Free Peformance of The Mostly True Tale of Robin Hood

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Directed by Joy Donley, The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood is not going to be like anything you’ve ever experienced.  I am so excited for this how.  I have been waiting all summer for the first weekend in August for this show alone!  Let me tell you why!

  • It is a completely free show.  While they would not turn down a donation (it does take money to put on quality shows), the goal is to be able to offer it  free of charge.  They have been doing a lot of fundraising for this purpose. 
  • It is completely family-friendly!  It got lots of kids in the production and in it’s design it’s for the family.
  • The stage is the director’s backyard.  Yes, you did hear me correctly.  So bring a lawn chair and bug spray to enjoy this adventure.
  • The director, Joy Donley, is well-known and loved in the local theatre scene and around the country.
  • Think Monty Python and the Holy Grail meets Robin Hood.  Who wouldn’t want to enjoy that show?
  • Some of the key roles are played by local professional and semi-professional actors:  Nathan Cousins (recently seen in The 39 Steps at Yellow Tree Theatre), Lamar Jefferson (recently in The Lilies of the Field, directed by Donley for Open Window Theatre in Minneapolis) and Jeremy Stanbary (artistic director of Open Window Theatre).  Donley’s husband, Michael Pearce Donley (co-creator of the long-running Triple Espresso) will provide musical accompaniment to the show.  The show also features Jeremiah Gamble (Theater for the Thirsty, Kingdom Undone) and his three children.
  • This is the real deal in a backyard! For Free.
Robin HOod

Meet Robin Hood, played by Nathan Cousins (image courtesy of Front Porch Theatre)


Does this sound interesting to you?  Here are all the vitals.

What:  The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood by Mary Lynn Dobson, a backyard family-friendly theatre show

Who:  Presented by Front Porch Theatre

When:  6:30pm on Friday, Aug. 1st;  Saturday Aug. 2nd;  and Sunday, Aug. 3rd

Where:  The residence of Michael and Joy Donley, 1829 Burr Street, Maplewood, MN 55117

Cost:  Freewill donation, suggested price $12 per person

Here is more Information I hope to see you there!

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Gianna Kordatzky

I am married to the craziest, most awesome man I know. We have four kids--Ranging in ages from 5-10. You can learn more about my life as a mother and wife at .

I love to throw parties and be with friends. I love to read my Bible and grow closer to God. I love to eat and exercise. I have learned to love coffee.
And I could really use a nap.


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  • This is was an unexpected surprise! Performed in the intimacy of a backyard, your production is expertly adapted and performed. It is smart, disarmingly funny and clever. Innovative costume designs, witty music, skilled direction and the warmth and charisma of the cast allows the audience to throw off any inhibitions about participation. Fabulous! Thank you for your hard work.

  • […] The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood is premiering in Joy and Michael Pearce Donley’s backyard. (Joy has directed many shows around the Twin Cities and the country and you may have hear of Micheal Pearce Donley’s show Triple Espresso) It’s a free show. All you need to do is bring bug spray, an umbrella, and a lawnchair. Come and enjoy some of the Twin Cities’ finest actors as they make you laugh through Robin Hood’s hilarious adventures with the Sheriff of Nottingham, Maid Marian and his Merry Men. […]

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