'Jerry Finnegan’s Sister' opens at County Seat Theater this weekend

Brian has spent the last 10 years of his life wrestling with an unrequited “something” for his best friend’s sister, who happens to live next door.

Ruthie Breuer (playing Beth Finnegan) and Rick Breuer (playing Brian Dowd) star in County Seat Theater's latest production, "Jerry Finnegan's Sister."
Contributed / Joel Soukkala
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CLOQUET — Opening Friday, June 3, at the County Seat Theater is the comedy "Jerry Finnegan’s Sister."

Just a few days short of two weeks since County Seat’s last production, "Suite Surrender," general manager Joel Soukkala said the set was struck, the new stage was set, lights were repositioned and programmed, actors memorized their scripts and all involved were ready to roll, according to a news release.

"Jerry Finnegan's Sister" is a comedy by Jack Neary that focuses on Brian Dowd (played by Rick Breuer), and his neighbor, Beth Finnegan (played by Ruthie Breuer). Brian has spent the last 10 years of his life wrestling with an unrequited “something” for his best friend’s sister, who happens to live next door. But each and every time he’s spoken with Beth Finnegan for more than 30 seconds, he’s ended up with his foot planted firmly in his mouth. Now, Brian’s time is about to run out. With recent news that Jerry Finnegan’s sister is getting married, the time has come for him to put up or shut up. Like John Wayne in "The High and the Mighty," Brian has reached the point of no return. What’s he got to lose—except the love of his life!

The show will feature music from Tom Cawcutt Sr. on the piano. There will also be a corresponding art show in the gallery featuring original works by Sue Rauschenfels, as well as a number of Carlton County artists.

Performances of "Jerry Finnegan’s Sister" are set for June 3-5 and 10-12, at the Encore Performing Arts Center in Cloquet. To reserve seats, call the box office at 218-878-0071 or reserve online at Performances are available to view on-demand from June 10-12.


A day after the show closes on June 12, County Seat will immediately begin its summer youth programming. The theater will be offering camps of the children’s musical "Off Their Rockers:in June and July. In July there will also be a week-long camp for young adults ages 12-21 who will be performing the production "Game of Myths." Registration is now available online at

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