Theatrical Writing

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Greta has scripted over 30 full-length theatrical productions, including 8 “Church Basement Ladies” musicals and 18 different versions of the annual Medora Musical. Her work has been produced in 48 states and Canada.

Resume and Reviews:

PLOWIN’ THRU / CBL#9premiered September 2022 at the Ames Center in Burnsville, MN

“Plowin’ Thru” is #9 [in the Church Basement Ladies series], and I’ll have to say I love it as much as the first one. It feels so real.”

– Mary Aalgaard / Play Off the Page / Oct 2022

HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS, an original radio play – premiered December 2020 at Lakeshore Players in White Bear Lake, MN

Renowned Minnesotan playwright Greta Grosch and Star Tribune critic Graydon Royce bring us an original radio play, inspired by the history of White Bear Lake! In a collaboration with the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society, this story will bring nostalgia, delight and entertainment to your holiday season!

Lakeshore Players Theatre / Dec 2020

HARK! THE BASEMENT LADIES SING / CBL#8 – premiered November 2019 at the Ames Center in Burnsville, MN

“Minnesota’s own Church Basement Ladies trio stars in this comedic musical performance as a community gathers around a reel-to-reel to send to their boys overseas for Christmas. Rewind to 1960 and sing along.”

Mpls St Paul Magazine / Nov 2019

YOU SMELL BARN / CBL#7 – premiered September 2018 at the Ames Center in Burnsville, MN

“The more things change, the more they stay the same… In “You Smell Barn” [Grosch] introduces a handful of new characters… and ventures into the homes and home lives of the ladies… The material is familiar… indicating audiences might still be thirsty for a drink of cool, clear nostalgia.”

– Dominic P. Papatola / Special to the Pioneer Press / October 2018

RISE UP, O MEN / CBL#6 – premiered August 2016 at the Plymouth Playhouse in Plymouth, MN

“Simply entertaining…There’s a lot of charm and humor in the story of these almost-real denizens of a Minnesota town…”

– Renee Valois / Pioneer Press / Aug 2016

ANNUAL MEDORA GOSPEL BRUNCH premiered June 2016 in Medora, ND

“Without a doubt, one of the best spirit-filled attractions here in Medora, ND! …the real reason to go is for the music. Very well done.”

– Trip Advisor / June 2019

LEMONADE FOR THE LAWNBOY premiered June 2015 at the Arts Center on 7 in Minnetonka, MN

A KOOKY AND CLASSIC LOOK AT HEALING AND FRIENDSHIP… Greta Grosch has created…a fabulous adaptation… LEMONADE FOR THE LAWNBOY is a kooky and classy delight that shrewdly draws from theater, music, fashion and film dimensions in its own deliciously unique way…

– John Townsend / Lavender Magazine / June 2015

THE LAST (POTLUCK) SUPPER / CBL#5 – premiered August 2013 at the Plymouth Playhouse in Plymouth, MN

“A down-home charmer… This final installment in the “Church Basement Ladies” series…by Greta Grosch…has understated humor that befits its subjects…We laugh with these characters as they reveal their foibles. We root for them as they go through their sadness. And we applaud them as they…move on to a hopeful future.”

Our Five Faves / Star Tribune / August 2013

CHRISTMAS ON THE RANCH, a Cowboy Musical – premiered November 2012 at the Plymouth Playhouse in Plymouth, MN

“CHRISTMAS ON THE RANCH (a Cowboy Musical) will have country fans tapping their toes … with well wrought characters and “Hee Haw” humor …

– Artcetera / Minneapolis Star Tribune / December 2012

A MIGHTY FORTRESS (IS OUR BASEMENT) / CBL#4 – premiered August 2011 at the Plymouth Playhouse in Plymouth, MN

“Where leftovers trump being left behind… a Mighty Fortress is Our Basement, the fourth installment in the Church Basement Ladies series, recaptures some of the original sparkle while developing the show’s characters in significant ways … With a strong script by Grosch … this show is worth the time … Laughing approvingly throughout, the crowd was on its proverbial feet within seconds of the closing riff of the gospel-oriented postlude.”

– Bob Hulteen / Metro Lutheran / August 2011

AWAY IN THE BASEMENT / CBL#3 – premiered November 2009 at the Plymouth Playhouse in Plymouth, MN

“Feel-good holiday entertainment… At this time of the year particularly, it is good to be able to go back in time and relive our childhood memories and times when life seemed to be simpler. If you are looking for some feel-good entertainment that will leave you smiling, this is the show for you.”

– Jean Gabler / TC Daily Planet / November 2009

JUDY GARLAND: BORN IN A TRUNK – premiered Oct 2009 at Camp in St Paul, MN

“… with a script by Greta Grosch, “Judy Garland: Born in a Trunk” is… enormously entertaining. What I especially enjoyed about Grosch’s script is that sometimes Renee talks about Garland , sometimes she becomes Garland , and sometimes she tells us about herself… The personal details are both charming and ingenuous, lending the show a sense of intimacy and bringing it into the present.”

– Pamela Espeland / / Oct 2009

A SECOND HELPING / CBL#2 – premiered March 2008 at the Plymouth Playhouse in Plymouth, MN

“This is perhaps the most surprisingly satisfying and touching show to come along this year. Church Basement Ladies 2: A Second Helping is superior to Part 1, because it dares to dig deeper. Playwright Greta Grosch ingeniously and subversively weaves notions of fertility throughout as a way of circumventing the prudery church ladies are prone to. But it’s done subtly, with respect and tenderness.”

– David Wilcox /

ANNUAL MEDORA MUSICAL scriptwriter since 2006, Medora, ND

“We are not musical people typically but we absolutely loved this show!!! It’s was so fun and patriotic!!! I’d go back again and my teens really enjoyed it!”

– Trip Advisor / August 2022

THE BECOMING SERIES: “I AM BECOMING” and “GRETA! STILL BECOMING”, a series of one-woman shows – premiered March 1997 at the Bryant Lake Bowl

“Grosch is capable of producing one-woman comic sketches that are screamingly funny.”

– Max Sparber / City Pages

In Development
Achy Breaky Boyz, the Geezer Musical and Bringing In the Sheeves, a Hymnal Musical

Contributing Writer
Delta Jack: an original riverboat review/Lake Pepin Players; Lutefisk Champ/History Theatre

Night of the Singing Dead; Geriatrical Theatrical; Passover Never Sounded So Good; Ultimate Pajama Party; Country Roads (the music of John Denver); The Piano Men; Diva’s Entertainment, and numerous other projects currently in development

Sketch Comedy
Company Member: Dudley Riggs Brave New Workshop and Instant Theatre Company (now the Brave New Workshop founded by Dudley Riggs); The Recovery Party – original sketch comedy and songs (including the 50th anniversary celebration of the MN Vikings); The Theater of Public Policy (T2P2), The Looney Lutherans and the Silly Sisters (loosely scripted improvisational comedy)

Original Cabarets
Tonight It’s Country with Paula Berends
I WANT IT ALL! (I think.) and YOU GO, GIRL