Perfect Arrangement

by Topher Payne
directed by Alissa Blaeser
June 3 – June 26, 2022

It’s 1950, and new colors are being added to the Red Scare. Two U.S. State Department employees, Bob and Norma, have been tasked with identifying sexual deviants within their ranks. There’s just one problem: Both Bob and Norma are gay, and have married each other’s partners as a carefully constructed cover. Inspired by the true story of the earliest stirrings of the American gay rights movement, madcap classic sitcom-style laughs give way to provocative drama as two “All-American” couples are forced to stare down the closet door.

Content Warning: some strong language and historical use of harmful homophobic terms


Covid Protocol:  Proof of vaccination or negative test will be required to attend a performance.  All patrons must wear a mask while in the building. You can access the full Covid Protocol here.


An Audio Described performance will be offered on Sunday, June 26 at 2pm. Email by Friday, June 24 to RSVP for this service.

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Kitty – Alison Anderson
Jim – Tony Burton
Bob – Zach Christensen
Theodore – Daniel Hildebrand
Millie – Courtney Matula
Norma – Ariel Pinkerton
Barbara – Katie Wodele

Artistic and Production Staff
Director – Alissa Blaeser
Stage Manager  – Amanda Oporto
Set Designer – Lee Christiansen
Costume Design  – Colleen O’Dell
Sound Designer – Robert Hoffman
Light Designer – Greg Bauer
Prop Designer – Bobbie Smith


In honor of Pride month, additional programming will be provided in conjunction with performances of Perfect Arrangement.

June 3-26: an exhibit about Minnesota LGBTQIA history will be shown in the lobby, courtesy of the Tretter Collection.

June 12: Join us for a post-show audience discussion with the cast and special guest, Robert Frame.

Dr. Frame has taught U.S. history at Normandale Community College for fifteen years, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender U.S. History for ten of those years.

June 24: Rebecca Lawrence of Telling Queer History will be leading a facilitated discussion, reflecting on personal histories immediately following the performance.
Telling Queer History gathers LGBTQ-identified people across generations, races, gender identities and class backgrounds to share stories in an open and informal format that encourages participation.