Old Log Theater History

Greg & Marissa Frankenfield

Greg & Marissa Frankenfield

As the Northwest’s first professional theater, the Old Log was originally a summer stock company which opened in 1940 in a log stable. Thirteen shows were presented in thirteen weeks at that time. Don Stolz joined the company in 1941 as the resident director and purchased the theater company in 1946. During the next two decades the Old Log Theater established a loyal following and received widespread critical acclaim for its area premieres of such classic plays as ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, THE GLASS MENAGERIE, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, TIME OF YOUR LIFE and LOOK HOMEWARD ANGEL. In 1960 a new theater was built adjacent to the original theater and the operation became year-round.

In addition to main stage productions of contemporary plays and musicals, the theater also produces children show productions during the summer and holiday season.

Over the decades, the Old Log has had a substantial impact on the Twin Cities theater scene, establishing a reputation for quality productions and featuring many fine actors and actresses who have come from around the country and who are members of Actors’ Equity Association, including such notable names as Nick Nolte, Loni Anderson, Lois Nettleton and Steve Zahn.

The Old Log is now one of the longest running theater companies in the nation. It was recently purchased by Marissa and Greg Frankenfield, who look forward to continuing the legacy built by Don Stolz and his family for over 73 years. Kent Knutson now serves as the artistic director.