“The Thin Veil”, Open Eye Figure Theatre, Minneapolis, Oct. 22 – Nov. 1, 2015

The Thin Veil: Stories and Songs of Ghosts and Hauntings

Presented by Open Eye Figure Theatre

The Thin Veil

October 22 – November 1, 2015 

Written and performed by Kevin Kling
Music by Simone Perrin, Eric Jensen, and Jacqueline Ultan
Direction and design by Michael Sommers

Master storyteller Kevin Kling presents a spine-chilling ode to the unexplained. With stories set in Minnesota and based on true accounts, Kling will explore things that go bump in our hearts and minds, what is uniquely frightening and frightens, and find common solace in what scares the wool pants off of us. Plan on being shaken, challenged, validated, and illuminated by the missives of the mind of Kevin Kling. Dante saw hell as ice? What? No. Think corn on macabre — if it’s hell then you know there’s got to be a hot dish. This latest performance by Kling at Open Eye unveils the darker side of the humorist we know and love.

Performance Schedule

Thursday October 22 7:30 pm (Opening)
Friday October 23 7:30 pm
Saturday October 24 7:30 pm
Sunday October 25 4 pm
Monday October 26 7:30 pm
Thursday October 29 7:30 pm
Friday October 30 7:30 pm
Saturday October 31 4 pm
Sunday November 1 4 pm


$25 — General Admission
$22 — Senior (65+)
$15 — Students
$12 — Children

Pay-as-able option always available.

Tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets.
Reservations or pre-purchase strongly recommended.
Recommended for ages 10 and up.
Run time: approx. 60 minutes.

Open Eye Figure Theatre: 

506 E 24th St
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Free parking is available in the lot on the southeast corner of 24th Street and Portland Avenue, courtesy of Lutheran Social Services.

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“the 7 Dwarfs”, by Kevin Kling, Rarig Center, U of M, February 26 – March 8, 2015

Kevin Kling’s play, directed by Michael Sommers, spins a whimsical world brimming with invented language, fantastic antics, while musing on the wonders of community.  Set in a “post-Snow White” era, this quirky comic tale invites you to see life from the dwarfs’ perspective.  Celebrate imagination with a talented ensemble cast of U of M students!

“…witty, offbeat and unpretentious” layered with poignant charm “unlike anything you’ll find in Disney or the Brothers Grimm.” (Pioneer Press)

“Kling deals with the essences of the world’s complexity through a story of utter simplicity… so much imagination at work…triumphs through brave reach.” (StarTribune)

Run: Feb. 26-27-28 and March 5-6-7, 7:30; Sun., March 1 & 8, 2:00, 2015

Saturday, Feb. 28:  Post-show conversation with Kevin Kling & Michael Sommers

Audio Described:  Thursday, March 5 at 7:30.  Describer: TBA.

ASL-interpreted:  Friday, March 6 at 7:30.  Interpreter:  TBA

General admission.  If you need a seat near the interpreters or an accessible space, check with the U.

Location: U of M Rarig Center, Whiting Proscenium Theater, 330 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis.

Tix: $16, $11 U of M Faculty/Staff/Alumni/Retiree; $6 Student; general admission; phone: 612-624-2345; email:

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“Busytown”, Children’s Theatre Company, September 16 – October 26, 2014

Adapted for the stage by Kevin Kling
From the book “What Do People Do All Day?” by Richard Scarry
Music by Michael Koerner
Lyrics by Kevin Kling and Michael Koerner
Directed by Sean Graney
Choreographed by Tommy Rapley

Sing along!
Listen to four songs from Busytown the Musical and sing along at the show.
Busytown Theme
Lowly Worm
Pickle Car
Betsy Bear
*Right click on audio player to download

It’s all so terrifically busy and so wonderfully witty: boogie down with Huckle Cat, Mistress Mouse and the entire population of Richard Scarry’s Busytown in a cabaret-style musical of puppets and people—and Lowly Worm pops up in his apple car too! Written by local treasure Kevin Kling, Busytown takes the delightful characters to an unexpected place: a town where hustle and bustle, madcap and a hint of mayhem means full-blown fun for everyone in the family.

ASL Performance: Friday, October 10 at 7PM
AD Performance: Friday, October 10 at 7PM
Sensory Friendly Performance: Friday, October 24 at 7PM

Show Calendar




“Hammer, Anvil & Stirrup”, Annual August Open Eye Show, Aug. 6-11, 2014

Show Description

Kevin Kling, nationally known storyteller, returns to Open Eye this August for his eighth annual year of creating a work on the Open Eye stage. Since 2007, Mr. Kling has explored timely themes that have ranged from trauma recovery (Come and Get It, 2007/08 and Flight 2009), to fairy tales (Folks and Heroes, 2010), to religion (Joice Rejoice 2011), to politics (Politico, 2012), and the human/animal bond (Humanimal, 2013). He will again be joined with his perennial collaborators Jacqueline Ultan, and Michelle Kinney with direction by Michael Sommers, to create an evening of story, song, and imagery.

In this year’s production, Hammer, Anvil and Stirrup (named for the tiny powerful bones of our inner ear), the trio explores through word and music the science of waves in sound, light, water, and emotion. How do these waves affect us on conscious, spiritual, and physical levels with their power of healing? Kling’s innate sense of observation brings an astute perspective with stories that are always timely. Hammer, Anvil and Stirrup is a mixture of folktales, historical accounts of both science and personal, along with necessary persistent postulations. Come enjoy this show to make for a perfect summer outing, for when you leave you will walk out into a whole new world, a world rich in sounds, patterns, momentum and music.

Those of you who know Mr. Kling’s work through MPR broadcasts or performances at the Fitzgerald Theater, Open Eye’s intimate 90-seat venue provides the rare opportunity to hear this story concert up close, as if he were sitting in your own living room. Kevin Kling is a superb storyteller whose tales can revive a soul – it may be just what you need.

Performance Schedule

Wednesday August 6th 7:30 pm
Thursday August 7th 7:30 pm
Friday August 8th 7:30 pm
Saturday August 9th 4:00 pm
Saturday August 9th 7:30 pm
Sunday August 10th 7:30 pm
Monday August 11th 7:30 pm


$20 — General Admission
$18 — Senior (65+)
Pay as Able — $10 suggested minimum. 10% of seats will be reserved for pay-as-able tickets.

Tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets , or call the box office to make a reservation.

90 seats available.
Reservations or pre-purchase strongly recommended.
Doors will open 30 minutes prior to curtain.

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“Tales from the Charred Underbelly of the Yule Log”, Guthrie Theater, Dec. 16, 2013

Kevin Kling returns to the Guthrie in his celebrated one-man show to spin his yarn of family tradition and holiday merriment. Wry tales of Midwestern Americana run from laugh-out-loud bizarre to touchingly beautiful.

Also featuring Dan Chouinard, Simone Perrin and The Brass Messengers

Book Signing to follow performance.  Two new books!  Big Little Mother and On Stage with Kevin Kling

Guthrie Theater
818 South 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415
612.377.2224 or

7:30 p.m.

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