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Open Eye Figure Theatre, Minneapolis

506 E 24th Street, Minneapolis, MN
(612) 874-6338 or boxoffice@openeyetheatre.org
Admission varies by show
Open one hour before performances.
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Open Eye Figure Theatre is nationally recognized for bringing a visual feast of evocative figure theater to the stage. Each summer, they bring their popular driveway tour to backyard audiences around the Twin Cities.

Open Eye Figure Theatre at the Fair

Open Eye Figure Theatre at the State Fair

Discounted Tickets to Open Eye Figure Theatre

Open Eye holds 10% of each shows tickets to be sold at a discount for economic availability. If tickets remain at the door, they will be sold as a pay-as-your-able.

Find Upcoming Performances on our Performing Arts: Plan Ahead Calendar.


Art Gallery at Open Eye Figure Theatre

The theatre has a community art gallery on site with a rotating collection of art. Find current and upcoming exhibits here. Currently, the gallery is only open during performance times or by arrangement. The building opens an hour before any performance. Admittance to the gallery is free.

2020 Driveway Tour

Open Eye may be best known for their annual Driveway Tour. Each summer Open Eye tours driveways all around the Twin Cities with a rotating performance schedule. Learn more here. Stay tuned for the 2020 Line Up.

While you wait, reminisce about the 2019 show line up is below:


THE ADVENTURES OF KATIE TOMATIE

Directed by Peter RuskSchool is out for summer and Katie wants to do nothing. While planting her favorite tomatoes, she digs too deep in her garden and is surprised by Mr. Boo Boo, a funny skeleton that is full of life and ready for adventure!

MS. MARVEL'S SANDBOX CIRCUS
NEW SHOW!

Directed by Ariel BegleyMs. Marvel, the cat, is the madcap, merry-maker that lives and prowls in your neighborhood. Every summer, Ms. Marvel transforms the sandbox into an amazing circus where a cavalcade of antics, thrills, chills, and spills await. Step right up to Ms. Marvel's Sandbox Circus and witness the Acrobatic Ants, the Daredevil Squirrel, the Caterpillar Catapult and the Earthworm Orchestra!

THE ADVENTURES OF JUAN BOBO

Directed by Alex Barreto HathawayThe world is upside down in The Adventures of Juan Bobo—and he is going to do something to turn it right side up! Inspired by Puerto Rican folk stories, the show combines puppetry, music, Spanish and English in a delightful tale of riddles, silly devils, a missing pig and a village in need of a hero.

History of Open Eye Theatre

In 2016, Gianna interviewed Michelle Pett, a member of the board of directors of Open Eye. During that interview, Gianna asked the following question:

What is the history of Open Eye Figure Theatre? 

"Open Eye was founded by Susan Haas and Michael Sommers in 2000.  Michael, a professor at the University of Minnesota, is an internationally recognized theatre artist specializing in figure theatre.  Figure theatre includes a range of puppetry but is really about telling stories by animating the inanimate.  Sue as Artistic Producing Director is the lifeblood of Open Eye -- she curates all the programming, cultivating and engaging artists from the national scene to bring their work to their theatre (and to the Twin Cities).  They were early members of the Theatre de la Jeune Lune ensemble, connected closely to local artists like Kevin Kling.  They really are jewels in the Twin Cities' artist crown.
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 pageants to miniature spectacles, Open Eye consistently creates a unique, contagious exchange between artists and audiences."
Michelle Pet

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