“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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“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


“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

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Kevin & Simone, University of MN-Duluth, September 14, 2012

Screen shot 2012-08-19 at 10.34.33 AM2012 UMD Theatre: Special Event – Kevin Kling with Simone Perrin

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September 14, 2012

Time: 7:30 pm
Location:  Marshall Performing Arts Center – Mainstage Theatre
1215 Ordean Court
Duluth, MN 55812-3041

Back by popular demand, Kevin Kling, best known for his popular commentaries on NPR’s All Things Considered, delivers an evening of hilarious and tender storytelling and music with accordionist Simone Perrin.

Tickets: $10-adult/senior/UMD faculty/staff, $5-student, FREE – UMD student

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“Politico”, Kevin’s Annual Open Eye Theatre Show, August 10-19



August is just around the corner – which means Kevin Kling is ramping it up for his 6th year of summertime performance at Open Eye. He returns along with favorite collaborators Michael Sommers, Simone Perrin, Jacqueline Ultan, and Michelle Kinney — to pick the scabs of our current state of affairs in Politico, a love story. This limited run is not to be missed, for anyone who knows Kevin Kling’s work, knows that he is a superb storyteller who’s tales can revive a soul.  These are stories we need to hear.

In Politico Kling looks anew at what drives our current political system — what should be and even what could be. Kling calls the show “a love letter to democracy, but as the Englishman said, ‘the course of true love never did run smooth.’”

The evening will be centered around Kling’s stories and accompanied by music drawing from old labor songs, calls to action and toe tapping. Don’t miss it – because like all politics, you’re only in it if you’re in it!

“unbound by possibility, unhinged from flatterers and fibbers,
steady in purpose,
unsympathetic to the uncaring, unaware, uninterested
united we stand, we march and united we rise”  — kevin kling

Friday, August 10, 7:30pm OPENING
Saturday, August 11, 7:30pm
Sunday, August 12, 4:00pm
Monday, August 13, 7:30pm
Thursday, August 16, 7:30pm
Friday, August 17, 7:30pm
Saturday, August 18, 4:00pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, August 19, 4:00pm

Available on Open Eye’s website

(A pay-as-able option available for any remaining tickets at door only)

Open Eye Figure Theatre
506 East 24th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55404