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Stay With Me Awhile: Feb 2- 18, 2018 - SOLD OUT!

The Rochester Civic Theatre Company is proud to Stay With Me Awhile by Mary E Johnson and Barbara Means Fraser. Stay With Me Awhile is a brand new work and will have its world premiere here in the studio theatre at The Civic, Feb 2018.

Stay With Me Awhile is a docu-drama or readers theatre where the actors are story-tellers.  The stories they tell are adapted from almost 100 interviews with people who have kept a vigil with a friend or loved one near the end of life.

In our society we are used to telling the stories of the birth of a baby or the story of our wedding.  But we seem to have no easy place in which to share the powerful stories that happen as death approaches.  Stay With Me Awhile immerses the audience in the world of the vigil and is designed to present common, human experiences with which many will identify.

If you have ever kept a vigil with someone you love you will want to see this play.

Some of the performances of Stay With Me Awhile will be followed by a discussion.

Stay With Me Awhile is presented in partnership with Season Hospice and is made possible by The Carl and Verna Schmidt Foundation.

ALL PERFORMANCES ARE SOLD OUT! Thank you for your interest.


Women on Wednesday - 2017/18 Season

The Rochester Civic Theatre Company's Award Winning Civic Action Outreach Programming presents

Women on Wednesdays: Exploring social issues impacting our community, promoting inclusiveness for a healthy society, providing a stage to showcase the richness of our shared cultural heritage.

Remaining seasons line up: 

Feb 21: Hit By A Farm: Women in Agriculture

March 21: Homelessness in Rochester: When You Have Nowhere To Call Home

April 5: All in the Family: Generations Living Under One Roof

April 18: Let's Talk: Boomers & Millennials Compare Notes 

May 9 : Still Sisters of The Yam? Black Feminism in the Age of Beyonce

Admission is free, reservations required. All events take place at The Civic, except April 5 (presented with the Sisters of St. Francis- Assisi Heights)

To RSVP email info@rochestercivictheatre.org on Monday before each event.

Cash bar and concessions available for purchase.

Doors open at 5PM; presentation and discussion run from 5:30PM-7PM. 

Frank Theatre presents Grounded: Feb 24, 2018

The Rochester Civic Theatre Company is delighted to welcome Frank Theatre’s new staging of GROUNDED by George Brant, which the company staged to great acclaim in 2014. Featuring Audrey Park as the solo performer, GROUNDED will tour Greater Minnesota in February, with a two-week run in the Twin Cities. The final stop on the tour will be the Rochester Civic Theatre Company on February 24th.   

In GROUNDED, a hotshot fighter pilot finds her career in the sky interrupted by an unplanned pregnancy. Reassigned to a “desk job,” she fights a war by day, and then returns to her family and her daughter’s pink ponies by night. As she operates drones in Afghanistan remotely from a windowless trailer outside of Las Vegas, her life in the desert begins to collide with the desert she is patrolling on the other side of the world. This compelling and searing look at moral responsibility, contradictory choices, and modern warfare seamlessly blends the personal and the political as it explodes our assumptions about war, family, and the power of storytelling. 

GROUNDED was the winner of the 2012 Smith Prize and was named as a Top Ten Play of 2013 by both the Guardian and the London Evening Standard. Frank Theatre’s production of GROUNDED is directed by Artistic Director Wendy Knox, with scenery by Joe Stanley, sound by Mike Croswell, costumes by Kathy Kohl, and lighting by Mike Kittel.  

This show contains strong language and sexual references. Mature Audiences Only.

Feb 24 @ 7pm

Tickets $20 each, on sale now!

Ed Asner in A Man and his Prostate: March 27 & 28, 2018

The Rochester Civic Theatre Company is proud to present Television legend, iconic movie star, and 7-time Emmy winner Ed Asner!

Ed Asner stars in the hilarious one man show, A Man and His Prostate - a seriously funny show based on a serious subject.  The tale of an unexpected trip to a foreign emergency room yields insights into a man’s personal journey of pain, relief, prayer, and love while entertaining the audience with Asner’s impeccable comedic timing.

Asner, the most honored male performer in the history of the Primetime Emmy Awards, is full of energy. You’ll recall his legendary performances as Mr. Grant in The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off Lou Grant, as Santa in the movie Elf and the voice of Carl Fredrickson in the animated film Up.

Performances are two nights only, March 27th and 28th, 2018. Seating is limited. Advance sales to season ticket holders begin today. Purchase tickets on-line, or by calling or stopping by the box office Mon-Fri, 11 a.m.-3p.m. General public sales begin on December 15th.

A Man and his Prostate is presented by the Department of Urology, Mayo Clinic.

Don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime chance to see a live performance by one of the greatest performing artists of our time!

March 27 & 28, @ 7pm

Tickets $50 each. On Sale Now!


Ole & Lena: May 18 & 20, 2018

Civic Live presents Ole & Lena Win a Cruise!

The lovable, dim-witted Scandinavian couple of Ole & Lena are coming to the stage of the Rochester Civic Theatre Company to perform “Ole and Lena Win a Cruise.” With “a whole lotta uff da,” the comedic talents of the husband and wife team, Mike and Julie Bateson, bring to life a cast of characters they created, all of whom reside in the town of Potsdam, MN. Potsdam, an unincorporated town in far east Olmsted County, barely registers on the map because of its small size.

Lena has mused for years about her friends at the Curler and Chat getting to take vacations while she and Ole stay home. A camping vacation each year at the Muskrat Lodge’s Annual Convention, a mere two miles from home, is his idea of a good vacation.

When Ole wins the grand prize in a raffle at the Muskrat Lodge, Lena is thrilled and starts envisioning that they’ll spend their vacation on a romantic cruise in the Caribbean. Ole will have none of it. And so, the laughter begins.

“Ole and Lena Win a Cruise” is a show the whole family will enjoy and appropriate for all ages.

Performance dates & times: May 18, 2018, 7:00 p.m. and May 20, 2018, 2:00 p.m.

Ticket price: $22 in advance, $25 at the door

Ticket on sale now.