Digging Up Dessa | Kids Out and About St. Louis

Digging Up Dessa

*The event has already taken place on this date: Sun, 11/07/2021
A family-friendly comedy-drama-adventure about a modern-day 12-year-old girl who uses her passion for archaeology to honor women in STEM. Critics call it a “handsome, funny show” and "thoughtful entertainment that is intelligent and involving." See it live, in-person at the Grandel Theatre or view it streaming online. October 17 – November 7, 2021. Best for ages 10 and up.

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Metro Theater Company presents Laura Schellhardt's Digging Up Dessa, October 17 - November 7, at the Grandel Theatre or streaming online at metroplays.org. 

Dessa is a modern-day 12-year-old with no shortage of mysteries to solve and fossils to find. Her days are filled with buried treasures just waiting to be uncovered. But when her family of three unexpectedly becomes a family of two, this smart, funny young scientist struggles to overcome her grief and anger at all the changes in her world.

Dessa's unlikely comfort comes from a remarkable new friend, one only she can see and hear—Mary Anning, the 19th-century paleontologist who discovered a breakthrough dinosaur fossil at the age of 12 and became a pioneer in her field. But why is her portrait not on the museum wall alongside those of her male counterparts? Dessa decides that she’s going to fight to earn Mary the respect she deserves.

With help from her new classmate and once-rival, Nilo, Dessa unearths secrets of the past and present—for Mary’s legacy and her own way forward.

Metro Theater Company Artistic Director Julia Flood directs Digging Up Dessa. The four-member cast includes Rae Davis, Alicia Revé Like, John Katz, and Lizi Watt.

Digging Up Dessa is best for ages 10 and up. The duration is 60 minutes with no intermission. The themes are comedy-drama-adventure, empowerment for girls, resilience, history, STEAM, and grief. 

“Handsome, funny show” – Washington Post
"Thoughtful entertainment that is intelligent and involving" – DC Theatre Scene



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The Grandel Theatre
3610 Grandel Square
St. Louis, MO, 63108
United States


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2:00PM (Sundays) 7:00PM (Fridays) 4:00PM (Saturdays)
$20 - $36


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