Jay Eisenberg Presents


December 15 - 23, 2017

Created and Performed by Jay Eisenberg
Directed by Katherine Pardue
Sound Design by Dan Dukich
Lighting Design by Katie Deutsch
Stage Managed by Brian Hirt

The rock cycle, as we know it, takes a long time. A really, really long time. None of us will live to see a single, complete rock cycle, unless we’re planning on sticking around for hundreds of thousands of years. But somewhere in Minnesota, an intrepid geologist has been subjecting himself to hours of isolation, rigorous calisthenics, and countless cups of coffee with one idea in mind: it is possible to speed up the rock cycle.

And he’s going to be the one to do it.

His research methods might be unconventional, but he’s so close to his breakthrough that he can almost taste it. Sometimes literally.

BIG OLD ROCK is inspired by greater Minnesota’s rich geological history, the formation of transgender identity and community in the Twin Cities, and a little bit of actual science.

Mixed Blood Theatre, 2nd Floor Rehearsal Hall (1501 S. 4th St, Minneapolis MN 55454)
Saturday, December 16, 2017, 12 - 2pm

Join us for a series of free performance workshops on December 16, in conjunction with the opening weekend of BIG OLD ROCK at Open Eye Figure Theatre. These workshops are designed for members of our transgender and queer communities (of all ages, with all levels of art-making experience!) but family members, allies, and advocates are welcome. 

For more detailed information on BIG OLD WORKSHOP, check out the registration form at https://goo.gl/forms/waHToDD6JGM1MXuJ2

Jay Eisenberg is an actor, writer, and arts educator who grew up in New York, where he spent most of his time looking at rocks. He has a BFA in Drama from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where he studied in the Experimental Theatre Wing. In ETW, his training focused on devising, clowning, and physical theatre. He relocated to the Twin Cities after landing a role at Mixed Blood Theatre. He now serves on their Board of Directors and acts as their Transgender Community Organizer, helping Mixed Blood better serve their transgender and genderqueer artists, patrons, and community members. He also teaches at Children's Theatre Company, and has performed with Pillsbury House + Theatre.

Jay Eisenberg is a fiscal year 2017 recipient of an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

$15 General
$10 Student
A limited number of $10 Economic Accessibility tickets are available online. Pay as able at the door.
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Performance Schedule
December 15, 7:30pm Opening
December 16, 7:30pm
December 17, 4pm
December 18, 7:30PM Industry Night
December 20, 7:30pm
December 21, 7:30pm
December 22, 7:30pm
December 23, 7:30pm

Run time: 70 min. 
Recommended for all ages.


Contact Open Eye at audienceservices@openeyetheatre.org or 612-874-6338 for accessibility information.

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