Life's Parade

Oct 13 - 29

Written by Katharine Sherman | Conceived & Directed by Steve Busa

Your heart pounds, palms sweat. You fall into each other’s arms, while all around you the music swells, the credits roll, the perfect ending to your epic love story. But what happens when real life doesn't measure up?

A coming of age tale for women everywhere, Red Eye’s latest offering tells the story of Cary, an older divorcée trapped by visions of the real and imagined failures that haunt her.To find relief she 

escapes to a dreamscape populated by over-the-top romantic fantasies from old-time movies and love songs. Discovering the courage necessary to own her story, Cary reinvents herself, no longer content to be a mere observer as life passes by.

LIFE’S PARADE is the third in a series of cinema-inspired plays conceived and directed by Red Eye Artistic Director Steve Busa and scripted by Minneapolis-based playwright Katharine Sherman.  First in the series, WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME, TOMORROW (April 2015) explored the theme of fear and referenced Fritz Lang’s film M. That was followed by THE SLOW MOTION CARNIVAL (October 2015), that was inspired by Contempt, the Godard classic, and dealt with relationships and betrayal. This final part of the trilogy uses a saturated palette of language, music and visuals, drawing inspiration from Douglas Sirk’s subversive mid-century melodramas - including Written on the Wind, Magnificent Obsession and All That Heaven Allows.

Reviews & Press

"Spotlight: 2017 Year In Review," Best Productions, Best Sound Design, Outstanding Lead Actress mentions, Lavender Magazine, 12/717

"Life's Parade," Talkin' Broadway review, 10/26/17 

"Haunting Memories – Life’s Parade at Red Eye," Lavender Magazine review, 10/26/17

"A magical, mysterious story hour at Red Eye Theater," Star Tribune review, 10/16/17

"Life’s Parade At Red Eye Theater: A Fascinating Tale Of Fiction And Reality," The Mac Weekly review, 10/20/17

"Life's Parade," Secrets of the City blog post recommendation, 10/23/17

"Best of the Week" Star Tribune recommendation, 10/21/17



Written by Katharine Sherman | Conceived & Directed by Steve Busa

Ricardo Beaird, Gretchen Grunzke, Katherine Kupiecki, Kevin McLaughlin, Teresa Mock, Miriam Must

Design & Production:
Liz Josheff, Kundan Kumar, Dolo McComb, Skyler Nowinski, Søren Olsen


This production is made possible through the generous support of the Kaemmer Fund of HRK Foundation, IBM, The McKnight Foundation, Target, Red Eye’s small business and individual 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.