New Work Development

Since 1978 History Theatre has produced over 100 world premieres.

For more information about our new play development program, email Ron Peluso or call 651.292.4325.

For information about submitting a script for consideration.

History Theatre's World Premieres

(In reverse chronological order)

  1. The Working Boys Band book and lyrics by Dominic Orlando, music by Hiram Titus, 2013–2014
  2. Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried Jim Stowell, 2013–2014
  3. The Incredible Season of Ronnie Rabinovitz Eric Simonson, 2013–2014
  4. Courting Harry Lee Blessing, 2012–2013
  5. Nellie by Kim Hines, 2012–2013
  6. Coco's Diary by Bob Beverage & Ron Peluso, 2011–2012
  7. 1968: The Year That Rocked the World by Playwrights’ Center members Reginald Edmund, Christina Ham, Kim Hines, Kevin Kautzman, Dominic Orlando, Mat Smart, and Rhiana Yazzie, 2011–2012
  8. American as Curry Pie by Aamera Siddiqui, 2010–2011
  9. A Tale of Twin Cities by Kevin Kling, 2010–2011
  10. Adrift on the Mississippi by Brian A. Grandison, 2010–2011
  11. Dudley: Rigged for Laughter! by Caleb McEwen, Dane Stauffer, & John Sweeney, 2010–2011
  12. Queens of Burlesque by David Mann, 2009–2010
  13. Sister Kenny's Children by Doris Baizley, 2009–2010
  14. Tyrone & Ralph by Jeffrey Hatcher, 2008–2009
  15. Blue Collar Diaries by Michelle Meyers Berg, 2008–2009
  16. 20 Days to Find a Wife by Laurie Flanigan and Marya Hart, 2008–2009
  17. Hormel Girls by Laurie Flanigan and Hiram Titus, 2007-2008
  18. Kirby by Syl Jones, 2007-2008
  19. Wellstone! by Mark Rosenwinkel and Larry Long, 2006-2007
  20. Lutefisk Champ & Other Frozen Holiday Tales by David Mann and others, 2006-2007
  21. 100 Men's Wife by Jeany Park, 2006-2007
  22. The Baron by Cory McLeod, 2006-2007
  23. Snapshots: Life in the City by J. D. Steele, David Grant and others, 2005-2006
  24. Chopsticks, Band-Aids & Johnny Unitas by Nancy Bagshaw-Reasoner, Cathy Gasiorowicz and Maria Cheng, 2005-2006
  25. Sons of the Bedtime Nooz by Peter and Andy Moore, 2004-2005
  26. Fireball: The Great Hinckely Fire Project by Roger Nieboer, Peter Ostroushko and Joe Chvala, 2004-2005
  27. Christmas of Swing by Beverage, Jan Puffer, David Lohman and Ron Peluso, 2004-2005
  28. Beyond the Rainbow by William Randall Beard and David Lohman, 2004-2005
  29. Joe by Jim Stowell, 2003-2004
  30. Hiding in the Open by Kira Obolensky based on Sabina Zimering’s memoir, 2003-2004
  31. Grand Excursion: The Musical by Barbara Field and Hiram Titus, 2003-2004
  32. Under the Stars & Stripes: Stories of WWII by multiple writers, 2002-2003
  33. The Christmas Schooner by Julie Shannon and John Reeger, 2002-2003
  34. Revelations of Mann by David Mann, 2002-2003
  35. Main Street by Craig Wright, 2002-2003
  36. The Runaway Learning Machine (tour) by Mark Rosenwinkel, 2002-2003
  37. Summer in the Shadoes by Kim Hines, 2001-2002
  38. The Fierce Clockwork of Destiny by John Olive, 2001-2002
  39. In Coya’s House by Jenna Zark, 2001-2002
  40. Sisters of Swing by Bob Beverage and Beth Gilleland, 2001-2002
  41. Meet Me at the Fair by Patty Lynch, 2000-2001
  42. Christmas in Swede Hollow by Buffy Sedlachek, 2000-2001
  43. Eternity by Ann Schulman, 2000-2001
  44. Watermelon Hill by Lily Baber-Coyle, 2000-2001
  45. Los Rumbaleros by Maya Lopez-Sanatmaria, 2000-2001
  46. Trail of the Wind by Roger Nieboer, 2000-2001
  47. First Ladies of Ramsey County by Dana Gillespie, 1999-2000
  48. Hush Hush by Lee Vang, 1999-2000
  49. Rez Road 2000 by Jim Northrup, 1999-2000
  50. A Piece of the Rope by Jeffrey Hatcher, 1999-2000
  51. The Gangster Musical by Drew Jansen and David Hawley, 1999-2000
  52. Hmong! The CIA's Secret Army by Lee Vang and Jaime Meyer, 1998-1999
  53. Axel & His Dog by Don Stolz, 1998-1999
