Pioneering New Opportunities (1969-1979)

The 1970s were an important time in the Twin Cities Theatre History, and Theatre in the Round Players cemented its legacy of being an incubator and resource to the growing arts community.

In 1973, TRP co-founded the Minnesota Association of Community Theatre. That same year, Theatre in the Round advanced through state, regional, and national festivals to first-place with its production of The Unknown Solider, which represented the United States overseas at the international theatre festival in Monaco. In the years to follow, TRP would win first-place at the state level seven times and first-place at the regional level twice, a record for any theatre in the state.

TRP pioneered theatre for underrepresented communities in the Twin Cities. In 1975, TRP’s hit production of the area premiere of The Great White Hope drew attention to the lack of local opportunities for actors of color: TRP used proceeds from the production to help start a theatre dedicated to African-American experience – Penumbra Theatre in St. Paul. The following year, TRP produced Sizwe Banzai Is Dead, the first staging of an Athol Fugard play in the Twin Cities; during this time, TRP pioneered color-blind casting in the Cities.

In 1976, TRP produced the first Vietnamese play in the area, Genghis Khan by Vu Khac Khoan; in the same year, the success of The Faggot, convinced its cast and company members that the Cities could support a gay theatre group. A special benefit performance helped raise funds for the beginning of Out And About Theatre, the Twin Cities’ first gay theatre group, which became one of the longest-running in the country.

In 1977, Time of the Indian was presented, a dramatization of poetry written by Minnesota Indians, and one of the first Native American productions staged in the Cities.

SEASONS 18-27​

18th Season (1969-70)

  • The Killing of Sister George
  • Long Day’s Journey Into Night
  • Poor Bitos
  • The Lion in Winter
  • Major Barbara
  • A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

 

19th Season (1970-71)

  • Slow Dance on the Killing Ground
  • We Bombed in New Haven
  • The Importance of Being Earnest
  • A Night Out / The Great Rage of Philip Hotz
  • Antigone
  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

DIRECTORS’ SERIES

  • The Memorandum
  • Alexander’s Death

NEW PLAYWRIGHT’S SERIES

  • Louvain on an Early March Day in 1915
  • The Pearl / The Moneyman

The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra performs in the arena in the “Sound in the Round” series.

 

20th Season (1971-72)

  • The Boys in the Band
  • Cock-A-Doodle Dandy
  • Pygmalion
  • The Chalk Garden
  • The Iceman Cometh
  • The Women

SUMMER OF ’71

  • Scuba Duba
  • Blithe Spirit

DIRECTORS’ SERIES

  • What the Butler Saw
  • Indians

21st Season (1972-73)

  • Orpheus Descending
  • Man and Superman
  • The Waltz of the Toreadors
  • Juno and the Paycock
  • Play Strindberg
  • Ah, Wilderness!
  • Sea Change

SUMMER OF ’72

  • Sherlock Holmes: The Affair of the Amorous Regent
  • Happy Birthday, Wanda June

DIRECTORS’ SERIES

  • Hell, That’s Politics!

FESTIVAL

  • The Unknown Soldier
 

22nd Season (1973-74)

  • You Never Can Tell
  • Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
  • A Thurber Carnival
  • Hedda Gabler
  • Old Times
  • Mother Courage and Her Children
  • The Cherry Orchard

SUMMER OF ’73

  • Period of Adjustment
  • Ten Little Indians

DIRECTORS’ SERIES

  • A Hearty Welcome, Then
 
 

23rd Season (1974-75)

  • Great Catherine / Overruled
  • Dear Antoine
  • The Three Sisters
  • Macbeth
  • The Rules of the Game
  • The Misanthrope
  • The Real Inspector Hound / After Magritte

SUMMER OF ’74

  • No Place To Be Somebody
  • The Glass Menagerie

TOURING SHOW

  • The Fake Magician

DIRECTORS’ SERIES

  • Matrix

FESTIVAL

  • Muzeeka
 

24th Season (1975-76)

  • In Celebration
  • As You Desire Me
  • The Great White Hope
  • The Confidential Clerk
  • The Man Who Came to Dinner
  • Summerfolk
  • The Plough and the Stars
  • Butley

SUMMER OF ’75

  • Candida
  • A Woman of No Importance

STUDIO SERIES

  • The Transfiguration of Benno Blimpie
  • Polite Little Dogs
  • Genghis Khan
  • Revera
 

25th Season (1976-77)

  • Sweet Bird of Youth
  • The River Niger
  • A Moon for the Misbegotten
  • The Corn is Green
  • Steambath
  • Mrs. Warren’s Profession
  • Detective Story
  • The Good Doctor

SUMMER OF ’76

  • Cabaret
  • The Faggot
  • Lady in the Dark

STUDIO SERIES

  • Coming Home
  • Umbrellas

FESTIVAL

  • The Rook

 

 

26th Season (1977-78)

  • The Man in the Glass Booth
  • The Sea Gull
  • Seascape
  • Sizwe Banzi Is Dead / The Island
  • Misalliance
  • Travesties
  • The Roads in Germany
  • Absurd Person Singular

SUMMER OF ’77

  • Company
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

STUDIO SERIES

  • Minnesota Moon
  • The World Cafeteria
  • The People Upstairs
  • The Stronger
  • Time of the Indian
  • Come and Go
 

27th Season (1978-79)

  • The Wager
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • Waiting for Godot
  • All Over
  • Equus
  • The Runner Stumbles
  • Another Part of the Forest
  • Otherwise Engaged

SUMMER OF ’78

  • The Mousetrap
  • Angel Street

STUDIO SERIES

  • Geography of a Horse Dreamer
  • The Family Reunion
  • Company Talk
  • The Haruspices and the Divining Carcass