Women’s Work

It’s Women’s Work

Open Eye Showcases Established Female Artists

in Five-Week Series March 25–April 23


(Minneapolis, MN) —In a fascinating five-week series—It’s Women’s Work—Open Eye Figure Theatre presents the work of established female artists crossing genres of visual art, music, dance and performance art. The series begins March 25 and continues through April 23. All performances and events are at Open Eye, located at 506 E. 24th Street in South Minneapolis.


Each week for five weeks, Open Eye showcases a different artist in weekend performances with a partnered art exhibit featuring female artists. “Several women artists approached me last year looking for a venue for a project or concert or performance,” said Open Eye co-artistic director Susan Haas. “Those conversations grew into five weeks of programming with more than 25 women participating in performance, readings, photography exhibits and discussions! It fits well with our mission to support established artists.”


Week 1 features artists Nor Hall (written/spoken word), Laura Crosby (photography), Harriet Bart (installation) and Jacqueline Ultan (cello) collaborating on Traces, the unexpected journey of a woman and children caught in the web of war, told through narrative poetry, art installation, and images. Performances are March 25 & 26 at 8pm. The gallery features an installation and photography by Harriet Bart and Laura Crosby.


Week 2 features a CD celebration concert of The Banks of the Little Auplaine by Julie Johnson & The No-Accounts (Johnson on flute & bass flute, Doug Otto on vocals & guitar, and Drew Druckrey on vocals, guitar, & resonator guitar), bringing Johnson’s distinctive flute sound to an original song cycle that delves into threads of Minnesota history through folk music. Performances are April 1 & 2 at 8pm and April 3 at 7pm. The gallery features photography by Deborah Sussex of Ely, and the Monday Night Showcase (April 4 at 7pm) offers an informal conversation with four women theatre artists and playwrights (Lisa Brimmer, Annie Enneking, Kira Obolensky and Rhianna Yazzie) sharing their approaches, challenges and goals for their work

Week 3 features Zhauna Franks’ Her Hysterical Nostalgia. Franks brings her signature cinematic, visually dynamic aesthetic to a striking new dance-theater work, performing with Stephanie Fellner, Christine Maginnis, and Kimberly Richardson. Performances are April 8 & 9 at 8pm and April 10 at 7pm. Photography by Keri Pickett will be in the gallery, with an opening April 7 from 6–8 pm. The Monday Night Showcase (April 11 at 7 pm) features Chantal Pavageaux retelling the story of the rise and fall of the greatest band in the world with her The Dinner Party. A mix of performance and culinary arts, sprinkled with glitter and karaoke, this work in-progress features Paige Collette, Maggie Ryan Sandford, Erin Search-Wells, and Zachary Humes.


In week 4, the amazing Holly Hughes narrates her attachment to dogs in her poignant, politically smart, and often moving solo performance, The Dog and Pony Show (Bring Your Own Pony). Performances are April 15 & 16 at 8pm and April 17 at 7 pm. Photographs by Mary Ludington are in the gallery, and writers Kristen Gandrow, Michelle Pett and Marybeth Sundstad read their original writings in the Monday Night Showcase, Surly and Disrespectful, on April 18, at 7 pm.


The final week, the legendary Prudence Johnson joins with guitarist virtuoso Dean Magraw and cellist Michelle Kinney for Fearless and Fallen, a concert of folk songs focused on the triumphs and travails of women in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Performances are April 21, 22 & 23 at 8pm. The gallery features photography by Wang Ping, with an opening Thursday, April 21, from 5:30–7:30 pm.


Tickets for all weekend performances are $18 ($16 students/seniors). Monday Night Showcases are free. A 5-show punch card is available for $75 ($15 per show) and can be used in any combination for any performance. To ensure economic access for all, a Pay-as-Able option may be requested at any performance. Tickets are available at www.openeyetheatre.org or 612-874-6338.


About Open Eye

Open Eye is nationally recognized for bringing a visual feast of evocative figure theater to the stage. The company’s whimsical yet profound work surprises and delights whether experienced in the company’s historic jewel box theater in Minneapolis or in neighborhoods throughout the Twin Cities with the Driveway Tour. From experimental object works to puppet shows in backyards to community holiday pageants to miniature spectacles, Open Eye consistently creates a unique, contagious exchange between artists and audiences.






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