Rocky Horror Picture Show

This notorious horror parody — a fast-paced potpourri of camp, sci-fi and rock ‘n’ roll, among other things — tracks the exploits of naïve couple Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon) after they stumble upon the lair of transvestite Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry). The film — a bizarre musical co-starring Meat Loaf and Richard O’Brien — bombed in its initial release but later gained a cult following at midnight showings.

For 40 years, The Rocky Horror Picture Show has delighted audiences and terrified parents. Winneshiek Playhouse is the proud that this is our 5th year showing The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Every screening has a shadowcast of the film (that’s actors acting in front of the screen during the film).

Doors open at 8:30. Virgin ceremony 9:00 and the show starts at 9:30. Come dressed in costume if you like!


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A Nice Family Gathering by Phil Olson

Winner of the 2000 Rochester Playwright Festival

December 7, 8, 14 at 7:30 PM and December 15, 2018 at 2 PM & 7:30 PM

A Nice Family Gathering is a story about a man who loved his wife so much, he almost told her. It’s Thanksgiving Day and the first family gathering at the Lundeen household since the Patriarch died. At the gathering, Dad comes back as a ghost with a mission; to tell his wife he loved her, something he neglected to tell her while he was alive. After all, they were only married for 41 years. The problem is, she can’t hear or see him. The trouble begins when Mom invites a date for dinner.

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The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane by Laird Koenig

April 5, 6, 12 at 7:30 PM and April 13, 2019 at 2 PM and 7:30 PM

She was only a little girl. She lived in a great big house…all alone. Where is her mother? Where is her father? Where are all the people who went to visit her? What is her unspeakable secret? Everyone who knows is dead.

There is something peculiar about Rynn Jacobs, the thirteen-year-old little English girl who lives down that lonely lane, with a father no one ever sees. Busybody Mrs. Hallett senses a mystery. Her son Frank senses a prey. Miglioriti, the local policeman, is powerless to help. Mario Podesta, a lame, self-styled magician, scarcely more than a child himself, falls under Rynn’s spell, and their poignant love story is the heartbeat of the play. In the end, Rynn must stand alone against the chilling terror of Frank Hallett who has discovered her secret and uses it to control her. Her options narrow down as the play builds up to an almost unbearable climax.

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Laughter on the 23rd Floor by Neil Simon

June 21, 22, 28 at 7:30 PM and June 29, 2019 at 2 PM and 7:30 PM

Inspired by the playwright’s youthful experience as a staff writer on Sid Caesar’s Your Show of Shows, with all the attendant comic drama, as the harried writing staff frantically scrambles to top each other with gags while competing for the attention of star madman “Max Prince”. The play is notable not only for its insider’s look at the personalities and processes of television comedy writing, but also for its reflection of the political and social undercurrents of its time, in particular the rise of Joseph McCarthy, relationships between various (European) American ethnicities, and attitudes toward women.

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All tickets are non-refundable and are only able to be exchanged between a performance of the same show.

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