October 11-27, 2013

by Sibyl Kempson

Set in a quasi-medieval village of pumpkin farmers who speak a made-up language long forgotten, the air is fraught with spirits past and future. Time-traveling characters make surprise appearances, interrupting the oft-repeated tales that serve as the entertainment and glue of this isolated agricultural community. Here the peasants toil hard, and dance even harder to keep at bay the mysterious forces that threaten their existence.

Come experience a place you’ve never been to before – a deliciously disorienting, absurdly playful and tragically doomed universe that will challenge everything you think you know about the theater and the world in which we live.

Reviews & Press

About the production...

Guts: 2013’s bravest theater by Joe Kellen, Minnesota Daily A&E, 12/11/13

Ich, Kurbisgeist: Don't Make the Great Pumpkin Angry by Ed Huyck, City Pages, 10/21/13

Sibyl Kempson’s “Ich, Kürbisgeist” to open at Red Eye Theateby Joe Kellen, Minnesota Daily A&E, 10/10/13

Ich, Kürbisgeist by Sheila Regan, City Pages, 10/9/13

More about Sibyl Kempson...

I Interview Playwrights Part 260: Sibyl Kempson by Adam Szymkowicz, September 2010

Sibyl Kempson: The Push and Pull of Playwrighting, interview with the Playwrights' Center's Jeremy Cohen and Hayley Finn, by Julie Caniglia, Walker Art Center Magazine, March 2013 

Sibyl Kempson by Kristen Kosmas, BOMB Magazine, Spring 2011



Steve Busa

Design & Production
Heidi Eckwall
Gary Johnson
Sam Johnson
Liz Josheff
Skyler Nowinski
Nate Plummer
Jeffrey Wells

Andrea Leap
Rhonda Lund
Miriam Must
Skyler Nowinski
Ross Orenstein

Sibyl Kempson’s plays have been presented in NYC at New York Live Arts, The Chocolate Factory, Dixon Place, Soho Rep, Performance Space 122, Little Theater, Brick Theater, the Fusebox Festival in Austin, TX, the Great Plains Theater Conference in Omaha, the Walker Arts Center, and Theater Bonn in Germany. Current and recent collaborators include, along with Red Eye Theater, Elevator Repair Service (FONDLY, COLLETTE RICHLAND), Big Dance Theater (ICH, KÜRBISGEIST), David Neumann/Advanced Beginner Group (RESTLESS EYE), Rude Mechs & Salvage Vanguard Theater (RIVER OF GRUEL, PILE OF PIGS: THE REQUISITE GESTURE(S) OF NARROW APPROACH), and New York City Players (LET US NOW PRAISE SUSAN SONTAG). She is a 2013 McKnight National Residency and Commission Recipient, a 2010 MacDowell Colony Fellow, and a member of New Dramatists. She holds an MFA in Playwriting from Brooklyn College, where she studied under the instigation of Mac Wellman. Her plays are published by 53rd State Press, PAJ, and PLAY: A Journal of Plays.


PR Photos - Liz Josheff
Rehearsal Photos - Miriam Must, Jeffrey Wells

This production is made possible through the generous support of Carolyn Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Kaemmer Fund of HRK Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, Target, Red Eye’s individual & small business donors, and by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.