Frost / Nixon


British talk-show host David Frost has become a lowbrow laughing-stock. Richard M. Nixon has just resigned the United States presidency in total disgrace. Determined to resurrect his career, Frost risks everything on a series of in-depth interviews in order to extract an apology from Nixon. Nixon, however, is equally bent on redeeming himself in his nation's eyes.

"Structured as a prize fight between two starkly ambitious men in professional crisis, FROST/NIXON makes it clear that the competitor who controls the camera reaps the spoils." —NY Times.

Oct 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15: All Shows at 7pm



High Spirits

Oct 30, Nov 5 in cooperation with Elder Network @ Plummer House

The Weavers have moved into their lovely new home only to encounter eerie events, ghostly illusions, and spectral voices. In desperation, they decide to hold a séance to expose the unearthly shadows that haunt their lives. Ethereal escapades ensue.  Does the crystal ball know whodunnit?

Note: This fundraiser for the Elder Network is not available as part of the season ticket package.  Check for updates on the Elder Network site.

Dead Man's Cell Phone

"'Dead Man's Cell Phone' is a fantasy that is at times serious and at other times, well, weird. In that way, the play delivers on Absolute's promise to bring new and fresh theater to Rochester." ROCHESTER POST BULLETIN

An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet café. A stranger at the next table who has had enough. And a dead man—with a lot of loose ends. So begins Dead Man's Cell Phone, a wildly imaginative new comedy by MacArthur "Genius" Grant recipient and Pulitzer Prize finalist, Sarah Ruhl.

"Satire is her oxygen. . . . In her new oddball comedy, Dead Man's Cell Phone, Sarah Ruhl is forever vital in her lyrical and biting takes on how we behave." - The Washington Post

Nov 17, 18, 19, 25, 26: All shows at 7PM

Patron Party

 Just in time for the holidays. If you joined us for our summer pool party, you know our parties are epic and super fun. Be a part of our next Patron Party where we celebrate all things ABSOLUTE! Plus, see the second section of Three Viewings by Jeffrey Hatcher, featuring Ruth Casper.

Dec 17 @ Cambria, 7pm.


THe Amish Project

The Amish Project is a fictional exploration of the Nickel Mines schoolhouse shooting in an Amish community, and the path of forgiveness and compassion forged in its wake.

"Extraordinary... compelling... the play is also a remarkable piece of writing." — The New York Times

Feb 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11

NOTE: Strong language and mature themes, including descriptions of violence.

Sealed with a Deadly Kiss

Winterfest Murder Mystery

February 11, 2017

Join the fun in solving the mystery as it unfolds before your very eyes, while touring the Plummer House and sipping on wines and nibbling.

Note: This fundraiser for the Elder Network is not available as part of the season ticket package.  Check for updates on the Elder Network site.

The Duck Variations

This play dramatizes the old adage that people who talk the most with authority about something are the ones most likely to know the least about it. Two old men discuss the ways of ducks and life, making observations that are profoundly hilarious.

"The most acute ear for dialogue of any American writer since J.D. Salinger." - Village Voice

April 20, 21, 22,  27, 28, 29, 2017

Three Viewings

Three comic/dramatic monologues set in a midwestern funeral parlor over a three-day Christmas weekend.

"THREE VIEWINGS is the genuine article…Hatcher's voice is one I want to hear again soon." —NY Daily News.

July 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22


Absolute Theatre's inaugural season is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.


Patron POOL Party

Coming in July at Mark and Suzie Hansen's. Date to be announced soon.

We'll celebrate our first season and announce our second. You won't want to miss this!