Doug Huff: Philosopher and Playwright Presents Trio of Theatre

Doug Huff

SAINT PETER, MINN. – Philosopher, professor and playwright Doug Huff will debut a new
play and revive his 2009 show The National Endowment in three nights of staged readings
April 14, 15 and 16 at the Arts Center of Saint Peter.

Huff’s new play, When All Else Fails, will be performed April 14 and 16 at 8:00 p.m. The two-
act comedy is set in a small town in the Midwest, where each member of a local coffee club
has come face-to-face with failure. When the group of mostly-middle-aged men and women
discovers that a local bank is laundering drug money, they decide to steal the money and flee
the country. They are desperate to succeed and they prove to be, in the words of one
character, “The worst gang of bank robbers ever,".

The show is grounded in real-life events and conversations shared by members of a coffee
club at St. Peter’s Whiskey River. “I’m using those as starting points to create fiction that
illuminates the human experience,” Huff says. “it’s meant to be illustrative of every small
town, every small college. What we do in this small town is extremely important.”
Huff’s 2009 comedy, The National Endowment, will be performed April 15 at 8:00 p.m. with
many of the original cast members. “It was based on the real-life situation of a National
Endowment for the Humanities grant suggesting the college offer courses in clusters,” Huff
says.

Huff, who is a Gustavus Adolphus College professor of philosophy, has authored 12 plays,
which have won eight national or international awards for playwriting. Professional
productions of his plays have been staged here and abroad, including Minneapolis, Santa Fe,
New York, England and India.