Open Eye Figure Theatre Presents

Khephra: A Hip Hop Holiday Story

November 30 - December 9, 2017

Created and performed by Shá Cage
Artistic team of collaborators: E.G. Bailey (director), Rico Mendez (composer/musician), Ta-Coumba Aiken (scenic designer), Michael Sommers (puppetry), Janaki Rampura (puppetry dramaturg), Leah Nelson (movement), Jamela Pettiford (vocalist), and Alissa Paris (performer)

The name Khephra comes from an ancient Egyptian God (pronounced Keh-fra) representing transformation and evolution.

The story centers around a young girl, Khephra, and her mother as they move from Africa to the United States, after the child’s father passes away, to start a new life in a very new community. They adjust to the culture, acclimate, and ultimately the young woman reclaims herself and her identity through hip hop, spoken word, and African music and dance. It is about letting go, holding onto, and reclaiming. This exciting 50-minute one act, intended for families and audiences of all ages, is written in poetry and verse, integrating elements of drama, movement, and puppetry.

Cage and Alissa Paris inhabit different characters and manipulate objects in a story that is both personal and universal, exploring home, migration, and reclamation through multiple lenses.

“Khephra ritualizes the journey from Home to Home while invoking laughter, head nods and sing-a-longs, all in the same breath." – Shá Cage

Cage has gained a reputation for her risk-taking work over the past ten years through her solo performances and community collaborations, such as her recent productions of U/G/L/Y, Testify and her curation of The Blacker the Berry, which featured more than 50 female artists of color at Intermedia Arts. While she has cultivated a loyal following for her ritually based, diasporic signature work with this new work, Khephra, she is stepping into exciting and new ground.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

$15 —  General Admission
$10  —  Seniors and Students
$5 — Children 12 and under (Under 5 free)
A limited number of $10 Economic Accessibility tickets are available online. Pay as able at the door.
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Performance Schedule
Thursday, November 30, 7pm Preview
Friday, December 1, 7pm Opening
with post show reception
Saturday, December 2, 7pm
Thursday, December 7, 7pm
Friday, December 8, 7pm
Saturday, December 9, 4pm
Saturday, December 9, 7pm
Runtime: 50 minutes
Recommended for ages 5 and up.

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

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