The Red Shoes

March 3 - March 19, 2017

Produced in partnership with Joel Sass’ Oddfellows Collective. Conceived, written, designed and directed by Joel Sass. Featuring performer Kimberly Richardson. Including Noah Sommers Haas (performer and assistant director), Rick Miller (performer), Ariane Mass (performer), Sean Healey (sound), Bill Healey (lighting), and Salima Seale (stage manager).

The Red Shoes takes its title from a classic Hans Christian Andersen story of a young girl and a pair of red shoes, and thrillingly re-imagines it as a retro-urban fairytale.

The heroine of this adventure is more of a mouse than a warrior, hiding in a tiny apartment in the middle of the Big City, fearful of venturing out, or of letting anyone (or anything) in. But she’s not alone.

Eventually a pair of haunted red shoes is delivered to her doorstep, and they propel our heroine into a harrowing film noir adventure through the labyrinths and spiral staircases of her own mind, where she must face down her fears of what lurks in the subway tunnel, and discover what fate has in store for her up on the rooftop!

Equally humorous and hair-raising, The Red Shoes draws inspiration and influences from vintage detective novels, black and white film noir movies of the 1930s and ’40s, and case studies of amnesia and multiple personality. The inventive use of manipulated objects, dolls, and masks provide a dream-like quality to the unfolding adventure.


$18 — General Admission
$15 — Senior (65+)
$12 — Students

Kimberly Richardson. Photo by Ron Ravensborg.

Kimberly Richardson. Photo by Ron Ravensborg.

Performance Schedule

March 3rd, 7:30pm
March 4th. 7:30pm
March 5th, 4:00pm

March 9th, 7:30pm
March 10th, 7:30pm
March 11th, 7:30pm
March 12th, 4:00pm                         March 13th, 7:30pm

March 16th, 7:30pm
March 17th, 7:30pm
March 18th, 7:30pm
March 19th, 4:00pm - ASL Interpretation Available(See below)

Recommended for ages 14 and up. Pay-as-able option always available. Reservations or pre-purchase strongly recommended.


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

ASL Interpretation is available on the Sunday March 19th, 4pm performance by request.   The service is free, but must be requested by Friday, March 10th or it will be cancelled.