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The 7th Theater on the Run event is back on two separate Saturdays in September. Theater on the Run will be held at 6:00 p.m., on two consecutive Saturdays, Sept. 8 and 15. Each Saturday, four downtown Spearfish businesses (for a total of 8 businesses) open their doors to a set of actors and a one-act play. The plays and cast remain the same on both dates, just the downtown locations change. Tickets are limited to 26 seats per venue, for a total of 104 tickets each weekend. 

On both evenings, The Matthews Opera House theater will be the location of the finale performance.

Show Details:
Sept. 8 or 15
Saturday: 6-10 p.m.

How does Theater on the Run work?

Theater on the Run begins with four different groups of theater patrons–26 people each– starting at a pre-determined different location. After each group has enjoyed a 15-20 minute play, the audience rotates to the next location to view the next production. This will continue until the grand finale, where all four groups will meet in the Matthews Opera House for the last show. Each venue will have beverages for sale, with some offering adult and some offering non-adult beverages. Venues provide appetizers in the cost of the ticket.

“This progressive and fun way of going to the theater has been such a big hit the last six years. Theater on the Run has sold out every year since 2012,” says Sian Young, The Matthews’ executive director. “We have a limited amount of tickets, so make sure to get them early. This unique event is one you won’t want to miss.” Tickets are only sold in The Matthews art gallery or online and must be purchased in advance. The participating venues will NOT be selling tickets.

The Sept. 8 play locations are:
Spearfish Creek Wine Bar
Common Grounds Coffee Shop
Green Oven Bakery
Jacket Zone
Finale: The Matthews theater

The Sept. 15 play locations are:
Blackbird Espresso
Level Wine Bar
Good Earth Natural Foods
Studio 621
Finale: The Matthews theater

Only 104 tickets per evening!

We have only 104 tickets each for Sept. 8 and 15, for a total of 208 tickets. All tickets are $35.00. The ticket includes all five one-act plays and appetizers that are provided by all of the participating downtown venues. 

The plays and their directors

The following one-act plays are to be performed this year. Each has their own director. At a later date, each play will be assigned to a participating venue. 

“Keeping Tabs” by local playwright, Charlotte Fladmoe
DIRECTOR: Hoodie Smock
CAST: Pam Wegner, Rene Porter Stewart

“The Diary of Adam and Eve” by Mark Bucci
DIRECTOR: Deneen Redd
CAST: Christi Ardis, Sean Bullard, Tony Diem

“Good Business Sense” by Emmett Lovedre 
DIRECTOR: Julie Walkins
CAST: Amy Ruff, Tytus Spivey, Zade Dohman

“Death Calls at Dinner” | “My Pal Patsy” | “Murder of Mrs. Brooks”
DIRECTOR: Dwight Myers
CAST: Brenna Meyer, Cami Dohman, Elysia Pederson, John Eisenbraun, Malinda Hetzel, Pat Rogge, Sandy Nauman, Tony Diem, Tytus Spivey

“Three on a Bench” by Doris Estrada
DIRECTOR: Max Merchen
CAST: Alivia Ruff, Connie Hubbard, Justin Schultz, Max Merchen

Tickets go on sale August 14

Tickets go on sale in the art gallery and online at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 14. Buy tickets at The Matthews’ art gallery or by phone during business hours. Business hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and the phone is 605-642-7973. Save time & energy. Go online to buy your tickets at any time. You can even buy them while you’re in your robe.

Each ticket has the name of your START location. That is the location you will start with on the evening you choose. So, look at your ticket and note the date and location you are to check-in with at 6:00 p.m. Everyone in your group will be guided by a Matthews’ docent to the next location for the next play.

This year’s CAST 

The cast and play titles to be published at a later date. 

Show Details:
Sept. 8 or 15
Saturday: 6-10 p.m.

Sponsored by…

Thank you to the sponsors that help us bring art shows, plays, concerts, and other live entertainment acts to The Matthews.  We couldn’t do it without you.  

KEVN Black Hills, South Dakota Arts Council, Great Western Bank, Killian’s Tavern, Black Hills Pioneer, City of Spearfish, DeSmet and Biggs, LLP, Forcoli & Sons Painting, Wolff’s Plumbing & Heating, Inc., Lucky’s 13 Pub, Spearfish Holiday Inn, The Apple Blossom B&B, Spearfish Motors, The Real Estate Center of Spearfish, Zonta Club of Spearfish, Optimist Club of Spearfish, The Matthews’ family, The Kelley family — CLICK HERE to visit these sponsors’ business websites.

Would your business like to become a sponsor?  CLICK HERE to learn more.