2012 - 2013 Season

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  1.     City Pages

  2.     The Catholic Spirit newspaper


Feb. 8th - Mar. 10th, 2013  /  Thurs. - Sat. @ 7:45p  /  Sundays @ 2:00p
Drama by William Nicholson.

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French.

Directed by Joy Donley
[Winner! 1990 London Evening Standard Award, Best New Play]
This West End and Broadway hit is the real life love story of C.S. Lewis - Oxford don and author of
The Chronicles of Narnia and The Screwtape Letters - and American poet Joy Davidman. Lewis, a confirmed bachelor, has become smug in his convictions about God until Joy and her young son enter his life.  He unexpectedly falls in love, forcing him to confront one of the most difficult challenges of his life.

Recommended for ages eleven and older.

Runtime = 2 hours 25 minutes (includes 15 min. intermission)

Shadowlands Reviews:

  1.     HowWasTheShow.com

  2.     AisleSayTwinCities.com


Nov. 30th - Dec. 30th, 2012 @ 7:45p or 2:00p

Musical Comedy/Drama by Peter Ekstrom. Adapted from the classic stories by O. Henry. Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Two heart-warming one-act musicals based on the classic O. Henry stories capture the true spirit of giving: The Last Leaf and The Gift of the Magi. This holiday favorite is set in turn-of-the-century New York City and is guaranteed to delight and inspire audiences of all ages!

"The capacity audience, which included many small children, was totally captivated. Ekstrom's delightful adaptation... captures anew the real Christmas spirit."

—Louisville Courier-Journal

“GREAT show! The voices were strong and the plays thoroughly enjoyable. Another terrific family theater production perfect for Christmas.  Thanks, OWT!” - Cecilia C., Facebook


Sept. 28th - Oct. 18th, 2012

Comedy/Adventure. Adapted by Mark Brown from the novel by Jules Verne.  Produced by special arrangement with the Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, IL.

Hold onto your seats for the original amazing race!  Join fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg and his faithful servant, Passepartout, as they race to beat the clock in an outrageous wager to circle the globe in only 80 days.  Danger, romance and comic surprises abound in this whirlwind of a show as five actors portraying 39 characters traverse seven continents in Mark Brown’s new adaptation of one of the great adventures of all time.

“Clever, Crisp and Cunning ... Witty in the extreme.”  —Los Angeles Times



At the Door Rate:



$18/children 3-6 yrs

TIMES: Evening performances begin at 7:45pm this season and Sunday matinees are at 2:00pm.  Doors open 45 minutes prior to showtime.

SEASON SUBSCRIBERS: See all 4 shows for only $60 or 3 shows for $50 - a tremendous savings!  Also, season ticket holders in 2012-2013 receive preferred reserved seating and two complimentary concession vouchers!  Call 763-732-8091 to subscribe. (Season subscriptions have now ended for 2012-2013).

GROUPS: Groups of 10 or more for a single performance will receive reserved seating along with one complimentary concession voucher for each member of the group, redeemable for one concession item of choice.  Call Mary about special group rate ticket pricing: 763-732-8091

PROCESSING FEES: All advance ticket purchases are subject to a small processing fee from our 3rd party ticket vendor, Brown Paper Tickets, with the exception of Season Ticket purchases and large groups.  Call 763-732-8091 for details.

LATE ARRIVALS: All sales are final once pre-sales have ended for that particular performance.  We reserve the right to re-sell any vacant seats after the scheduled start time of a performance.  In such a case, refunds will not be given for late arrivals in the event the show is sold out, but we will be happy to transfer any pre-purchased tickets to another performance pending seating availability.

SEATING: Seating at OWT is first come, first serve except where otherwise noted at each show.

AGE LIMIT: Minimum age limit is 3 years old for all performances except our summer youth theater productions.

PAY-AS-YOU’RE-ABLE!  Every Thursday night during our regular season of shows are PAYA nights!  Here’s how it works: pre-sale tickets are still available in advance for all Thursday performances at our advance discount rates, but pre-sales will end at 12noon on Thursdays and any remaining, unsold tickets for that performance will be available “pay-as-you’re-able” at the door ($5 minimum!).  You can call about ticket availability after 12pm on Thursdays by calling:  763-732-8091

What audiences said about “The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge”:

“A very inviting space close to Lee’s Liquor Lounge. We both very much enjoyed the show.  Full of fun and definitely recommended.  Looking forward to our next show at the Open Window.”

“This was a well put together comedy-trial.  It was hilarious and well thought out.  My wife found it surprisingly entertaining.”

“The acting was very good.  Strong performance.”

-  Goldstar Member Reviews


“Leaving Iowa”

by Tim Clue and Spike Manton

Sept. 8th - Oct. 2nd, 2011

The Comedy About Family Vacations

A truly sidesplitting play that everyone can relate to!  “Leaving Iowa” is a comedy with substance - it will touch your heart and whack your funny bone all at the same time!  It’s the story of a man’s present adventure to redeem his past after returning to his childhood home in the middle of the country, guided by memories of the unforgettable yet often torturous vacations of his youth.

