Illusion Theater 's mission is to create theater that illuminates the illusions, myths and realities of our times and to catalyze personal and social change.


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Miss Richfield 1981's Annual Workshop Weekend

Saturday, Jan 24th to Sunday, Jan 25th

MISS RICHFIELD 1981's Workshop will be at


Yes, that is correct, the venue has changed. Miss Richfield 1981's Annual Workshop will be held at Illusion Theater like last year, and we are so sorry for any confusion or inconvenience!

ILLUSION THEATER  is located on the 8th floor of the Cowles Center for Dance & The Performing Arts.

What to expect: A sneak peek at fresh material from our favorite beauty queen as she lays the groundwork for a new "Progrum."

Post-show discussion to follow each workshop.


Tickets $12 each

Limit of 4 tickets/person

Reservations only. Extremely limited seating.

Call 612.339.4944 or order online today!

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Lights UP! Series presents Transatlantic Love Affair's THESE OLD SHOES

Thursday, Jan 29th to Saturday, Feb 14th

Tenth Annual

LIGHTS UP! SERIES presents Transatlantic Love Affair's


Created by Diogo Lopes &the Transatlantic Love Affair ensemble
Directed by Diogo Lopes

From the ensemble who brought you Ballad of the Pale Fisherman, Red Resurrected, and Ash Land comes Transatlantic Love Affair’s 2013 Fringe Festival hit, These Old Shoes! Inspired by stories from their own families, the richness that comes with age, and a lifetime of memory and experience.

Preview January 28, 2015 - $10

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Friday, Mar 6th to Sunday, Mar 15th

Written by George Stevens, Jr.        

Featuring James Craven          Directed by Michael Robins

THURGOOD  Regional Premiere

A powerful play based on the life of Justice Thurgood Marshall. From a childhood in the back alleys of Baltimore to the Supreme Court of the United States, Justice Marshall overcame many adversities. A journey of epic proportions, Thurgood is an eye-opening, humorous and uplifting portrait of a true American hero.

Tickets $20 -$35

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Friday, Mar 27th to Saturday, Apr 11th

By Max Wojtanowicz & Sheena Janson
Music by Michael Gruber
Directed by Nikki Swoboda

What makes that bond between gay men and straight women so special, so necessary, and SO fabulous? FRUIT FLY: THE MUSICAL was developed and performed by Twin Cities actors Sheena Janson and Max Wojtanowicz, who met as kids in Community Theater in the St. Cloud area. Sheena and Max's weird, wonderful tale of friendship, which premiered to critical acclaim at the 2012 Minnesota Fringe Festival and was expanded at the Illusion's Fresh Ink Series, is told with music by Broadway veteran and recent Minneapolis transfer Michael Gruber, and directed by Nikki Swoboda.

Preview performance on Thursday, March 26 at 8 pm $10 tickets

Tickets $18-$25

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Thursday, Apr 23rd to Saturday, May 16th


For the Loyal

by Lee Blessing
Directed by Michael Robins

Toby and Mia are graduate students with a baby on the way. Toby, an assistant coach in a famous collegiate sports program, stumbles upon a secret that threatens to throw their entire future into jeopardy. As the couple is caught between honesty and loyalty, Mia embarks on a journey to discover who she really is and—given the world she's in—whether doing wrong is the only way left to do right.


Tickets $20-$35

Box Office: 612.339.4944

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Life Begins @ 40 Campaign

Wednesday, Aug 13th to Friday, Oct 31st





They say life begins at 40...

Well this year, we are celebrating our 40th Season and do we have a lot of new beginings to share with you!

Your contribution to the LB@40campaign will not only be matched by  the Pohlad Family Foundation dollar for dollar up to $10,000, it will also help us leap into the 40th Anniversary with strength and confidence.