The Slow Motion Carnival

Oct 9 - 25, 2015

written by Katharine Sherman, conceived & directed by Steve Busa

Like a funhouse hall of mirrors, this play-within-a-play reveals simultaneous, overlapping realities. In The Slow Motion Carnival one story’s in a kitchen, another in a living room and one in the void. Romances blossom and disintegrate. The endless dance of the universe begins as it ends. Inspired by Jean-Luc Godard’s Contempt and August Strindberg’s Miss Julie, the latest theatrical offering from Red Eye contemplates creativity, relationships and the nature of reality.

About the playwright...

Katharine Sherman is a writer. Her script “will you still love me, tomorrow” was commissioned by Red Eye where it premiered in April 2015, and her play “ondine” will be a part of the 2015-2016 season of Cutting Ball Theater in San Francisco. She is co-founder of Collective Unconscious Performance and wrote text for its premiere production "victor + valentine" in July 2015. She has also been commissioned by Mildred's Umbrella Theater Company in Houston, TX. “christopher marlowe’s chloroform dreams” and “like the night” were both produced by Lunar Energy Productions in 2012 and 2009, respectively. She has had two plays developed as a part of Cutting Ball’s Risk is this…festival, and has been a finalist for the Jerome Fellowship, the National Playwrights’ Conference, and the Heideman award. She holds a BA from Bowdoin College and an MFA in Playwriting from the University of Iowa.

Reviews & Press

"If you've been curious about Red Eye, this oddball charmer is a fun place to start." 
Review, "In SLOW MOTION CARNIVAL at Red Eye Theater, life imitates art," Pioneer Press. (10/10/15)

"French New Wave cinema of the late 1950s and early 1960s inspires this strangely alluring new performance piece..."
Review, "French New Wave inspires Red Eye’s ‘The Slow Motion Carnival’," Star Tribune (10/12/15)

Preview, "3 ambitious small Minneapolis theaters launch seasons," Star Tribune (10/9/15)

"For the past three decades Red Eye has led the charge in creating some of the most daring, challenging, and rewarding theatre in the Twin Cities; continually bringing the newest ideas of what theatre can do to audiences."
Preview, "Weeekend What's What, 10/8-11," letoile magazine (10/8/15)

Preview, "Arts Spotlight," Lavender Magazine (9/17/15)


written by Katharine Sherman
conceived & directed by Steve Busa

design & production...
Andrew Lee Dolan, Liz Josheff,
Dolo McComb, Sarah Parker,
Mike Wangen

Tamara Clark, Brian Coffin,
Alana Horton, Billy Mullaney,
Miriam Must, Anna Sutheim,
Dustin Valenta


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.

Ferris wheel image: Liz Josheff