Open Eye Figure Theatre Presents


A World Premiere!

March 21 - April 14, 2019

Created and directed by Joel Sass

“Trip, trap, trip, trap—who’s walking over my bridge?” Welcome to Beldenville, Maine, where townsfolk scoff at the legend of a troll who lives under their bridge—until one dark night a child vanishes and is never seen again. Beldenville, once famous for maple syrup, is now notorious as a place where citizens can vanish for years, but sometimes return having been 'troll-bit'—changed and unrecognizable to those they left behind. Mythic, mysterious, and full of frights and laughs, THE BELDENVILLE TROLL is a modern fable about childhood’s end—and adulthood’s beginning. 

From the Director:
“I’m developing THE BELDENVILLE TROLL as a sequel to the critically-acclaimed 2017 production, THE RED SHOES. Whereas that piece took the Hans Christian Anderson story about a cursed pair of red dancing shoes and re-made it as a 1940s film noir mystery, TROLL will explore the obscure history of a small town in rural 1980s Maine. The audience assumes the role of detective, sifting through a creepy museum of compelling artifacts, tape-recordings, animated shadow puppets, and live performers sharing conflicting stories about an outcast village boy who may or may not have been a Changeling—a troll-child left behind to impersonate a kidnapped human. In the tradition of the great fairytales, THE BELDENVILLE TROLL explores mythic territory: Where do we come from? What happens when you discover you are not who you thought you were? And how can you find your way back home?”

Joel Sass is an award-winning writer/director/designer whose work has been seen many times at the Guthrie, the Jungle, Park Square, Theatre Latte Da, and Open Eye, where he previously created THE RED SHOES, an iconoclastic film-noir riff on a Hans Christian Anderson fairytale.  

$24 —  General Admission
$22 — Seniors
$15 — Students
A limited number of $10 Economic Accessibility tickets are available online. If not sold out, a limited number of pay as able tickets will be available at the door.
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Performance Schedule
March 21, 7:30pm $5 Preview
March 22, 7:30pm Opening Night
March 23, 7:30pm
March 24, 4pm
March 28, 7:30pm
March 29, 7:30pm
March 30, 7:30pm
March 31, 4pm
April 4, 7:30pm
April 5, 7:30pm
April 6, 7:30pm
April 7, 4pm
April 8, 7:30pm Industry Night
April 11, 7:30pm
April 12, 7:30pm
April 13, 7:30pm
April 14, 4pm

Age Recommendation
PG13: Appropriate for teens, but with some adult language and scary images.

Contact Open Eye at or 612-874-6338 for accessibility information, including ASL reservation.

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