History Theatre 2014-2015 season features new Garrison Keillor play

The History Theatre in St. Paul has announced its next season of plays, and they include a new one by the host of A Prairie Home Companion, Garrison Keillor.

The season opens on Sept. 27 with the world premiere of Keillor’s first full-length play, “Radio Man,” which offers a glimpse of life working on the show through the eyes of its host (played by Pearce Bunting of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”).

For the holidays, the History Theatre is bringing back the biography/live concert “Buddy — The Buddy Holly Story.”

January 2015 marks the return of the annual Raw Stages New Works Festival (dates and titles have yet to be confirmed). Local Presbyterian pastor and former Star Tribune columnist Kristine Holmgren is the playwright behind “God Girl,” which opens in February.  It’s about being one of the first women to be accepted into the Master of Divinity program at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1975 in the midst of the women’s liberation movement.

In March, Mu Performing Arts joins the History Theatre to stage Eric “Pogi” Sumangil’s new play “The Debutante’s Ball” which looks at this annual event in Minnesota’s Filipino-America community while also addressing issues of assimilation, rebellion and teenage self-discovery.

The season concludes in May with “River Road Boogie: The Augie Garcia Story,” a new musical about “the Godfather of Minnesota rock ‘n’ roll” raised by Mexican immigrants in St. Paul’s Westside neighborhood.
Garcia opened for Elvis at the St. Paul Auditorium in 1956, and some say he almost upstaged the King.