Open Eye Figure Theatre Presents


March 13 - April 5, 2020

The critically acclaimed film noir fairytale returns in a newly expanded version!

Directed and designed by Joel Sass
Featuring Kimberly Richardson

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.

Our heroine 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. 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.


$26 — General Admission
$24 — Seniors
$18 — Students

A limited number of $10 Economic Accessibility tickets are available online for all performances. If not sold out, a limited number of pay as able tickets will be available at the door. View our ticketing policy

Performance Schedule

Friday, March 13, 7:30pm
Saturday, March 14, 7:30pm
Sunday, March 15, 4pm
Thursday, March 19, 7:30pm
Friday, March 20, 7:30pm
Saturday, March 21, 7:30pm
Sunday, March 22, 4pm
Monday, March 23, 7:30pm (Industry Night)
Thursday, March 26, 7:30pm
Friday, March 27, 7:30pm
Saturday, March 28, 7:30pm
Sunday, March 29, 4pm
Thursday, April 2, 7:30pm
Friday, April 3, 7:30pm
Saturday, April 4, 7:30pm
Sunday, April 5, 4pm

Age Recommendation

Ages 14 and up.


Contact Open Eye at audienceservices@openeyetheatre.org or 612-874-6338 for accessibility information and requests.

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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.

Reviews from 2017 Production

"Richardson has a ball, posing like Dietrich, clowning like Chaplin and dancing like Shearer herself." - Graydon Royce, Star Tribune

"The Red Shoes is something so curious and unique, odd and chilling, inventive and charming, it's thoroughly captivating from start to finish." - Jill Schaefer, Cherry and Spoon

"Probably the best adjective to describe 'The Red Shoes' is 'intricate.' It’s a pleasing puzzlement with lots of moving parts, a story that constantly morphs in scale and a staging that keeps you guessing." - Dominic Papatola, Pioneer Press

"The dark, quirky fun of this play is akin to the fun of playing with mechanical toys instead of digital/virtual ones. So visceral!" - Janet Preus, How Was the Show