Produced by special arrangement with the Dramatic Publishing Co. of Woodstock, IL.

2011-2012 Inaugural Theatre Season

Here’s what audiences said about “Leaving Iowa”:

“I LOVED it!! I saw it last night and it was a trip down memory lane of my family vacations growing up! The acting was great too!!”  -A.M. Klobe

My husband and I loved every second of this play! We never stopped laughing! Everyone please come out and support Open Window Theatre - you won't regret it!!”  -L. Schmitz

“I just got home from seeing it, and I recommend it highly to everybody! There is a lot of hilarious comedy, especially from the additional characters; and underlying that, poignant moments around a grown man's memories...This is a fairly new theater, they need our support, and "Leaving Iowa" proves they deserve it! Go! Drop everything and go!” -B. Wirth


“The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge”

A Christmas Comedy by Mark Brown

Dec. 2-4, 7-11, 14-18, 21-23 & 27-30

7:30pm Wed. - Saturday

2:00pm Sunday

“A sequel worthy of Dickens’ approval”  -The Seattle Times

The trial of the century!  Just a year after his miraculous transformation, Ebenezer Scrooge is back to his old ways, suing Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and future on a variety of charges.  But in a staggering turn of events, Scrooge gives everyone a Christmas lesson to remember!  This festive and fun play is a great Christmas outing for the entire family!


“Edith Stein” by Arthur Giron

Directed by Joshua James Campbell

Produced by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Feb. 9, 11, 12, 16-19, 23-26

7:30pm Thursday - Saturday

2:00pm Sundays & Sat., Feb. 11th

Post-show Discussions: Feb. 9th, 11th (2pm) & 19th

This stirring and passionate drama has played to standing room only audiences across the U.S. and is based on the true story of Edith Stein, a prominent Jewish intellectual turned Catholic nun during the lead up to Hitler’s reign of terror.  She was eventually martyred at Auschwitz in 1942.  “Edith Stein” the play tells her story with a rich understanding of this remarkable woman and her heroic stand against the greatest evil of her time.  It’s a play about the power of faith, family, religious tolerance, mutual respect, and the remarkable triumph of the human spirit against all odds.

(Two Act play with intermission.  Runtime approx. 120 min + 15 minute intermission.)

Advance Discount Rate:



$12/children 3-6 yrs

What audiences said about “Edith Stein”:

Edith Stein was amazing. I brought my 13 year old son so that he would understand what people thought and felt during the Holocaust. The play opened up discussion about what one might do to grow intellectually so that they may make a difference in the world. The actors were so believable that my son felt like he was really there.

They were correct in describing it as a moving drama. Towards the end, it was very intense causing me to shed a few tears. The actors were great, and I thought the play was impressive.

“The acting was great for such a small, start up theatre.”

-  Goldstar Member Reviews


“The Hobbit” by Patricia Gray

Directed by Corey Mills

Produced by special arrangement with the Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, IL

April 27-29, May 3-6, 10-13 & 17-20

7:30pm Thursday - Saturday

2:00pm Sundays

Based on the classic adventure tale by J.R.R. Tolkien, “The Hobbit” is the precursor to the Lord of the Rings trilogy and tells the story of the unlikely yet heroic (and often humorous) journey through Middle-earth of the unassuming Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins.  A fun and fantastical play, this dramatic adaptation was authorized by Tolkien himself and features many rich characters, rich adventures, and...well...just plain riches!  Soon to be released as a major motion picture, don’t just settle for the story on the big screen, come see it LIVE!

(Approximate runtime = 2 hours + intermission)

"Great singing and superb acting from the heart. Quality only seen at places as Guthrie or Chanhassen. A real gem."  - Goldstar Member Review

Apr. 26th - May 19th, 2013  /  Thurs. - Sat. @ 7:45pm  /  Sundays @ 2:00pm & Saturday, May 18 @ 2:00pm
World Premiere Drama by Jeremy Stanbary
Based on a remarkable true story of forgiveness and personal redemption,
Mercy Unrelenting recounts the events surrounding the tragic murder of a young Italian teenager, Maria Goretti, and the later reformation of her murderer, Alessandro Serenelli.

The play begins 50 years after the crime when Alessandro, now an old man living in obscurity in a Franciscan monastery, is confronted with his painful history once again and the challenge of trying to bring good from the evils of his past.

Mercy Unrelenting tells a shockingly dramatic story in a beautifully artistic way, exploring the nature of forgiveness, the possibility of redemption, and the sometimes controversial elements that have surrounded this story. Written by Jeremy Stanbary, whose original dramas have been performed for tens of thousands across the U.S. as well internationally since 2003.

Recommended for ages 13+

Approx. Runtime = 2hrs (plus 15min intermission)