Oct 10-26, 2014

by Stephanie Fleischmann | music by Christina Campanella

Ever wonder what the contents of your coat pockets reveal about who you are? Join Red Eye as we kick off our 31st season with the world premiere of a quirky musical in which three coatcheck girls confide their hopes and dreams via a network of tin can telephones, and our most precious treasures disappear into the holes in the pockets of our coats. A charming riff on class and aspirations that taps into the post-crash, recession-era mentality. Tickets on sale now!


8 PM Friday, October 10, Pay-As-Able*
8 PM Saturday, October 11, Opening+Reception*

8 PM Friday, October 17
8 PM Saturday, October 18
7 PM Sunday, October 19**
7 PM Monday, October 20, Pay-As-Able, Audio-Described

8 PM Thursday, October 23, $10-Buck-Thursday includes a Talk Back with director Hayley Finn
8 PM Friday, October 24
8 PM Saturday, October 25
7 PM, Sunday, October 26

* Opening Weekend Coat Drive - Bring a new or clean, gently used coat and receive FREE admission on Friday, 10/10 or $5.00 off your ticket on Saturday, 10/11
Red Eye is partnering with The Harriet Tubman Center to get the coats to people who need them before it gets too chilly! Tubman helps women, children and families struggling with relationship violence, substance abuse and mental health. Throughout the Twin Cities, Tubman provides safe shelter, legal services, counseling, elder care resources, youth programming and community education.

** Service Industry BOGO Special - Work at a restaurant or hotel? Show us anything with the name of your employer on it (a napkin, matchbook, t-shirt, nametag, etc.) and get a special two-for-one deal on tickets for the 7 PM Sunday, October 19th performance. To receive this deal, click here to reserve your seats and then pay at the door.

Reviews & Press


“The Secret Lives of Coats,” a charming new musical at Red Eye by John Townsend, Star Tribune, 10/13/14 

The Secret Lives of Coats Offers Charming Absurdities at Red Eye by Ed Huyck, City Pages, 10/21/14

Best of 2014 mention...

A Few of our Favorite Things: Best of 2014 by Todd O'Dowd, l'etoile magazine, 12/22/14

About the production...

Secret Lives of Coats to Premiere in Minneapolis by Jackie Renzetti, Minnesota Daily A&E, 10/09/14

Weekend What's What: 10/9-10/12/2014 by Todd O'Dowd, l'etoile magazine, 10/9/14


Hayley Finn

Design & Production
Robert Frost, Craig Harris, Gary Johnson, Liz Josheff
Eric Larson, Christine Maginnis, Adam Vachon

Charlotte Calvert, Anna Hickey & Gail Ottmar
with Dan Hopman, Nike Kadri, Miriam Must, Kaija Pellinan, Dustin Valenta

STEPHANIE FLEISCHMANN is a playwright and librettist whose texts serve as blueprints for intricate three-dimensional sonic and visual worlds.

Her writing for theater includes: the multimedia music-theater works RED FLY/BLUE BOTTLE and TINDER, both with composer Christina Campanella and Latitude 14; the plays ELOISE & RAY, TALLY HO, THE STREET OF USEFUL THINGS, WHAT THE MOON SAW, THE WORLD SPEED CARNIVAL, THE WONDER SEEKER, and VIPER; and the musical THE HOTEL CARTER (music by Jenny Giering). Her work has been produced or developed internationally at venues including the Noorderzon Festival (Netherlands), Exit Festival (Paris), Teatro dei Contrari (Rome); and throughout the U.S. at EMPAC (Troy, NY); Playlabs; Integrity (Portland, Oregon); Roadworks (Chicago); Synchronicity (Atlanta); Empty Space (Seattle); Son of Semele, LA Theaterworks, the Hollywood Bowl (LA), numerous colleges; and in NYC at Theater for One, HERE Arts Center, Juilliard, New Georges, Soho Rep, Public Theater, Knitting Factory. Current commissions include opera librettos for Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Lyric Unlimited and American Lyric Theater, both of which will premiere in 2015. Current collaborations include a sound performance installation with Campanella (Harvestworks, NY Electronic Arts Festival, 2015), SEAGULL, a film-theater project with Brian Mertes and Melissa Kievman, and THE RUSSIAN DOCTOR, with Andy Dawson (Birmingham Rep, UK; Mass MoCA).

A 2014–2015 Howard Foundation Fellow in Playwriting, an alumnus of New Dramatists and a former Core Writer at the Playwrights Center, she has received grants from New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York Foundation for the Arts, as well as the Frederick Loewe and Whitfield Cook Awards, a Tennessee Williams Fellowship (Sewanee), and residencies from MacDowell, Hedgebrook, Mabou Mines/Suite, HARP, Chashama, the Chocolate Factory, and DPI. Her work has received support from the Greenwall Foundation, the New York State Music Fund, the Pew Charitable Trust, and the Tobin Foundation, among others.

