Inside the Fourth Wall

December 9-10, 7:30 PM; December 11, 2:00 PM
(Martin Luther College Auditorium)

Join us for a pair of one-act plays where we not only break the fourth wall of theater, but you get to come inside!

First, Wade Bradford’s “Conflict” offers a very amusing explanation of how we crave stories in which the protagonist experiences all kinds of hardship. Why are writers so cruel to their characters? Because it’s fun! Second, Carol and Ashley are expecting a tale of woe as they take their seats to watch Hamlet, but the real tragedy is that they’re sitting next to the world’s noisiest weirdos. In “Appropriate Audience Behavior,” the audience takes the spotlight as everyone from a cough-drop obsessive to a guy watching the play like a football game steals the show from the unseen Shakespearean masterpiece. This is an outrageously meta comedy that reminds us where the drama belongs–onstage.

Tickets ($5 for all attendees) will be sold at the door only, beginning 30 minutes before each show time. 

Radium Girls

February 17-18, 7:30 PM; February 19, 2:00 PM
(Martin Luther College Auditorium)

In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie an international celebrity, and luminous watches the latest rage – until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease. Inspired by a true story, Radium Girls traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court. Her chief adversary is her former employer, Arthur Roeder, an idealistic man who cannot bring himself to believe that the same element that shrinks tumors could have anything to do with the terrifying rash of illnesses among his employees. As the case goes on, however, Grace finds herself battling not just with the U.S. Radium Corporation, but with her own family and friends, who fear that her campaign for justice will backfire. 

Tickets ($8 adults, $6 students/seniors) will be sold at the door only, beginning 30 minutes before each show time. 

MLC Children’s Theatre Presents: Stone Soup

April 29, 3:00 & 7:00 PM
(Martin Luther College Auditorium)

A giant carrot grows smack-dab in the center of four different property lines, the result of teamwork (and some scientific achievements) between four families. Unfortunately, that teamwork has long been forgotten, and a feud has erupted over which family actually owns the carrot. The General claims it’s hers, since her son provided the seed. The Fargins claim it was their growth formula, the Ornerys say their soil helped it grow so large, and the Corneliuses say that without their specially mineralized water, it would never be what it is today. Luckily, three mysterious strangers arrive just in time to help the families see the error of their ways and remind them what teamwork is all about. Join us for this comedic and character-driven twist on the classic story of Stone Soup!

Public attendance is welcome! Tickets are $2 for all attendees and will be sold at the door only, beginning 30 minutes before each show time. 

School performances take place during the day on April 27-28. If your school or homeschool group is interested in attending, please contact us at to inquire about seating availability.