Open Eye Figure Theatre Presents


February 22 - March 11, 2018

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
Lighting by Michael Murnane

A marvelous and magical world premiere!

Photos by Evan Frost.

Photos by Evan Frost.

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.

$20 —  General Admission
$18  —  Seniors
$15  —  Students
$12 — Children 12 and under
$10 — Preview on Feb. 22
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
Feb. 24, 7:30pm
Feb. 25, 4pm
March 1, 7:30pm
March 2, 7:30pm
March 3, 7:30pm
March 4, 4pm
March 8, 7:30pm
March 9, 7:30pm
March 10, 7:30pm
March 11, 4pm (ASL performance*)

Runtime: 70 minutes
Recommended for ages 8 and up.
*Must be reserved by March 4.

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.