New Growth (1963-1969)

In the summer of 1963, TRP moved to 1308 Stevens Avenue.The move brought stability and encouraged a larger audience. But it also brought changes. There was a transition from a member-oriented theatre to a theatre serving the entire community. Hildgendorf retired as the company artistic director and TRP began its current policy of hiring guest artistic directors for each production. The Moppet Players, the forerunner to Children’s Theatre, and the new Guthrie Theatre were bringing an influx of talent into the Twin Cities. The theatre began a second stage of major growth and development:

  • From 1965-69, the University of Minnesota’s Office of Advanced Drama Research worked with TRP in creating a “playwright’s laboratory”, a new concept in which playwrights would work with directors and actors in developing scripts.
  • In 1967, TRP toured the state to help communities develop their own theatre groups, through a special grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.


12th Season (1963-64)

  • Say, Darling
  • Rashomon
  • Drink to Me Only
  • Rhinoceros
  • Becket
  • The Best Man


  • Gallows Humor
  • She Stoops to Conquer


  • Old King Cole
  • The Elves and The Shoemaker

13th Season (1964-65)

  • The Member of the Wedding
  • Take Her, She’s Mine
  • Dark of the Moon
  • A Streetcar Named Desire
  • An Enemy of the People
  • A Thousand Clowns


  • The Rehearsal
  • Sister Heeno’s Warm Elbow
  • Plays for Bleecker Street
  • The Boy Who Came to Leave (OADR)

The University of Minnesota’s Office of Advanced Drama Research (OADR) selects TRP to develop a “playwright’s laboratory” (playwrights working with actors and directors to develop scripts), 1965-69.


14th Season (1965-66)

  • Who’ll Save the Plowboy?
  • Ring Round the Moon
  • Twelfth Night
  • A Touch of the Poet
  • Montserrat
  • Mary, Mary


  • Lysistrata / A Phoenix Too Frequent


  • The Private Ear / The Public Eye
  • The Cretan Woman
  • The Boarding House / Do Not Pass Go
  • A Breezy Fourth (OADR)

15th Season (1966-67)

  • Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • Playboy of the Western World
  • Our Town
  • One Way Pendulum
  • The Night of the Iguana
  • Cyrano de Bergerac


  • I, Elizabeth Otis, Being of Sound Mind (OADR)
  • J. B.

16th Season (1967-68)

  • The Entertainer
  • A Month in the Country
  • The Good Woman of Setzuan
  • The House of Bernarda Alba
  • After the Fall
  • Hay Fever

TOURING SHOWS (throughout Minnesota)

  • The Play’s the Thing
  • Blithe Spirit


  • El Libro del Andreo Martin (OADR)
  • Little Murders

17th Season (1968-69)

  • Three Men on a Horse
  • Heartbreak House
  • A Delicate Balance
  • The Physicists
  • Tartuffe
  • Philadelphia, Here I Come!


  • Assassin! (OADR)
  • The End of Ramadan (OADR)