412 West Broadway
The 223-seat Jon Hassler Theater in Plainview is housed in the Rural America Arts Center, located in the heart of southeast Minnesota's beautiful Greenwood Prairie. Formerly, the building was the home of an International Harvester implements dealership and is one of a few thousand of similar design that populated the rural American landscape beginning in the late 1940s.
The Theater is an affiliate of the Rural America Arts Partnership which believes that the arts and humanities are vital to the life of a sustainable rural community. The Partnership also includes among its affiliates the Rural America Writers' Center, which offers workshops for aspiring playwrights and writers of prose and poetry; the Rural America Center for the Humanities and Community, which sponsors Up for Discussion, a monthly open forum on topics of interest to the community; and the Plainview Area History Center, housed in Plainview's oldest church building.
The Theater is named for famed Minnesota novelist Jon Hassler, who spent his middle school and high school years in Plainview in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Hassler's popular novel Grand Opening is based on his Plainview experience. Hassler's stage adaptations of Grand Opening, Simon's Night, Dear James, and Rookery Blues have been produced in Plainview along with Hassler's original play, The Staggerford Murders.