  54. Ophan Train  by Patty Lynch and Charlie Maguire, 1998-1999
  55. Swede Hollow by Buffy Sedlachek, 1998-1999
  56. Tailgatin’ by Dan Rowles and Guy Greene, 1997-1998    
  57. Three Rivers Meeting by Jim Stowell, 1997-1998    
  58. Conversations about Hannah by Ann Schulman, 1997-1998    
  59. Song Catcher by Marcie Rendon, 1997-1998    
  60. Let Heaven and Nature Sing by Bob Beverage – produced in collaboration with InterAct Theater of Minneapolis, 1996-1997
  61. A Servants’ Christmas by John Fenn and Drew Jansen, 1996-1997
  62. Tomboy Stone by Roger Nieboer, 1996-1997
  63. Cuba Si! by Jim Stowell, 1996-1997
  64. Favorite Son: The Humphrey Perspectives by Jeffrey Hatcher, John Olive, David Hawley and Kim Hines, 1996-1997
  65. The Brotherhood by Syl Jones, 1995-1996
  66. Inner-City Opera by J. D. Steele and others, 1995-1996
  67. Civil Ceremony by Beth Gilleland, 1995-1996
  68. Plain Heart by Lance Bellville and Eric Peltonemi, 1994-1995
  69. Everlasting Arms by Gregory Alan-Williams, 1993-1994
  70. Some Things that Can Go Wrong at 35,000 Feet by John Orlock, 1993-1994
  71. Ollie From Laughterville by Lance Belville, 1992-1993   
  72. The Life and Times of Deacon A.L. Wiley by Gregory Alan-Williams, 1992-1993   
  73. Days of Rondo by Gregory Alan-Williams, 1992-1993   
  74. Scum City by David Hawley, 1991-1992
  75. Through the Wheat by Thomas Olsen, 1991-1992
  76. Another Minnesotan Onstage by multiple writers, 1991-1992
  77. Irish Stew by Frank McCourt, 1991-1992
  78. Small Town Triumphs and Cowboy Colors by Bart Sutter and Paul Zarzyski, 1991-1992
  79. Last Hooch at the Hollyhocks by Lance Belville, 1990–1991
  80. Tree of Memory II by multiple writers, 1990–1991
  81. Selkirk Avenue by Bruce McMannus, 1990–1991
  82. Gaze at the Stars II by Lance Belville, 1990–1991
  83. A Couple of Blaguards by Frank and Malachy McCourt, 1990-1991
  84. Cowgirls by Lance Belville, 1989–1990
  85. A Time on Earth by Vilhelm Moberg, 1989–1990
  86. Nina! The Musical by Lance Belville, 1989–1990
  87. Mesabi Red by Lance Belville and Charlie Maguire, 1989–1990
  88. Homegrown Heroes by multiple writers, 1989–1990
  89. Catching On by Lance Belville, 1989–1990
  90. Logan Township No. 13 by Lance Belville, 1988–1989
  91. Tree of Memory by David Hawley, Nancy Bagshaw Reasoner, George Sand, 1988–1989
  92. Mid-Winter Light by John Louis Anderson, 1987-1988
  93. Gold in the Streets by Marie Jones, 1987-1988
  94. Somewhere over the Balcony by Marie Jones, 1987-1988
  95. St. Paul Suite by Tom Poole, 1987-1988
  96. Down to Earth by Lance S. Belville, 1986-1987
  97. Dogs in the Hot Moon by Lance S. Belville, 1986-1987
  98. Exile From Main Street by Lance S. Belville, 1985-1986
  99. Quiet, Wyatt! by Leslie Brody, 1985-1986
  100. Speed by Lance S. Belville, 1985-1986
  101. Kingdom Come by Amlin Gray, 1984–1985
  102. Tubal and the Yankee by Lance S. Belville, 1984–1985
  103. Mr. L. N. Scott’s All New Grand Holiday Bill of Fare by John Orlock, 1983-1984
  104. Scott and Zelda: The Beautiful Fools by Lance S. Belville, 1982-1983
  105. Johnny’s My Darling and a Union Volunteer by Lance S. Belville, 1982-1983
  106. The Lady Knight by John Fenn, 1982-1983
  107. Homesick by Lance S. Belville, 1982-1983
  108. Children of Tyrone by Lance S. Belville, 1981-1982
  109. You Can’t Get to Heaven through the U.S.A. by Lance S. Belville, 1981-1982
  110. For Amber Waves of Grain, but Undistilled by Lance S. Belville, 1981-1982
  111. Nina! Madam to a Saintly City by Lance S. Belville, 1980-1981
  112. Four Hearts and the Lords of the North by Lance S. Belville, 1980-1981
  113. Deadly Decades by Lance S. Belville, 1979–1980
  114. We Win or Bust by Lance S. Belville, 1979–1980
  115. Bronko by Lance S. Belville, 1979–1980
  116. The Man Who Bought Minneapolis by Lance S. Belville, 1978–1979