Strumply Peter — (September 11 – 25)
Strumply Peter, a Toy Opera, is the latest original creation from Open Eye Figure Theatre, inspired by the cautionary poems 19th century German physician Heinrich Hoffman composed to entertain his children. Where but on the Open Eye stage can Strumply Peter whisk away children to make them sweeter? This cautionary Toy Opera is a flourish of amusements with puppetry, larger than life characters, and a miniature music hall band.
Handmade Worlds: A Festival of Puppet Theatre — (September 25 – 28)
In the Heart of the Beast Mask and Puppet Theatre (HOBT), Open Eye Figure Theatre (OEFT) and the Great Plains Region of The Puppeteers of America (POA) are partnering to offer a dynamic line-up of puppetry from around the country in Handmade Worlds: A Festival of Puppet Theatre. This three-day festival will present the works of ten companies/artists, bringing over 55 performers to the festival.
Full Moon Puppet Show — (September 26)
The Full Moon Puppet Show just completed its second year at Open Eye! Seen for years at Bedlam Theatre and in various South Minneapolis locations, this monthly romp is now making its final appearance at Open Eye! The Full Moon Puppet Show is the brainchild of Liz Schachterle, who continues to curate and direct.
The Juniper Tree — (November 7 – 30)
The Juniper Tree is a retelling of the Brothers Grimm classic. It’s the story of a boy whose mother died soon after he was born and was buried beneath the juniper tree, the tree under which she had wished for her son. The father remarries and the evil stepmother beheads the boy, cooks him into a stew and serves him to his father. As any good fairytale, this has it all — evil, fright, singing birds, magic, and in the end, justice and resurrection. Told with puppets, actors and a live band, the dark elements of the story are contrasted by moments of beauty and humor that in the end celebrate the renewal and power of love.
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