Thinking Outside

The Black Box

2024 ZEITGEIST Theater Season

“There is something for everyone in our 2024 season, from new work to reimagined classics, to thinking outside the black box and bringing plays to new and exploratory places. Our theater might be small, but to me, that is what is most exciting. Small space, big theater. When curating this season, we lead with love, and based it around the joy and passion of artists that surround us in Duluth, we promise you’ll feel all of that too. Welcome to Theater at Zeitgeist, we’re so glad you’re here.”

Mary Fox
Producing Artistic Director

A Midsummer Night's Dream theater poster

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: In the Woods

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Mary Fox & Cheryl Skafte

Love in its many forms. A story of confusion. With fairies. An all ages, immersive week-long theater experience in the woods.

August 16th, 17th, 18th

(Fri – Sun)
6:00pm park open
7:00pm show begins

$20.00 general admission

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Teen Acting Camp:
-Two-week acting camp for ages 12-18
-AUGUST 5th-9th & 12th-18th

What to expect:
-Guaranteed role in our Zeitgeist Theater’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream: at Hartley Nature Center. A cast of kids and local Duluth artists will tell the Shakespeare favorite for summer audiences in a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience. In the woods…with fairies.
-Spend the first week on the Zeitgeist Teatro stage learning about the fundamentals of theater. With a full audition process at the end of Week ONE where kids will audition for the production. (all kids in the camp will get to be in the show!)
-The second week we’ll be in full rehearsal mode and move to Hartley where we’ll spend the week rehearsing for our production and three-day run of Midsummer.

Macbeth theater poster

A Dinner Party

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Robert Lee

A new take on dinner and a show.

The classic tragedy of Macbeth told in the way the playwright intended, directly to the audience. This production will be an immersive experience that includes food and drink. And the presentation will be radically simplistic, but incredibly impactful.

October 20th & 21st, 27th & 28th
November 3rd & 4th

Sundays and Mondays in the Zeitgeist Restaurant. 6pm.

$65 Ticket

Price includes dinner and a show outside the black box.

Invisible Fences theater poster

Invisible Fences

By Kevin Kling and Gaelynn Lea
Directed by Timothy White

Singer-songwriter Gaelynn Lea and storyteller-playwright Kevin Kling combine their talents in an original musical fable, which weaves together storytelling and song to create a unique theatrical experience. This production blends their internationally-renowned skills in music and storytelling to create an intimate show that is rich in the wit and wisdom inherent in Disability Culture.

The Largroff (Gaelynn Lea) is a platypus who was born with a spontaneous genetic mutation that caused her to sprout wings, horns and a snout. The Grasshopper (Kevin Kling) lost two of his limbs as a nymph, and is on a quest to get to the city for a peaceful retirement. Together this unlikely pair embarks on a journey where they come face-to-face with different worlds, dangers and dreams. This musical play touches on identity, disability and the stories we tell ourselves. Featuring Kling’s signature poetic word-play, and an array of captivating songs, written and sung by Lea, who plays her violin accompanied on guitar by Jeremy Ylvisaker.

This show will be heavy on fun and adventure, while also centering accessibility and Disability Culture. Every performance will have ASL interpretation as well as projected captioning. There will also be narrated audio descriptions at the beginning of each scene to help blind and low-vision audience members better place themselves in the worlds we are creating.

November 7th – 23rd

(Thurs – Sun & Thurs – Sat)

$25.00 General Admission

Get Your Ticket Packages Today

$50 – Inside The Black Box (PRORATED)

A two show pass to Zeitgeist Theater shows inside the theater!

POTUS: or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive, and the Duluth premiere of Invisible Fences.

You’ll be guaranteed a reserved seat, one free drinkfrom concessions, and all the love from our entiretheater community.

$135 – Inside & Outside The Black Box (PRORATED)

Four shows inside and outside the theater!

Includes package #1 AND our “out of the box” theater, A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Park, and Macbeth: A Dinner Party.

You’ll get reserved seating, a free drink, and specialty seating at our out-of-the-box shows. Also includes dinner with Macbeth: A Dinner Party.



Reserved seating is available only to season ticket holders. All other tickets are general admission and will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis. Purchase a ticket package today to reserve your seats!


We are now offering prorated season ticket packages for those who have already seen P&P and want to get in on the fun! Visit the links above for more information.


Please contact for assistance with any ticketing questions or concerns. 

Zeitgeist event space

Event Space

Rent the Teatro for your performance, meeting, or event! Email for rates and booking info.

Zeitgeist bar area

Join Our Team

Join the Zeitgeist team! We are hiring box office, kitchen, and front of house staff. 

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Dr. Mary Anne Ebert & Paul Stembler