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A performing arts venue in Crystal, Minnesota.  We are home to Theatre Elision, but also to many other theater companies and performers.  A showcase of local talent and an arts educational resource for youth and adults.

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Saturday, April 8th at 7:30 pm

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This 90 minute musical is performed with no intermission.  First Lady Suite contains depictions of historical racism and racial slurs.

Doors and bar open one hour before showtime.  Seating will begin approximately 20 minutes before showtime.

Additional information about the show can be found on our website at

Theatre Elision presents:
First Lady Suite
by Michael John LaChiusa

It has been a three long years since we closed this show on the eve of opening night. We are finally back and excited for our long delayed opening!

First Lady Suite is an enthralling look into the lives of some of history’s most neglected figures, the wives of U.S. presidents.  The musical is presented in four vignettes.  The first piece, Over Texas, takes place aboard Air Force One on November 22nd, 1963. Mary Gallagher, the First Lady’s secretary, and Evelyn Lincoln, secretary to the President, are relaxing as they fly into Dallas.  While napping, Mary’s dreams become portentous nightmares as they are haunted by a ghostly Jackie and an eerie Lady Bird.  Where’s Mamie? is a time-travel fantasy as Mamie, melancholic and alone on her birthday, is paid a visit by the celebrated opera star Marian Anderson.  They travel to Algiers to confront Ike about an affair and warn him of the racial strife he’ll face later as President.  Olio presents first daughter Margaret Truman singing at a recital but constantly upstaged by First Lady Bess.  Eleanor Sleeps Here is a heart-rending examination of the relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok as they’re flown over Washington by Amelia Earhart. 

Performance Dates

Thursday, April 27 @ 7:30

Friday, April 28 @ 7:30

Saturday, April 29 @ 7:30

Sunday, April 30 @ 2:30

Wednesday, May 3 @ 7:30

Thursday, May 4 @ 7:30 (Pay As You Wish)

Friday, May 5 @ 7:30

Saturday, May 6 @ 7:30

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119-seat theater
60-100-seat cabaret space

The Studio
Rehearsal Room


Youth programs

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6105 42nd Ave N
Crystal, Hennepin County 55422





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Parking information:  Elision Playhouse has a free adjacent parking lot.  If that is full, there is also street parking along Brunswick Avenue (east of the building) behind the back entrance of our parking lot. PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN ANY OF THE RED SHADED AREAS. The small lot as you enter is reserved for Keng's Restaurant.  There is NO parking between 42nd Avenue and our back driveway, but it is fine to park beyond that. The Brunswick United Methodist Church has also graciously offered the use of their parking lot behind the church for overflow parking. Other nearby street parking is also available. Thanks to Terrence Joyce for the great map below!

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