Four Directions

$22 — General Admission
$18 — Senior (65+)
$15 — Students

Pay-as-able is also available for all performances. 

Performance Schedule
October 20, 7:30pm
October 21, 7:30pm
October 22, 7:30pm

Recommended for ages 12 and up.
Pay-as-able option always available.
Reservations or pre-purchase strongly recommended.

ACCESSIBILITY: Contact Open Eye at or 612-874-6338 for accessibility information.

October 20 - 22

Performed by Kevin Kling and storytellers Dovie Thompson, Clare Murphy, and Bill Harley.

Kevin Kling has traveled the world telling and collecting stories for decades. It is our good fortune that he has invited his favorite storytelling artists to perform with him at Open Eye. He will be joined by Clare Murphy from Ireland, Bill Harley of Massachusetts, and Lakota/Kiowa Apache storyteller Dovie Thompson.

Four wordwranglers, poetic fools, and foolish poets let loose on a life of storytelling. Nerds will meet myth, the personal will meet the prophetic, as these four directions take you around the world and back again. Each night they will throw themselves upon the words and aim to dance the light fantastic in the place where story meets life, and the four directions meet you.

This promises to be an evening for everyoneso be you butcher, baker or candlestick makeryou won't want to miss it!

Kevin Kling

Kevin Kling is a well-known playwright and storyteller. His plays and adaptations have been performed around the world. He lives in Minneapolis. Best known for his popular commentaries on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and his storytelling stage shows like Tales from the Charred Underbelly of the Yule Log, Kling deliver hilarious, often tender stories. Kevin Kling describes his zodiac sign as “Minnesota with Iowa rising…” He grew up in Brooklyn Park and Maple Grove, Minneapolis suburbs, and graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater. His storytelling started when a friend from the now defunct Brass Tacks Theatre asked him to perform his stories. Since then, he has been awarded numerous arts grants and fellowships. The National Endowment for the Arts, The McKnight Foundation, The Minnesota State Arts Board, The Bush Foundation, The Jerome Foundation and others have recognized Kling’s artistry. Kevin Kling continues to write plays and stories in a rigorous fashion, and travels around the globe to numerous storytelling festivals, residencies, and has been invited to perform the acclaimed National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN for several years. Kevin has released a number of compact disc collections of his stories, has published five books; The Dog Says How, Holiday Inn and Big Little Brother, Big Little Mother and On Stage with Kevin Kling.

Bill Harley, “Home” 

Storyteller, playwright, author, and songwriter Bill Harley has learned his craft of song and story, words and music over a 35 year career in front of thousands of audiences. His pithy and hilarious observations on life on the planet (including observations about ground hogs, sailboats, endangered toads, and unfinished homework assignments) have earned him two Grammy awards for spoken word recordings and been heard by millions during his twenty year stint as commentator for NPR’s All Things Considered. At home with both adult and family audiences, Harley has appeared numerous times at the National Storytelling Festival and at festivals, schools, and theaters across the country. Harley met Kevin Kling at the Sundance Playwrights Lab 25 years ago, and they’re still not sick of each other. Yet.

Clare Murphy, “UniVerse"

A mathematician finds a gift from a god. Blacksmiths beat out the music of the spheres. And why are there turtles everywhere?

Where does myth meet science? Is it only in the middle of the night when we half wake and half sleep? In this timeless place of wonder and insight, time stretches and a fissure opens that builds a dream bridge between many worlds…

Performance storyteller Clare Murphy dances into this liminal space; merging myth, deities, science and a hefty amount of turtle, in a playful exploration of the beginnings of the universe.

Dovie Thompson, "Confessions of An Indigenous Space Cadet"   

Her youthful fascination with tales of robots, UFOs and sci fi during the “Space Race” of the Fifties is braided together with ancient stories of of the star origins of her Lakota and Kiowa Apache relatives and her later role as an indigenous storyteller consulting NASA’s Moon, Mars and Mercury teams.  This is an eclectic collage of old story and reminiscence and the new IKS (indigenous knowledge systems) that calls out for deeper collaboration between “Western” and Native Science and Story, respecting the HEART found in EARTH.