Finnish troupe performs in Twin Ports

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Douglas County Historical Society opens its doors for an original play, "The Reading Room," performed by the Fiasko Theatre company from Joensuu, Finland.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Sept. 28.

The theater group is in the U.S. to perform and help celebrate the 100th anniversary of Finland becoming a country.

The playwright, Ann Toumi, an English instructor at the University of Eastern Finland, was in Superior visiting her son who was attending the University of Wisconsin-Superior in 2015. At the time, Toumi stopped by the Douglas County Historical Society and really loved the museum, stage, staff, and the play, "The Reading Room," was discussed.

The Reading Room is based on a true story of two homeless Finnish immigrants in 1969 Duluth. These individuals took up residence in the Reading Room of the old Duluth Carnegie Library, which was home to the area famous Tiffany stained glass windows designed by Anne Weston.

Toumi contacted Executive Director Tony Tracy at the historical society again at the beginning of the year, and they began planning these performances, Tracy said. These great performers have had to raise their own money to make the trip to perform at FinnFest held in Minneapolis this year and then it is off to the Twin Ports.

Since this event actually took place in Duluth, Tracy contacted a few facilities and a facility soon welcomed the opportunity to help host this great event as the Duluth Scottish Rite Temple Association agreed to host a performance at the Duluth Masonic Center. The theater in DMC is an amazing trip back in time to rich woods and Egyptian accents.

There will be a second performance Sept. 29 in the theater at the Duluth Masonic Center at 4 W. Second St., Duluth. There will also be a reception in the rotunda of the Depot, 506 W. Michigan St.

Tickets for both performances can be purchased by stopping at the Douglas County Historical Society, 1101 John Ave., Superior, or call (715) 392-8449, email DCHS@Douglashistory.org or online at www.DouglasHistory.org. DCHS accepts most major credit cards.