Troll_vert2.jpg

Open Eye Figure Theatre Presents

THE BELDENVILLE TROLL
A New England Gothic

World Premiere!

March 21 - April 14, 2019

Created and directed by Joel Sass

"Fol De Rol Rol, said the big old Troll..."

Welcome to Beldenville, Maine, where townsfolk scoff at the legend of a troll who lives in the old train tunnel—until one dark night a child vanishes and is never seen again. This new Open Eye premiere is an imaginative, visually rich theatre piece that uses live actors, puppetry, and a wild array of animated objects to explore the uncanny events occurring in a small town, and how the inhabitants cope with a troublesome stranger in their midst. Mythic, mysterious, and full of frights and laughs, THE BELDENVILLE TROLL is a modern fable about a childhood’s end, and adulthood’s beginning.


Cast
Neal Skoy
Chloé Bell
Maxwell Mainwood

Design Team
Sound design by Sean Healey
Lighting design by Bill Healey
Set design by Joel Sass


Visit the Museum!

The Open Eye gallery will feature an exhibit of vintage photography and artifacts from Beldenville, including some rare troll bones on loan from the village historical society that audiences can explore before and after the show.


From the Director

“I’m developing THE BELDENVILLE TROLL as a sequel to our 2017 production THE RED SHOES, which took the Hans Christian Anderson story about a cursed pair of red dancing shoes and re-made it as a 1940s film noir mystery,” says Joel Sass.  

“In TROLL, we’ll continue our creative grafting of fairytale themes and folklore onto surprising modern settings by utilizing a creepy museum of compelling artifacts, animated shadow puppets, and live performers to explore the obscure history and eccentric inhabitants of a small town in rural Maine. The audience assumes the role of detective, sifting through the conflicting memories of townspeople who share stories of a peculiar village boy who may or may not have been a Changeling—a troll-child left behind to impersonate a kidnapped human. I’m thinking of this new show as a ‘New England Gothic’ that is simultaneously a ‘who-done-it,’ and a love story....funny, poignant, and definitely a little scary. A troll may not be the only dangerous creature you can encounter in the village of Beldenville.”

Joel Sass.jpg

About the Creator

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.

 

Tickets

$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.
View our ticketing policy

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.

Accessibility

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

Getting to Open Eye

Get directions to the theatre.

Please be aware that ongoing construction on 35W and surrounding streets and bridges will affect your route to Open Eye. Please allow extra time getting to the theatre. We recommend using map apps to navigate to the theatre, following posted detour signs, and consulting MNDOT for current projects at dot.state.mn.us/35w94.