Up: The Man in the Flying Chair

by Bridget Carpenter, directed by Carin Bratlie Wethern
May 26 – June 11, 2017

Follow your dreams as high as they go.

Performing at Park Square Theatre’s Andy Boss Thrust Stage
20 years ago Walter Griffin attached 45 helium-filled weather balloons to a lawn chair and found himself 16,000 feet above the world. Today he’s furiously holding onto his dreams and the faded memory of that glorious day, doing everything he can to keep his feet from touching the ground.

Performing at
Park Square Theatre
Andy Boss Thrust Stage
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN 55102

Advance tickets are now on sale through Park Square Theatre’s website.

The Press

“Middleton and Custer are incredible”
“Robinson and Horton are pitch-perfect”
“Bittersweet and beautiful, funny and haunting” –The Room Where It Happens

“sweet, funny, and heart-warming”
“Middleton is so believable and somehow sympathetic as Walter”
“Custer has the ability to be funny and heart-breaking at the same time, and does so to great effect” –Cherry and Spoon

“John Middleton imbues the role with a searing intensity”
“Pro Rata’s strong ensemble provides some stellar moments” –Star Tribune

“The remarkable Theatre Pro Rata production[…] uses animation to create stage settings that feel fresh and uplifting, yet frame a story that, like the man in the chair, falls from those heights to a heartbreaking reality.” –Talkin’ Broadway

Lavender Magazine has Up in the Spotlight.
City Pages likewise spotlights the show.
Broadway World announces the show to, well, the world.

Performance Dates
Wednesday, May 24 at 7:30pm – Pay What You Can Preview!
Thursday, May 25 at 7:30pm – Pay What You Can Preview!
Friday, May 26 at 7:30pm – Opening Night
Saturday, May 27 at 7:30pm
Sunday, May 28 at 2:00pm – ASL/AD Performance
Thursday, June 1 at 7:30pm
Friday, June 2 at 7:30pm
Saturday, June 3 at 7:30pm
Sunday, June 4 at 2:00pm
Thursday, June 8 at 7:30pm
Friday, June 9 at 7:30pm
Saturday, June 10 at 7:30pm
Sunday, June 11 at 2:00pm

The Cast

Walter Griffin – John Middleton *
Helen Griffin – Shanan Custer
Mikey Griffin – Keegan Robinson
Maria – Lillie Horton
Aunt Chris/Helen’s Mother – Noë Tallen
Philippe Petit, et al – Mark Benzel

The Crew

Director – Carin Bratlie Wethern +
Assistant Director – Sofia Lindgren Galloway
Stage Manager – Clara Costello +
Costume Designers – Mandi Johnson + and Samantha Kuhn Staneart +
Sound Designer – Jacob M. Davis +
Lighting Designer – Julia Carlis +
Prop Designer – Abbee Warmboe
Illustrator – Max Lindorfer

* Member of Actors’ Equity Association
+Theatre Pro Rata Company Member


Online Program
Up: The Man in the Flying Chair play guide

Photo Gallery

Photography by: Charles Gorrill

Up: The Man in the Flying Chair is being produced by Theatre Pro Rata as part of Park Square’s “Theatres in Residence” Series. Theatre Pro Rata, along with Sandbox Theatre and Girl Friday Productions, have brought diverse aesthetic approaches and artistic forms, fresh talent as well as favorite faces to Park Square’s seasons over the past three years.

Up:The Man in the Flying Chair is supported through a generous grant from the St. Paul Cultural STAR program.