Too Much Coffee Man Opera appeared on stage for the first time in 2006. Two years later, Too Much Coffee Man Opera:The Refill was produced. Wheeler and composer Daniel Steven Crafts adapted the strip into what the press called as "the world's first comic-book-to-opera adaptation." Too Much Coffee Man Opera debuted at Brunish Hall at the Center for Performing Arts in Portland, Oregon, on September 22, 2006. A sample performance, which preceded the debut, was given at the Opera America convention in Seattle, Washington. Wheeler later teamed with Portland-based comic Carolyn Main to write a second act. This new, extended version, dubbed Too Much Coffee Man: The Refill, debuted again at Brunish Hall in April 2008.