Fortune's Fool Theater Presents

The Lady with a Lap Dog

September 15 - 24, 2017

Book & lyrics: Daniel Pinkerton
Music: Robert Elhai
Joel Liestman: Dmitri (Actors Equity) 
Andrea Leap: Anna
Laurel Armstrong: Mrs. Prozorov, Dasha, others
Director: Nicole Wilder
Music director, piano: Jill Dawe
Accordion: Dee Langley
Lighting design: Ariel Leaf
Costume design: CJ Mantel

Fortune’s Fool Theatre presents the world premiere of a new musical, THE LADY WITH A LAP DOG, book and lyrics by Daniel Pinkerton (YARRRH!, Chopin’s Heart), music by Robert Elhai (C., Twisted Apples, arrangements for Glensheen), adapted from the story by Anton Chekhov.

THE LADY WITH A LAP DOG is an intimate, 75-minute musical about the transformative power of love, based on the classic short story by Russian writer Anton Chekhov. Two people meet in the resort town of Yalta in 1899 and have a summer affair. They were both married at a young age to people who were strangers at the time. As they get to know one another, they discover that, for the first time, they have a partner with whom they can speak easily of wants, needs, joys, and fears. This experience changes them. They look at the world, their relationships, and ultimately themselves with fresh eyes, and begin to question everything. How does one find a balance between desire and responsibility? What does it mean to be virtuous? Can an act of unselfish love ever be a mistake?

Pay As Able
The Monday, 9/18 performance of The Lady with a Lap Dog is a Pay-as-Able performance.  Pay-as-Able Tickets will be available at the door or can be reserved by emailing  Please note that if your unpaid Pay-as-Able tickets are not picked up by 7:50pm, they may be resold.  You may still purchase full price tickets online. 


$18 General Admission
$16 Student, Senior, with Fringe Button
Pay-as-able Mon., Sept. 18

Performance Schedule
September 15, 8pm
September 16, 8pm
September 17, 3pm
September 18, 8pm (Pay as Able Performance)
September 21, 8pm
September 22, 8pm
September 23, 8pm
September 24, 3pm
Run time: 80 minutes

Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Contact Open Eye at or 612-874-6338 for accessibility information.

Commissioned and supported by Nautilus Music-Theatre.

This production is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to an appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.