Grey Area Productions Presents Brilliant Traces

Apr 20, 2024

7:30 pm

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 The Pump House proudly welcomes back Grey Area Productions as they present their latest play, Brilliant Traces by Cindy Lou JohnsonThe show runs April 18-21 and April 25-28, 2024. Performances start at 7:30pm Thursday-Saturday and at 2:00pm on Sundays. All performances are in the Dayton Theater of the Pump House Regional Arts Center on 119 King Street in downtown La Crosse.

Brilliant Traces takes place in a remote cabin in the wilds of Alaska. As a blizzard rages outside, a lonely figure, Henry Harry, lies sleeping under a heap of blankets. Suddenly, he is awakened by the insistent knocking of an unexpected visitor—who turns out to be Rosannah DeLuce, a distraught young woman who has fled all the way from Arizona to escape her impending marriage, and who bursts into the cabin dressed in full bridal regalia. Exhausted, she throws herself on Henry’s mercy, but after sleeping for two days straight, her vigor—and combativeness—return. Both characters, it develops, have been wounded and embittered by life, and both are refugees from so-called civilization. Thrown together in the confines of the snowbound cabin, they alternately repel and attract each other as, in theatrically vivid exchanges, they explore the pain of the past and, in time, consider the possibilities of the present. In the end their very isolation proves to be the catalyst that allows them to break through the web of old griefs and bitter feelings that beset them both and to reach out for the solace and sanctuary that only hard-won understanding, self-awareness and compassion for the plight of others can bestow.

Tickets can be purchased online at, by calling 608-785-1434, or by visiting the Pump House Box office at 119 King Street in La Crosse. The box office is open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday and 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Saturdays. Hours extend to 7:00 pm on Tuesdays. Tickets are also available at the door. April 18 is a preview performance where tickets must be reserved, but at no cost. Donations are encouraged. Doors open 30 minutes before each performance starts.


What: Brilliant Traces, presented by Grey Area Productions

Where: 119 King Street, La Crosse, WI, 54601

When: April 18-20 & April 25-27 at 7:30 PM April 21 & 28 at 2:00 PM

Tickets: Visit | Call 608-785-1434 | Through Box Office

  • General Admission: $20
  • Pump House Members: $15
  • Students/Military: $10
  • Free preview performance on April 18. Reservations required. Donations encouraged.