Theater on the Run

You move. The plays don't.


$35 General Admission
photo: Jack Hughes
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We have added a special Sunday matinee performance called Theater on the Run: Replay. Find out more info and purchase tickets HERE

Theater on the Run is back for its eighth year on September 7 & 14 at 6:00 p.m! 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.

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 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.

“Theater on the run is a fun and unique way to experience theater which has made it one of our most popular events each year,” says Becky Naccarato Eastburn, executive director at The Matthews. “We’ve sold out since 2012 and have a limited amount of tickets, so make sure to get them early. This 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. 7 play locations are:
Common Grounds
Green Oven
Jacket Zone
Finale: The Matthews theater

The Sept. 14 play locations are:
Good Earth
The Venue
Studio 621
Mad Platter
Finale: The Matthews theater

Only 104 tickets per evening!

We have only 104 tickets each for Sept. 7 and 14, 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.

“Physics of Love” by local playwright, Charlotte Fladmoe
DIRECTOR: Hoodie Smock

“In the Tank” by Rosemary Frisino Toohey
DIRECTOR: Joanna Mechaley

“But Listen” by Susan Cottrell
DIRECTOR: Julie Walkins

“Fourteen” by Alice Gerstenberg
DIRECTOR: Dwight Myers

“Ferris Wheel” by Mary Miller
DIRECTOR: Max Merchen

Tickets go on sale August 13

Tickets go on sale in the art gallery and online at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 13. 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.

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.


Date and Time:


Saturday, September 7, 2019


6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


$35 General Admission





Our Sponsors

KEVN Black Hills Fox
Holiday Inn
Black Hills Pioneer
Sanford Underground Research Facility
  • QuikSigns
  • DeSmet and Biggs, LLP
  • Spearfish
  • Prairie Hills Transit
  • Spearfish Insurance Brokerage
  • Pioneer Bank
  • Redwater Kitchen
  • BHSU Dept of Fine Arts
  • Mitchell's Barber Shop
  • South Dakota Arts Council