's first full-length play, Radio Man.

The Saint Paul, MN, theatre will also present the world premieres of God Girl, The Debutante's Ball and River Road Boogie: The Augie Garcia Story. The biographical musical Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story will play the theatre during the holidays.

The season-at-a-glance follows.

World Premiere
Radio Man
Sept. 27–Oct. 26
By Garrison Keillor
Directed by Ron Peluso

"Join the celebration of 'A Prairie Home Companion's 40th anniversary through a quirky and satiric journey into the memories of its creator. The 'On Air' lights flash and the show begins. The host, played by Pearce Bunting (HBO's 'Boardwalk Empire'), presides over a parade of singing groups, the private eye Guy Noir, the cowboys Dusty and Lefty, and the people of Lake Wobegon arguing about morality and a bag of frozen peas. The lines between imagination and reality are blurred as a young boy reminisces about his radio dreams, a producer chastises the host, and the stage manager somehow keeps the show rolling along."

Buddy–The Buddy Holly Story
Nov. 22–Dec. 21
Written by Alan Janes
Original London production directed by Rob Bettinson
Directed by Ron Peluso
Choreography by Jan Puffer
Musical Direction by Gary Rue

Produced in partnership with McNally Smith College of Music
"Spend the HOLLY-days with History Theatre when we bring back Buddy—The Buddy Holly Story. Part biography, part rock 'n' roll concert, this musical is a toe-tapping, hand-clapping celebration of the life and music of Buddy Holly (played by Nicholas Freeman). Talented, passionate, and impulsive, Buddy crossed racial barriers with his music and left an indelible legacy in just four short years. Relive his meteoric rise to stardom through the unforgettable concert in Clear Lake, Iowa. Packed with 24 hit songs including 'Peggy Sue,' 'Oh Boy!,' 'Rave On,' and 'That'll Be the Day.'"

World Premiere
God Girl
Feb. 7, 2015–March 1
By Kristine Holmgren
Directed by Ron Peluso

"Meet the bright and spirited Macalester College graduate who was one of the first women accepted to the Master of Divinity program at Princeton Theological Seminary. In 1975, when the war in Vietnam was over and the women's liberation movement was in full swing, an idealistic and determined young woman decided to change the world starting with her ordination to ministry. This new play by Presbyterian pastor and former Star Tribune columnist Kristine Holmgren reflects on the hard work, humor, and heartbreak experienced by the brave women who dared to break through the stained glass ceiling within the protestant church." World Premiere
The Debutante's Ball
March 21–April 12
By Eric "Pogi" Sumangil
Directed by Randy Reyes
Produced in partnership with Mu Performing Arts

"Enjoy a glimpse into the pageantry, customs, and teenage restlessness that are all part of the Valentine's Ball and Presentation of Debutantes and Escorts. Since 1978, Minnesota's Filipino-American community has gathered for this annual affair which celebrates their vibrant heritage as Filipinos and Americans. This fun new coming-of-age play by local artist and former debutante escort Eric 'Pogi' Sumangil follows six teens as they prepare for this special event and connect with their Filipino heritage through stories, haranas (traditional Filipino love songs), the waltz and even a bit of hip hop, while finding the balance between tradition and assimilation, parental pressure and personal independence."

World Premiere
River Road Boogie: The Augie Garcia Story
May 2–31
By Joe Minjares
Directed by Raul Ramos
Produced in partnership with McNally Smith College of Music

"After returning home to St. Paul from the Korean War, Augie Garcia created a unique style of music that blended the sounds of his Mexican heritage with rhythm and blues. The Augie Garcia Quintet really found their groove at the River Road Club in Mendota and, in 1956, they opened for Elvis Presley at the St. Paul Auditorium. This new musical explores the life and music of a man whose infectious smile, generous spirit, and incredible talent — along with his trademark Bermuda shorts — made him a Minnesota music legend."

History Theatre presents new and existing works that explore Minnesota's past and the diverse American experience. 

For tickets and more information, call (651) 292-4323 or visit

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