Open Eye Figure Theatre Presents


February 22 - March 11, 2018  Extended through March 25!

Conceived and created by Michael Sommers and Josef Evans
Book, music and lyrics by Josef Evans
Designed by Michael Sommers
Directed by Annie Enneking
Performed by Emily Zimmer and Maren Ward
Ensemble: Jay Owen Eisenberg, Anna Johnson, and Rick Miller
Lighting Design by Michael Murnane
Orchestration by Victor Zupanc
Sound Design by Sean Healey and Dan Dukich
Costume Construction by Marge Newman

A marvelous and magical world premiere!

This adventure short-circuits the trappings of Disney ‘Princess’ culture and plumbs the mysteries of the constellations in a funny, fanciful, and poignant hero’s journey about a mother who has gone missing and an astronomer-daughter determined to find her.

Aided by her trusted sidekicks Bobo the Bear and Lamby-Lamb, Constance must first confront the evil Queen Harmonica and her dreaded army of saxophones!

Filled with ingenious puppetry, lavishly orchestrated songs, and madcap performances featuring Open Eye regulars Emily Zimmer and Maren Ward, CONSTANCE IN THE DARKNESS celebrates a new kind of princess who navigates a complicated past and uncertain future as she trains her telescope out to the stars as well as into the human heart.

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. The production is also funded by The McKnight Foundation.

Photos by Bruce Silcox, Galen Fletcher, and Evan Frost.

$20 —  General Admission
$18  —  Seniors
$15  —  Students
$12 — Children 12 and under
A limited number of $10 Economic Accessibility tickets are available online. Pay as able at the door.
View our ticketing policy

Performance Schedule
Feb. 22, 7:30pm Preview ($10)
Feb. 23, 7:30pm Opening SOLD OUT
Feb. 24, 7:30pm
Feb. 25, 4pm
March 1, 7:30pm
March 2, 7:30pm  SOLD OUT
March 3, 7:30pm  SOLD OUT
March 4, 4pm  SOLD OUT
March 8, 7:30pm  SOLD OUT
March 9, 7:30pm
March 10, 7:30pm SOLD OUT
March 11, 4pm (ASL) SOLD OUT
March 15, 7:30pm SOLD OUT
March 16, 7:30pm SOLD OUT
March 17, 7:30pm SOLD OUT
March 18, 4pm SOLD OUT
March 22, 7:30pm
March 23, 7:30pm
March 24, 7:30pm
March 25, 7:30pm

Runtime: 90 minutes
Recommended for ages 7 and up.

Contact Open Eye at or 612-874-6338 for accessibility information, including ASL reservation.

Construction near Open Eye
Please be aware that ongoing construction on 35W, the Franklin Avenue Bridge, and Portland Avenue will affect your route to Open Eye. We recommend using map apps to navigate to the theatre, following posted detour signs, and reviewing the current detour map. Please allow extra time getting to the theatre.


"It's in that darkness, this moving production reminds us, that the stars come out." - Jay Gabler, City Pages

"There are several vignettes in Constance that are veritably cinematic, gorgeously lit and immediately imprinted upon the imagination." - Becki Iverson, 

"The company's mixture of high-class puppetry, top-notch performances, and deep-probes of the human psyche come together in the enthralling and brilliant Constance in the Darkness." - Ed Huyck, Massed Gadgets of Hercules

"Constance in the Darkness is a poignant tale, as well as an adventure story." - Kathy Berdan, Pioneer Press

"Ward, who has some of Catherine O’Hara’s daffy gravity, is the best thing in 'Constance.'" - Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune

"See Constance! It's remarkable, funny, tender, you will love it." - Kevin Kling

"This was a really magical show, loopy as hell, and very moving." - Dan Pinkerton

"It’s funny, ridiculous, touching, and moving. It takes serious craft to be able to move from such emotional extremes in one night in a tasteful and meaningful way." - Thomas Lang