She is published by PLAY, A JOURNAL OF PLAYS;; Smith and Krauss. She teaches playwriting at Skidmore College. She received her MFA from Brooklyn College, where she studied with Mac Wellman.

CHRISTINA CAMPANELLA is a songwriter, performer and sound artist who works in theater, music, visual art and film. She collaborates with a constellation of innovators, including composer-visual artist Joe Diebes, kinetic sculptor Arthur Ganson, multidisciplinary theater-artist Jim Findlay, directors Richard Foreman, Toni Dove, Phil Soltanoff, Mallory Catlett and David Levine. Her scores for film and live performance include: PARTS ARE EXTRA, a sound-and-cinema project (with filmmaker Peter Norrman), multimedia music-theater works RED FLY/BLUE BOTTLE and TINDER (with Stephanie Fleischmann and Latitude 14). A current resident artist at Harvestworks (NY), she is creating a multichannel sound installation-performance for the NY Electronic Arts Festival (2015).

Her live-sound installation BREATHE  (with Arthur Ganson) is on view in the Museum at MIT in Cambridge, and she will appear in ambient theater-work DREAM OF A RED CHAMBER at Mass Live Arts (Summer 2015).  Campanella has been presented by and performed at: HERE Arts Center, La Mama, The Kitchen, PS 122, BRIC Media Arts (Brooklyn), EMPAC (Troy), Noorderzon (Groningen), Theatre Garonne (Toulouse), EXIT (Creteil), Fusebox (Austin), The Andy Warhol Museum  (Pittsburgh), and Long Beach Opera. She has participated in developing works at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, Lincoln Center’s Director’s Lab, Issue Project Room, and STEIM  (Amsterdam). Her work has received commissioning and development support from NYSCA  (Film, Media, and New Technologies award), Mass MOCA’s Assets for Artists, HARP, Ramapo College, the American Music Center, Whitman College, Mid-Atlantic Arts  Foundation, Meet the Composer, Tobin Foundation for Theatre, Lower Manhattan Cultural  Council, New York State Music Fund, Chocolate Factory, Digital Performance Institute,  Chashama, and Mabou Mines/Suite. 

She has also appeared on television in LAW & ORDER: SVU, in independent horror films SATAN HATES YOU, THE OFF SEASON, and THE ADDICTION (Abel Ferrara), toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe with numerous avant-rock bands, and voiced the character Lizzie on MTV's animated series DOWNTOWN.

HAYLEY FINN has directed and developed new work locally and nationally. Twin Cities credits include: Rose by Martin Sherman, The History of Invulnerability by David Bar Katz, Compulsion or The House Behind by Rinne Groff (Minnesota Jewish Theatre), The Hollow by Christina Ham and Doe by Trista Baldwin (Workhaus Collective), Hiding In The Open by Kira Obolensky (History Theatre), and Permanence Collection by Ed Bok Lee and Kira Obolensky (Walker Arts Center), and she recently created CAFÉ BEAUTIFUL LOSS as part of the Red Eye’s Works-In-Progress series.

She has directed the New York premieres of works by Sheila Callaghan including Katecrackernuts (The Flea Theater), Scab (Greenwich Street Theater), and Metal (Here Arts Center), Gary Winter’s The Lake (The Flea Theater), Golem and Dead Reckoning (both at Cherry Lane Theatre), Randal David Cook’s Fate’s Imagination (Gotham Stage Company), Rona Munro’s Bold Girls (Urban Stages), The Shoe Box at Ebbets Field by Ross Berger (Cherry Lane Theatre), Kendra Levin’s Double Sophia (Cherry Lane Theatre), and The Apology which she co-adapted with actor Yusef Bulos (The Flea Theater). Additional credits include work by Mac Wellman such as Bellagio (the Playwrights’ Center), Fnu Lnu (Theatre Outlet), and The Bad Infinity (Mac Wellman Festival), and Caryl Churchill’s Not, Not, Not, Not, Not Enough Oxygen (Drama League). She is the director and co-creator of such projects as Jigsaw Nation (Relentless Theatre), which has toured across the country (South Coast Repertory, The Curious Theater, Ellis Island) and Hysteria: Silence in Stills (Women Center Stage Festival at the Culture Project), and she directed Kira Obolensky’s WHY WE LAUGH based on an original cabaret from Terezin that was presented at the Nine Gates Festival in Prague. She has assistant directed numerous plays on and Off Broadway including the Tony Award winning productions of A View From The Bridge and Side Man.

She has been a directing resident at The Flea Theater and has directed workshops and readings for such organizations as The Public Theater, New Dramatists, The New Group, The O’Neill, and The Kitchen. Hayley is the recipient of the Ruth Easton Directing Fellowship, the Drama League Fellowship, the TCG New Generations Future Leader Grant. She holds a B.A. and M.A. from Brown University. Hayley is the Associate Artistic Director at The Playwrights’ Center.


Photo Credits
PR Shot - Liz Josheff
Rehearsal Shots - Miriam Must, Robert Frost

This production is made possible through the generous support of 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.