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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
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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

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“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

Tickets

$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
1.877.44.STAGE

7:30 p.m.

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“Humanimal”, Open Eye Figure Theatre, Aug. 9 – 18

 

Kevin returns this August to the Open Eye stage for the seventh consecutive year.  Since 2007, Kevin has delighted Open Eye audiences with work exploring themes of politics (Politico, 2012), religion (Joice Rejoice, 2011), fairy tale (Folks and Heroes, 2010), trauma recovery (Flight, 2009) and more.

This year he brings us Humanimal – a work that explores the lives of humans with their animals — or is it the lives of animals with their humans?  He will be joined by perennial collaborators Michael Sommers, Simone Perrin, Jacqueline Ultan, and Michelle Kinney to create an evening of story, song, and imagery.

Mr. Kling draws inspiration for Humanimal from the work of Jack London’s “White Fang” and “Call of the Wild”, knowing we are both drawn to the wild and repelled by it. Humanimal follows the journey of the human/animal connection  beginning with its rough start, then moving through a period of mutual understanding and respect until finally, as so often happens, it comes down to “Who-Done-Who-Wrong” or “I will always love you”.

This limited run is not to be missed. For those who know Mr. Kling’s work through MPR broadcasts or Fitzgerald Theater performances, Open Eye’s intimate 90-seat venue provides a rare opportunity to hear his stories up close, as if he were sitting in your own living room. Kevin Kling is a superb storyteller whose tales can revive a soul. In these tales, it just may be the animal that revives the human soul.

NOTE: This production contains adult language – some of the animals in these stories swear.  Consider this show to have the equivalent of a PG-13 rating.

Open Eye Figure Theatre
506 E. 24th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Friday, August 9, 7:30pm
Saturday, August 10, 7:30pm
Sunday, August 11, 4:00pm
Monday, August 12, 7:30pm
Thursday, August 15, 7:30pm
Friday, August 16, 7:30pm
Saturday, August 17, 2:00pm ONLY
Sunday, August 18, 4:00pm & 7:30pm

Box Office Hours: M-F 10am-4pm
(612) 874-6338

Email: info@openeyetheatre.org

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“Tales From the Charred Underbelly of the Yule Log”, 7:30 p.m., December 10, 2012

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Kevin Kling returns to the Guthrie in his celebrated one-man show to spin his hilarious yarn of family tradition and holiday merriment.

December 10, 2012
7:30 p.m.
818 S. 2nd St., Minneapolis, MN 55401
612.377.2224

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