Social issues, Minnesota history flavor Theatre L'Homme Dieu's summer season in Alexandria

Performances also include concerts and comedy. Juneteenth program is Saturday, June 19 to start TLHD programming.

A scene from "Wonderland," part of the schedule of summer performances at Theatre L'Homme Dieu. (Contributed)

Dubbing 2021 "A Return to Wonder," Theatre L'Homme Dieu has announced its lineup of shows from June 19 through Sept. 4.

Most programming will be indoors, and its news release said that a health team from Alomere helped theater staff work through safety and sanitizing protocols.

"We are committed to the safety of all TLHD patrons, staff, volunteers and artists," the theater said.

Here's the summer schedule:

  • Saturday, June 19, "Juneteenth with The Reminders." From 4:15-5:30 p.m., a panel discussion will focus on this Black holiday that celebrates the end of slavery, as well as on other topics important to the Black community. From 5:30-7 p.m., food trucks will be on campus, and The Reminders will perform at 7:30 p.m. This is an outdoor show, so guests are asked to bring their own lawn chairs. In case of bad weather, the show will either pause or move inside.
  • Monday-Saturday, June 21-26, 7:30 p.m. "Wonderland," presented by Collide Theatrical Dance Company. In WonderLand, a premier psychiatric hospital, Dr. Knight has the difficult task of treating a man who refers to himself as a “White Rabbit” who suffers from a severe anxiety disorder, a young woman named Alice with body dysmorphia, and a Queen figure suffering from narcissistic rage. The doctor begins to wonder what "normal" really means.
  • Friday-Saturday, July 2-3, 7:30 p.m. "A Tribute to Queen." Jonny James and the Hall of Fames perform the music of the British bands Queen including hits like “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Don’t Stop Me Now,” and “We Will Rock You.”
  • Tuesday-Saturday, July 6-10. "The Wonderbread Years" stars former Seinfeld writer Pat Hazell. A cross between standup and theater, this show reminisces about sitting at the kids table and riding in the back of the station wagon, among other hallmarks of the Baby Boom generation.
  • Thursday, July 15. The Heartshakers, a Tom Petty Tribute band, has performed with top performers including Carrie Underwood, LeAnn Rimes and Amy Grant.
  • Tuesday-Saturday, July 27-31, "Operation: Immigration." Written and performed by Avi Aharoni, this performance tells the story of a young Minnesotan determined to discover the history of his late father, and who begins to find himself along the way. A 2019 Fringe Festival award-winning hit.
  • Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 26-Sept. 4. "Glensheen: The Musical" tackles Glensheen murder mystery with wicked dialogue and evocative music. This 1977 murder of heiress Elisabeth Congdon at her Duluth mansion shocked and enthralled Minnesotans. Writer Jeffrey Hatcher and composer Chan Poling “pulled off a spectacular feat with a shamelessly witty script and score," says the StarTribune.

Tickets are on sale now for "Juneteenth" and "Wonderland." The rest will go on sale at noon on Wednesday, June 9.

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