April 14-30, 2017

Conceived by Andrew Dolan & Hayley Finn | Written by Hayley Finn

Here’s your chance to get inside the head of a character like you’ve never experienced before! Two simultaneous stories. One stage. 70 sets of headphones. A play about loss, family secrets and the things you can’t control.

WHILE YOU WERE OUT follows a woman who lost her mother at a young age as she figures out how to cope with her mother’s absence, stay connected to her past, and carve her own path.

Twenty years after her mother’s death, Bea hungers for more information about the woman her mother was from the adults who knew her best, but her dad’s gift to Bea of her mother’s journal presents the possibility of finding out more about her mom than she bargained for. Fast-forward 30 years, Bea finds sharp-edged memories of her mother harder to conjure, but still feels her mother’s presence in unexpected ways. 

The audience, divided into two groups, hears one or the other of the stories through a personal headset, picking up clues about the concurrent tale along the way as the two stories overlap and intersect. This is the second headset-drama created by Hayley and Andrew, who first experimented with the form in PRIVATE PARTY, developed as part of Red Eye's 2015 new works festival.

Reviews & Press

"Headphones add a cinematic dimension to play at Red Eye Theater," review, Star Tribune, 4/19/17
"While You Were Out," review, Talkin' Broadway, 4/21/17
"You may not want to sit with your friends during Red Eye's latest. Here's why." review, City Pages, 4/18/17
"While You Were Out at Red Eye Theater," blog review, Twin Cities Stages, 4/20/17



conceived & directed by Andrew Dolan & Hayley Finn
written by Hayley Finn

design & production...
Justin Burk, Gary Johnson, Liz Josheff, Peter Morrow, Megan Reilly, Andrew Welken

Chloe Armao, Ricardo Beaird, Megan Burns, Maeve Moynihan, Miriam Must, Maggie Bearmon Pistner, Bob Rosen, Silas Sellnow


While You Were Out was made possible with project support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Howard B. & Ruth F. Brin Jewish Arts Endowment, a fund of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation’s Foundation, with additional support from the Julia Kaemmer Fund of HRK Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, and Target.